Directors and Staff

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    Oliver Enwonwu is Executive Director and founder of The Ben Enwonwu Foundation. He holds a BSc in Biochemistry, PGDs in Applied Geophysics and Visual Art, as well as a MA in Art History, all from the University of Lagos. He is Director, Omenka Gallery, Editor, Omenka magazine, and President of the Society of Nigerian Artists.

    Oliver Enwonwu
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    Chief (Mrs) Aino Oni-Okpaku is the Chair of The Ben Enwonwu Foundation. She holds a Masters degree in Textile Design and has been at the forefront of promoting and developing African arts and crafts. She is the Managing Director of Quintessence Nigeria Limited, one of the most exclusive names in the art and craft industry in Nigeria.

    Chief (Mrs) Aino Oni-Okpaku
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    Joe Obiago is Chairman/CEO of Global Energy Company Limited, whose corporate social responsibility is channeled towards arts, culture and people initiatives, and reflects his keen support for the arts. He is also an avid collector.

    Joe Obiago
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    Olasehinde Odimayo is a trustee of the Visual Arts Society of Nigeria (VASON). He holds a BA in German Language from University of Ibadan, and has also taken various courses in fine art appraisal and evaluation at the prestigious Sotheby’s Institute in London. Odimayo is director of Treasurehouse Fine Arts, one of the leading galleries in Lagos.

    Olasehinde Odimayo
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    A seasoned banker and businessman, Sammy Olagbaju is an avid collector of art who has contributed to the growth of art and many artists in Nigeria. He has one of the largest private art collections in Nigeria and is the Chairman of the Visual Arts Society of Nigeria (VASON).

    Sammy Olagbaju
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    An expert in Maritime Law, Louis Mbanefo is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria. He has served on the board of several civil society organizations and currently occupies key positions in a number of charitable organizations. He is also an accomplished classical pianist and a former Chairman of the Musical Society of Nigeria (MUSON).

    Louis Nnamdi Mbanefo SAN
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    Evelyn Oputu is a respected banker and has served as Managing Director/CEO of Bank of Industry. The Federal Nigeria Government has Honored her with the Officer of the Order of the Niger for her contributions to building the banking and financial sector. She is a major patron of the visual arts in Nigeria.

    Ms Evelyn Oputu OON
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    Economist, Rasheed Gbadamosi has served as the Federal Minister of National Planning and the Chairman, Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency. He is also the Vice Chairman of the Visual Arts Society of Nigeria (VASON), and a former Chairman of the Musical Society of Nigeria (MUSON).

    Chief Rasheed Gbadamosi OFR
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    An experienced art administrator, Frank Aig-Imoukhuede was at various times, Director, National Council for Arts and Culture and Art Adviser to the Federal Government. He is also a renowned art critic and collector.

    Frank Aig-Imoukhuede
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    Ladun Ogidan is the Programme Officer of the Foundation. She holds a BA in Mass Communication from Covenant University, Nigeria. She is also the Deputy Editor of Omenka, Nigeria’s first premium art, business and luxury lifestyle magazine, and Assistant Curator at the Omenka Gallery.

    Ladun Ogidan
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    Yusuf Ariyo is the Head, Graphics Department of The Ben Enwonwu Foundation. He is also responsible for the art direction of Omenka magazine.

    Yusuf Ariyo