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Chief (Mrs.) Oyenike Monica Okundaye

Occupation: Professional Textile Artist and a Painter.

Membership of professional bodies:
Society of Nigerian Artists, ASA of USA and Canada, ACASA, Society of Nigerian Women Artists, Member of Osun Support Grove, Board member of the National Heritage Council of Nigeria, Member of the Board of Trustee of Osun State Centre For Black Culture and International understanding, etc.

Philanthropy:
Member, Board of Ripples USA
President, Ripples Nigeria

From modest beginnings:
Nike was principally educated in art by her great grandmother whom Nike lived with after the death of her mother and grandmother. Her great grandmother was a weaver and an “Adire” textile maker/dyer during her lifetime. Nike had little formal education.

Nike opened this center with 20 young girls, street girls on the streets in Osogbo with no hope for the future. Nike provided them with food, accommodation at her residence at Osogbo and training on how to use their hands to earn a decent living through the art. Todate, over 4000 young Nigerians have been trained at the center..

Nike’s faced challenges from a men dominated culture where men are allowed to dominate women. Men saw her as challenging the status quo, empowering girls and women to be economically independent.

The Nike Center for Art and Culture, Osogbo now admits International scholars and researchers in traditional African art and culture, undergraduate students from many Nigerian universities and Colleges of Arts abroad for their industrial training programs/Internships/Internships in textile design. Nike Arts center also admits students from all over Europe, Canada and the United States of America.

Nike has had over 102 solo art exhibitions and 36 group art exhibitions. Nike’s art works can be found in many private homes collections and public institutions collections including schools, colleges, universities, palaces and museums all over the world. Two of Nike’s major art works “Liberal Women Protest March (Parts 1 & 2)” were collected by the Smithsonian National Museum Of African Art in Washington DC, USA for permanent display in 2012.

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