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Board of Directors | Chief (Mrs.) Oyenike Monica Okundaye

Chief (Mrs.) Oyenike Monica Okundaye

Chief (Mrs.) Oyenike Monica Okundaye

Pen Name: “Nike”

Traditional chieftainship titles: “Yeye Oba” of Ogidi-Ijumu land,
Yeye Tasase” of Osogbo land
“Yeye Gbasaga” of Ijumu Kingdom

Occupation: Professional Textile Artist and a Painter.

Membership of professional bodies:
Society of Nigerian Artists, ASA of USA and Canada, ACASA, Society of Nigerian Women Artists, Member of Osun Support Grove, Board member of the National Heritage Council of Nigeria, Member of the Board of Trustee of Osun State Centre For Black Culture and International understanding, etc.

Philanthropy:
Member, Board of Ripples Foundation USA
President, Ripples Nigeria

Business Interest
Managing Director/CEO: Nike Center for Art and Culture, Osogbo
Established: 1983.
Nike Art Gallery – – Lekki
Art and Culture research center
Textile weaving center (Aso-Oke) – Ogidi

Nike opened this center with 20 young girls who were marching the streets in Osogbo aimlessly and who had no hopes for the future. In their tender age, Nike withdrew these girls from the streets and provided them with free food, free materials and free accommodation at her residence at Osogbo and taught them how to use their hands to earn decent livings through the art. So far, over 3000 young Nigerians have been trained in the center and who are now earning their decent livings through art. Many African countries now send their students to study textile art at the center.

The Nike Center for Art and Culture, Osogbo now admits undergraduate students from many universities in Nigeria and Arts colleges abroad for their industrial training programs/Internships in textile design.

Nike Arts center also now admits students from all over Europe, Canada and the United States of America. International scholars and other researchers in traditional African art and culture also visit the center from time to time for their research works into Yoruba “Adire” fabric processing and African traditional dyeing methods.

Nike is also the Owner/Curator of the Nike Art Galleries at Lagos, Osogbo, Ogidi-Ijumu and Abuja. In 1996, Nike established a textile (Aso-Oke) weaving center at Ogidi-Ijumu near Kabba in Kogi State for the women of the village, employing and empowering more than 200 women in the weaving center.

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