Lekki Art and Craft Market and Nike Art Gallery are all at the same axis which is at Lagos Island.
The day I went on this trip, I was with my blogger friend Busayo of the black unicorn, we had planned on going on tours to different places, town, cities, countries and many more.
We decided to start with this and that day was so amazing. She was coming from Festac and I from Agege and we were to meet at CMS.
I got to CMS before her, so I decided to have lunch before she arrives. I was expecting her call not knowing she has been calling for us to meet up to take a bus to Lekki.
We missed each other about 2 or 3 times before I decided to stand in front of the Famous Big Church CMS.
She met me there and we took a bus to Lekki. Our plans was to drop at the 3rd roundabout which is the bustop of Nike Art Gallery.
We got into blogging conversations and forgot ourselves till we got to Jakande Bustop. The transport fare to Lekki cost 250N.
The funny thing was Busayo didn’t even realized it was the bustop we were supposed to stop to go Lekki Art and Craft Market.
We came down anyways and she tried to remember and she said her plan was for us to go to Nike Art Gallery before Lekki Art and Craft Market.
Lekki Art and Craft Market
We were dropped near the pedestrian bridge so we had to walk back a little like 10 to 20 steps backwards where we saw a street ( also a market )
We took a bike going to oba Elegushi market it is not so far from there at it’ll you either 50N or 100N.
Lekki Arts & Craft Market also known as Oba Elegushi International Market or Jakande Art Market. The market is located at Oba Elegushi Street, Off Lekki-Epe expressway between 4th and 5th roundabout.
The bike man will stop right in front of a small gate, enter you’ll see the complex, walk through to the back for you to see those selling all those art and craft works.
There are so many beautiful things there and you’ll be amazed by the amazing things you’ll have to or will love to buy.
After going round and seeing the beauty of the Market. Busayo bought a weaved hand fan and something like a flat tray, I got the tray alone. The fan was 300N and the tray was 700N each, but you might get yours cheaper.
Nike Art Gallery
We took a bike from the gate of the Market down to Nike Art Gallery on our way the bike man missed his way or should I say we gave him the wrong bustop.
He lamented but he went through Elegushi beach to burst out at one side of the road then down to the 3rd roundabout which is where the Gallery was located. We paid the guy 500N
Note: Don’t ever take a bike from the market to Nike Art Gallery, it’s so far and expensive.
The Nike Art Gallery has branches in 4 different states in Nigeria; Kogi, Osun, Abuja and Lagos. The Lagos branch which was opened to the public in September 2009 is located at 2, Elegushi Road, Lekki Phase I, Ibeju Lekki, at the entryway of Ikate 3rd Roundabout Bus Stop.
The art gallery is a white majestic building ( four storey building) which offers artistic splendour from its entryway.
Immediately we got into the Gallery we saw the owner of the Gallery Mrs Nike Davies -Okundaye, a professional Textile Artist and Painter, was set up to promote Nigerian artists, culture and art in general.
We greeted her went in and we were told the rules and regulations which is:
- Everyone is allowed entry into this gallery at no cost.
- The use of professional camera is prohibited.
- Pictures of the art work are not to be taken except an individual takes a picture with the artwork.
- They sell some art work apart from painting which include wood carvings , Ankara handbags , Ankara foot mats, Adire, beads , art books , postcards and many more art pieces.
We went round, took pictures with few art work and others, while doing that Busayo hit an art work which fell and she ran away, I was busy laughing and someone accused me of falling it. I told him i didnt do it but he didnt believe me becafter the whole touring and exploring we headed back home.
Ps: If you want to go to both places, make sure you go to NIKE ART GALLERY first before going to LEKKI ART AND CRAFT.
Ever visited the Nike Art Gallery or Lekki Arts and Crafts Market?
If you have any questions concerning these places ask away.
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