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Vision Statement 

To become a World Class Gallery and Global Tourist Destination.


Mission Statement

To Serve as Repository of Nigeria’s Creative Spirit and to Promote the Appreciation of Nigerian Art.

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 Bashir Sodangi

Ahmed Bashir Sodangi, from Katsina State Nigeria . He holds a Master's degree in Management and International Business from The Birmingham City University, United Kingdom, and a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration (Management) from the American University of Nigeria.

Ahmed has accumulated a wealth of experience, over the course of his career, where he has been shown to posses unmatched skill sets in negotiation, team building, leadership, strategic planning, and management.


DG Ahmed Sodangi with Director Documentation, Ngozi John-Uyah and the South West Zonal Coordinator, Mufu Onifade.

The Director General's visit to Lagos Outstation.

The Director General, National Gallery of Art, Ahmed Bashir Sodangi, on a working visit to the Lagos Outstation of the National Gallery of Art (NGA). Accompanying him was the Director, Documentation and Monitoring Department, Ms. Ngozi John-Uyah and Acting Director, Information Services Department, Mrs. Philomena Obasogie. Ahmed Sodangi has embarked on this transformative journey in eagerness to assess the office infrastructure, liaise with stakeholders as well as delve into the rich history of Nigerian Art archived within. 

The Zonal coordinator (South -West), Mr. Mufu Onifade, the Curator, Dr. Mrs. Peace Odogwu and Deputy Director, Information Services, Mr. Emeka Odiari were on ground to receive the DG.

One of the key mandates of the DG is pioneering the digitalization efforts to preserve our art and cultural legacy, and share it with the world in line with the Federal Ministry of Art, Culture and the Creative Economy’s directive.

The DG, Ahmed Sodangi, during the visit addressed the staff and encouraged them to embark on a journey of creativity and excellence in a bid to drive the agency to new heights.   He further added that their dedication and passion are the key ingredients to the success of the organization which can only be achieved by working together as a team.

The Director Special Duties NGA, Representing The DG at World Intellectual Property Day (WIPO)

The National Gallery of Art  joined the World Intellectual Property Organization on friday 26th April 2024 to celebrate ‘The World Intellectual Property Day’, observed to create more awareness about intellectual property rights and why they should be safeguarded. This year, the WIPO Nigeria Office celebrated this event with a National Design Competition in collaboration with  the National Gallery of Art amongst other activities. The Director, Special Duties, National Gallery of Art, Mr. Magnus Ojeonu, represented the Director General, National Gallery of Art.


2024 Retreat for the Ministry and its Agencies

The Federal Ministry of Art, Culture and Creative Economy held the 2024 Retreat for the Ministry and its agencies from Wednesday, 24th April to Thursday, 25th April, 2024 at the main conference hall, Federal Ministry of Education, 2nd Floor, Federal Secretariat, Phase III, Abuja. In attendance were the Honourable Minister of Art, Culture and Creative Economy, Hannatu Musa Musawa; the Permanent Secretary, James Sule; Dr. Sanusi Ohiare who represented the SA to the President on Policy and Coordination; Okor Odey who represented the Chairman of ICPC. The Director General of the NGA,

 Mr. Ahmed Sodangi and the other eight Heads of Agencies under the Ministry of Art, Culture and Creative Economy as well as Directors of the Ministry and some Directors of the National Gallery of Art were present at the event. Presentations were made during the retreat on the presidential priorities and Ministerial deliverables. Also addressed were issues regarding due process and procedures within the public service. The Ministry and its agencies will be aligning strategies to advance growth in the Art, Culture and Creative industry while working towards actualising the “Destination 2030” initiative and supporting the “Renewed Hope” of Mr. President.

FG Pledges to Reposition Visual Arts Sector

By Johnbosco Agbakwuru,

Mar 16, 2024

 The Director-General, National Gallery of Arts (NGA), Ahmed Sodangi, has restated his organisation`s commitment to reposition the visual art sector in the country.                       He said creativity and imagination are two qualities that define the human experience globally. . “We are poised to carry artists along by making them the centrepiece of our operations.


Painting As An  Instrument Of Economic Growth

Mar 15, 2024

‘’Arts, in its various forms, has the ability to transcend boundaries, ignite emotions, and challenge our perspective. it allows us to escape the confines of our everyday lives, offering a glimpse into different world, cultures, and experiences . it is through art  that we find solace, meaning, and deeper understanding of ourselves and the world around us.

With Site Set on Priority Projects, Sondangi Takes Over at National Gallery
By Okechukwu Uwaezuoke
12 March 2024    

Strong are the indications that Ahmed Sodangi’s official taking over the helm of affairs as the National Gallery of Art’s new director general on Tuesday, March 5, heralded an end to the parastatal’s somewhat prolonged hiatus, which, so to speak, has metaphorically kept it running on a “pilot light” and consequently out of the industry’s radar. 

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.

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.

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.

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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