Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Two Great Nigerian Artists Born On the Same Day and Year

Bruce Onobrapkeya

Bruce Onobrakpeya and Francis Oladele are two great Nigerian artists who were born on the same day August 30 of the same year of 1932.

Pa Bruce Onobrakpeya is the greatest African print-maker, sculptor who is one of the living legends of modern art and has produced dozens of accomplished younger Nigerian artists, including myself who is among the few most published and exhibited illustrators taught by the great Onobrakpeya.
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Francis Oladele

The name of Francis Oladele cannot be omitted in any history of African Cinema, because he is one of the veterans since when he brought Ossie Davis (December 18, 1917 – February 4, 2005) from Hollywood to Nigeria to shoot the film adaptation of Nobel Laureate Prof. Wole Soyinka's Kongi's Harvest in 1971 for his Calpenny Limited and then in 1972, Oladele engaged the foremost German director Pohland Hansjürgen to make the first film adaptation of Chinua Achebe’s classic novel Things Fall Apart featuring the famous Princess Elisabeth of Toro, who was a lawyer in Uganda and a model in New York playing the leading actress role with the late Pa Orlando Martins (1899–1985), the first Nigerian Hollywood star and the most accomplished Nigerian actor in the world until he passed on to glory.
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I wish the two living legends of Nigerian Arts and Culture a happy 80th birthday and many happier birthdays with more health and wealth in the abundant grace of our infinite God JEHOVAH. Amen.

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima

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