The arts and craft village Abuja is located in the central business district behind SilverBird. And last Saturday, I spent my afternoon at there at the crafts centre.
The little village is flanked on both sides by Sheraton hotel and Shehu Musa Yar’adua centre. First thing I noticed was that each shop is made of clay and thatched roofs.
It is hub to some of the most talented craftsmen in Abuja, the federal capital territory of Nigeria. It was such a fascinating experience visiting this place and chatting with these people. I have always known the Nigerians are really talented but on Saturday, I was blown away!
The arts and craft pieces
Each art piece had so much work put into it. You could see the detailing; color combinations were earthy and natural. The place was filled with monuments, bead designs, decorations, clothing designs, calabash making, wooden sculptures and so many others.
In addition, two young craftsmen stood out. I was awestruck ; an artist and a sculptor with awesome designs they were proud of. I had a swell time taking photographs of them, they were so full of life. It was undoubtedly an honor to meet them.
I gathered that a large percentage of their patronizers are foreigners. It’s so sad that we live in a country where Art isn’t really appreciated. It would do us good as a people to patronize our local craftsmen.
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