Visiting The Nike Centre For Art And Culture For The First Time.

Today I’ll be giving you my honest review about the Nike (pronounced nee’ke) centre for art and culture. It is located in Lekki, Lagos, Nigeria and it is a popular tourist destination. I’m not going to be giving you so much facts, you have google for that; this is going to be me letting you borrow my eyes and mind and the emotions I felt when I visited the art center.

I have always loved art particularly the works of Rembrandt van Rign, if I go into details about art history and genres and techniques, I’ll totally geek you out and you’ll close your browser faster than I can say “Michelangelo“.

I’ve been wanting to visit the Nike centre for the longest time. I even tried last week, if you haven’t read how it was a total disaster, click here. On Saturday, 3rd October, I decided to give it another go. I had this elaborate outfit planned out in my head but when it was time for the execution, my arms were looking too “sausagey” and so I decided to stay in the fashion box I created for myself.

On getting to the gallery, you don’t need to pay a single kobo, all you need is a good wrist that won’t make a cracking sound (like mine) when you push open the giant aluminum batik clad entrance door.

There is still corona so before you enter you have to take some measures; either you wash your hands with the makeshift manual tap provided outside or you can use your own hand sanitizer. It’s better you come with your sanitizer though, the makeshift tap is pointless because it’s not automatic, you still have to touch the knob of the tap before and after washing your hands. Now let’s go in!

To be honest, the place smelled like a library, I liked it. To receive guests was a young woman with an accent that sounded Yoruba and pseudo-British at the same time, she showed me a book to write my name and some other details. She also spoke about some rules, she sounded mechanic but I’m sure it’s because she had to repeat it again and again to guests.

The building is a large one, filled from top to bottom with art. It was overwhelming, I was wishing I could be at several places at the same time.

*will it be Nigeria if there is no power outage?*

There were a lot of people there and most of them paid no attention to the art. You know Nigeria is one big circus already and it’s hard for us (Nigerians) to subdue the urge to display the blatant aberrant gimmicks etched in our DNAs and so that’s why in an art gallery you can see people communicating at the top of their voice, eating, touching the art pieces, bringing uncontrollable toddlers, underaged boys with weird hair trying to create mundane conversations with you, Christian grey mini screaming on the phone, uhmmmm I could go on and on but I’ll just stop there. The disrespect for the gallery was too much.

*taking it all in*

Of course I can’t review everything but the following are my best art pieces and the special names I have for them:

1. Fagbo guy:

2. Everything has a partner but you:

3. The ghost of scrappy metal:

4. Nature can see:

5. Gym Body:

Okay let me feed your eyes with some pictures!

I saw the owner of the gallery, Chief Nike, she seemed eccentric and I loved that she was wearing a maxi batik dress with crocs on her feet, crocs! Mind you, she’s probably nothing less than 65 years old and she was so energetic.

I had a lovely time and I’m glad I decided to go to the Nike Centre. I even saw some white people and I had to pinch myself several times and my bestie had to remind me that it’ll be creepy to ask for a photo.

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Love & Light.

 


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My name is Esther, Queen Esther. I am a Nigerian psychologist navigating blindly through this tornado called life. The words best used to describe me are witty, pretty, chubby and bubbly. Welcome to my blog.

22 thoughts on “Visiting The Nike Centre For Art And Culture For The First Time.

  • October 9, 2020 at 10:30 am
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    Another great article as always, I enjoyed seeing this place through your eyes. My favorite part was when you remembered you were still in Nigeria (the power failure part) and how even sculptures have soulmates and you don’t LOL. Nice one

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    • October 9, 2020 at 10:48 am
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      Thank you very much ☺️❤️❤️

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      • October 9, 2020 at 11:14 am
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        It’s the “Eveything has a partner, but you” sculpture for me 😅😅 they didn’t have to dub that hard 😂😂 Great article as always. I Look forward to your next experience..

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        • October 9, 2020 at 11:16 am
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          Thank you very much!☺️❤️❤️

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  • October 9, 2020 at 11:26 am
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    Great story! It was cool that you described everything from the heavy door to the smell. Really makes it easy to imagine being there.
    The names for the paintings and sculptures were funny as well :))

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    • October 9, 2020 at 11:30 am
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      Thank you my Iranian friend! It’s always a pleasure to hear from you!❤️❤️❤️

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  • October 9, 2020 at 12:34 pm
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    What a nice post as usual, you made me imagine being there tbh. I love your content. Keep it up Le Reina. Cheers 🙂

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    • October 9, 2020 at 12:37 pm
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      Thank you so much ☺️☺️☺️❤️

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  • October 9, 2020 at 2:52 pm
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    Awwwwwwwn… I want to go😭😭😭😭😭… one of the top things I must do when I go to Lagos. You should try out National Museum in Ibadan too, it’s really nice and all… Good job dear, I’m very very very proud of you (Don’t mind my use of words😂😂)

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    • October 9, 2020 at 2:55 pm
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      I will definitely check the National museum in Ibadan out, I like museums😋, Waiting for you to come to Lagos o😃😃.
      Thank you so much baby girl, means a lot!❤️

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  • October 9, 2020 at 3:18 pm
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    I want to go there 😭😭😭…your names for the pieces killed me 😂😂😂, especially ‘fagbo guy’…and your ‘transcendent coitus with Henry Cavill’ comment too.
    It was a really good read with very vivid descriptions. I can’t wait for the next 🥺

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    • October 9, 2020 at 3:20 pm
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      Thank you soooooooooo much!❤️
      Yes yes, Henry Cavill forever 😋

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  • October 9, 2020 at 4:54 pm
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    This is the most beautiful and colourful article I’ve seen on here, and I thinh6, exciting too!
    But I’m not happy you didn’t invite me for the trip, as I love visiting places like this too…

    But all the same, thanksss Boss of all Sirs and Mas! 👍♥️
    I enjoyed the pics most especially…

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    • October 9, 2020 at 5:30 pm
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      Lol don’t worry next time I’ll invite you😂, Thank you soooo much!❤️

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  • October 22, 2020 at 12:48 am
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    That booty though in the first picture you decided to feed us with. Lmao, it seems I am losing focus. Nice write up

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    • October 22, 2020 at 8:09 am
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      Don’t lose focus o😂😂😂, thank you for stopping by!❤️

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  • November 12, 2020 at 1:35 am
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    Having visited the Nike Art Gallery myself, I can say its really great to see it’s still promoting impressive and indigenous art just like in the past. And you’re absolutely right, some people actually visit art galleries for just photos and not the art experience… LoL. They’ll hardly ever have a single question for the tour guide.

    Great post Reina!

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    • November 12, 2020 at 11:05 am
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      Thank you so much for stopping by!❤️

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  • November 14, 2020 at 12:25 pm
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    You should be a part of a contest for one of the finest blogs on the internet. Maggy Elton Britt

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  • November 15, 2020 at 3:38 pm
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    Sweet internet site, super style and design, really clean and utilise friendly. Missy Thornie Daffodil

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  • December 5, 2020 at 9:54 pm
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    Lmaooo I love the names of the art sculptures so clever!😂

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    • December 6, 2020 at 12:51 am
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      Omg thank you!🥰

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