At the first international ArtExpo organised by the Arts Galleries Association of Nigeria (AGAN) at the weekend, The Guardian Newspaper won the Paper of the year category for Arts reporting among other News Papers that was nominated for the same award: 234 Next, National Compass, Daily Mirror, The Nation, The Sun, ThisDay, Vanguard and the Punch.
The ArtExpo also gave the award for the Arts Editor of the Year category to the Editor, Sunday Guardian, Jahaman Anikulapo winning other norminees; Okeychukwu Uwaezeouke, Molara Wood, Macphilipps Nwachukwu , Sola Balogun. While Tajudeen Sowole, of the Guardian too won the Best Art Journalist of the year category.
Speaking at the event The Head, Event Planning Committee of AGAN, Juliet Ezenwa-Pearce, who described the awards given as a celebration of artists and stakeholders. “We these awards to celebrate artists who produce out standing works as well as appreciate patrons, collectors and sponsors for their consistent patronage and funding of our exhibitions and events.”
The event, as first of its kind in the visual arts sector, it attracted every segment of the creative industry as individuals, groups and the corporate organizations, who have contributed to the development of Nigerian art in the last one year.
She added “the nominations and the voting were done strictly by the artiste themselves and this is a welcome development to the improvement of arts in the country.”Stakeholders present at the award ceremony; The Commissional for Culture Ondo State, Tola Wewe, Yemisi Shyllon, Chief and Mrs. Rasheed Gbadamosi, Former National Art Gallery boss,Chief Joe Musa, The SAN chairman Oliver Ewunowun, Frank Okonta, among others.