The artist was named the Artist Honouree on the occasion of the Museum’s 50th Anniversary celebrations.
President Goodluck Jonathan sent a congratulatory message to the 82 year old professor his spokesperson, Reuben Abati.
Onobrakpeya is a recipient of the UNESCO Living Human Treasure Award in 2006, for his works in the State House Collection currently on display in the presidential villa.
He was a member of the Zaria Art Society where he fused colonial art practice with traditional art-forms and philosophy.
The octogenarian who holds the Harmattan workshop every year has been a catalyst as well as a mentor and inspiration to generations of artists.
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