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TERRIFIC HEADLINES — SILENT HEROES SERIES

HIGH CHIEF JIMOH BURAIMOH – THE FIRST AFRICAN BEAD PAINTER

The Creative Edge’ a book released recently into the market by Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo is a ‘’must read’’ given the highly valuable information contained in the publication that has the potential of changing the thinking of Africans. Only thinkers write and the depth of the research findings contained in the book shows conclusively that the author reads widely.  One of the highlights of ‘The Creative Edge’ is the assertion that human beings possess innate creative abilities, and goes ahead to ‘’demonstrate how our experiences and approach to life can hinder these abilities.’’  It is possible for a highly talented personality to die without discovering and utilizing his/her talents for the benefit of humanity. The lesson of this piece is that our youths could become successful personalities in life by hard work, resilience and a bit of luck. Instead of looking for ‘’the yahoo yahoo’’ solution, we could reflect and thing about how to be creative.

THE MATTHEW ASHIMOLOWO FORMULA:  You could be imaginative instead of partying all the time. In addition, you could be imaginative; but you need to sit down, think and map out strategies. No lazy person could live a fulfilled life. One startling disclosure by Pastor Ashimolowo was his discovery, at the time of writing the book under reference that only ‘’four (4} companies, namely, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook and Google have a joint value greater than the Gross Domestic Product  of a whole continent, the continent of Africa.  ‘’Wikipedia puts the 2018 value of the GDP of the whole of Africa, from Cairo to Johannesburg at 2.2 trillion United States dollars. On 30 May 2018, Microsoft was valued at 753 billion US dollars.  ‘’In 2018, Apple became 1 trillion US dollars. Facebook stands as 400 billion US dollars and on 30 May 2018, Alphabet Inc., Google’s parent company, was valued at 739 billion US dollars. ‘’These 4 companies, in 2018, were valued at a total of approximately 2.9 trillion US dollars. Ironically, the four companies did not exist 40 years ago and Facebook, as at 2018, was only 4 years old’’

 INCOMES OF FOUR BIG COMPANIES IN THE UNITED STATES GREATER THAN THAT OF AFRICA: Interestingly, the income of those four companies supersedes that of African nations.  The African Union’s economy totals US$1.515 trillion, ranking it 11th after Russia. At the same time, Africa has a combined total debt of US$200 billion. The AU has only 2% of the world’s international trade. The natural question to be expected would be: How did those companies do it such only the incomes of only four of them in the United States surpass those of all African nations combined?  Very simple.  Creativity, ingenuity, constant commitment and dedication, adoption of the principle of visioning and long range planning,  and the creation of an enabling environment by the United States government. Research by TERRIFIC HEADLINES reveals that Nigeria is also blessed with some of the best brains in the world who could match their counterparts in the developing world. Nigeria has the resources – human and material to be great.

CREATIVITY & INGENUITY – THE MAKING OF AN INTERNATIONAL VISUAL ARTISTE:  Events have proven that it is possible to be rich by being creative. Sit down, reflect, and do something profitable rather than engage in frivolities. Whoever wastes your time wastes your life. The life of High Chief Jimoh Buraimoh, an artiste of international repute and one of those ‘’boys’’ discovered on the streets of Osogbo by famed Prof. Ulli Beier (deceased) should ideally encourage the younger ones to make more efforts to discover their talents and utilize these latent gifts to their advantage. The life of this artiste is a demonstration of the fact that a serious human being endowed with talents and gifts of development and ingenuity could make very significant positive differences in life. The first African bead painter, Chief Jimoh Adetunji Buraimoh, popularly called JB was born in Osogbo 76  years ago.  He started early in life by assisting his mother in her profession and mat-weaving. Young Jimoh was fascinated by colours of materials used for weaving and so imbibed the traits of a visual artiste early.  Through his uncle, Afolabi, he came in contact with a popular dramatist, Chief Duro Ladipo at Mbari Mbayo.  It was from here that he commenced his journey through the world of visual arts when connected with Prof. Ulli and Georgina Beier. His type of art requires 100 per cent concentration. Bead- painting is such a time-consuming and painstaking work. “He was elated to see me follow in his footsteps, while gradually taking the family’s glory to the height which seems previously unattainable.

CREATING IDENTITIES IN THE ART COMMUNITY:  His works merge western media and Yoruba style motifs.  “In bead-painting, it is not as if oil is totally jettisoned, but it is a unique style, which has oil colour in the background. But beads have the most prominent feature and they come out in various colours, showing a beauty that surpasses a rainbow.  Since Buraimoh introduced the idea of bead painting in 1965, he has never ceased to preach its gospel, especially to the younger generations. Chief Jimoh Buraimoh is popularly called J. B. by his friends and peers. He is a grass root artist who rose from grass to grace having imbibed the love of art from his mother who was into mat weaving. J. B. can be regarded as a cornerstone of artistic development and cultural renaissance in Osogbo. In 1963, he joined Duro Ladipo theatre as an electrician and rose to become the Manager. He was among the first six that were selected in Ulli and Georging Beier Workshop.

THE HERITAGE GALLERY: He opened the Heritage Gallery as the first African bead artist in 1975.In 1975, J.B. was a member of Osun Festival Committee charged with the responsibility of organizing Osun-Osogbo Festival. In 1976, he was a member of the organizing committee for the coronation of the Ataoja of Osogbo (Late Oba Iyiola Oyewale Matanmi III). In 1980-82, he was involved in the process of constructing a befitting Palace for the traditional ruler of Osogbo where he erected a mosaic mural at the entrance of the Palace. In 1982 he became founding member of Rotary Club Osogbo and offered his services and potentials to the growth of the club. In 1996 he was elected the President of the Club and recipient of Paul Harris Fellowship in the same year.Because of his love for the Osogbo community, J.B used his arts to promote the culture and tradition of Osogbo nationally and internationally TOURISM.

He was a frontline member of Osogbo Cultural Heritage Council whose objective is to organize arts exhibitions, tourism development, promotion of traditional music and dance during the annual Osun-Osogbo Festival. The Osogbo Community in appreciation of his noble contributions to the development of the town named a street after him in Odi-Olowo area and honoured him with merit awards in 1978 and 1990.

EXPOSURE

  • African Bead Painting, A Contemporary Art Form, Inspired By Yoruba Tradition, 1964
  • Kunst Academy University, Berlin and Munchen, West Germany, 1976
  • University of Ife, Nigeria, 1975
  • Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria, 1974
  • Mbari Mbayo Experimental Art Workshop, (Organized by Ulli and Georgina Beier) Osogbo, Nigeria, 1964
  • Award of Excellence (Best Mosaic Mural of the Year) – Atlanta Urban Design Commission, Atlanta, Georgia USA, 1997
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – Center for African and African American Art and Culture, San Francisco, California USA, 1996
  • Membership by Invitation – Contemporary World Association of Mosaic Artists (Associazione Internazionale Mosaicisti Contemporanei), Ravenna, Italy, 1983
  • October Gallery, London, England, 2002
  • Institute of Indian Art & Culture, London, England, 2002
  • Romania Gallery, Lagos, Nigeria, 2000
  • Afro American Cultural Center, Charlotte, North Carolina USA, 1999
  • Southern University, New Orleans, Louisiana USA, 1998
  • Abayoni Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia USA, 1996
  • Virginia Beach Center For Art, Virginia Beach, Virginia USA, 1993
  • National Museum, Lagos, Nigeria, 1993
  • Iwalewa Haus, University of Bayreuth, Bayreuth, Germany, 1993
  • National Museum, Lagos, Nigeria, 1991
  • African Center, London, England, 1990
  • Nigeria High Commission, London, England, 1990
  • Howard University, Washington, DC USA, 1985
  • National Museum, Lagos, Nigeria, 1984
  • USIS, Ibadan, Nigeria, 1984
  • Italian Cultural Centre, Lagos, Nigeria, 1982
  • Commonwealth Institute, London, England, 1979
  • Goethe Institute Lagos, Nigeria, 1970-1968-1967
  • Colours of Africa, Contemporary Art from the Continent, Diggs Gallery, Winston-Salem State University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina USA, 2003
  • The World MoveWe Follow: Celebrating African Art, McClung Museum, Knoxville, Tennessee, 2002
  • A Concrete Vision: Oshogbo Art in the 1960, Smithsonian Museum of African Art Washington, DC USA, 2000
  • Beads, Body and Soul: Art and Light in the Yoruba Universe, Carlos Museum, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia USA, 1999.
  • Unity Through Art, National Museum, Lagos, Nigeria, 1995
  • First Masters Art Exhibition, Continental Merchant Bank, Lagos, Nigeria, 1992
  • Metropolitan Miami Dade Library Exhibit, South Regional Library, Miami, Florida USA, 1990
  • Vision for Excellence, Home Design Center, Lagos, Nigeria, 1989
  • Blackburn Center Exhibit, Howard University, Washington DC USA, 1985
  • Modeme Kunst in Afrika, Staatlichen Kunsthalle, Berlin, Germany, 1979
  • Commonwealth Institute Art Gallery, London, England, 1978
  • African Contemporary Art, Howard University, Washington, DC USA, 1977
  • Modern Art from Africa, Jonade Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland USA, 1975
  • Contemporary of African Art, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, Illinois USA, 1974
  • Contemporary African Art, Museum of African Art, Washington DC USA, 1974
  • Tenth Anniversary Exhibition of Contemporary African Art, London, England, 1973.
  • Second India Triennial, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, India, 1971
  • Cleveland Art Institute, University of Missouri, Cleveland, Missouri USA, 1969
  • Commonwealth Institute Art Gallery, London, England, 1968
  • Goeth Insitute, Lagos, Nigeria, 1965

Teaching Artist Experience

  • ArtsCool, City of Atlanta Bureau Of Cultural Affairs, Atlanta, Georgia USA, 2003
  • Engage in Art Project, October Gallery, London, England, 2002
  • Haverly Hey Primary School, Manchester, England, 2002
  • Medlock Primary School, Manchester, England, 2002
  • Art Teachers Workshop, Somerset, England, 2001
  • Fulton Art Council, Atlanta, Georgia USA, 1998
  • Bureau of Cultural Affairs, Atlanta, Georgia USA, 1998, 1997
  • West Manour Arts Centre, Atlanta, Georgia USA, 1997
  • Afro American Centre, Charlotte, North Carolina USA, 1997
  • Winston-Salem State University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina USA, 1994
  • Howard University, Washington, DC USA, 1990
  • African Centre, London, England, 1985
  • Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, 1980
  • Commonwealth Institute, London, England, 1980
  • Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana USA, 1975
  • E. Missouri State College USA, 1974
  • Haystack Mountain Craft School, Deer Isle, Maine USA, 1974
  • Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria, 1973
  • Studio Museum Harlem, New York City, New York USA, 1973elected Commissions — Mosaic Murals
  • City of Atlanta, Howell Park, Atlanta, Georgia USA, 2003
  • Ori Olokun University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, 2003
  • State House, Lagos, Nigeria, 1984
  • UTC Head Quarters, Basel, Switzerland, 1983
  • Mr Staufaucher, Hogen, Switzerland, 1982
  • Metropolitan Hotel, Calabar, Nigeria, 1980
  • Institute of African Studies, Ibadan, Nigeria, 1980
  • May & Baker, Lagos, Nigeria, 1976
  • Osun Presidential Hotel, Osogbo, Nigeria, 1975, 1980
  • Conference Hall/University of Ibaden, Ibadan, Nigeria, 1969
  • Western House, Lagos, Nigeria, 1969
  • Ikoyi Hotel, Lagos, Nigeria, 1967
  • India Handloom House, Lagos, Nigeria, 1967ted Commissions — Bead Murals
  • Winston-Salem State University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina USA, 2003blic Collections
  • British Broadcasting Corporation, London, England
  • Cleveland State University, Afro American Cultural, Cleveland, Ohio USA
  • Iwalewa Hause, Bayreuth, Germany
  • Museum fur Volkerkunde, Frankfurt, Germany
  • National Gallery of Modern Art, Lagos, Nigeria
  • National Museum, Lagos, Nigeria
  • Smithsonian Museum of African Art, Washington, DC USA

 

 

 

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