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.
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 the overall best, in his class with an MBA from the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University).
Prince Shyllon is a Legal practitioner, chartered engineer, chartered marketer, chartered stock broker and art auctioneer among others. He has received numerous awards, attended conferences, workshops, trainings, delivered lectures and presentations in many notable training educational and corporate institutions in technical, legal, management and marketing functions across the continents.
Prince Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon is a fellow of many professional bodies, including the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria, the Institute of Directors, the Nigerian Institute of Management, the chartered Institute of Stock Brokers, the Nigerian Society of Engineers, others and patron of the arts within and outside Nigeria. He holds a honorary Doctor of Letters degree (D.Litt), from the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
He is currently establishing Nigeria’s first private museum for the benefit of the public, at the Pan Atlantic University in Ibeju, Lekki, Lagos, Nigeria (Parent University of the Lagos Business School) which construction is at finishing stages.
In 1981, immediately 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 PLC). In 1983, at the young age of 31years, he was appointed marketing director of Nigerite Ltd (subsidiary of ETEX group,- a global conglomerate in about thirty (30) countries across the world). He served for twenty four (24) years in that position and during which for some years, he combined this position with being the legal adviser to the company.
Prince Shyllon is a trained business administrator with considerable past and contemporary board room experience, who is also, currently serving in non-executive capacity and has chaired some number of corporate and statutory boards. He combines this with a committed devotion to showcasing and promoting Nigerian art and culture to the world. He has served as a member of the National Heritage Council and Endowment for the Arts in Nigeria and he is also a member of the board of the University of Ibadan Advancement Center.
Prince Shyllon is widely acknowledged and globally ranked,to hold in his foundation, Nigeria’s largest and most balanced private art collection, with well over 7,000 artworks of sculptures, paintings and other media, as well as over 55,000 photographic shots of Nigeria’s fast disappearing cultural festivals. His foundation annually, sponsors scholars, curators, artists and art historians from outside Nigeria to visit and study his collection, interact with the Nigerian people and environment, artists and promote researches into Nigerian culture through this. So far, his art foundation by the name of “Omooba Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon Art Foundation (OYASAF)”, has sponsored seventeen (17) fellows and artists from the USA, Kenya, South Africa, Ghana, Germany, Switzerland and Austria to work in Nigeria on their artistic and scholarly projects.
In 2012, a Professorial chair in visual art was endowed by him, at the University of Port-Harcourt, Nigeria and his foundation is the sole 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 its 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 exhibition of the over 2000 years old Chinese sculptures and photo diary of the Chinese Qin dynasty, in Lagos, Nigeria.
Prince Shyllon is the joint author of a 200 page art coffee table book among other publications. His foundation has donated some notable 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, Nigeria and huge & prestigious monuments at the Universities of Lagos and Ibadan of Nigeria.
Prince Shyllon is a recipient of numerous awards and recognitions and is widely travelled. He has made presentations about African art in major art fairs in some different parts in the world.
Prince Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon D.Litt.