Musawa praises Nigeria-Spain cultural exchange at ‘Blue Africa’ exhibition

Nike Art Gallery founder (middle) with the representative of the Minister

By Tosin Brown

Nigeria’s Minister of Art, Culture, and Creative Economy, Barrister Hannatu Musawa, has lauded the cultural exchange between Nigeria and Spain, emphasizing the shared histories and creative expressions that unite the two nations.

Speaking through a representative at the unveiling of the “Blue Africa: Stories Woven in Indigo” exhibition at Nike Art Gallery in Abuja, Musawa highlighted the importance of such events in fostering mutual understanding.

The exhibition, which opened on Sunday and runs until August 4, celebrates the significance of indigo dye in African textile traditions.

Represented by Mrs. Ugochi Akudo-Nwosu, Director of Entertainment and Creative Economy, the Minister praised the exhibition as a “journey through time and space,” commending the Embassy of Spain for its dedication to cultural diplomacy.

“This exhibition is a celebration of the profound cultural exchange between Nigeria and Spain, as well as the West African Sub-region.

“It highlights the rich tapestry of our shared histories, traditions, and creative expressions,” Musawa stated.

“Blue Africa: Stories Woven in Indigo” features intricate techniques and profound symbolism associated with indigo dyeing, a craft passed down through generations.

Musawa noted the collaboration between the Embassy of Spain and Nike Art Gallery as a testament to the power of cultural diplomacy, underscoring the importance of fostering mutual understanding through the arts.

The Minister also recognized Chief Nike Monica Davies Okundaye, a renowned artist and mentor, whose indigo works are prominently featured in the exhibition.

“I am proud that a living human treasure, our distinguished mother and mentor Chief Nike Monica Davies Okundaye’s indigo works are a prominent feature at this exhibition hosted in her gallery,” she said.

Musawa expressed her commitment to supporting initiatives that celebrate Nigeria’s rich cultural heritage and promote the arts as a vital component of national identity.

She noted that exhibitions like “Blue Africa” inspire future generations, preserve traditions, and continue to tell stories that resonate globally.

The Blue Africa Exhibition is coordinated by the Embassy of Spain in Nigeria, in collaboration with the National Museum of Anthropology and Mamah Gallery Spain, the Federal Ministry of Art, Culture, and the Creative Economy, and Nike Arts Gallery in Nigeria.

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