Nike Art Gallery, the slightly overvisited, but enjoyable attraction that I personally don’t think I can get over. It is such a beautiful space and I totally understand everyone who has raved about it.

A bit of the background on Nike Art Gallery:

Osogbo houses the first Nike Art Gallery and as the name implies, it was established by Chief Nike Davies Okundaye. In 1983, she founded the Osogbo branch from her earnings as an artist and without governmental assistance. Thankfully, things are looking up as interest has grown in Arts and Tourism.

Side note: We were meant to visit the Nike Art Gallery in Osogbo during #BeWET, but some people (who shall not be named) delayed us for so long and so we couldn’t).

After so many years in Osogbo, Chief Nike came over to Lagos to set up the Nike Art Centre in Lekki and currently it is the largest of its kind in West Africa.

I went with my friend and colleague Yemisi, and when we entered the four-storey building that is the Gallery, a Staff gave us a warm welcome and a few instructions. We were told to not take photos of the artworks by themselves, but we could use them as a background for our pictures and we did a lot of that.

Twinning with the Art

If you’re planning to visit the gallery, here are some things to note:

  1. It’s right at the junction of the 3rd roundabout in Lekki (Ikate), if you’re coming from the mainland by bus, drop at Ikate and walk into the road on the right. White building with a huge letterboard, you can’t miss it. If you’re driving, use Google Maps. Just put this in – 2 Elegushi Beach Road, 3rd Roundabout, Epe Expressway, Lekki Phase I, Lekki, Nigeria.
  2. You can be yourself at this place, so please go with someone you’re comfortable with. I took photos sitting on the floor, imitating sculptures, dancing and just being goofy.
  3. Art pieces range from thousands to millions of Naira, take your credit or debit card if you plan to partake in some art buying. You can find textiles, paintings, sculpted pieces, wrought metal pieces, fabric, beads, eco-friendly art, etc.
  4. You can’t take photos with professional cameras on the inside, except you plan to use it as a prop like I did, don’t bother with it.
  5. It costs zilch to get in i.e there is no entry fee
  6. The Gallery is open every day and opening hours are from 10am – 6pm. You can call +234 1 270 5964.
  7. I have a new favourite artist and his name is Tolu Aliki, he makes figurative art and the expressions of his subjects are everything. I love the lines, the colour, everything! You can follow him on Instagram – @tolualiki and purchase a few pieces or commission him for a job.

I and Yemisi then rounded off our tour with a visit to the Lekki Arts and Crafts Market and then a refuel at Black Bell restaurant.

Black Bell deserves a paragraph on its own and even another visit. The entire place is beautiful – I loved the minimalist vibes. Sisi Yemmie went there one day and after watching that vlog, I knew that the next time I will be eating in Lekki, it has to be at Black Bell. We spent under 6,000 Naira for 2 filling meals and we were replete by the time we were done.

This post is already longer than I intended so I’ll let you take a look at more photos that we took. You can also peep my Instagram highlights for yes, highlights of how everything went down.

P.S. Don’t say I’m enjoying because we went out. I’m on the lookout for places to hangout in Lagos that won’t consume half of my salary and this was my first stop.

Until next time,

Jaded girl

I’m doing a lot of this these days, Minding my Business

Sunk-kissed Yemisi
With Tolu Aliki’s art, yeah my face is blurry but it’s not about me
Goofing around…

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