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About National Gallery of Art

The National Gallery of Art, NGA, was established as a parastatal by Decree No. 86, 1993 and the 2004 (Amendment Act). This was in fulfillment of the provisions of Nigeria’s Cultural Policy launched in 1988 in accordance with the recommendations of the committee of patrons of the World Decade for Cultural Development (WDCD) approved by UNESCO. This decision was later reaffirmed by the report of the Vision 2010 Committee to which the National Gallery of Art presented a memorandum in 1997 and the Ahmed Joda Panel in 2000.

Meet The Director General, Ahmed Sodangi

Ahmed Sodangi has been appointed as the new Director General, National Gallery of Art (NGA). He replaces Ebeten William Ivara, who came on board on September 1, 2020. 

Sodangi, who holds a Master’s Degree in Management and International Business from the prestigious Birmingham City University, United Kingdom and Bachelor’s in Business Management (American University of Nigeria), comes with a robust experience from the private sector which would be deployed in repositioning NGA.   READ MORE 


 “We have been expecting you,” was the sing-song by directors as the new Director General, National Gallery of Art (NGA), Ahmed Sodangi with a six-man entourage, went from one office to the other in an unofficial tour of NGA headquarters yesterday. As news of his presence spread like wild fire, other staff came out of their offices to have a glimpse of the young new chief executive, waving excitedly,

He was at the offices of the Ag. Directors, Human Resources Management, Adewale Alabi; Finance and Accounts, Everestus  Ogbodo; Educational Services, Mrs. Tonia Okonkwo; Legal Services, Barr. Ramjul Voncir and Director, Special Duties, Magnus Ojeonu. 

The DG expressed happiness on seeing them but explained that he merely came to “see the fine faces of the staff” as he is yet to resume formally.

Other offices visited were the Registry, Library, Planning & Research and Curatorial Services. The staff on ground, welcomed him warmly. The Deputy Director, Information Services, Oji Onoko, and two staff of Information Services, Jamila Abdulkarim and Precious Oparaugo took the new DG on the guided tour.

He had arrived suddenly and went straight to his office on Block C, 4th floor around 11 am. “I want to see other staff and offices of NGA,” he had declared, once he came out of his office. He was then taken to Block E: 2nd Floor, 9th floor and back to 2nd floor. The tour was rounded off with a group photograph with the directors present; the roll up banner of NGA, serving as the background.

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prof. Bruce Onobrakpeya

Life Time Achievement Award by Onobrakpeya, Nike Okundaye, Guardian Editor for NGA Awards April 18th 2023 

The National Gallery of Arts (NGA)  honoured one of the artists who has contributed immensely to the growth and development of visual arts subsector in particular and the arts sector in general. Legendary artist, Prof. Bruce Onobrakpeya will be bestowed with Lifetime Achievement award.


Pomp, pageantry as NGA rewards excellence in creativity
By Oji Onoko
21 May 2023   |   4:36 am

Other awardees at the high-octane event organized by National Gallery of Art (NGA) are: Thought Pyramid, Gallery of the Year, “for setting the pace in gallery management in Nigeria and exceptional promotion of modern art in the country;”

Onobrakpeya, Okundaye, others honoured at NGA Awards


26 APRIL 2023


For Onobrakpeya, it was a double celebration as he was just honoured by Georgia State Assembly, United States for his exemplary career as artist and role model.Also honoured was Chief Nike Okundaye, who received the Outstanding Visual Arts Personality of the Year Award. Mrs Okundaye is very adept in textile designs in adire and batik.

At retreat, NGA explores 21st century management skill
By Guardian Nigeria
13 November 2022

The highpoints of the two-day retreat organised by the National Gallery of Art in Abuja recently emphasis the changing dynamics of the 21st century that requires managers with modern mindset in the workplace to be agile, proactive, analytical, self-directed, problem solvers, team players and technologically savvy.

NGA.... and search for a national gallery

12 December 2021 | 3:34 am

Nigeria is one of the most populous countries in the world and the most populous on the continent with an estimated population of about 250 million people and more than 300 ethnic groups.

SNA pledge stronger partnership

08 December 2021 | 7:10 am

The National Gallery of Art (NGA) and the Society of Nigerian Artists (SNA) have pledged to work together for the benefit of Nigerian artists. This was disclosed during a courtesy visit of the leadership of SNA to the NGA corporate headquarters in Abuja.

SNA honours NGA DG Ivara

01 December 2021 | 2:10 pm

Society of Nigerian Artists (SNA) has bestowed its prestigious Distinguished Service Award on the Director-General, National Gallery of Art (NGA), Chief Ebeten William Ivara. The investiture took place in Abuja last week during the inauguration of the 11th President and executive members of the SNA.

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