Have you ever heard of the phrase ‘everything na art’? it is a Nigerian way of implying that art can be found anywhere around us, basically, everything is a work of art. This phrase has never been truer as a close look through history reveals that art has been and continues to form an integral aspect of the peoples and culture of Nigeria.
While many cultures have their variations of art and what it means to them, some cultures stand out among the rest. One of such is the cultural art associated with the people of Osun. Most parts of the state have historical features that make up a great part of our history books. Interestingly, indigenes are mostly involved in creating artifacts and magnificent works of arts.
Osun-Osogbo is home to some of the most beautiful artworks done to represent the deities and gods worshipped by indigenes and non-indigenes alike. Since the early 40’s, Oshogbo has become an international trademark for Yoruba cultural art featuring paintings, sculptures, beads, and textiles sold locally and internationally, and other works depicting Yoruba deities and festival motifs.
These artworks are found in different locations scattered around the Osun; here are a few places interesting places in Osun for art lovers:
- Susan Wegan Shrine
This shrine was named after an Austrian artist who dedicated her life to art and making river Osun her home. She was said to have turned the grove into an international work of art attracting people from different parts of the world. She earned the name Adunni Olorisha, for her immense contribution and lifelong dedication. You should know that river Osun is widely known to be home to several historical deities who still attract worshippers worldwide.
- Olumirin Waterfall
Said to have been founded in 1120 AD, it is home to the well sort after hot and cold water spring. The ambience and serenity of the waterfall makes it a very desirable location for tourists and nature lovers. Interestingly, several paintings are placed in strategic locations around the waterfall to give it an ‘artsy’ yet alluring appeal.
- Nike Art Gallery
Owned by Nike Davies Okundaye and said to be one of the largest and well sort after galleries in West Africa, it is also known to house over 8000 spectacular paintings.
Other interesting places include:
- Oranmiyan Staff
- Oduduwa shrine and grove
- Oke Mogun Shrine
- Ile Oduduwa Shrine
- World Ifa Temple
- Osun Oshogbo Sacred Grove