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February 28, 2021 | 8h00

The activity of collecting art is an activity which will always be remarkable around the world. Adeolu Tahouf, the owner and founder of “Ogirikan”, in a conversation with The Guardian Life shows us her journey as an art collector; its experiences, challenges and highlights. How long have you been in the business of collector …

Adeolu Tahouf

The activity of collecting art is an activity which will always be remarkable around the world. Adeolu Tahouf, the owner and founder of “Ogirikan”, in a conversation with The Guardian Life shows us her journey as an art collector; its experiences, challenges and highlights.

How long have you been in the business of collecting and selling works of art?
I have been a collector since 1991, and in 2017 I started collecting to sell.

How has your upbringing and upbringing contributed to what you are doing now?
I’m a systems analyst and computer programmer, but that doesn’t have a significant influence on what I do now. Growing up, my mother surrounded us with bright colors and plants. We lived on large lots and were encouraged to plant and wait for flowering.

What factors have influenced your love for art?
Two factors, the love of colors and space. I have the impression that a space is not complete with empty walls and no natural elements.

As a business owner in Nigeria, what challenges do you face, especially when it comes to art? “
Storage is a monumental challenge, for artists, collectors and galleries. The industry lacks storage facilities for all concerned.

Why “Ogirikan”?
I believe that a wall in a house or an office space should have a work of art. “Ogirikan” in Yoruba means a single wall.

What is your favorite work so far and why?
It’s hard for me. I love art and believe that there is no such thing as bad art. I must have some connection with the artwork. It could be the placement of a point in the artwork that gives exceptional balance. I mainly go by my intuition and I have to be connected to the room.

What’s the hardest part about collecting the arts?
The hardest part for me is to assess if the artist wants to pursue a career and not give up. Artists have different challenges like all of us. I try to connect with the artists and build relationships with the artists as much as possible.

Compared to other countries, do you think art and art sales are thriving in Nigeria?
It will amaze you that a good portion of Nigerians are great collectors, whether for aesthetics or for gain. The only thing I would add is that most of the artwork is dumped in Nigeria.

What are the principles that guide your business?
One of my guiding principles is transparency. I consider it essential with artists, as in life.

As a connoisseur of the arts, what opportunities do you think there are for artists and art collectors in Nigeria?
We don’t have too many opportunities for artists in Nigeria, not that the opportunities aren’t there. But until there is a strong government and corporate support, our artists will continue to seek international markets. Take, for example, the Nigerian postage stamps. I believe the government should have a platform for artists to regularly design our stamps. Collecting stamps is still a hobby for many. We have big art collectors in Nigeria my only concern is that we don’t have enough auction houses and online auctions and museums for collectors who have started collecting big masters. Collectors collect and store in poor storage conditions. Collectors should go to auction houses and international museums or come together to build a physical museum or an online museum.

Great collectors know each other. Art is our heritage and is part of our history. I cannot stress enough that it must be preserved.

What was the highlight of your journey?
I organize an art event for miniature works of art of sculptures and paintings. Which I find less intimidating for art lovers and new collectors. The fair is in partnership with another young and local gallery like mine. We present works of a minimum of 100 artists per year. We canceled the 3rd edition in 2020 due to the pandemic. This year we will go online and manage the physical space and observe all security protocols.

Norma D. Ross