Undeterred by her limitations, Ms Abosede Okeowo, focuses on her artistic skills. Not only has she, by reason of her talent won recognitions, but now the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has offered her a United States Online scholarship to horn her art skills. The 27-year-old artist had presented a pencil portrait of Prof Osinbajo to him during a courtesy visit to the Ooni of Ife in 2020.
Abosede Okeowo, an indigene of Otun Ekiti, Mobaland in Ekiti State suffered an illness when she was a child which resulted in her current state of health. She is a self-taught artist who, driven by passion, nurtured her talent in drawing to her current stage of expertise. She is known for making drawings of many dignitaries which has brought her to the limelight.
Bose first caught the attention of the Vice President when she drew a portrait of his wife, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo. She yet again enthralled Prof. Osinbajo with her skills when she drew and presented a lifelike portrait of him.
The Vice President was represented by a team led by Senator Babafemi Ojudu, Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, accompanied by Dr. (Mrs) Ebi Awosika, Senior Technical Assistant to the Vice President on Community Engagement on the 8th of May 2021 at the Palace of His Royal Majesty, Oba Adekunle Adeagbo, the Oore of Otun-Ekiti, Ekiti State.
In her remarks, Dr. Mrs Ebi Awosika described Abosede as a girl whose talent will take her to places to compete with people who are able bodied. Dr. Awosika also expressed gratitude to God for Abosede and stated that it was “just the beginning of greatness for the young artiste”, while presenting the talented artiste with a special wheelchair, laptop and a scholarship in Hyper-Realistic Portrait Course (a virtual course offered through an American online programme).
“This scholarship will help Ms Okeowo to realise her dreams and desire to own an establishment where she can teach others how to draw and help those who are physically challenged to also fulfill their life ambitions,” she added.
His Royal Majesty, Oba Adekunle Adeayo Adeagbo, The Oore of Otun Ekiti, Paramount Ruler of Mobaland in Ekiti, who received the envoy who represented the Vice President, expressed gratitude on behalf of Bosede Okeowo’s family, Otun Ekiti Community and the entire Mobaland to His Excellency, Professor Oluyemi Osinbajo, Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria and his Wife, Her Excellency, Chief (Mrs) Oluwadolapo Osinbajo for recognizing and making life meaningful for Ms. Bosede Okeowo and her family.