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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, Ebeten William Ivara

Ebeten William Ivara hails from Itigidi in Abi Local Government Area of Cross River State, Nigeria.  He attended Government Primary School, Obubra; St. Brendan Secondary School, Iyamoyong; Institute of Education, Uyo and the University of Calabar where he studied Public Administration.
Ivara is a career civil servant who rose through the ranks to Directorship. He started his career in Cross River Broadcasting Corporation where he worked for 13 years in various capacities: Studio Manager; Producer, Commercial Officer and Chief Commercial Officer. Thereafter, he took a lateral transfer to the Cross River Civil Service, specifically, the Department of Information, Governor’s Office. Here he was at different times, Chief Commercial Officer and Assistant Director. He was then deployed to the State Education Board and later the Ministry of Education.  He was later posted to the State Planning Commission, where he rose to the position of Director, Planning, Research and Statistics.
He was also at the Ministry of Environment and later, the Ministry of Works where he retired in 2017 after 35 years of meritorious service.

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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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