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To become a world class Gallery and global tourist destination


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 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

Ahmed has been part of the Projects office in the SME Directorate at the Bank of Industry Ltd (BOI) since 2018. He was charged with the responsibility of processing credit applications, deal flow generation, Loan recovery and collection, including the management of both performing and non-performing loans; and overseeing the administration and implementation of approved projects. 


… as NGA showcases the artistic talent of Nigerian children

The International Children’s Day is annually commemorated by the National Gallery of Art with activities that promote the artistic talent of Nigeria’s teeming young and aspiring artists, discovering new talent among the nation’s younger generation and fostering interest and dedication to the growth of the visual art sub-sector.

 In line with its mandate of sourcing for new talents with which to continually replenish the 

sub-sector for seamless growth and improvement, the NGA organized an exhibition of drawings, paintings, sculptures, mixed media, installations and other genres of Visual Art for school children drawn across primary and secondary schools within the six geo-political zones of the federation.

This year’s event was however a slight departure from the norm by its theme: Visual Art as Panacea for Economic GrowthBy this, the NGA intended to project the role of art in economic growth and the indispensable role of creativity to the nation’s economic advancement. Bearing in mind, the economic challenges confronting the world today of which Nigeria is no exception, this year’s theme is quite apt and timely in drawing attention to what is most important to the nation and its masses.

With this pertinent objective in mind, the Director-General of NGA, Ahmed Sodangi reiterated in his speech, delivered on the occasion of the event’s grand finale that: “Visual Art is a vitally-important economic industry, generating revenue, creating jobs and developing communities.” The DG went on to assure the participating children that: “several resources are available which offer substantial research findings on visual art and economic development; from state-wide economic impact to grass-root levels.” He insisted that: “Visual Art is the sum of all the parts of the creative industries including trade, labour, production.”

The implications of the DG’s comments border on the fact that art is complete in itself; being both a medium of expression and a means of self-employment. As such, children are enabled to grow into useful citizens, contributing their quota to the betterment of society and by this means, curtailing the rampage of insecurity through business and employment.

The Educational Services Department of the NGA, ably led by Mrs. Anthonia Okonkwo worked along a laid-down blueprint for the International Children’s Day event which culminated on 27th May, 2024 at the Exihibition Pavilion, Abuja. This blueprint involved the previous organizing of art exhibitions for school children at NGA’s outstations in all states of the federation. From these exhibitions, winners with the best works of art emerged who represented their schools and states at the grand finale.

By this means, the department ensures that the best among the young talented children are encouraged to take up art as an undergraduate course with a view to making it a profession after graduation. The organisers recognized the fact that the great icons of Visual Art such as Pablo Picasso, Michaelangelo, Bruce Onobrakpeya and Nike Okundaye were once children and the great Artists of tomorrow abound among the teeming children that constitute the future generations of the nation, some of them among those who participated in this year’s competition. With guidance and confidence building, these children would be enabled to recognize and harness their innate talent of artistic expression and become the pride and joy of Nigeria, presenting a positive image of the nation to the world.

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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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