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A New Era for the Nigerian Creative Industry! View Photos from “For the Love of Arts” Event at the Civic Centre



On Wednesday 21st of December 2011, close friends & families of Adenrele Sonariwo & Damilola Amolegbe gathered at the coveted Civic Center, Lagos to introduce their vision for the first solely Arts University in Nigeria – The Modern Day School of the Arts. They presented the “For The Love of Arts” fair, which featured over 40 pieces of art work(s) from artists such as Mode Adenirokun, Agahome, Karo Akpokiere, TY Bello, Victor Ehikhamenor, Libran Eye Photography and many others. There after, there was an entertainment night event aimed at promoting and creating the Arts Industry in Nigeria.

The event which was hosted by the always dapper – Ebuka Obi-Uchendu & Oluwafeyijimi Sodipo (Miss Nigeria, Queen Ambassador 2011) was a sure sight to behold. The hosts introduced The Modern Day School of the Arts (MDSA) – a training institution that is set on advancing literacy in the community, promoting quality education and encouraging the creative performance of individuals. The goal is to grow into becoming Nigeria’s foremost institution for education of the arts

Arrive, Smile & Strike A Pose

Ebuka Obi-Uchendu

Pepper Okwesa

Adebanke Adelano

Desola Ogunleye

Wunmi Onilere

Derin Phillips - DJ Caise

Mode Adenirokun

Doyin Teriba

Oluwafiyejimi Sodipo (Miss Nigeria Queen Ambassador 2011)

Osaru Alile of Caxton Alile

Bolaji Kekere-Ekun

Ibiene, Lape Onakoya & a friend


Hosts - Ebuka Obi-Uchendu & Oluwafeyijimi Sodipo

Lennon performing his single on stage

Keytarist Jaiye serenading attendees

Bukky Karibi

Video Presentations

Karo Akpokiere

Karo Akpokiere
Graduated From – Yaba College of Technology, Lagos Nigeria
Latest Achievement – The Seek Project
Website –

Mode Adenirokun

Mode Adenirokun
Graduated From – Academy of Art University, San Francisco California
Latest Achievement: Sold Painting at The For The Love of Arts Fair earlier in the day.

Bolaji Kekere-Ekun

Bolaji Kekere – Ekun (Film Maker/Founder of 37th State Production)
Graduated From – University of South California (USC – Film School)
Latest Achievement – Launched Short Film Nkiru
Website –

Osaru Alile

Osaru Alile (Co-Founder of Caxton Alile Design- Cards & Interior Design)
Graduated From – Fashion Institute of Technology (Studied Interior Design)
Latest Achievement – Caxton Alile CARDS, Primera Africa Offices, Victoria Island, Lagos & Victoria Garden City (VGC) Amenities renovation
Website –

Chalya Shagaya

Debo & Adeola Sonariwo

Abas Idaresit

Ima Okon

Folajimi Mohammed

Zainab with Mayowa Balogun

Oyindamola Fakeye


Taiwo & Kehinde Balogun

Kunle Abiola-Ige

Nafisa Ayomike

Adenrele Sonariwo (President of MDSA)

President of the Modern Day School of the Arts – Adenrele Sonariwo took the stage with a speech on why the initiative is needed and how it would allow growth and freedom for most of the creative minds that will come out of Secondary Schools in Nigeria, thereby positioning these potential artists for careers in arts and design. She also shared with the audience the curriculum which includes – Fashion Design, Media, Interior Design/Architecture, Advertising/Graphic & Web Design, Film, Photography and many others.

Chukwunwike Obi & Bolaji Kekere-Ekun

Funlola Animashaun, Dare Adenirokun & Temilade Denton

Lanre Balogun

Pepper Okwesa & Ugo Chikezie

Rukky Ladoja, Damilola Amolegbe, Ozzy Etomi & Ngozi Okoli

Contact: To find out more about The Modern Day School of the Arts, its Curriculum and how to support the cause;


  1. elohelahe

    February 9, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    funlola i see u

  2. mizz

    February 9, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    where’s the art?

    • Berry

      February 9, 2012 at 2:03 pm


    • Tiki

      February 9, 2012 at 2:32 pm

      Lol, you know! I had forgotten what the event was about.

    • I Am Legend

      February 10, 2012 at 3:03 pm


  3. Ginika

    February 9, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Great idea!!!

  4. Aisha

    February 9, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Chalya is a true beauty.

  5. T.S.

    February 9, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    I was looking forward to seeing the art 🙁

  6. Nike

    February 9, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Temi Denton!!!!! I see you babes

  7. Violet

    February 9, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Me too! Where is d art?

  8. Duvy

    February 9, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    I am also struggling with what the event is about.. where is the art?

  9. Seen

    February 9, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Ebuka is all the art i need to see….Looking Sharppppppp!

  10. Tinu Ade

    February 9, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Nigeria definitely needs this

  11. solafunmi Sosanya

    February 9, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Plsss, i hope damilola amolegbe (in the last pic) reads this. Babes, been trying to get in touch with you for about 19 years, we were good friends in primary school (Fountain School), pls pls and pls, do contact me via email plssssss, [email protected]

  12. Ikenna11

    February 9, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    ”Miss Nigeria”!!
    This is what happens when decisions in beauty contests are made purely on tribal sentiments.

  13. jennietobbie

    February 9, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Ebuka stop boiling……!!!!!!!!!

  14. redfunnylips

    February 9, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    sharkie balogun….i see you…

  15. Babe

    February 9, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Mummy “M” I see you…my principal in primary school.

  16. ally

    February 9, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    weaves, weaves and yet more weaves oh Africa where are we heading to?

    • adaku

      February 9, 2012 at 11:48 pm

      There’s also a lot of babes rocking their own hair in these pics, whether permed or natural sooo….not sure wat ur point is.

  17. pelola

    February 9, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Osaru looks great!

  18. Jess

    February 9, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    Checked out the caxton alie cards website and I love it, awesome idea.

  19. Ice queen

    February 10, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Osaru are looking good gurl

  20. Rabina

    February 10, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Miss Nigeria is a beautiful and elegant in a strange, unconventional way- I like her looks.

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    February 14, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    I have been checking out a few of your articles and i can claim nice stuff. I will surely bookmark your blog.

  22. Monica

    August 27, 2012 at 1:31 am

    How can i become a student of this institution?

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