(L-r) Ag. SGF, Habiba Lawal; Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; President Muhammadu Buhari; Justice Minister, Abubakar Malami; Minister for Agriculture, Ausu Ogbe and the Minister of State for Agriculture, Heineken Lokpobiri singing the National anthem during the Federal Executive Council Meeting at the State House, Abuja. Photo by Abayomi Adeshida 04/10/2017
A hyper-realist artist, Olumide Oresegun, on Monday urged the Federal Government to fund and document adequately the arts’ sector for the preservation of the nation’s heritage.
Oresegun told the Newsmen in Lagos on Monday that government should also upgrade all tourist destinations across the country.
He said that tourist destinations that were upgraded and had been properly managed by the National Museums and Monument Commission (NMMC) according to international best practices would always attract tourists into the country.
They would also generate income to support the sector, he said.
“If they do not do that, fewer tourists will come into the country.
“Tourists want to know the histories, the heritage of countries they are visiting for education and enlightenment.
“Tourists want to learn the histories of the people they are visiting, their sites, cultures arts and craft, what make the host country and communities tick,’’ he said.
The artist said that tourists would always travel to the countries of their choices to derive pleasure by seeing and admiring the unique artworks produced by indigenous artists and historical sites.
Oresegun also said that there was the need for the government to encourage the documentation of people’s art works to facilitate its growth in the country.
“Histories, events and other things that express our cultural experiences, our day-to-day acts need to be documented either in drawing or photographs,’’ he said.
Oresegun,however, said that though his genre of art called hyperrealism is new in the country, it had been in existence in Europe and America for years.
He noted that in Africa, people have not mastered those areas of art.
Oresegun graduated from Yaba College of Technology where he studied Fine Arts.
He had mounted so many exhibitions both locally and internationally