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I'm Margaret, a female traveller from Nigeria, and welcome to my personal blog , TheAjalaBug.com.

Here, I document my adventures in travel and life experiences generally. Hope you get inspired!

The unmatched art world of the greatest African art collector

The unmatched art world of the greatest African art collector

β€œIt is a glorious obsession. It goes from interest to passion and passion to obsession until you are buying artwork at every auction and you have to build new storage spaces just to house your art collection.” here

I was on a random search on the internet when I bumped into Omooba Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon (here). Please allow me tell you a bit about the humble Prince. Prince Shyllon is a legal practitioner, amongst other broad business interests. He is widely acknowledged to own the most balanced art collection in Nigeria, and probably Africa. He is also extensively recognised as the leading advocate of Nigerian art & culture and he is one of the few licensed Nigerian art auctioneers.

As an art lover, I was inspired by him even without meeting him. I asked myself countlessly if it was possible for one man to collect as much as 7,000 artworks and over 50,000 photographs documenting the cultural festivals in Nigeria.

I was 'hungry' to know more and the researcher in me began to dig further. Eventually, I realised the Prince doesn't have an Art gallery or museum but his home is an art world and private museum. As you will expect of an co-art lover, I strategised to locate and visit his house and as they say, the rest is history.

My pictures, which will take you on a tour of his house, are all from his garden as cameras are not allowed in his private museum. I can tell you though that all the buildings in the compound are unbelievably loaded with art works from far back 1975 to date and covering Aina Onabolu, Susanne Wenger, Nike Davis-Okundaye, Ben Enwonwu, Pa Bruce Onobrakpeya, Peju Alatise, Oregsegun Olumide et al

Gosh! I was like a child in a candy store. Lest I forget, for the first time ever I saw the Nok terracotta, something I only heard about in school. I was in awe. If you have ever been to Freedom park, now you know the unnamed donor of the sculptures/statutes there.

Please allow my pictures give you a sneak peek into the 'Africa wonder'.

 She fansies me

She fansies me

 My name is in the book of life

My name is in the book of life

 The hardworking African woman

The hardworking African woman

 That's a fish pond house with the fishes below

That's a fish pond house with the fishes below

 Art and culture

Art and culture

 Art and culture

Art and culture

 Imagine waking up to this view everyday

Imagine waking up to this view everyday

 Art and culture

Art and culture

 The fun side of the compound

The fun side of the compound

 We are still waiting for the day...

We are still waiting for the day...

 Cheers to the greatest art collector, Omooba Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon. You inspire me

Cheers to the greatest art collector, Omooba Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon. You inspire me

 Every single thing in the compound speaks of art

Every single thing in the compound speaks of art

 Okay, asides touring inside the museum, this was the highlight of my visit. Whatttt?! Genius mind. The Shhh artwork is  'da ish'

Okay, asides touring inside the museum, this was the highlight of my visit. Whatttt?! Genius mind. The Shhh artwork is 'da ish'

Final thoughts

For those who value African art, masks, and the general history of the continent this is the place to experience it all. 

I literally lost my breath a couple of times and to think that the Prince started collecting art as an undergraduate in 1975, using savings from his scholarship, I am more inspired. I loved art a long time ago and I wish I was a collector early enough. I guess it's not to late to start. Prince must be waking up daily a very happy man. When your house is a museum... #MajorGoals #TheRealBallerAlert. He is undoubtedly safeguarding the Nigerian cultural heritage.

Thanks for staying tuned with me and all the heroes making it happen in Africa. Till my next adventure. Stay blessed

Margaret.

My accidental discovery | The Artisan

My accidental discovery | The Artisan

Beyond the historical monument at Ogun State

Beyond the historical monument at Ogun State