Born Ómò Oba (Prince) Adétòmíwá A. Gbadébò in Abeokuta, Nigeria; into three royal families: the Gbadébò royal family of Egba Kingdom and the Adémilúyì family ( Lafogido ruling house) of Ilé-Ifè Kingdom as well as the Oshodi (Tapa) royal family from Lagos; who originally are from the Nupe kingdom (Now Bida). Òmó Oba (Prince) Gbadébò uses his Yorùbá heritage and life experiences to create his pieces based on emotions and the journey that life stitches; he embodies a spiritual trance while he creates. He does not associate himself with any artistic movements; for it is with the guidance of Olódùmarè that he executes his messages. As multiple ideas develop in his conscious and unconscious mind, they evolve into languages of spiritual prowess, guided by Orishas (Yorùbá spiritual ancestors), Olódùmarè (Yorùbá creator of all beings on earth) and Ifá philosophy (Yorùbá religious concept); with the inclusion of his global travels. He also pushes to teach humanity to truly see what they are choosing not to see; question all conscious solutions given, while selflessly aiming for positive progression for all alike and different. Yorùbá spirituality, teachings of communal emphasis, human will, Yorùbá music by greats such as Chief Hubert Ogunde, Duro Ladipo as well activist and musician Fela Anikulapo Kuti have a huge influence on why he creates fierce and conversational works of art today.
Apart from the focus on his artistic practices, Òmó Oba (Prince) Gbadébò expands his reach promoting African art and culture globally as an ambassador to his people; giving key lectures and talk globally. Òmó Oba (Prince) Gbadébò is also the founder of Ori Consulting Group (ÒríIfáá). ÒríIfáá is a platform that focuses on positive development across Africa as well as other global landscapes. Currently, ÒríIfáá focuses on the arts and culture sector with the emphasis of promoting artistic philanthropy. In part of ÒríIfáá; Gbadébò is also a liaison to the Kingdom of Egbaland, Abeokuta; playing a significant role in launching a contemporary and cultural art museums Egba Royal Museum of African Art and Culture (ERMAAC). As a great need for equal social, political and economic balance in his country: Gbadébò is punching to launch his foundation -Prince A. Gbadebo Cultural Foundation (PAGCF); for better infrastructure for his people with extension to those who need help globally.
Òmó Oba Gbadébò states: "I create art for the future of my being and those that have come before me, and for those around the world who need inspiration and hope to deal with humanity's prosperities and discords, as well as the preservation of the Yorùbá culture and philosophies. I create to challenge people's previously unquestioned intellect. “I want my people, as well as those foreign to my existence, to be reminded of where they have come from and where they need to go for a sustained equilibrium of life for all”. Òmó Oba Gbadébò, also focuses on collecting art globally as well as retaining strong relationships with establishments in support of the global art scene, which he states, “fuels and enlightens his artistic practices”.
In describing himself, Òmó Oba (Prince) Gbadébò says: “I am just a Yorùbá man and a mortal, flesh and bones; a custodian of culture; a vessel for Olódùmarè and my people; sharing his philosophies and journeys with all; for a better enlightened future aimed at humanity - socially, morally, intellectually, economically, and spiritually”. “The term artist is not one that should be abused; it is a privilege not a right”.
“The term artist is not one that should be abused; it is a privilege not a right”.
Ómò Oba (HRH). Adétòmíwá A. Gbadébò