Nike Art Gallery, Lagos

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up”

As a little child, I would paint and draw at every opportunity I got but as I got older I did less and eventually stopped(doesn’t mean I still don’t have it in me,lol) but I still love art. So when I found out about the Nike Art Gallery I knew I had to put it on my to-do list whenever I had the opportunity to visit Lagos.

Nike Art Gallery is owned by Nike Davies-Okundaye; she is a 67 year old Nigerian woman who is a professional textile artist and a painter. The Nike Art Gallery is the largest art gallery in West Africa. and it houses over 7,000 artworks. It is a magnificent four-storey tall building which houses over 7,000 artworks with diverse collection of arts by multitude of Nigerian artist(with the owner inclusive) which offers an insight into all cultures of Nigeria through the medium of art.

Nike Art Gallery is located at 2, Elegushi Beach Road, Lekki, Lagos. The Nike Art Gallery is also located in Kogi State, Osun State and the city of Abuja.

When I eventually “made” it to Lagos, myself and Tosin who blogs here decided to explore. Upon arrival at the Nike Art Gallery I was welcomed by a group of beautiful ladies who were gorgeously dressed in an adire top and I was asked not to take pictures inside the gallery(*inserts crying emoji here*). I also looked forward to meeting the owner but I was told she was ill and couldn’t make it down to the gallery. My friend and I were captivated by every single art work on each floor and my God! It was a sight to behold. Once we we’re done with feeding our eyes, we retreated outside to enjoy art even much more in an open space.

As soon as we were done, the owner of the Nike Art Gallery walked in but at that time we had run out of time and we wanted to let her rest and we both agreed to visit as many times as possible.

Entry to the Nike Art Gallery is absolutely free but the art works aren’t free. Some of the art works cost millions of naira but of course there are way cheaper artworks to buy at the gallery.

Are you an art lover? Have you ever been to Nike Art Gallery? Will you visit when you have the opportunity?

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22 thoughts on “Nike Art Gallery, Lagos

  1. Awesome works of art to behold in the pictures. I appreciate art works very well and my story is similar to yours. I hope I get the opportunity to tour the place someday.

  2. Thank God I’m in Lekki as I’m reading this…I’m going there tomorrow๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚…I love the way you described it Bolu!๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ

  3. Yes! I am an art lover but I feel like there’s a lot about art I still don’t understand. I went on an excursion to Nike Art Gallery, at Osun state in primary school. Though the memory is faint, I remember myself looking around with my eyes and heart so yes, I definitely will like to go again. Thank you for reminding me๐Ÿ˜€

    1. You should go there Tife now that at least there’s a break from school.
      I stated in the post that entry is absolutely free.
      And yes! We do have a lot in common. Name,interest in food and places

  4. Aww the gallery looks stunning! I love art so much, although I can’t draw/paint to save my life. I think I express my artsy side through photography. I can just imagine how you got lost in the paintings and drawings trying to figure out what the artist was thinking when they created their pieces. It’s awesome that it was free! Sometimes, we can also have great fun without spending which is so great๐Ÿ™Œ. A gallery I visited here in South Africa was free too. Maybe it’s an African thing …

    1. These pictures don’t even do justice to the pieces of art there.
      I love the fact that its free too because it gives people the opportunity to experience art without breaking the bank.
      Just imagine me walking up there anytime I’m sad

  5. It was an awesome experience, it’s a place worth visiting over and over again. Artworks were exceptional, an artwork could say a million things. Beautiful place and awesome adventure partner.

  6. I’ve been saying I’ll visit this place for two years now,things keep getting in my way. I love art a lot in secondary school I was the only student in my set that chose visual art. Your post has served as the push I need to visit this gallery. Thanks for sharing your experience with us.
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