The Yemisi Shyllon Museum of Art (YSMA) at Pan-Atlantic University on the Lekki peninsula, two hours’ drive east of Lagos, opened last year as the latest of a wave of privately funded institutions across Africa that in the past five years have transformed the museum sector on the continent. The Yoruba prince Yemisi Shyllon – the country’s foremost art collector – donated $1.7m towards its establishment and 15 years of maintenance, along with 1,000 works from his collection. Together with the university’s own holdings, and donations from contemporary Nigerian artists, Shyllon’s gift means that the museum boasts one of the most impressive permanent collections in Nigeria – ranging from contemporary West African artists such as El Anatsui to historic sculptures, with particularly rich holdings of Nigerian modernists such as Bruce Onobrakpeya and Uche Okeke – housed in a smart red-concrete building with some 1,200 sq m gallery space, designed by the Spanish-Nigerian architect Jess Castellote, the museum’s inaugural director
Thursday 5 November 2020
Hope lies in being able to see light at the end of a tunnel. Hope encourages and stimulates us to overcome life's usually daunting challenges.
It keeps reassuring, soothing, and strengthing us to eventually overcome our life's challenges. Hope, provides us with the fortitude to conquer life's vicissitudes and despair. Hope motivates us to persevere in the course of our journey through life. Without hope in times of tribulations, man's life would become ordinary and not worth continuing. Hence, we must prime ourselves to continue to forge ahead with hope, no matter the challenges that fate may throw at us, in our journey of life.
We must always set pragmatic, rational, and achievable goals for ourselves.
We must follow this up, with a strong belief in our eventual success. And we must stay on course at all times and awake to our goals
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