They are a true representation of the rich and peculiar heritage of Nigeria, embedded in the works of art jealously kept in the pricey collection of Chief John Edokpolo.
The raffle draw star price presented by First Bank of Nigeria
Reality’ is a patron’s delight.
It is rich in cultural history and aesthetics.The work tells the mythical story of the Ekasa dance among the Benin people of Edo State, and the spice of the ‘reality’ side of the story is very much alive with the Edokpolo family.
At age 17, Oba Akenzua who was on the throne of Benin Kingdom, took the Ekasa from him while the dance was being performed and it became a reality in his life as he became a very successful industrialist.”
A strong believer in the promotion of Nigerian artists and cultural pieces that can compete with works from any part of the world, Edokpolo’s passion was groomed right from his origin. “I am deeply rooted into the arts”, he said. “My father is from Igun Street, where the best of bronze sculptures are created and my mother is from Igbesawan, where you have the unbeatable woodwork art.”
It is worthy of note that though Edokpolo has been collecting these rare pieces of artworks, he has not considered selling any of them until this time. When asked the criteria he would consider for selling, he could not separate himself from the love and passion he has for the works.
He said, “Whosoever would buy any of these works must be able to take good care of them , which is my foremost concern. Again, I just imagine what price money I could put on any of these works.”