Yemisi Shyllon Museum of Arts Lagos nested in the Pan Atlantic University , scores first on several fronts, It is the first pioneer university art museum in the country, popularly referred to as YSMA. It has one of the most comprehensive and diverse art collections in the country and makes it accessible to all visitors, as it marks its one year anniversary, the time has come to count the blessings and take into consideration the way forward in the era that is bombarded by the unknown, at least the Covid 19 pandemic that is ravaging everywhere has also affected its operation.
YSMA is an institution like no other one, both in scope and content in Nigeria, a country of about two hundred million people and though a relatively new phenomenon in Africa, university art museums have a long history in other parts of the world. In Nigeria several universities and polytechnics have art galleries attached to their art departments, but till now, none of them had promoted a fully-fledged art museum as an independent unit within the university structure, this is one of the reasons YSMA stands out.
Named after Omoba Yemisi Shyllon, who is an avid art collector himself, for his generous and ambitious contribution towards the implementation of the dream called YSMA, for he not only made money available towards the construction of the museum, he also provided over 1,000 art works from his private collections.
According to Wikipedia , University Museums has always been for research purposes and galleries included curatorial research into, as well as the display of, commemorative, ceremonial, decorative and didactic collections. Museums performed both a leisure and learning function for students, developing their visual literacy, critical thinking, and creative skills. YSMA as an institution, has served as a bridge builder between the Nigerian society and its higher institutions, its also the first of its kind in a society that has lagged behind in terms of developing institutions that kind stand on its own without relying on government funding.
This is wishing YSMA a happy birthday.