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Lagos Living – A Visit to the Nike Art Gallery and Lekki Arts and Crafts Market.

I do not consider myself an art lover freak but I definitely had to visit the Nike Art Gallery and I’m so glad I made that decision.Nike Art Gallery

Hi there, Welcome once again to the WanShyGirl Blog and Welcome to the month of April. It’s the first quarter yo! How are those life goals coming along?

Today I bring you a #Touristinmycity typa post. If you ever got around to reading my “Top 5 Places I’ll love to visit in Lagos come 2018” post (check it out if you haven’t) you’ll recall that the Nike Art Gallery was top on the list.

Nike Art GalleryRELATED – Lagos Living | A Trip to the Lekki Conservation Centre.

Well, I finally got to tick it off my list with two amazing ladies. I’ll be sharing details on how to get there, what to expect and what my experience was like. Expect more pictures than words though. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Nike Art Gallery

My waka waka partners, Vickie of TheLazyOutfitter blog and Labake were warmly welcomed by Mama Nike herself alongside her husband and her employees.

Nike Art Gallery Lagos Nike Okundaye

Nike Art GalleryWe took time to explore each floor, whilst taking pictures of course, which was filled with art from top to bottom.Nike Art GalleryNike Art Gallery

 


So, where is the Nike Art Gallery located?

The Nike Art Gallery has branches in 4 different states in Nigeria; Kogi, Osun, Abuja and Lagos. The Lagos branch which was opened to the public in September 2009 is located at 2, Elegushi Road, Lekki Phase I, Ibeju Lekki, at the entryway of Ikate 3rd Roundabout Bus Stop. You sure cannot miss the majestic pristine white building.

Right from the entrance everything na is artNike Art Gallery

Nike Art Gallery
Quite blurry but you get the idea.

The gallery owned by Mrs Nike Davies -Okundaye, a professional Textile Artist and Painter, was set up to promote Nigerian artists, culture and art in general. According to the Nike Art official website;

(Mama) Nike  went ahead in 2009 and built a five floor ultra modern cultural art centre at Lekki Peninsula, Lagos with the main purpose of positively transforming the landscape of the hitherto neglected art and culture in Nigeria. This building also holds Nike’s second textile museum. It also houses the 4th Nike Art Gallery in Nigeria with a large stock of Nigerian and African art of deferent media. 


The Lagos gallery houses several artworks; paintings, sculptures, beadworks, metalworks, made by Nigerian creatives. Entry is free but photography of the artworks is not allowed.

Nike Art Gallery
Spot the Yellow of Lagos

Nike Art GalleryNike Art Gallery One major artist whose artwork I was attracted to, is that of Tolu Aliki, a contemporary artist, who makes use of oil pastel and acrylic to create amazing paintings. His art is so colourful and vibrant you can’t help but fall in love.

 

Nike Art Gallery
Both Sunglasses are  from Haute Signatures

 

After feeding our eyes, taking a thousand and one pictures and having a chat with Mama Nike and her beau ( I really enjoyed chatting with Mr Davies) we decided to check out the Lekki Arts & Craft Market also known as Oba Elegushi International Market or Jakande Art Market.

Nike Art gallery
Enroute the Arts and Crafts Market

The market is located at Oba Elegushi Street, Off Lekki-Epe expressway between 4th and 5th roundabout. It’s quite hidden but not so difficult to locate.Lekki Arts and Crafts MarketInitially, we had no plans to visit the market, but when we found out that it was close by we chose to kill two birds with one stone. We were expecting a whole market on a street typa setting but like every place in Lagos that has been overhyped on Instagram, this market was no different.

DSC04026 (2)Lekki Arts and Crafts Market LabakeanyThe Lekki Arts and Crafts market is pretty much located in a shopping complex with several traders housed in one place selling all sorts of handmade artworks, jewellery, clothing, accessories, decor and other crafts.

 

Photo creditBusayo and Habiba 

Some of these artworks are made by the artisans at the market while others are brought to the market from other parts of the country.

 

There were so many items that caught my eye but some were quite pricey and out of my budget for the day. Although, it’s been said that you need to bring your negotiation game on whenever you are at the Arts and Crafts market. This is because a lot of tourists frequent the market and as such, the traders hike the prices of the goods.

lekki arts and crafts market
Ankara Tote from Mabeli Nigeria

I had no interest in the other artworks so I ended up buying a raffia basket (which I’ve been hunting for) for N500 while Vicky got a “beach straw bag” for N900 ( I felt she could have got it for lesser though).

Lekki Arts and Crafts Market

Lekki Arts and Crafts MarketAfter satisfying ourselves and taking a few pictures (It was getting late and our batteries were almost out) we headed back to the mainland where we all reside.

All in all, it was nice exploring these parts of Lagos. You don’t need to have a ton of money before you visit these places. Get yourself a group of friends, a good camera and an open mind and you’re ready to explore. Also, put on comfortable clothing and footwear especially if you are not mobile.

For my outfit of the day, I kept it casj in a checked flannel shirt, floral camisole previously styled here, white polyester pants (which almost became brown at the end of the day because Lekki is such a dusty place) and my handmade sandals also styled here.

Nike Art Gallery
Who wore it best? The potted plant or the skinny girl??

Nike Art GalleryAre you getting mixed print style inspiration yet?

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Vicky also chose the Casj route in a simple bubble sleeve striped shirt, ripped black jeans and leather slides made by yours truly.

Nike Art Gallery The Lazy Outfitter 2018Nike Art Gallery The Lazy OutfitterLabake chose the Afrocentric route in her Ankara dress, stylish head wrap, handmade sandals from Lucy Daves, some arm candy and the cupcake novelty purse which was literally the icing on the cake.

 

I’ll love to return to the Nike Art Gallery and the Lekki Arts and Crafts Market some other time. Perhaps I might purchase more items from the market as well.

Also check out these reviews by other bloggers here, here here and  here.

Ever visited the Nike Art Gallery or Lekki Arts and Crafts Market?

If you have any questions concerning these places feel free to leave them in the comment section. 


Until next time,

Nike Art Gallery

WanShyGirl.

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24 thoughts on “Lagos Living – A Visit to the Nike Art Gallery and Lekki Arts and Crafts Market.”

    1. A lot of money? Or do you mean a lot of fun? 😄😄. Yes ooo so many picture worthy locations. I wish I could post all the pictures on here sef. Thanks for the feedback. I hope to read about your experience when you eventually visit.

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    1. Yes we sure did. You should definitely find time to. So many locations to take awesome pictures as well. Yeah the market is quite overhyped but it’s still worth visiting. Thanks for the feedback Zaynab 💕

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  1. Before now I have never knew a place like Nike art gallery existed. The pictures show its really a lovely place… I don’t how long my dreams would materialize but I’ll like to go on a visit there and take madddd pictures like you did.

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  2. Three other states really? Did I skip reading that in the post? Okay… I just checked and Lagos is the only probable option for now, Kogi, Osun, Abuja…only God knows when my feet will touch those lands. Someday maybe, I’ll get to visit this our Lagos. Thanks all the same.

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