TRIBUTE TO LATE PROFESSOR OLUSEGUN OYELEKE ADEWOYE
On behalf of Bruce Onobrakpeya Foundation (BOF) and participants of the Harmattan Workshop Series, I write to extend our condolences for the sudden transition to glory of one of our patrons, Professor Olusegun Oyeleke Adewoye.
I met Professor Adewoye for the first time at the Harmattan Workshop Art Gallery in Victoria Island, Lagos. The occasion was the opening of an art exhibition of paintings by Mufu Onifade to which he was invited as the guest of honour. That meeting brought us close, and over the years I came to know him as a great art lover, art collector, art patron, a scholar, a teacher, a builder of minds and an astute administrator.
Professor Adewoye visited my studio several times to acquire art works for his collection which already included the paintings of our great Ben Enwonwu . On one of such visits, I took a chance and asked him to help with the sponsorship of an edition of the Harmattan Workshop at Agbarha-otor Delta State. This he did as the Director General and Chief Executive of NASENI (National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure), and we were able once more to bring together artists, both experienced and beginners from Nigeria, West Africa and abroad to learn skills and share ideas in the informal art education set up. By that act, as a Professor of materials science engineering he recognized the interrelationship between the visual art and science as well as their synergy in industrial, economic and social development of our dear nation. He sets example which others have since followed.
With his death, I hope that the plan to build a befitting place for his art collection in Ilesha will still materialize.
May his soul rest in the bosom of the Lord, Amen.
5th June 2015.