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C002D5556 36 BD SUNDAY Sunday 11 February 2018 Valuable ‘Tutu’ in wrong hands Arts OBINNA EMELIKE When the n e w s broke on February 6, 2018 in The Guardian UK on the recovering of Adetutu Ademiluyi, a breathtaking piece of artwork and a painting of Ife princess, lost over decades, many comments trailed the development in both good and bad lights. Many questioned what made the discovery big news, while a few were happy that at least, the owner would take possession of his work once again. However, there are many things that made the recovery of the artwork thick. First, it was one of the three works in a series made by Ben Enwonwu, late legendary Nigerian sculptor and painter. Unfortunately, the three works called Tutu in short form, were lost. Again, the particular piece of the work, was made in 1974, when the late sculptor was at his best. So, the recovery was after over 40 years. But those who follow visual art and art auctions know that, like wine, artworks gain value with age. The older, the most expensive an artwork will be art auctions. This is the rationale for massive acquisition of artworks by modern collectors who know that artworks are now investment products and even accepted as collateral by discerning banks. But the most intriguing thing about the piece of artwork is that for the over 40 years, it had been in the wrong hands, hanging on the wall of those who don’t know the value and probably never looked at. The artwork, which is popularly called Tutu, was lost for decades after its first offer to the public in London in 1974 and was recovered last year from a flat in North London by Luckily, Giles Peppiatt, director of modern African art at Bonhams, the London-based auction house, found the artwork in a flat in Northern London. He was not surprised that the average family that occupied the flat for years, never saw any value on the work on the wall, and probably never cared to clean it often. “As is often the way, there are things your parents buy and you haven’t a clue why they bought it or what the value of it is ... you just inherit it”, Peppiatt said after recovering the valuable artwork from the flat occupied by an ordinary family in North London. Peppiatt, described the find as ‘the most significant discovery in contemporary African art in over 50 years’. For him, the late Ben Enwonwu’s 1974 portrait of a princess, is a national icon in Nigeria, and is a rare piece in the hands of few, hence the soaring value. As well, Ben Okri, a Nigerian novelist, said the discovery of the artwork amounted to the “the most significant discovery in contemporary African art in over 50 years. It is the only authentic Tutu, the equivalent of some rare archaeological find. It is a cause for celebration, a potentially transforming moment in the world of art.” For the listening ears, the artwork is going to be on offer at a London auction sale on February 28, 2018 at an expected sale of between £200,000 to £300,000 (approximately N10 million to N15 million). If the auction goes above the announced auction revenue, Tutu will break records of auctions sales of works by an African artist in London. If that happens, the artwork will surpass the revenue from a series of Enwonwu’s sculptures, which sold for £361,250 in 2013 and ‘Anyanwu’ a 6ft 10 inches bronze work also by the sculptor, which sold for N54 million in 2016 auction sales in London. So, the unattended artwork on the wall in a North London flat was a goldmine that took a man with eyes for the art to discover after many decades. Well, Nigerian and other Africans are also given opportunity to acquire the artwork. In anticipation of the auction sale of the painting at Bonhams in London on February 28, 2018, Peppiatt explained that the sale would also be broadcast live to bidders in Lagos in recognition of the growing art collectors and art market in Nigeria. Speaking on the development, Oliver Enwonwu, director, Omenka Galleries Ikoyi, Lagos and son of late Ben Enwonwu, said the recovered artwork, which was replicated in three editions, was the second piece of same work done by his father in 1974. He commended the appreciative value, noting that the artwork was a great piece done in the heyday of his father’s creative ingenuity, hence can command as much as between N10 million to N15 million (£200,000 to £300,000) in London auction. While his gallery has no intention of bidding for the work, he encouraged Nigerian art collectors to give the February 28 auction at Bonhams London a good chase. Simi Onabule, an art collector, noted that offering Nigerians opportunity to bid for the artwork was most kind of the London-based auction house as artwork is now investment and not just for decorations. “Probably the first buyer of the artwork bought it less than a thousand pounds, but look at the value today and it is still growing. If I buy that work today, I can resale it for double the price in five years”, she said. Tutu is one of the greatest masterpieces of late Ben Enwonwu, and was on display at his funeral in 1994. The whereabouts of the other Tutu paintings remains a mystery until this discovery of the latest in the series of the three editions of the artwork in a north London flat last year. Keep checking as the other two are still lost and would command higher auction sales revenue when found. Argungu Fishing Festival to bounce back …as Kebbi governor appoints Kangiwa as aide on Tourism and Culture The Kebbi State governor, Senator Abubakar Bagudu, has appointed Nura Sani Kangiwa who doubles as Turakin Kebbi, as senior special assistant on Tourism Matters with a mandate to restructure and rebrand Argungu Fishing Festival into a notable world class cultural event. At its prime many years ago, the festival was on global tourism calendar and brought fame and honour to Kebbi State and Nigerian at large. Sadly, the festival disappeared completely from global cultural watch list due to unexplainable circumstances, thereby denying Kebbi State the needed tourism dollar and to the people, access to foreign investments in hospitality and job opportunities such lost investments would have provided. Indeed, the governor’s choice and appointment of Nura Kangiwa to revamp the festival and the entire tourism architecture of the state sign posts a fresh start off for the famous festival, which at its height was Nigeria’s face of culture tourism to the world. Sani Kangiwa, a prince of the Kebbi Emirate and a frontline tourism investor, has hit the ground running with key projects that would create signature influence on the about-to-be rebranded festival, beginning with critical assessment of other special cultural offerings in the state. In a press release issued in Lagos by Frank Meke, tourism media coordinator to Nura Kangiwa, the comeback bid of Argungu fishing festival would add a fresh flip to the desire to open up the cultural offerings of northern Nigeria to which the state was once a notable tourism destination attracting both foreign and local visitors in droves not only to witness the fishing festival but also to appreciate the state’s huge basin as agriculture wonderland. “The Lake Rice produced in Kebbi State, which Lagos State is a major investor, is a testimonial to the fact that Kebbi would also leverage on this window to open up a special tour to the state on agricultural offerings and a greet and meet project at the Emir’s palace for visitors to appreciate our tradition and hospitality”, Nura Kangiwa, said.

36 Sunday 11 February 2018 Arts GTBank boosts literary art with Dusty Manuscript contest C002D5556 BD SUNDAY 37 Foremost African financial institution, Guaranty Trust Bank plc, has launched the Dusty Manuscript contest ( to give budding writers the opportunity to win publishing deals for their finished, but yet-to-be published, manuscripts. Organised in partnership with Okadabooks and Farafina, two notable publishing houses, the contest is part of the bank’s YouREAD initiative, which is aimed at promoting the culture of reading. The Dusty Manuscript Contest is the latest in a long line of GTBank initiatives geared towards promoting the appreciation of art and supporting creative potential. In 2017, the bank remodelled the old Herbert Macaulay Library, Yaba into a stateof-the-art learning and recreational facility that would give people in the community and beyond the opportunity to build capacity, gain exposure and connect with the world. The remodelled library has been the venue of regular book readings and art expositions organised under the YouREAD initiative. With the Dusty Manuscript Contest, the bank L-R: Eghosa Imasuen, Manuscript reviewer/judge; Enajite Efemuaye, managing editor, Farafina; Oyinade Adegite, assistant general manager and head, Communication and External Affairs, GTBank; Toni Kan, Manuscript reviewer/judge and Okechukwu Ofili, chief executive officer, Okada Books, during a press conference on the launch of GTBank Dusty Manuscript recently in Lagos. is seeking to address the challenges indigenous writers face getting their books published. The top three entries in the contest will be rewarded with publishing contracts with Farafinaas as well as cash rewards. The top 10 entries will get their books e-published by Okadabooks, including book cover design, book editing, and publicity. The top 25 book authors will also get a 2-day boot camp training on writing, marketing and branding.To submit a manuscript, interested writers are to visit csr.gtbank. com/dustymanuscript. The entries in the Dusty Manuscript Contest will be assessed by a panel of four judges which includes; Eghosa Imasuen, the author of widely acclaimed novel, Fine Boys, and Yejide Kilanko, a poet and therapist in children’s mental health, Ainehi Edoro-Glines, an assistant professor of English Language and Toni Kan, a writer and PR executive whose collection of short stories, Nights of a Creaking Bed, won the NDDC/Ken SaroWiwa prize for literature. Commenting on the Dusty Manuscript Contest, Segun Agbaje, managing di- rector, Guaranty Trust Bank plc, said; “At GTBank we see art as not just a medium for creative expression but also as a means of livelihood, and by organising the Dusty Manuscript Contest we are helping budding writers make a living off their works. By addressing the major barrier that our indigenous writers face in sharing their stories with the world, we hope to inspire and develop the next generation of award-winning and globally renowned authors.” GTBank has consistently played a leading role in Africa’s banking industry. The bank is regarded by industry watchers as one of the best run financial institutions across its subsidiary countries and serves as a role model within the financial service industry due to its bias for world class corporate governance standards, excellent service quality and innovation. At a press conference launch held recently at stateof-the art Library, Yaba, Lagos, Okechukwu Ofili, noted that Nigerians are starved of knowledge, saying the competition would improve culture of reading in the country. “Our people are starving for knowledge; we want to stop the non-reading culture”, he said. The judges allayed the fears raised by some prospective competitors that some good scripts that could not make the finals selections could be tampered with, with permission of the writer, saying no such thing would happen. “Nobody will steal a story submitted by a prospective competitor. There is nothing beyond an expression of goodwill in this exercise. GTBank will protect all manuscripts submitted from loss.” For Tony Kan, the competition is a prize GTbank wants to identifygreat future writers and wants every competitor to submit good script. Kan advised competitors to stick to the rules of the competition as violation would be punished accordingly. In his remarks, Ainehi Edoro-Glines, said, “We are looking for the best writers, for truth. We worry about the subject of our stories not being read. This is an opportunity for you competitors to bring your dusty stories up for scruitiny and possibly published if successfull. Tell your stories, tell the truth and submit to us.” Book Review Book Title: Author : Imprint: Reviewer: National Transformation through Transformational Leadership Uzo Enelamah The Vine Media Samuel Adeyemi Building the Nigeria of our dreams can only be possible through transformational leadership. This is the key message of the new groundbreaking book authored by Uzo Enelamah, a public speaker, personal transformation coach and author of repute. The book, which is expected to be released to bookstores across the world in March 2018, begins by questioning the traditional worldview that promotes the narrative that suggests that undeveloped nations do not have what it takes to transform to become like the developed nations. The writer posits that the missing link between the noble aspirations of undeveloped nations to leapfrog in economic, social and political development to become like the developed nations is the absence or paucity of transformational leaders in the helm of affairs of these undeveloped nations. The author explains that it takes transformational leadership to unlock the potential of any nation to become great and then describes in detail the essential qualities of transformational leaders that will lead the kind of change required to transform an undeveloped nation into a developed nation. The book concludes that any nation can be transformed with the right kind of leadership and then describes how to raise such leaders. The author encourages citizens of undeveloped nations to vote in only leaders that have the qualities required to practice and demonstrate transformational leadership at various levels of government. The book is divided into six chapters. In Chapter one, the author asserts that with the right leadership, any nation can be transformed by the citizens to become a great nation. He stresses that: “For a nation to become great, its citizens must insist on having the right kind of leaders. If we want our nation to leapfrog to greatness, we must elect transformational leaders that will lead us to build a great nation.” Chapter 2 introduces the reader to the concept of functional leadership by answering the question “who is a leader and what do leaders do?” The author notes that leadership is about what you do rather than a job title. In Chapter 3, the author explains what it takes to become an effective leader. The author asserts that “Nobody is born a natural leader,” and that “Leadership can be taught and learnt.” In chapter 4, the author delves into the concept of leadership styles and then describes in detail the leadership style that will bring about national transformation. The author asserts that the most appropriate leadership style depends on the function of the leader, the followers and the situation and that any organization or nation whose development and progress has stagnated over time needs a transformational leader to drive the change that will bring them out of crisis and get them back on the path of growth and progress. Chapter 5 takes a look at the essence of National Transformation and the various dimensions of the real change that our nation needs. The last chapter focuses on how to train and develop future leaders. The author concludes by emphasizing the role of the church in training and developing future leaders. The book is targeted at leaders, aspiring leaders and citizens with a desire to see Nigeria and other undeveloped nations genuinely transformed to become great nations that will be the envy of other nations. Author profile Uzo Enelamah is a Chemical Engineering graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife and an Ordained Pastor of the RCCG. He is the Pastor in Charge of RCCG HOUSE OF PRAISE LEKKI which has a unique mandate to raise role models and positive change agents in society. Uzo Enelamah is an accomplished professional and technical leader in the Oil and Gas industry. He is a prolific writer, a public speaker, a life coach and mentor to many young professionals. He is happily married to Atinuke Enelamah and they are blessed with two children.