Tuesday, 15 August 2017


In line with our vision to promote the appreciation of Nigerian art, OYASAF recently completed the hosting of the two best 2016 overall visual art graduates of Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, Nigeria. Mr Agbaje Julius Abidemi and Mr Akinrinola Ahmed Abiodun were the beneficiaries. Mr Agbaje Julius Abidemi graduated as the best painting student while Mr Akinrinola Ahmed Abiodun was the best graduate in sculpture.

The two graduate artists in-residence, successfully completed their five (5) weeks fellowship program with OYASAF covering the period 5th of June 2017 to 10th July, 2017. During Mr Abidemi’s residency at OYASAF, he produced some masterpiece portraitures, one of which is presented below.
Title: Amaranthine, Artist: Agbaje Julius Abidemi, Dimension: 2 by 3 feet, Medium: Oil on canvas, Year: 2017

Mr Akinrinola Ahmed Abiodun completed his five weeks artist in-residency program with OYASAF during the same period. He produced the sculpture observable below.
Title: The cube, Artist: Akinrinola Ahmed Abiodun Dimensions: 6ft (L) 6ft (B) 7ft (H) Medium: metal and aluminum mirror/reflective composite panel, Year: 2017

The piece titled: “The Cube”, is a multicoloured lighted construction, executed in metal and aluminum mirror/reflective composite panel. The outer cube represents man with the universe, while the lighted reflective inner cube, relates to man’s environment which is seen as contributing to the development of human’s intrinsic abilities for impactful contributions to the world around us.
The interconnected stars in the outer red painted outer cube represents harmony and unity within human diversity. The element of universality was incorporated into the work to make it timeless and transcend the barriers of cultural, ethnical and racial differences of the world around us.

Monday, 22 May 2017


Invitation for applications

OYASAF invites Nigerian and international artists to apply for its artists in-residence programme of 2017. This new annual programme, is designed for two sessions of five weeks each within the months of, (1st September to 30th November, 2017) and (1st of March to May 31st, 2018) and thereafter, during the same period each year. The programme will provide artists an opportunity to live and work in an up class and serene environment of Abeokuta, South West of Nigeria (about 100km North of Lagos), to develop their specific individual projects while experiencing and engaging with Nigeria’s rich cultural heritage. Abeokuta city is a major historical town in Nigeria. It is the state capital and the largest city in Ogun State of Nigeria’s southwest. It is situated on the east bank of the Ogun River with a most beautiful and ideal environment for artists.
Location and Work Place

The work place of the OYASAF artists in-residence programme is located in the country home of Prince Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon at Abeokuta. The contemporary architectural building, located atop the Abeokuta presidential hill top estate, overlooks the scenic land and cityscape of the historical city, its architecture and life-size bronze sculptural garden is purposely designed for the creative and curious mind.
The residency space is ensuite with spacious living and dining rooms, and a kitchen equipped with up to date cooking facilities. The work space has good natural and artificial light.

Definition of the Programme

This programme is a new project complementing existing programmes of OYASAF with a view to working closely with artists around the globe for an educational, immersive, creative and inclusive experience.

Period of the programme

The programme is divided into two five weekly residency sessions per year, within the two separate periods of (1st of March to May 31st) and (1st September to 30th November) of each year, with each session hosting two artists at a time respectively.

Prior to every session of the OYASAF residency programme, a notice will be put out with an open call for Nigerian and international artists to apply towards engaging in new artistic projects in the range of paint media within the city of Abeokuta.
For cross-cultural purposes, the programme is thus designed to host international and Nigerian artists. On the successful selection of applicants, artists will be residents in the artists’ studio at Abeokuta and will be provided a working space to experiment and research their art production projects and would be provided with logistical support for their artistic creations. The residency will culminate in a one day solo exhibition of the produced works during the residency, at the OYASAF facility in Lagos or any other location as may be decided by OYASAF from time to time. Resident artists will have the opportunity at such exhibitions, to meet Nigerian and non-Nigerian collectors, curators, gallery owners, scholars and journalists.
At the end of each residency programme, artists will be expected to donate one artwork per artist to OYASAF. The artworks donated at the end of each residency will be selected at the absolute discretion of OYASAF.


For the OYASAF artist in-residence programme, artists at the beginning of each session, will be provided the following:
·        Living stipends, per artist of one Hundred and fifty Thousand Naira (N150,000) per session of five weeks and
·        Production allowance, per artist of One Hundred Thousand Naira (N100,000) per session per artist
However, resident artists will be responsible for supplying and providing the tools and materials for their artistic productions during their OYASAF residency programmes.

Application Guidelines

The programme is open to artists working in the paint media only. All applications must be submitted electronically and only those submitted will be accepted. Applicant artists are expected to use Adobe Acrobat to type into the PDF form fields, or otherwise, print their applications and complete them by hand and then scan. All submissions and required supporting documents should be sent online to: oyasaf2000@yahoo.com, as either a direct email attachment, or shared via Dropbox or Google Drive. Attachments must not exceed 10MB. Selection decisions will be made by an OYASAF selection panel which decision shall be final and not justiciable. For more information, please visit: http://www.oyasaf.com/

Also please note that:

·        Applications are now open for the, 1st of September to 30th November 2017, session.
·        Each artist must submit works online, completed by them within the preceding last 2 years of their application.
·        Only successful applicants will be informed via emails by OYASAF.
·        The selection decisions about the OYASAF residency programme shall be final and shall not be open to negotiations and discussion.
·        Applications are expected to reach OYASAF by latest, 60 calendar days before the beginning of each session.  Only successful applicants shall be notified within 3 weeks of the deadlines for the submission of applications.
To apply for the OYASAF residency programme, please, fill in the application form below and dispatch same to OYASAF, with your CV and a portfolio of no more than 5 works. Selection is not only based on applicants’ academic or professional background but attention will be given to the strength of each project proposal and its integration with the local scenic and cultural environment of the programme.
All applications must be submitted in English.


(Please fill all the areas of this form)

NAME (as appears on your passport)

PSEUDONYME (if applicable)







POSTCODE (Where applicable)


CV (maximum 1 page)

Images should be in jpeg format, maximum size 1MB per image. Images in excess of the limits provided will not be viewed by the panel.

PREFERRED SESSION: (1st of March to May 31st) OR (1st September to 30th November).



PLEASE COMPLETE, SIGN AND SEND TO: oyasaf2000@yahoo.com:


Tuesday, 16 May 2017


On Saturday 13th May 2017, eighteen members of the Nigerian Field Society (NFS) led by Edouard Blondeau, arrived to the home of Prince and Chief (Mrs.) Shyllon on the Presidential hilltop in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun state. On arrival, they were warmly welcomed by Chief (Mrs.) Funmilayo Shyllon and  Prince Yemisi shyllon.
After some brief introduction, the visitors were taken through a tour of the life size bronze and metal sculptures garden of the edifice. This was followed by a tour of the internal portions of the edifice which commenced with a visit to the two bedroom en-suite guest chalet of the main building.

During the tour of the guest chalet, Prince Shyllon intimated his guests of the intention of OYASAF to use the chalet of the building for the annual OYASAF international artists in-residence program which is about to commence.
The visiting NFS guests, were later taken round the artistically decorated internal portions of the main residence, adorned with contemporary sculptures and paintings.
Refreshment at the terrace overlooking Abeokuta. Photograph by OYASAF documentary photographer: RALPH MFON OBOT
 One of the highlights of the tour, had the visitors enjoying the unique 270degrees terrace overview of Abeokuta city while enjoying some light refreshments. At the terrace of the building overlooking Abeokuta, the visitors were surprised with the cutting of a birthday cake for Dr. Adun Okupe- one of the visiting NFS members. 
Birthday celebration for Dr. Adun Okupe with her mother, Mrs. Fowora Okupe and Prince & Chief (Mrs.) Shyllon . Photograph by OYASAF documentary photographer: RALPH MFON OBOT
Some NFS members could not but enjoy the warmth and fraternize with the artwork outside the gate of the building overlooking the main street and welcoming visitors at the entrance of the building with a smile.

Friday, 12 May 2017


 The  Omooba Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon Art foundation (OYASAF) in collaboration with the UFUK Dialogue Foundation recently, organized a three day ‘’Art for  Peace’’ workshop for artists with the theme; “cultural co-existence, Dialogue, harmony and peace”. The workshop was organized by the two foundations towards uniting the multiple cultural traditions of Nigeria with Turkey.  The three days workshop, started from Monday 24th to Wednesday 26th of April, 2017. The workshop was facilitated by a renowned Turkish artist, Mr Tugay Yalcin of the Nile University of Nigeria. Nigerians and other nationals were taught the techniques of painting in water colour with marble decorative background - a unique Turkish art.
Facilitating Artist: Tugay Yalcin. Photograph by Oyasaf documentary photographer: OBOT MFON RALPH
 At the workshop, Prince Yemisi  Shyllon, the  Founder and CEO of The Omooba Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon Art foundation (OYASAF) and co-sponsor of the program, in his remarks, informed the participants, about his three (3) years long collaboration with the Ufuk Foundation which includes the sponsored exhibition of some thirteen (13) Nigerian artists in a travelling exhibition of paintings to Ethiopia, Turkey and the United State of America in 2014. His remarks during the interactive session at the workshop, included the importance of provenance, continuous art education, art entrepreneurship, and the improvement of local patronage for Nigerian art.
Prince  Yemisi  Shyllon at the workshop. Photograph by Oyasaf documentary photographer:                   OBOT MFON RALPH

 During the workshop, Nigerian artists learned from Turkish artists and interacted with each other while producing water colour paintings in marble background finish. There were also a general agreement among the participants during their interactive sessions, that African nations need to effectively collaborate among themselves towards creating a well-organized and interactive art practice and embracing indigenous cultural constructs in their creative aspirations.
Artist practicing marble artistry at the workshop. Photograph by Oyasaf documentary photographer: OBOT MFON RALPH

 In total, about 80 artists and non-artists of Nigerian and other national extractions
participated in the workshop ,which included; Clara Aden , Akintunde John ,
 Dimpa Sunday Busaya Lawal , Mfon Ralph Obot, Monsuru Alashe , Yusuf
Durodola,  Noami  Oladipo, Ogaga Tuodeinye, Sotonye Jumbo,  Sunday
Akpedo,  Oluchi  Zom, Joel A, Yusuf Seidu Okus , and Emmanuel Ije and
many others.
A cross section of some of the Participants at the workshop. Photograph by Oyasaf documentary photographer: OBOT MFON RALPH    

Artists that participated in the workshop, were issued with Certificates of participation at the end of the program.
A snap photograph of some of the participants with their certificates of participation at the workshop. Photograph by Oyasaf documentary photographer: OBOT MFON RALPH    

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Visit of Dr Isabelle Malz to OYASAF

The Omooba Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon Art foundation (OYASAF) was honored with a tour of its art collection on Monday, 1st of May , 2017 by  Dr Isabelle Malz, a Curator of the Kunstsmmalung  Nordrhein Westfalen Museum  in Duesseldorf, Germany.

 She was welcomed with a presentation by Prince Yemisi Shyllon on the activities and contributions of the Omooba Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon Art Foundation (OYASAF) to promoting and developing the visual art and culture of Nigeria for a pride of place in the world.
Dr Isabelle Malz being introduced to OYASAF activities at the OYASAF Conference center.  PHOTO: BY OYASAF DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHER, OBOT MFON RALPH
Her visit was part of an extensive study of Nigeria’s art scene, in order to prepare her for her museum’s 2018 proposed exhibition titled, Excentric Modernism, which is slated to feature modernist painters from three (3) African countries: Nigeria, Senegal and Algeria. The presentation was followed by a guided tour of the foundation’s garden with life size sculptures of bronze, stone and metal works, a tour of the internal walls of OYASAF buildings and its storages, adorned with sculptures and paintings covering the history of Nigeria’s traditional art from the 9th century, modern and contemporary art history from Aina Onabolu to date.
Omooba Yemisi Shyllon taking Dr Isabelle Malz around the OYASAF gardens PHOTO: BY OYASAF DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHER, OBOT MFON RALPH

The tour was concluded with light refreshments, provided by Chief (Mrs.) Funmilayo Shyllon . 

Wednesday, 3 May 2017


The Omooba Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon Art foundation (OYASAF) was honored with an extensive tour of its art collection by a 24-member delegation of the Nigerian Field Society on Saturday, April 8, 2017. The delegation was led by Robin and Hugh Campbell.

The visitors were welcomed with a presentation by Prince Yemisi Shyllon about the contributions of the Omooba Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon Art Foundation (OYASAF) to the promotion and development of Nigerian visual art and culture for a pride of place in the world.
Members of the Nigerian Field Society being introduced to OYASAF activities in the OYASAF Conference Centre. PHOTO: BY OYASAF DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHER, OBOT MFON RALPH

The presentation was followed by a guided tour of the foundation’s sculptured (life size) gardens of bronze, stone and metal works, a tour of  the internal walls of OYASAF  buildings and storages with sculptures and paintings covering the history of Nigeria’s modern and contemporary art history from Aina Onabolu to date. The Nigerian Field Society Members also enjoyed viewing OYASAF’s traditional artworks from Igbo Ukwu in the 9th century and some glimpse of the photographic shots of some fast disappearing cultural festivals of Nigeria in the OYASAF collection.
Omooba Yemisi Shyllon taking some members of the Nigerian Field Society around the OYASAF gardens PHOTO: BY OYASAF DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHER, OBOT MFON RALPH

The tour of the Nigerian Field Society members was concluded with light refreshments, provided by Chief (Mrs.) Funmilayo Shyllon and presentation of an artwork won by one of the Nigerian Field Society members in a quiz about the art history gathered during the tour.

Thursday, 20 April 2017


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.

Prince  Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon D.Li