Tucked away on Ukpabi Asika Street in Asokoro, Abuja is one of the finest boutique hotels in the country.
Atelier the boutique hotel, the Pavillion and Retro Africa, the art brokerage are truly novel in design and in operation. This beatiful place is run by three sisters. Olayinka, Keji and Dolapo.
Atelier and the pavilion are managed and co-founded by Keji. Olayinka is also a co-founder of Atelier and is a graduate of Oxford and Harvard. Dolapo a graduate of Kings college London is the founder of Retro Africa contemporary art gallery along with her business partner Abdullahi Doggi.
It is novel in design because it consists of just four beautifully decorated rooms. To access any room, one has to pass through one of its two gallery spaces.
I saw the finest of minimalist African design in a most functional manner. Interestingly, Olayinka had worked with local artisans to produce several pieces of furniture.
Retro Africa on the other hand managed by Dolapo and takes the best of Nigerian and African art to the world. Having exhibited in London, Paris, New York and several other cities, they would easily be categorized as some of the best art brokers to emerge from the sub-continent.
I had the priviledge of attending an exhibition of works by Uche Joel Chima with my family and on another occassion sit down for a drink with Dolapo. Both experiences were enlightening.
A few days earlier, Bono the celebrity musician and activist had some of his meet-ups at Atelier. I missed out on that because Bono is someone who I greatly admire for his humanitarian and developmental work.
So if you are looking for a private experience with the best of cuisine, this is a place to visit.
Just like Bono, I think Atelier brings some unique features to our experience. Creativity, character and service I believe sums it all.
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