The artist has been around the Nigerian scene since the 1960s

President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday joined thousands of well wishers all over the world to congratulate world renowned printmaker, painter and sculptor,

Dr Bruce Onobrakpeya, who turned 80 on Thursday.

The President described celebrated artist as a pacesetter and irresistible influence on generations of artists in Nigeria.

He commended Onobrakpeya’s creativity, presence of mind and realism, which had influenced his works.

Jonathan said the renowned artist had the rare honour of displaying at famous arts exhibition centres all over the world.

“Indeed, Bruce Onobrakpeya has been a worthy ambassador, portraying not only Nigerian culture and history in living colours, but also the entire black race,” the President said.

He singled out for special commendation  the Bruce Onobrakpeya Foundation, which had been used to encourage the growth of arts and culture and impart skills in budding artists.

He urged younger Nigerian artists and students of Onobrakpeya to emulate his unparalleled devotion to work, discipline and patriotism.

President Jonathan wished him good health and many more years of remarkable service to the fatherland and humanity.

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