Pioneer President, AGOAN, Francis Okonta, passes away


Frontline collector and gallery owner, Francis Chukwuma Okonta is dead.

Okonta died in London, on Wednesday at the age of eighty, after a brief illness.

The late Okonta  played a major role in the berthing of the nation’s most popular visual art festival: Art Expo in Lagos in 2008 in collaboration with Joe Musa led National Gallery of Art.

He was the Secretary-General, Nigeria Olympic Committee and served as Special Assistant to the former Minister of Information, Senator Uche Chukwumerije.

While at the Ministry of Information where he retired as a Director, he was appointed Chairman, Nigeria Boxing Association; President, Cycling Federation and Secretary-General, Nigeria Olympic Committee.

He was also the pioneer President, Art Gallery Owners Association of Nigeria.

Until his death he was Chief Executive Officer Nkem Gallery, Lekki, Lagos.


Rahila L.