|Uwa Usen. Pic: c/o Society of Nigerian Artists (SNA).|
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.