Why Many Nigerian Artists Are Unsuccessful – Don
Clifford Nwanna, professor of art history at Nnamdi Azikiwe University in Awka, said the reason many Nigerian artists were unsuccessful was because “they didn’t see art as a property”.
Mr Nwanna said on Tuesday in Enugu state during an interactive session for artists hosted by public relations consultant Ifeanyi Mbanefo in conjunction with the National Unity Museum (NMU), Enugu .
According to him, “emerging artists must see art as a business, be able to account for their business by separating income from expenditure.”
Mr. Nwanna urged artists to “take their work seriously, pay it proper attention and organize it in a way that appeals to people.”
The teacher advised and encouraged them to be honest and different in their works of art.
“Many of them want to become billionaires overnight, without patience or stamina.
“Encourage other people to help you and don’t think artwork should be done in your bedroom,” he advised.
Speaking at the event, NMU Curator Enugu, John Kachikwu, said the idea behind the meeting was to come up with solutions on how to revive “science of art” in Nigeria.
The curator said the meeting would also highlight the importance of the arts in all ramifications of people’s lives.
Mr. Kachikwu described art as “an expression of both the tradition and the aspirations of the people, their experiences and what they considered desirable”.
He noted that Nigeria was blessed with many talented artists, who excelled in their different fields of work.
“We have among us Dr. Chris Ikwuemesie, an internationally renowned artist, who has carved out a place for himself.
“Today we are going to x-rays and expose the article by a young journalist and public relations consultant, Mr. Ifeanyi Mbanefo, who is the author of numerous articles in the print and electronic media,” he said. -he declares.
He added that the museum was equipped “to sponsor, screen and exhibit artists to a wider audience through the exhibition of their works”.
“We have facilities to fulfill this obligation which include a gallery for temporary and permanent exhibitions and an amphitheater, which can accommodate seminars, workshops, conferences and wedding receptions,” he said.
Mr. Kachikwu lamented that the national museum has been in Enugu since 1971, “yet it had no impact on the population.”
“People only know New Berries Park, which is a tenant of the museum,” he said.
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According to him, “it is in light of these challenges facing the museum and the arts of Enugu that we find ways to make it more interesting and to make it known to the people of Enugu.”
In his remarks, Mr. Mbanefo said training has become crucial as Nigerian oil dwindles and the need to embrace and develop art and culture has become paramount.
He said the challenges facing works of art in the state are due to the fact that many citizens do not appreciate the works of art.
The consultant said the challenges were surmountable if adequate attention was given to art.
“We want museum activities that will attract people like New Berries Park.
“I want to urge our brothers in Igboland to start investing in art, if we ignore it the museums and works of art in the area will continue to deteriorate.
“We can fix these problems if we can sit down and strategize on how these things are going to work. “
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