Pan Atlantic University (PAU), yesterday, received 1,200 artworks and seed money worth over N2.2billion donated to the institution by Omooba Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon Foundation Founder, Engineer Yemisi Shyllon, in Lagos.
The organization said it was offered towards the establishment and running cost of Yemisi Shyllon Museum housed the university since the past 15 years.
Signing the agreement with the university management, Shyllon said the gesture is informed by the family’s desire to leave behind long lasting philanthropic legacies by majorly providing the funding of the museum to run for 15 years before the university will then fully take over.
In his comments, Shyllon said the pledged money is what the family has contributed to make the difference. He said: “It is no small money but we are very happy doing that. I want to leave this world with a legacy. I want to live a meaningful and purposeful life. I am contributing four members to the nine-member museum supervisory council that will manage, supervise and formulate policies for the museum. The design and construction of the museum will take two years from today before it then opens for enjoyment of Nigerian public and the world at large.”
Appreciating the gesture, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, Professor Juan M. Elegido expressed the university’s deep gratitude for the donation saying that the museum is significant for many reasons as it would provide an effective way of preserving Prince Shyllon’s collection for posterity while making it available to the public. He said it will also greatly enhance the research and educational resource of the university as well as the general public.
Elegido added that PAU has a strong history of involvement with Nigerian art, citing its earlier development of a virtual museum of Modern Nigerian Art. The Prof also said that work on the design of the museum has already commenced.
The museum is said to house all genres of Nigerian art including 1,200 best quality paintings from Aina Onabolu, sculptures from Ben Enwonwu, traditional art from Igbo Ukwu (9th Century), conceptual art and photography of Nigeria’s fast disappearing cultural festivals chosen from the over 7,000 works in Shyllon’s collection, among others.