FESTIVAL OF CREATIVITY, an Art Exhibition in honour of Dr. Emmanuel O. Filani (immediate past Provost, FCE, Abeokuta) was indeed a success! The exhibition which was held at the wing of Aduke Maina Hall, FCE, Abeokuta in the month of August, 2012, was a reflection of the hard work and commitment to excellence of the handlers of the Department of Fine and Applied Art. The real achievement wasn't for holding a successful exhibition but for bringing back its alumni to exhibit along side with their 'lecturers'.
The true success in life is leaving behind trusted hands that can takeover the batons from us in any given field of enterprise. And not just a hand, but a capable and reliable ones, just like the exhibiting ex-students at the art showing, the likes of Morenikeji Olumide, Olusegun Adeniyi, Lanre Tejuoso, Felix Fahuwa, Foluso Osuntoyinbo, and Olusoji Sunday. They are pride of Federal College of Education, Abeokuta and outstanding proteges of Mr. John Adenle, Mr. Kenny Badaru, Mr. Kola Anidugbe, and Dr. Aje Arueyingho who are equally worthy tutors, mentors and true role models.
Personally, after twelve years of graduation they remain pillars in my artistic adventures and creative endeavours. Exhibiting along side with my ex-tutors was a rare opportunity and not everybody had such. I am part of their testimonies. I hope the art teachers today can learn from these incredible individuals. The fact is that they are accomplished in their career as tutors; having brilliant successors, already laid a foundation for continuity in art theory and practice in Nigeria and beyond.
In few weeks, precisely August 27 through 31, ART SCOUT and ART & SOULS STUDIO in collaboration with Olumo Rock Tourism Complex will be hosting art teachers in Ogun State to an Art Retreat for the purpose of re-awakening and encouraging effectiveness and efficiency in Art theory and practice; and to motivate art tutors to make similar indelible impacts in the lives of future generation of artists.
The exhibition was not just a Festival of Creativity; it was an Harvest of Creative minds and Talents that emerged from this citadel of learning decades ago. So when next you see Mr. Adenle, Mr. Badaru, Mr. Anidugbe and Dr. Arueyingho please give them a hug (for me). I am eternally grateful for my path to have ever crossed theirs. To my worth role models, I say 'merci beaucoup'. I hope your students (to all art teachers) will hold such testimonies about you someday. You will have the opportunity of meeting in person these wonderful individuals at the retreat. See you at Olumo Rock Tourism Complex come August 27.
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