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INSTITUTE of Management and Technology (IMT), Enugu, Augustine Uchechukwu Nweze, has described Sculptor Dr Okay lkenegbu as a profound talented artist and committed staff of lMT and urged  up- coming artists to always emulate him.  

  Speaking during the opening ceremony of solo outdoor(open air) exhibition of sculptures by Sculptor Dr Okay lkenegbu at the National Commission for Museum and Monument, Enugu, with the theme, ‘After The Rain’ ,Prof Nweze noted that hard work, perseverance, ingenuity and commitment to excellence saw lkenegbu rose to the pinnacle of his academic and professional career.   

  According to him:”lkenegbu’s experience is so rich and varied as far as art, particularly visual art is concerned and his life so exemplary and effective that there is need for a book to be written on him to profile his career and life for younger generation to learn.

   In his remarks, the Chairman of the occasion, Ugochukwu Chime noted that art and estate development have something in common and urged governments at all levels  to always patronise artists by procuring their artworks to be adorned in strategic areas for aesthetics.  

  Rev Chime commended Okay lkenegbu for his ability to explore such wide range of visual ideas, noting that for him to come up with these great artworks shows that he has much imagination and energy to have executed the works.   

  In his statement titled:”Boldness, Enchantment and Power: New Works by Okay lkenegbu”, Professor of Fine and Applied Art, University of Nigeria Nsukka, Chuu Krydz lkwuemesi, observed that lkenegbu’s current outing was:”all about to reconnect us with part of our history as a people – especially with the reality of Nigeria which has witnessed little or no difference between Abacha and current strong men, all apostles of what l have described as “Nigerianism” elsewhere.”.        

  Explaining further, Prof lkwuemesi said:”Nigerianism is defined as a tendentious negativisim philosophy which has encircled Nigeria in the last few decades. Promoted by bread and butter leaders, it is a pan- Nigerian attitude which thrives on corruption, violence, contradiction, dishonesty, obsession with short cut to mundane demands, disdain for hard work

, glorification of mediocrity and inversion of values”.    

    The occasion was graced by who is who in the visual art industry some of who are: Prof Clifford Nwanna, Prof Nelson Edewor, President, Sculptors Association of Nigeria ,Dr Chijioke Onuora, Dr Obiora Anidi, Bona Ezeudu and Curator of National Gallery of Art, Abakiliki, Amechi Edozie.            

 However, the man, Okay lkenegbu, works mainly with found objects in diverse media. Scrap metal is his choicest medium to both construction/composition, including installations. He also has to his credit over 35 publications in both national and international journals of repute.

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