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Celebrated Nigerian painter and printmaker, Dr Bruce Onobrakpeya has been proclaimed as an Honorary Citizen of the United States of America in the State of Georgia. (TNG) reports the Secretary of State of Georgia, Brad Raffensperger made the proclamation on the 5th day of April 2023.

“I, Brad Raffensperger, Secretary of State of the State of Georgia, do hereby proclaim Bruce Onobrakpeya as an Honorary Georgia Citizen,” Raffensperger proclaimed.

The Secretary of State of Georgia expressed appreciation to Dr Onobrakpeya for his service to the State of Georgia and proclaimed that the renowned painter be afforded every courtesy as a goodwill ambassador from Georgia in his travels to other States.

“May this Outstanding Citizen be afforded every courtesy as a Goodwill Ambassador from Georgia in his travels to other states, to nations beyond the borders of the United States of America, or wherever he may hereafter travel or reside. Thank you for your service to our State,” Raffensperger stated.

TNG reports Onobrakpeya was born on August 30, 1932, in Agbarha-Otor, an Urhobo town in Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State, Nigeria.


He attended the Nigerian College of Arts, Science, and Technology (now Ahmadu Bello University) in Zaria, where he developed an interest in forging a unique style which aimed to decolonize itself from Western influences.

He went on to exhibit internationally and establish himself as an important figure in contemporary African art, notably working as an educator for over four decades.


Today, his works can be found in the collections of the Vatican Museum in Rome; the National Gallery in Nairobi, and the National Museum of African Arts, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., among others.

( Source: TheNewsGuru )


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