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17 Dec

Last weekend, Metro Bakery opened in Lugbe, Abuja, bringing smiles to the faces of the patrons who had the first taste of its products. 

Located in F.H.A Lugbe, the bakery contains endless shelves of freshly baked goods like bread and savoury pastries of all colours and sizes which sit on racks or display cases.

Metro Bakery was founded by Mrs. Sandra Adio, a graduate of English Language from Ambrose Alli University, Edo State and a certificate holder in entrepreneurship from Lagos Business School's Entrepreneurship Development Centre. 

She currently owns a salon, but wanted to try something new and food-related. 

“It wasn’t like I grew up loving to bake or anything like that,” she said. “Before now I couldn’t do anything with flour, but I wanted to do something related to flour.”

However, she was acquainted with the wonderful world of ovens and pans from a young age.

“My late father was a baker before so I grew up in a bakery,” she said. “I knew so much about bread but I did not show interest in it then.”

In her quest to get practical skills about baking, Mrs. Adio earned a certificate in pastries at the International Center for Culinary Arts, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and returned full of baking knowledge and countless recipes. In addition, she learned a few extra tips from Youtube videos.

Prior to opening of the bakery, her friends who tried out her pastries always came back for seconds, and from baking from home at first, Metro Bakery was born.  

The bakery offers all kinds of bread ranging from wheat bread to fruit bread, wedding cakes to party cakes, caramel cupcakes and different types of biscuits, all at affordable prices. A cupcake is N150, while the prices of other cakes depend on their size and design. 

Some customers expressed their delight about the opening of Metro Bakery.

“The bakery is right near my house so I can come here and buy cakes,” Miss Gift Edokpa, who lives in Lugbe, said. 

“Their staff are really nice. I’ve tried their cake and it’s wonderful,” Mr. Kodjo Obumah, another customer said.

Mrs. Adio’s goal is to provide a one-of-a-kind bakery that offers something no one else around is offering. 

“In Nigeria you have a lot of people do the same thing,"she said. "So I want to do something different from what everyone is doing."

One of her tactics is to use good quality ingredients and serve fresh goods. Soon, she hopes to expand the bakery to include ice cream and popcorn.

Her advice to budding bakers: “Get training. If possible, work in a bakery because it will help you. And then, do your research, see what other people are doing and don’t be afraid.”

Address: Metro Bakery is located at: 3/1G, off First Avenue, Near Ajis Hotel, F.H.A Lugbe.

Telephone: 07054521762 


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12 Dec

As dusk set in on Thursday 4th December, art enthusiasts in Abuja descended on Libreville Street, Wuse II, for the opening of Thought Pyramid Art Gallery. There was music from stereos and talking drums for the pleasure of the many guests lounging outside, waiting for the official tape-cutting ceremony.

The guest list included the ambassadors of Ghana, Canada, Spain, Italy, France, and the United States of America. Also present were the highlife musician, Sir Victor Uwaifo, renowned artist Chief Muraina Oyelami, and the Author of Indigo, Ms Molara Wood, who described the gallery as very bold, ambitious, and massive.  

Thought Pyramid is indeed massive. It is a big one-storey building on an expansive plot of land. The grey walls dotted with pebbles give the appearance of an incomplete building. But it is as finished as can be, drab in beautiful, artistic way. Every surface, the walls, doors, gates, has an artistic impression. Sculptures and paintings adorned the compound, wetting the appetite for the works inside.

The edifice houses an art library, a restaurant, an event space, and, of course, arts exhibition spaces. It houses only the best from both established and upcoming artists. The walls inside are adorned with the works of different artists, including those of Bruce Onobrekpeya, Ben Enwonwu, El Anatsui, Jimoh Buraimoh, Susan Wenger, Twin Seven Seven, Muraina Oyelami, Bob Nosa, Nelson Okoh, John Ogbeta, Stephen Osuchukwu, Tolu Aliki, among many others.

The chairman of the occasion was Prof Olusegun Adewoye, a professor of Material Science, who declared the gallery open and ushered in guests noted that the launch of the gallery was a milestone in the history of arts in Abuja.

“The opening of this gallery proves that anything can be done,” he added. “We are celebrating arts in Abuja.”

Prof Adewoye also praised Mr Jeff Ajueshi, the Director of the gallery, whom he described as a major force in the arts.

“This is an expression of his passion,” he said. “It is surprising to see this come from someone who himself is not an artist.”

Mr Ajueshi said that the gallery would give the Abuja community premium arts that commemorate events relevant to their experiences. He expressed hope that the gallery would be a hub for art lovers, collectors, and indeed the general public.

 While speaking to journalists, Sir Victor Uwaifo said, “we have seen many art galleries before, but this is a gallery with a difference. The works of different artists, living and dead are here”.

Also speaking, Oba Rasheed Ayotunde Olabomi, the Aragbiji of Iragbiji, Osun State, noted that it was thrilling to see a young man come up with this great idea.

On the importance of art, he said that, “Art is life. It is an expression of how we were yesterday, and how we are today, preserved for generations to come”.

Chief Muraina Oyelami who had works on display at the gallery said that he was impressed by the size of the gallery.

“It was a positive shock, let me put it that way,” he said. “It will go a long way to disseminate a positive message about arts.”

Ms Molara Wood, too, was totally stunned by the size of the gallery. She said she had heard that it was big, but it was nothing close to what she imagined.

“It is a feat of big ambition, big vision,” she added. “It is only on a par with the Nike Gallery in Lagos. He has created an art space that is a liveable place, a place where you can come and eat, relax, and appreciate the arts.”

Some of the artists present also learnt their opinion on the centre.

Mr Sunday Godwin, an Abuja based artists, who presently had no work at the gallery, was generous with his praise of works exhibited.

“Every work on display is something else,” he said. “From the colour scheme to the framing; they are master pieces.”

Another artist, Lagos-based Mr Promise Onali, said that he loves the message that the establishment of the gallery is sending out.

“People running galleries in Abuja and all over the country will know that art is no joke,” he said.

For most of the evening, guests had their heads up admiring the works on the walls or nibbling on the finger foods served with wine.From all appearances, Thought Pyramid Art Gallery is poised to be a first-choice arts rendezvous in Abuja.

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Art by Donald Onuoha


Art by Jimoh Buraimoh



Art by John Ogbeta

 From L-R, Prof Adewoye, Oba Olabomi, Chief Oyelami, and Ms Wood


Cutting the tape Prof Adewoye with the mic flanked by Jeff Ajueshi a lady and Oba Olabomi


Musicians from Osun State


 Art by Tolu Aliki


Sir Victor Uwaifo

Art by Stephen Osuchukwu


Guests at the gallery

Art by Suraj Adekola

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