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Lai Mohammed Congratulates Bruce Onobrakpeya


The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has

congratulated Mr. Bruce Onobrakpeya over his conferment with the

Nigerian National Order of Merit (NNOM), saying the award to the

octogenarian artist is a great boost for the Creative Industry.

In a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday, the Minister said the

recognition and honour accorded Mr. Onobrakpeya by the Federal

Government will go a long way to inspire young artists in particular

and the entire Creative Industry in general.

He said the conferment of the great award on Mr. Onobrakpeya has put

him in the same league as other great creative minds like Prof. Wole

Soyinka, the late Prof. Chinua Achebe, Mr. Laz Ekwueme and the late

Ladi Kwali, all past winners of the most-coveted award for

distinguished academicians and intellectuals.

”There is no doubt that Mr. Onobrakpeya, over the years, has been a

towering figure and a great inspiration to young artists, but this

award marks the highest point in his career as an artist.

”Mr. Onobrakpeya remains a great ambassador of Nigeria, having

exhibited his works in the UK, U.S. and Sweden, just to mention a few,

and with his works adorning great museums and art galleries all over

the world,” Alhaji Mohammed said.

While thanking the Federal Government for honouring Mr. Onobrakpeya, the Minister

wishes the great artist many more years of creativity and good


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