The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Friday, felicitated with renowned printmaker, painter and sculptor, Bruce Onobrakpeya, on his 90th birthday.
He described Onobrakpeya’s six decade career as a remarkable journey of creativity, inspiration and transformations.
Buhari’s birthday message was contained in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, titled, ‘President Buhari salutes Bruce Onobrakpeya at 90.’
According to Adesina, “President Buhari rejoices with the nonagenarian, whose tactile works, encapsulating tradition and modernity, colours and contours, continue to speak to various generations, with his first one-man exhibition held in 1959 in Ughelli, Delta, and steadily spread across the world, including London, Washington DC, Italy, Sweden, Zimbabwe, Germany and Kenya.
“The President affirms that Onobrakpeya’s creative works, attractive, ethereal and sublime, have improved understanding of African arts, and delivered to the world a new narrative on functionality of arts, especially in capturing cultural identities, history, politics and development.”
Buhari further extolled the scholar for also sharing his knowledge and vast experience with younger generations, raising new thinkers, scholars and creative artists.
The President equally celebrated renowned industrialist, Kola Daisi, describing him as a Nigerian who brought hope and courage to many lives even as he celebrates his 90th birthday.
Buhari’s birthday message is contained in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, titled ‘President Buhari rejoices with renowned industrialist, Kola Daisi, on 90th birthday.’
It read, “President Buhari notes the humble beginnings of the legal luminary, who ventured into business with a larger goal of adding value to lives, stimulating growth in the private sector by creating employment and helping the underprivileged to realize their dreams with quality education.
“The President celebrates the visionary leadership of the respected tycoon, taking into consideration the impact of his investments in the real sector, measured by social and structural interventions that have resulted in primary and community health centres, donation of educational facilities and learning equipment to universities and establishment of Kola Daisi University.
“President Buhari believes the Kola Daisi Foundation adequately captures the vision of the educationist to touch the lives of many Nigerians, and his elevated outlook on life from childhood prepared him for service to the country and humanity.”
Buhari, therefore, prayed for good health and sound mind for Bashorun Daisi and his family to continue with the good work.