Omooba Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon is a Prince of Ake in Abeokuta, Ogun State of Nigeria. He hails from the Sogbulu and Ogunfayo lineage of the Laarun ruling house of Ake in Egbaland, Abeokuta,
He graduated with Second (2nd) Class Upper division in Engineering from the University of Ibadan, Second (2nd) Class Upper division in law from the University of Lagos, Second (2nd) Class Upper division from the Nigerian law school and obtained the overall best MBA result in his set from the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University).
Prince Shyllon is a Legal practitioner, chartered engineer, chartered marketer, chartered auctioneer and a chartered stock broker. He has received numerous awards, trainings, delivered lectures and presentations in many notable educational and corporate institutions in many fields across the globe.
Prince Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon is a Member of the Nigerian Bar Association, a Fellow of many professional bodies, some of which are, the Chartered Institute of Marketing(UK), the Institute of Directors, the Nigerian Institute of Management, the chartered Institute of Stock Brokers, the Nigerian Society of Engineers, and others within and outside Nigeria. He holds a honorary Doctor of Letters degree (D.Litt), from the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
After graduation with an MBA, Prince Shyllon worked as marketing research and market development manager and later as marketing manager with Tractor and Equipment (division of UACN). In 1983, at the young age of 31years, he was appointed marketing director of Nigerite Ltd (A subsidiary of ETEX group,- a global conglomerate in some thirty(30) countries of the world). He served for many years in that position and for some years, was also marketing director and legal adviser of the company. In between this period, he served on some different statutory boards and advisory committees at both state and federal levels. Prince Shyllon is thus a business administrator with considerable past and contemporary board room experience who has served and chaired many corporate and statutory boards. He combines all these with a committed devotion to showcasing and promoting Nigerian art and culture.
Prince Shyllon was earlier this year, globally ranked as the largest art collector in Africa and one of the first one hundred collectors in the world, with well over 7,000 artworks in sculptures, paintings and other media, as well as over 55,000 photographic shots of Nigeria’s fast disappearing cultural festivals. He annually sponsors scholars, artists, curators and art historians from outside Nigeria to visit and study his collection, interact with Nigerian artists and promote researches into Nigerian culture through his art foundation. So far, his art foundation by the name of “Omooba Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon Art Foundation (OYASAF)”, has sponsored seventeen (17) fellows from the USA, Kenya, South Africa, Germany, Switzerland and Austria.
In 2012, a Professorial chair in visual art was endowed by him, at the University of Port-Harcourt, Nigeria and is the sponsor of the global on-line journal of African art, titled, “The OYASAF Journal of Art (TOJA)”, for global intellectual discuss of African art with editors and trustees drawn from frontline academic institutions around the world.
In June 2016, “The Yemisi Shyllon Professorial Chair” for fine art and design sponsored a one week visiting exhibition of the over 2000 years old Chinese sculptures and photo diary of the Qin dynasty, in Lagos, Nigeria. He partners with other art foundations in organizing training workshops for Nigerian artists in transferring foreign skills to them and lends his artworks for exhibitions in museums outside Nigeria.
Prince Shyllon is the joint author of a 200 page art coffee table book among other publications and is one of the few licensed Nigerian art auctioneers.
His foundation has donated some life size sculptural monuments to public places and institutions in Nigeria, notably among which, are the eighteen (18) life size sculptural works of art, at the Freedom Park in Lagos and monuments at the Universities of Lagos and Ibadan.
Prince Shyllon is currently financing the construction of a major edifice for Nigeria's first privately funded public museum of art, to house some of his works, with the Pan Atlantic University, Lekki in Lagos (The parent University of the Lagos Business School). He is also a member of the board of the University of Ibadan Advancement Center.
He is a recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, widely travelled and has visited many of the major museums of art in the world. He has also made presentations on African Art in some major art fairs in different parts of the world.
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