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Panel Discussion on the Role of Arts in Community Enlightenment, Cohesion and Development holds on October 10

Onitsha (September 30, 2019): The works of 250 artists will be showcased at Oreze V11 which opens on Wednesday, October 9 at Ime Obi, (Palace of the Obi of Onitsha) Ezechima Square, Onitsha. The exhibition will run till Sunday, October 13. Works to be exhibited fall into three broad categories. Those by artists from West African countries with a major showing by artists from the francophone countries; works by Nigerian artists including those in the diaspora; and works by artists of Onitsha origin and other artists practicing in the various parts of the southeast region. Frank Ugiomoh, Professor of Art History and Theory. Department of Fine Art and Design, University of Port Harcourt will be the Special Guest at the opening ceremony.

Oreze V11 is one of the events which forms part of the 2019 Ofala of the Obi of Onitsha, His Majesty Nnaemeka Achebe. According to the monarch who is the chief host of the exhibition ‘’ Oreze is part of the effort to ensure that art-making, appreciation, and enjoyment is accessible to a wider cross-section of our society, including those in the provincial and rural communities’’. George Edozie, curator of the exhibition added ‘’We are delighted to present Oreze VII, a festival of colours and creative energies in a collection of great works of Art from multi-talented Artists to celebrate this year’s Ofala’’.

A panel discussion on the “Role of Art in Community Enlightenment, Cohesion and Development’’ will hold on Thursday, October 10 as part of the exhibition. Panelists include such artists as Tayo Adenaike, Obiora Anidi, and Nneka Odoh. Others are art collector Hakeem Adedeji, and art curator Iheanyi Onwuegbucha. Frank Ugiomoh Panel will moderate the discussion.
The Oreze Art Exhibition Series has been conceptualised and promoted under the auspices of Chimedie Museum Trust Foundation.

About the Oreze Art Exhibition
The Oreze Art Exhibition holds annually during the Ofala of the Obi of Onitsha. It opened for the first time as Oreze 1 on Monday, October 7, 2013, which was the eve of that year’s Ofala. Oreze has grown in leaps and bounds and has had some of the largest collection of works in a group show in Africa. It continues to feature artists from various parts of the world and has served as an avenue for promoting up and coming artists.

About Chimedie Museum Trust Foundation
The Chimedie Museum Trust Foundation has been established by His Majesty Nnaemeka Achebe, Obi of Onitsha. The foundation seeks to help create a future in which African art achieves greater visibility, appreciation, relevance, and sustainability. The Chimedie Museum Trust Foundation is a centre of excellence for the development and promotion of African art as a vehicle for community transformation. In this regard, it has decided to establish the Chimedie Museum in Onitsha. Construction of the museum building is underway.

Nn’emeka Maduegbuna
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