Prince Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon hails from Abeokuta, in Ogun State of Nigeria, from the Sogbulu and Ogunfayo lineage of the Laarun royal ruling house of Ake in Egbaland.He is a graduate of Engineering from the University of Ibadan, of Law from the University of Lagos and of the Nigerian law school with a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University). He is also a Nigerian Chartered Stockbroker and Fellow of many chartered professional bodies within and outside Nigeria.After obtaining his MBA degree, Prince Shyllon served as the marketing research and market development manager and later the marketing manager of Tractor and Equipment (division of UACN PLC conglomerate Nigeria). In 1983, at 31years of age, he was appointed executive director (marketing) and for some years was also the legal adviser of Nigerite Ltd in Nigeria, a subsidiary of the ETEX Group, multinational company of Belgium.Prince Shyllon commenced investment in the shares of blue chip companies in his university undergraduate days, by taking advantage of the then Nigerian indigenization policy, with the meager savings from his scholarship funds and stipends obtained from his student work on campus. He continued this investment streak by investing increasingly in real estate, shares, business startups and of course artworks. His holdings are managed in this spread of investment portfolio.As a lad, he copied drawings from newspapers and commenced collecting artworks from his undergraduate days at the university, which interest was kick started by his contact with the students demonstration works in a tertiary institution near his family home at which place he studied during his holidays.Prince Shyllon established his art foundation - Omooba Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon Art Foundation (OYASAF), in 2007 which is widely acknowledged and globally ranked. OYASAF art collection is Nigeria’s largest and most balanced private art collection. The art of foundation of Prince Shyllon, holds over 7,000 of all genres of Nigeria artworks including artworks from many other parts of the world, as well as over 55,000 photographic shots of Nigeria’s fast disappearing cultural festivals. OYASAF selflessly sponsors scholars, curators, artists and art historians from within and outside Nigeria, to visit and study his collection, interact with the Nigerian art stakeholders and promote researches into Nigerian art and culture. The one thousand (1000) artworks granted by OYASAF to the Yemisi Shyllon Museum of Art @ Pan Atlantic University (YSMA@PAU) forms the main exhibit at YSMA@PAU, complimented by the university’s collection and the donations of other collectors and artists.In 2012, a Professorial chair in visual art was endowed by Prince Shyllon, at the University of Port-Harcourt, Nigeria with OYASAF as the sole sponsor of the on-line journal of African art, titled, “The OYASAF Journal of Art (TOJA)”, for intellectual discuss of African art.The Yemisi Shyllon Professorial Chair for fine art and design, in 2016, 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. OYASAF has selflessly donated few notable life size sculptural monuments to public places and institutions in Nigeria, among which, are the eighteen (18) life size sculptures, at the Freedom Park in Lagos, Nigeria and huge & prestigious monuments at the Universities of Lagos and Ibadan of Nigeria.Prince Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon D.Litt.
Tuesday, 26 February 2019
Omooba Yemisi Shyllon confirmed that the October 1 formal opening date is realisable as work is ongoing on other aspects of the museum, which include documentation, design display of works, photography, design of website for virtual museum and the setting up of advisory board. “We are working towards October 1 date. And we hope we will be able to do it. I strongly hope that the fund I am expected to drop soon will come too,” he assured.
Speaking on the objectives of the museum, he said: “It is not a museum based on exhibition, not a museum as tourist attraction, not a museum as generator of economic activities. However, it could be a total of all these in the future. But at the moment, it is an educational museum that serves the university and the larger society. It is to serve as an educational tool. We will start by bringing secondary school students as well as design programmes for art teachers in secondary schools to engage them on arts. The success of the museum will be measured by how much we are able to engage and the impact we have on the people. We want people to take something away from their visit to the museum. For instance, we are going to develop object-based learning process for the students, how a piece of art work communicates to the viewers. We will also educate our professors who are not art inclined. The interaction can also interrogate areas like how the Benin artists got bronze to work in the early 18th century.” He hinted that the museum is independent of the university and not under any faculty as it is practised in other universities.
But according to him, the museum space can only exhibit not more than 300 works at any given time. He added that most of the works in the museum’s collection will not be displayed.
Thursday, 14 February 2019
Below are some pictures taken on thursday the 7th of February 2019, of Folake Coker, the founder of Tiffany Ambers fashion house, Aanena Jemitola, former Edo State Commisioner for arts and Culture, and the two executives of Tiffany Ambers fashions, namely; Wunika Mukan and Nkiru Adekoya to OYASAF. They were given a presentation about OYASAF activities and some five hours extensive tour of the foundation's art collection.