Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi hosts Pencil Artist, Alesh Akeem …Says “Documentation of Cultural Property is best for African history”

His Imperial Majesty, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, The Alaafin of Oyo Empire host the Super talented artist, Alesh Akeem inside his palace

The  Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi
Olayiwola Adeyemi III
, has received Nigeria’s leading and Celebrity
Pencil Artist Alesh Akeem who is currently on tour for his project “Celebrating
10 Kings”
inside his Palace in Oyo
Kingdom.
 The Celebrating 10 King’s Project which is an initiative of Alesh
Akeem
and his management- “The
RedAce Company”
is aimed at recognizing 10 traditional rulers in Africa with outstanding excellence, and
by extension showcasing the Nigerian monarchical system to other parts of the
world.

According to Alesh Akeem’s Management representative,
Olubunmi
Adeyera
, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III is been recognized in the
project for his continuous effort in maintaining peaceful co-existence between
the citizens of the Yoruba Nation and
other cultural denominations in Nigeria.

The Artist & The King’s men in a rare pose with the King

Alesh Akeem
added that the Kings are the Custodians of culture who have taken it upon
themselves to ensure that cultural heritage is being transferred from one
generation to another, therefore they deserve to be celebrated globally.
 During the visit to the
Palace, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III
did not only bless the Pencil Artist and his works but also took him down the
line of history being a ‘Professor of
Ancient and Modern history’
.

Alessh Akeem taking royal advice from His Imperial Majesty, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III

 The Alaafin noted that as Africa continues to re-write its history and
stride into the Millennium, there is urgent need for leaders in the continent
to begin a systematic documentation of what they have in the name of cultural
property. These he pointed out should include objects made by forefathers, the
monuments of the land and things created by us today that would become of
historic importance tomorrow.
“Africa is opening up herself to the world in a way
that she had never done in the past. We are no longer ‘the Dark Continent’ and
Africans are no longer ‘the primitives’. The civilizations that once flourished
in Africa have become the issue in the Art world today. Hence, the head-count
of our cultural property should be properly and fully documented in this regard”,
Oba Adeyemi
emphasized

The Alaafin in a hearty chat with Alesh Akeem

Alesh Akeem
also disclosed to the Press that in light of Celebrating the Monarch, a Life-Size Hyper-Realistic Pencil Masterpiece
will be drawn and presented to the office of His Imperial Majesty, Oba
Lamidi Olayiwola
Adeyemi III as a
monument

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