Omoba Yemisi Shyllon’s exploits in visual arts are legendary. So, as an imapctful art collector and sponsor, his legacy readily celebrates him.
But, in HOUSE OF MEMORY, award-winning performance poet, Akeem Lasisi, does a poetic justice to the commitment of the founder of the Omoba Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon Art Foundation. The video was shot at Shyllon’s OYASAF Garden in Lagos and at his Abeokuta, Ogun State home, which is also a mini museum on its own.
The Omoba is currently Nigeria’s largest private art collector, with over 7,000 artworks of sculptures, paintings and other media, as well as over 55,000 photographic shots of Nigeria’s cultural festivals.
The art works in his collection are dated from as early as the 9th century and as late as the 21st century. They include the works of both early and later Nigerian artists, such as Aina Onabolu, Akinola Lasekan, Ben Enwonwu, Okaybulu Eke, Nike Davis-Okundaye, Charles Shainumi, Okpu Eze, Clary Nelson Cole, Kolade Osinowo, David Dale, Simon Okeke, Isiaka Osunde, Abayomi Barber, Olu Amoda, El Anatsui, Ben Osawe, Bruce Onobrakpeya, Lara Ige-Jacks, Susanne Wenger, Theresa Akinwale, Uzo Egonu, Jimoh Akolo, Lamidi Fakeye, Uche Okeke, Erhabor Emopkae, Kunle Filani, Tola Wewe, Yusuf Grillo, Adeola Balogun, Olawunmi Banjo and Oresegun Olumide.