The Omooba Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon Art Foundation (OYASAF) is a non-profit organization established in 2007 to promote the appreciation and study of Nigerian art and artists, making the collection globally available to museums, educational institutions and scholars.
The organisation is established to globally increase the awareness and appreciation of African art. With a collection of paintings and sculptures, covering traditional, neo-traditional, modern and contemporary bronze,stones, wood, metals, glass fibre, recycled materials, textiles and photographs of Nigeria's fast disappearing cultural festivals, the OYASAF collection has become the most notable and diverse in Nigeria.
BRIEF BIO-DATA OF PRINCE (ENGR.) YEMISI ADEDOYIN SHYLLON D.Litt
Omooba Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon is a Prince of Ake in Abeokuta (Nigeria) from the Sogbulu and Ogunfayo lineage of the Lararun ruling house of Ake in Egbaland who unsuccessfully contested for the throne of Alake of Egbaland in 2005.
Omooba Shyllon is a Legal practitioner, chartered engineer, marketer, stock broker/investment analyst with an MBA degree. He is widely acknowledged as the leading promoter of Nigerian art and culture and the largest private collector of visual art in Nigeria. He is reputed to own the most balanced art collection with well over 7,000 artworks of sculpture, painting and other media, as well as over 55,000 photographic shots of Nigeria’s fast disappearing cultural festivals. His collection ranges from traditional, modern and contemporary art.
He annually sponsors scholars, curators and art historians from outside Nigeria to visit and study his art collection, interact with other Nigerian art collectors scholars and artists to research into Nigerian art and culture and their other culturally related interests . So far, his art foundation by the name of Omooba Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon Art Foundation (OYASAF), has sponsored over sixteen (16) fellows from the USA, South Africa, Ghana, Germany, Switzerland and Austria.
In addition, he is the sole sponsor of the annual University of Lagos / OYASAF Art Entrepreneurship Workshop, aimed at encouraging and training Nigeria’s young and budding artists in art entrepreneurship, materials and methods. His foundation also sponsors drawing competitions among schools in Nigeria. Omooba Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon is a fellow of many professional bodies within and outside Nigeria, including the institute of directors and holds a honorary doctor of letters (D.Litt) degree, of the University of Port Harcourt in Nigeria. He has signed the agreement and has commenced the funding of the establishment of Nigeria's first privately funded public museum with the Pan Atlantic University in Lagos.
He is a versatile entrepreneur with considerable past and contemporary management and board room experience who is currently devoting much of his time to showcasing and promoting Nigerian art and culture and serves as a member of the National Heritage Council and Endowment for the Arts in Nigeria. He is a philanthropist and sponsor of children and school art competitions in Nigeria.
Since 2012, a Professorial chair in visual art has been endowed by him, in the name of “PrinceYemisi Shyllon” at the University of Port-Harcourt in Nigeria and is pioneering the establishment of a global on-line art journal for Africa, with the effort of a board of seasoned Professors and academics from Europe, USA and Africa. Omooba Shyllon is a joint author of a 200 page art coffee table book among other publications and is one of the few licensed Nigerian art auctioneers. His foundation (OYASAF), has donated many life size sculptural monuments to public places and institutions in Nigeria notably among which, are the eighteen (18) life size sculptural works of art to the "Freedom Park" in Lagos and some monuments to the Universities of Lagos and Ibadan, in Nigeria.
He is very widely travelled and has visited most of the major museums of art in the world, presented many lectures on various subjects and has participated in various art fairs in different parts of the world.