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

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Ms. Lydia Gatundu Galavu (OYASAF 2016 fellow)

Ms Lydia Gatundu Galavu (view CV below) recently (31/07/2016 to 21/08/2016), completed her scholar/curatorial fellowship with OYASAF. In her presentation on Wednesday 17th of August 2016, at the OYASAF facility in Lagos, Nigeria, she disclosed that her experience at OYASAF was most valuable, engaging and educative in research. She spent 21 days immersed in the OYASAF collection of over 7,000 art pieces (dating ca. C9th to present) in Lagos and Abeokuta, Nigeria. She found the collection as relevant to her research dissertation titled: “Displaying Traditional Art in Contemporary African Time: A critical analysis on the best practices for contextualizing traditional art within its home environment.”
Ms. Lydia Gatundu Galavu during the presentation
In her presentation at OYASAF facility in Lagos, she stated that,
 “With contemporary African art rising to the centre of world attention, an increase in the number of art museums in Africa is to be expected. The purpose of my study is to investigate how differently African art can be displayed at home to ensure that its full identity and meaning is well understood. I focused on the curatorial thought process behind the collection and display of the OYASAF art works”.

As part of her extensive interaction with OYASAF, she visited the site of Prince Yemisi Shyllon Art Museum, which is currently under construction at the Pan Atlantic University in Lekki, Lagos. Towards the end of her stay at OYASAF, she was able to interact and brainstorm with many fellow artists, curators, art educators, historians and collectors in Lagos and its environs. The thoughts expressed by her, during the interactive session at the OYASAF presentation, include the need to document, the importance of provenance, the enlightenment that comes from education and dissemination, and the supremacy of local patronage.
Adeola Balogun (left) Ms. Lydia Gatundu Galavu (Center) and Prince Yemisi Shyllon

There was also a general agreement of participants at the interactive session, that African nations need to collaborate towards building a well-educated and articulate art historical practice and apply curatorial principles for embracing indigenous cultural constructs, if Africa is to reform its history and depart from the prejudicial neo-colonial perceptions about indigenous African art.  OYASAF and Ms. Galavu look forward  to her visit and study generating further discussions and researches, particularly across Africa,  for more contextual curatorial considerations of art museums in Africa and that her findings will contribute to a larger ongoing research for the development of Kenya’s first permanent contemporary art gallery at the Nairobi National Museum



Educational Highlights:
Ph.d Scholar (2016): ‘History of Art in Kenya’ Institute of Anthropology, Gender and African Studies, Nairobi University, kenya.
Supervisor: Professor Simiyu Wandibba, University of Nairobi, Kenya.
University of Nairobi, Kenya
Masters of Art (M.A.), (2009) Institute of Anthropology, Gender and African Studies, Nairobi University, kenya.
Thesis Title‘Traditional Art and the Individual: An ethnographic investigation of Turkana kitchen art.’
Supervisor: Dr Stevie Nnangendo, University of Nairobi, Kenya
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) (2006) Degree in Gender and Development Studies,
Short courses and training: Dip.Art Education, Cert. Design

Work Experience:
Curator of Contemporary Art, National Museums of Kenya, 2010 – to date
Public Programmes Co-ordinator, Uhuru Gardens Memmorial Park Nairobi 2009
Exhibits Designer: National Museums of Kenya, 2001 - 2008
Art teaching: Kenya Teachers Service Commission, 1990 - 1997
Art practice: Sculpting, painting and illustration 1998 – 2000

Curatorial Highlights:
AAM- Getty International Program: museum art professionals (2016), Washington DC, USA
Sanaa ya Makaratasi; exhibition of works on paper titled 'African Paper Art: Process, Substance, Environment’  from 12 African countries, Nairobi, 2012
A for Africa’ Project, exhibition in Benin, Kenya and Burkina Faso (2009/2010)
International Symposium for Ceramic Education and Exchange, University College of Creative Arts, Farnham UK (2007/2008)
Exhibition Design, at the British Museum for development of the exchange exhibition Hazina (2005)  

Selected Lecture Delivered:
‘Mud to Vessel: The Social Aspects of Pot Making among the Gakoigo Women of Central Kenya’. The Language of Clay International Workshop. The British Institute in Eastern Africa, Nairobi, Kenya, 5th – 7th May 2016

Tuesday, 13 October 2015


The Omooba Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon Art Foundation (OYASAF), a non-profit organization in Nigeria established in the year 2008, welcomes applications for its 2016 Graduate Fellowship in Nigerian visual art and culture for non-Nigerian scholars.
OYASAF is widely acknowledged as Nigeria's largest and most comprehensive private art collection and offers an opportunity to study and research into Nigerian visual art and culture.

It holds over 7000 works of art of different categories of Nigerian and other visual art of the world in its collection with works in all the five areas of Nigerian art ranging from contemporary to modern paintings and sculptures, antiques, traditional art, neo traditional African art and over 55,000photoshots of Nigeria’s different fast disappearing cultural festivals.

The art works in OYASAF include the works of earliest Nigerian contemporary artists from Aina Onabulu, Akinola Lashekan, Ugorgi, Ben Enwonwu, Okaybulu, Nike Davis-Okundaye,  to Charles Shainumi, Okpu Eze, Clary Nelson Cole, Kolade Osinowo, David Dale, Simon Okeke, Isiaka Osunde, Abayomi Barber, Moses Ajiboye, Olu Amoda, El Anatsui, Peju Alatise, Ben Osawe, Bruce Onabrakpeya, Moyo Ogundipe, Lara Ige-Jacks, Susanne Wenger, Theresa Akinwale, Uzo Egonu, Jimoh Akolo, Dele Jegede, Lamidi Fakeye, Uche Okeke, Erhabor Emopkae, Kunle Filani, Tola Wewe, Adeola Balogun, Osahene Kainebi, Segun Aiyesan, Chuks Kwubiri, Kelani Abass, Moyo Okediji, Rom Isichie, Fidelis Oyiogu, Nelson Okoh etc, etc, etc.

(1) 25 days lodging in Lagos, in a room of a flat located near the foundation.
(2) Stipend of N60, 000
(3) Open access to artworks and practicing artists.
(4) Airport Pick-up and drop off at Lagos airport.
(5) Office Space with internet access and electrical power supply at all times.
(6) Library support for research.
(7) Transportation for research (where available) but which would not include satisfying grantees tourism interests.

(1).Candidates must be enrolled as graduate students in accredited Universities in Europe, Canada, USA, Latin America and Asia, Australia, New Zealand North, East and South Africa, pursuing studies in Nigerian art and culture.
(2).Grantees will be expected to make one presentation in the OYASAF standard format, at an interactive session with scholars/artists towards the end of their stay with OYASAF.
(3). Grantees will also be expected to complete OYASAF prepared evaluation forms for delivery to the foundation at their time of departure.

1-2 pages introducing each applicant, posted on the internet and addressed to OYASAF describing research interests and explaining how this fellowship will support the applicant's research. Each candidate must accompany their application with a letter of recommendation from a faculty member of their institution dispatched independently to OYASAF. 

Applications must be received by close of business hours in Nigeria on Friday 13th of March 2016. The Board of Trustees will thereafter review the applications and announce the winners on the 26th of March 2016 on the OYASAF website.

One of the early beneficiaries of the OYASAF Fellowship Programme, Ms. Janine Systma of the University of Wisconsin, USA

(1).Mr. Ian Bourland of the University of Chicago (USA).
(2).Ms. Janine Systma of the University of Wisconsin (USA). She was also supported in her subsequent one year (1yr) fulbright scholarship program in Nigeria
 (3). Ms. Rachel Amaa-asaa  Engmann of Stanford University, (USA).
(4). Andrea Bauer of the University of Vienna (Austria).
(5). Nomusa Makhubu of Rhodes University (South Africa)
(6). Ms. Kathleen Coates of the Iziko Museum of Cape Town (South Africa).
(7). Ms. Erica Agyeman of the Columbia University, New York (USA)
(8). Amanda Hellman of the Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia (USA)
(9). Erin Rice of the University of Bern, Switzerland
(10) Amber Ekong Croyle graduate of the Pomona College, Claremont, California (USA)
(11). Ms. Kimberli Gant of the University of Texas-Austin (USA)
(12). Ms. Jessica Williams of the University of Maryland –College Park (USA)
(13.). Mr. Victor Ekpuk – world renowned studio artist, Washington DC (USA)
(14). Prof. Albert levernge of Western Michigan University (USA)
(15). Bimbo Akinbola of the University of Maryland –College Park (USA)
(16). Ms. Johanna Wild of the University of New Mexico (USA)


Prince (Engr) Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon D.litt
                  Founder / CEO
Omooba Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon Art Foundation (OYASAF)