|Timothy Adebanjo Fasuyi|
The good news of flagging off the book project for Nigerian artists is coming nearly 10 years after NGA first announced the concept. Recall that in 2008, NGA, under the leadership of then Director-General, Joe Musa, told art professionals in Lagos that government had plans to get art historians document Nigerian artists. At Fasuyi’s 82nd birthday, the current D-G, Abdullahi Muku, assured that the book project would soon start.
“NGA has captured Fasuyi (Tafas) in over 200 pages,” Muku disclosed. But the presentation of the book, the D-G said, would be done before the end of the year. Muku used the occasion to remind art professionals that NGA was duty-bound to document artists, noting, “We have quite a lot of artists on the waiting list to document, as part of the NGA’s many projects for artists.”
Fasuyi and notable modernists such as Yusuf Grillo, Solomon Wangboje and Dr. Bruce Onobrakpeya, among others, were foundation members of