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Omenka Gallery is a Nigerian contemporary art gallery, which represents Nigerian and international artists at its exhibition space in Lagos.[1]

Omenka Gallery
Omenka Gallery is located in Nigeria
Omenka Gallery
Location within Lagos
Location24, Ikoyi Crescent, 00176-0000 Ikoyi, Lagos
Coordinates6°27′50″N 3°26′03″E / 6.463779°N 3.434243°E / 6.463779; 3.434243
TypeArt Gallery
DirectorOliver Enwonwu


Omenka Gallery was founded in Lagos in 2003 by Nigerian artist, curator and art administrator Oliver Enwonwu.[1] Enwonwu's father, Ben Enwonwu, (1917-1994) was one of Nigeria's leading, 20th-century, modernist artists.[2]


Since 2003, Omenka Gallery's programme of solo and group exhibitions has introduced new work by established and emerging Nigerian and international artists. Exhibitions, like the 2009 show, A perspective on contemporary Nigerian photography, focused public attention on developing trends in the Nigerian artworld by featuring new talents, like George Osodi (b.1974), alongside renowned masters such as J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere (1930-2014).[3] Omenka gallery also hosted 'Insanity' the first Hyperrealism group exhibition in Nigeria which featured hyperrealists like Arinze Stanley, Ken Nwadiogbu and Ayo Filade.[4] In the following decade, the gallery's programme developed its international profile, with exhibitions such as Having Travelled Far, which showcased a group of established, Europe-based artists of African heritage: Godfried Donkor (b.1964), Owusu-Ankomah (b. 1956), Manuela Sambo (b. 1964), EL Loko (b. 1950), and Ransome Stanley (b. 1953).[5] The gallery has also participated in international art fairs, including Art15 in London,[6] Art Dubai in the United Arab Emirates[1] , and The Armory Show in New York.

List of represented artists[7]Edit

Abass Kelani (b. 1979)

Cedric Nunn (b. 1957)

Dominique Zinkpè (b. 1969)

Duke Asidere (b. 1961)

Ebenezer Akinola (b. 1968)

Gary Stephens (b. 1952)

Ima Mfon (b. 1989)

Joel Mpah Dooh (b. 1956)

Kimathi Donkor (b. 1965)

Nathalie Mba Bikoro (b. 1985)

Nnenna Okore (b. 1975)

Owusu-Ankomah (b. 1956)

James Iroha Uchechukwu (b. 1972)

Williams Chechet (b. 1981)


  1. ^ a b c "Omenka Gallery". Art Art Dubai. 2014. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
  2. ^ Umukoro, Arukaino (2014). "Dad painted mum's portrait on his deathbed — Prof. Ben Enwonwu's son". Retrieved 8 August 2015.
  3. ^ Nwachukwu, McPhilips (2009). "From photo artists to Nigeria@ 49: a lens narrative". Vanguard. Vanguard. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
  4. ^ "Insanity: An Exhibition of Hyperrealist Art - Omenka Gallery". Omenka Gallery. Retrieved 2017-11-10.
  5. ^ "Primordial Echoes". This Day Live. This Day Live. 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
  6. ^ Waters, Florence (2015). "Art15: A primer". Christie's The Art People. Christie's. Retrieved 8 August 2015.

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