Friday 7 September 2018

OYASAF hosted Mr Theodore Borgvin- Weiss today, Friday the 07/09/2018. He is a PhD student of Cambridge University, of the Department of Divinity. The purpose of his visit was to obtain Prince Shyllon’s input into his PhD research project of the “Politics of Heritage in Contemporary Nigeria”. Please find below, pictures covering the visit.

Friday 31 August 2018

A team of four French cultural members from the Lagos office of the French embassy in Nigeria, visited OYASAF today the, 30th of August, 2018. Below are some photographic shots taken of the visit. 

Friday 17 August 2018

OYASAF, hosted both Prof. William Alexander Morel, who is an associate Professor of Phylosophy and the project coordinator of Embrace relief foundation by name, Harlan Gok. Both of which are of the St Johns University in the USA. They visited OYASAF with Abdul-Waheeb, of Ufuk dialogue foundation of Nigeria to discuss issues pertaining to their humanitarian projects in Africa.

Below are some pictures about the visit.


Monday 25 June 2018


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 MBA class at the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University).

Prince Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon is a legal practitioner, chartered member and  fellow of professional bodies,  such as the Institute of Marketing, the Institute of Directors, the Institute of Management, the Institute of Stock Brokers, the body of Engineers, and others, including patron of visual art within and outside Nigeria.  He holds a honorary Doctor of Letters degree (D.Litt), of the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

He has participated in conferences, workshops, trainings, delivered lectures and presentations in many notable educational and corporate institutions in technical, law, management and marketing functions across the globe.

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 31years of age, he was appointed executive director (marketing) of Nigerite Ltd, a subsidiary of ETEX group and introduced policies that influenced the marketing strategies applied by many subsidiaries of this global conglomerate in thirty (30) countries of 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 of the company. Within his years as executive director of Nigerite Ltd, he served as chairman of Ogun State radio and television stations, where he left some significant landmarks at establishing Nigeria’s first state owned FM radio station (OGBC FM Stereo) and introduced benefiting policies with observable lasting legacies. He was also at different times, the chairman of Ogun State Investment Corporation and Gateway Tourism Corporation. Notably as chairman of Gateway Tourism Corporation, his board facilitated the redevelopment of the Olumo rock into its current state as a major tourism site in Nigeria.

He served as a member of the 1989/90 UNIDO sponsored strategic industrial development committee for Nigeria under, Chief Rasheed Gbadamosi as chairman, that fashioned out some strategic economic development plans for Nigeria and was also a member of the 1994 Chief Chris Ogunbanjo led committee for fashioning out a development plan for Ogun state of Nigeria. He has served as member of the transition committees of incoming governments of Lagos state (1999) and Ogun State (2003) for fashioning out working blueprints for their incoming administrations. He is a member of the board of the University of Ibadan Advancement Center.

Prince Shyllon is currently a non-executive director of the Golden Tulip Hotel, Festac, among others. He combines his boardroom, law practice and management engagements with a committed devotion to showcasing and promoting Nigerian art and culture to the world and has served as a member of the National Heritage Council and Endowment for the Arts in Nigeria.

He is currently establishing Nigeria’s first privately funded public museum for the benefit of Nigeria, at the Pan Atlantic University in Ibeju, Lekki, Lagos, Nigeria, which construction is at its finishing stage.

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, 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 some twenty five (25) fellows and artists in Nigeria and 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 Prince Shyllon, 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 2000years 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 sculptures, 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 of the world.

Prince Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon D.Litt. 

Tuesday 12 June 2018

Visit of students of Fine Arts department of Ogun state University at Ibogun in Ogun state of Nigeria, to OYASAF facility on Thursday the 7th of June 2018. 

They were led by their head of department and a lecturer for an exposure to the use of art in the OYASAF collection for promoting creativity and culture. They enjoyed viewing artworks spanning the entire history of Nigerian art, made up of painting, photography and sculptures in all material forms.

The students also received a lecture about Nigerian art history on Igbo Ukwu art, through modern art from Aina Onobulu to the current Nigerian contemporary art history.

 In addition, the students were made to appreciate the importance of the indigenous cultures of Nigeria as propagated through art and its relevance to the Nigerian society.

Wednesday 25 April 2018


 The 2018 artists in residence program of the Omooba Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon Art Foundation (OYASAF) for Nigerian art graduates, has recently just been concluded. This Nigerian program, compliments the OYASAF international residency for artists, of which the 2018 version is expected to commence in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria from the 1st of May to the 24th of May 2018.

 During the Nigerian residency program, the two beneficiary artists created artworks with the use of OYASAF platforms and resources, which enabled them to experiment new ideas and undertake creative risks. They also extensively studied Nigerian art history as contained in the OYASAF collection, visited art markets and galleries in Lagos during the residency. The program hosted the two best 2017 visual art graduates of the Federal Polytechnic in Auchi, Edo State, Nigeria.  Their residency covered the period from 10th of March to 12th of April 2018.  The two beneficiary artists, were Mr Emih Doughlas (Painter) and Mr Okafor Izuchwukwu Gerald (Sculptor).
Some of the works produced by the artists are attached below. 

Title: Exam revision under perenic absence of PHCN power supply, Artist: Emih Doughlas, Dimension: 2 by 3 ft, medium: oil on canvas, Year: 2018

Title: Worried about mummy’s reaction, Artist: Emih Doughlas, Dimension: 2 by 3 ft, medium: oil on canvas, Year:2018

Title: my village market, Artist: Emih Doughlas, Dimension: 4 by 6ft, medium: oil on canvas, Year: 2018

Title: drummer Artist, Okafor Izuchukwu Gerrald: Dimension 6ft(H) 1ft(B) Medium: wood carving, Year: 2018

Friday 13 April 2018


Towards promoting the appreciation of Nigerian culture through visual art, OYASAF hosted the SISI OGE CULTURAL PAGEANT participants, at its facility on Tuesday, the 10th of April 2018. The OGE CULTURAL PAGEANT is aimed at promoting Africa’s heritage and values to the outside world, with the objective of reconnecting Nigerian youths with their root by the use of art and culture for National development.
During the tour of OYASAF facility, participants were welcomed with a presentation by Prince Yemisi Shyllon. This was followed by an interactive session, a guided tour of the foundation’s sculptured gardens of life size bronze, stone and metal works, a tour of some of the paintings within the facility and those in OYASAF art Storages. Below are some photographic shots of the event.

Photograph by OYASAF documentary photographer: RALPH MFON OBOT