National Museum Lagos Records 42,889Visitors


The National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM) Lagos branch, recorded 42, 889 visitors in 2018, up from 41,826 visitors received in 2017.
Mr Emmanuel Omotosho, Head of Education Department of the commission, made this known in an interview with newsmen in Lagos yesterday.
Omotosho, however, noted that the number of visitors was not too encouraging.
He gave the breakdown of the categories of visitors for 2018 as 34,713 students; 7,249 Nigerian adults; and 927 foreigners.
In 2017, according to him, 33,430 students, 7, 326 Nigerian adults and 1,070 foreigners were recorded.
“Our patronage in 2018 was not encouraging because we had about 1,063 difference between 2017 and 2018.
“This indicates that we must improve on our outreach programmes to schools and offices within Lagos,’’ Omotosho said
He said that the museum had concluded plans to ensure it creates awareness in schools across Lagos on the essence of visiting the museum.
Omotosho said that most offices within Lagos would also be visited to enable people know what they could benefit by paying constant visits to the museum.
“We hope to do better this year because we will be visiting schools and offices within the state to enlighten students and individual adults on the essence of visiting the museum, ’’ he said.
Head, Public Affairs of the commission, Mr Okechukwu Okwalanwa, said that the museum had helped in projecting artists’ works, saying that 18 art exhibitions were held in 2018.
“We had 18 art exhibitions last year, which were held from March through to December 2018 and the works showcased were those of renowned artists and the upcoming ones.
“We used the platform to promote works of young Nigerian artists to encourage them on their chosen profession and each of the exhibitions yielded huge sales and recognition for the artists.
“We had artists like Sandra Mbanefo, Akin Odeshola, Segun Taylor, George Edozie, Dorothy Dipo and more,’’ he said.