I set myself a 6 week challenge to get out and about in Lagos every Friday and I can’t believe I am at #5 already. (Ok I missed a week – don’t tell anyone). I even found a friend along the way who has also been homeschooling temporarily and she has brought her kids along and made the trips even more fun.
This week we visited Nike Art Gallery which is a very famous gallery in Lagos.
I had been planning to go for some time but hadn’t thought of taking the kids before. Its a gorgeous place – the 4 storey building itself is a work of art and we learned so much about Nigerian cultural history during the visit, for example, the meanings behind the symbols traditionally used in Nigerian fabrics.
The owner Nike Okundayo is an iconic figure in Nigeria and beyond. Meeting her as we left was a highlight. She gave the children bracelets and kisses – how awesome.
The children did not zone out as I thought they would but found the paintings and sculptures intriguing. They delighted in identifying some of the mixed media (like CDs) used in some of the works and also deciphering the sculptures.
Our guide was fabulous, bearing with our rambunctious kids and it was all free. Afterwards we went to a local cafe which offered clay painting to kids and the kids produced their own works of art. A day of complete inspiration.