The current chairman, Society of Nigerian Artists (SNA), Lagos State Chapter, Oliver Enwonwu has been elected as president of the professional body.
According to an SMS sent by Sir Chuka Nnabuife, the new president, Oliver was elected yesterday (Saturday August 25) during SNA’s convention held at the Recreation Cenre, University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
The message which listed Nnabuife among the new executive members as General Secretary also included: Mrs Victoria Ukut, Vice President (East); Alhaji Mahmud Muhammed V.P. (north); Mr Eze Obizue, V.P, (middle-belt); Financial Secretary, Comrade Igbe David; Treasurer, Yemi Oladipo; Assistant Secretary, Tochukwu Okide; Publicity Secretary, Nwachukwu Onuorah. Ex-officio: Uwa Usen, Dr Best Ochigbo and Dr Harry Bazumu.
Enwonwu whose second term in office as chairman, Lagos State Chapter of SNA expires later this year is the son of late master Prof Ben Enwonwu.
The new president of the artists’ body, Enwonwu was born in Lagos. His bio states: he holds a first degree in biochemistry and post-graduate qualifications in applied geophysics and visual art all from the University of Lagos. He went through an apprenticeship / studio practice under his father.
His works centre on diverse expressions of identity in an increasingly globalized world dominated by mass communication. He also explores the effects of post-colonialism and address issues of self-discovery, history and social organization.
He has curated many shows for emergent and established artists and exhibited extensively in Nigeria, New York, Ireland and South Africa. Enwonwu is a member of several bodies including the Art Galleries Association of Nigeria and the Visual Arts Society of Nigeria. He is the founder and executive director, The Ben Enwonwu Foundation and member, Advisory Board, The Art Exchange Limited. Enwonwu is also chairman, Society of Nigerian Artists, Lagos, chief executive, Revilo, an art publishing company, director, Omenka Gallery and founder and editor, Omenka Magazine.