Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Uwa Usen (May 12, 1963-June 30, 2020)

Uwa Usen.

Former President, Society of. Nigerian Artists (SNA), Uwa Usen died in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, in the evening of Tuesday, June 30 2020. Usen's death was confirmed Wednesday evening by his colleague at University of Uyo,  Prof Best Ochigbo shortly after SNA, Lagos posted the news on its Facebook page.


Ochigbo who described the death of Usen as sudden and shocking said, the former SNA president took ill briefly, "but surprisingly, the family broke the sad news yesterday (Tuesday) evening." May his soul rest in peace. Amen.

Usen, in November 2008, emerged as SNA president during the association's convention held
from November 24-26, at the June 12 Cultural Centre, Abeokuta, Ogun State. Usen took over the leadership of SNA, for three years, from former Deputy Rector, Yaba College of Technology, Mr. Kolade Oshinowo.

Born into the popular Chief J.U Usen family, Ikot Akpaden, Mkpat Enin LGA, the artist and scholar attended St
Gregory’s College, Obalende, Ikoyi, Lagos for his secondary school education. He proceeded to the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria, where he graduated in Fine Arts, specialising in Sculptures. He returned to ABU for his Master’s degree in Fine Arts and Sculpture in 1988. Usen got his Ph.D at the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

                                             

13 comments:

  1. Rest in peace my president. We served in the same SNA exco. He was also with us from the formative years of the Sculptor's Association of Nigeria. Our last assignment together was the packaging of the virtual exhibition of ScAN in collaboration with Rotary. Our committee on a ScAN position paper on the merger of NGA and NCAC is still ongoing. We will miss your possitive mien.

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  2. Adie Uwa Usen - my Lecturer,the news of your demise came as rude shock to me. I still find it difficult to believe you're gone. Rest in Peace,my heart goes to your family members,your wife and Children and the entire Alumni of the Uyo Art School.

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  3. Adieu Uwa Usen - my Lecturer, the news of your demise came as rude shock to me. I still find it difficult to believe you're gone. Rest in Peace, my heart goes to your family members,your wife and Children and the entire Alumni of the Uyo Art School.

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  4. I knew you as a complete gentle man when I was the President of School of Art and Design, Yaba College of Technology. May you have eternal rest Sir and God Almighty will console the family you left behind. ADIEU

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  5. A great artist and a true gentleman, rest in peace.

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  6. May his gentle soul rest in peace The world of art, Africa and Nigerian art will miss you

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  7. An intelligent teacher has left for the land of endless days.

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  8. An intelligent teacher has left for the land of endless days

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  9. He was a great Sculptor, organizer and bridge builder.

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  10. Adieu to a great friend turned brother.. Your demise has brought a great vacuum no friend can fill.

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  11. We have indeed lost a great friend and colleague in Fine Arts & Design. Uwa was the first PhD student in sculpture in the Department of Fine Arts and Design, Uniport.He did not stop at that, in his usual restlessness in art, he encourages artists, he made suggestions all to move art and artists forward. It is a big blow to us. May his soul rest in peace and may God console his family. From Dr.Pamela Cyrl-Egware.HOD,FAD, Uniport.

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  12. My lecturer gone just like that uwa like a caddle in the wind passing unto glory may the lord give family the fortitude to bear the demise of their loved one the great lose uwa Karibo s darego

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  13. Words simply fail me, my dear cousin..
    To think that you and l spoke at length just two weeks prior during which l promised to set in motion arrangements for you to visit me in the UK..
    You had also encouraged me to partake in a pre arranged zoom conference on the effects of tourism in Nigeria's economy...
    l was really looking forward to your next phone call only to receive the heartbreaking news from big brother, Nkanta, whom you were so inextricably close to.
    l still cannot believe that you are gone, Uwa..
    l still cannot accept...

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