He is a versatile multi-media artist, academically trained from University of Benin, Nigeria with a degree in painting (Fine Art). He bagged the best graduating student award for NCE Fine and Applied Arts from Federal College of Education, Abeokuta in 2000. His artistic expression uses a myriad of media and style including: Painting, Textile design, Mosaic and Recycled art.“He is a man for the kids. As a creative instructor of the French Village School Badagry, Lagos, he seeks those 'young at art' wherever they may be. He picks them up. He builds their creative life, and gives them form”.
Above statement is an excerpt from a feature article on Olusegun by Chris Iwara for his remarkable selfless effort in helping kids with their talent and development of children's art at the grassroots as a form of therapy and empowerment; titled “catching the young at heart” published on page33 of a Nigerian newspaper, Sunday SUN on 22nd May, 2011.He is an incredible art instructor and a versatile social entrepreneur who has contributed immensely to the advancement of art from the grassroots. He is a renaissance Art Teacher, an agent of change in teaching art and discovering talents through his selfless acts.
Over the years, he has developed highly effective teaching techniques and instructional methods, which have allowed him to educate all styles of learners, and foster a fun and engaging learning environment that effectively teaches art appreciation, promotes creativity, and encourages growing independence and team spirit.
About two years ago, he was published on the front-page of EDUCATIONA REVIEW, Daily SUN Newspaper, Tuesday 20th August, 2013, vol. 10, No. 2693, pages 25, 28 & 29 for being awarded the “Most Outstanding Teacher Award” at BBHS. Here is a link to read it online: http://sunnewsonline.com/new/specials/history/
He loves kids and he connects effortlessly with the children and fuel their aspiration to create art through differs platform of artistic engagements, especially at the grassroots. He has presented kids for various art award competitions and recorded incredible feet at touching lives (especially the less privileged kids) through creative art engagements (including TV programmes).
He is committed to the cause of inspiring and championing the next generation of artists, art lovers and creative future leaders. He does more of community work, taking an extra step into talent hunt in the rural area while he is giving a better concentration to his studio practice. Most recently, he has been engulfed with the issues of environment and thus channels his concern for environmental sustainability packaged in series of artistic expression using recycled materials as media for visual expression. He engages the kids to create diverse eco-friendly art pieces.
He has also packaged virtual portfolio for his students. Here are some links: www.artwanted.com/art-students-fvic, www.artwanted.com/azubuike , www.artwanted.com/adeyemi
He is also sharing original art of artistic representation of African lifestyle and traditional cultural heritage on; www.africanartcentre.blogspot.com.
Olusegun used to share his art class experience on Kiddies column of the Nigeria’s Vanguard Newspaper on Sundays to stimulate and inspire artistic practice and appreciation among the young ones.
He is co-founder of ART SCOUT, which engages in series of Art Project with the sole aim of nurturing the intrinsic talents of young ones through an ART EDUCATION platform as form of therapy and empowerment. He has volunteer with other organizations for this cause, Children’s Art Village and Volunteer Africa, both US based NGO.He selflessly seeks to give the kids regardless of their background the chance to self-expression and creativity. His life of service has inspired certain individuals to make effort in imparting young ones, even when it’s just a child! Credence to his artistic engagement with the kids could be accessed on:
Below are the record of his awards, participated exhibitions, illustrated works and collection of articles about him.
2014, Eminent Award for Innovative Teaching
2014, Distinguished Merit Award presented by Nigerian Conservation Foundation.
2013, Most Outstanding Teacher of 2012/2013 Academic Session, BBHS Mission.
2013, TNJ Africa 40 Under Forty Achievement Awards honouree.
2010, Most Innovative and Dedicated Staff of 2009/2010 Session, Anu Olu Int’l College.
2000, Best Graduating Student, Fine and Applied Arts Department, FCE, Abeokuta, Ogun.
1999, Third Position in Graphics, School’s Art Exhibition and Competition by SNA Ogun.
March 19 - 25, 2014, INSEA’s Online Art Exhibition to commemorate 2014 Art Week.
March 19 - 25, 2014, ART SCOUT’s Virtual Art Exhibition for Nigerian Art teachers.
March 26 & 27, 2013, Every Picture tells a story, Photography Exhibition, BBHS, Abk.
Dec 15 – 29, 2012, Badagry Miniature Art Show, Whispering Palms Resort, Badagry.
August 8 – 15, 2012, ‘FESTIVAL OF CREATIVITY’, Aduke Maina Hall, FCE, Abeokuta.
May/June 2012, ‘ORISUN’ touring Exhibition with Prof Wole Soyinka, Olumo Rock.
March 1 – 7, 2010, 24th Lisabi Day 2010 Art Exhibition, Alake Palace, Abeokuta, Ogun.
December 2008, Wapi, Word and Picture, British Council, Lagos.
August 2008, Art Expo Nigeria, National Museum, Onikan, Lagos.
October 2006, Final Year Exhibition, Fine & Applied Arts Dept. University of Benin, Edo.
June 2006, Mi Corazon Es Bonita’ Fashion Exhibition, White House, UNEC, Enugu.
May 2006, Kambani Art Exhibition “EXPRESSION” Lagos, Abuja and Enugu.
October 2000, Final Year Exhibition, Fine & Applied Arts Dept. FCE, Abeokuta, Ogun.
November 1999, SNA Art Exhibition and Competition, Cultural Centre, Abeokuta, Ogun.
COLLECTION OF ARTICLES ON OLUSEGUN ADENIYI
- Open studio with Olusegun Adeniyi, Art of female figures, City Voice Newspaper, December 6, 2013, page 18.
- Front-page publication on EDUCATION REVIEW of SUN Newspaper, Tuesday 20th August, 2013, vol. 10, No. 2693, pages 25, 28 & 29 for being awarded the “Most Outstanding Teacher” at BBHS, Abeokuta. Online link is below:
- Olusegun Adeniyi World of Arts, GOGAPS Definition Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 4, (2012) page 11.
- Nigeria represented at Ghana Children Summer Art Class, NEWSSTAR Newspaper, page 25, Saturday October 1, 2011.
- Olusegun Michael Adeniyi: Catching the young at heart, written by Chris Iwarah, Sunday SUN Newspaper, page 33, May 22, 2011.
- Trends: when Arts and native fashion tie the knot, written by Kemi Ashefon, Sunday PUNCH newspaper, page 32 and 33, March 8, 2009.
- Art is my passion, my business, Small business Journal, BUSINESSDAY Newspaper, page10, November 14, 2005.
i. The Greed Boy, By Abisola Houngbo, Sophie Academic, GOAD Educational Publisher.
ii. Real Love, By Ooreoluwa Idowu, Sophie Academic, GOAD Educational Publisher.
iii. IN HER EYES, By Abeni Ademola-Fashina, Afitob Press.
iv. Femina magazine, School of Virtue Publication.
v. The Total Youth Magazine, Publication of the Total Youth Crusaders.
vi. Online Book Tithed FORENSIC EXPERIENCE on: