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Afro-Celtic Textile Art Exhibition

The local Art and Culture Center, JOM Charity, joined by her collaborators including Johfrim Art and Design and her affiliate Kakofoni are celebrating after being awarded a much appreciated funding by The National Lottery Community Fund to organise this pioneering project and events in Milngavie.

Afro-Celtic Textile Art Exhibition, “Re-Generation” will take place in September 2021. Click here to find out more including the Program of Events.

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Special thank you message

As I work on my goal in touching lives through Humanitarianism etc. Please know your support has helped me not to give up. I will continue to be persistent and eventually will do what I set out to do.

Would like to appreciate, The National Lottery Community Fund, Scotland for Funding JOM CHARITY -SCIO Afro Celtic Event that took place in Milngavie, East Dunbartonshire, United kingdom in 2021.

The support you provided helped tremendously. I am thankful that you stuck with me and still love me through difficult times.

We have apply to the National Lottery & Glasgow Mental health Funds for 2022 funding to enable us facilitate creative art, well-being and Mental health activities in kirkintilloch East, North, Twechar & Milngavie, Glasgow.

We are very positive on our chances of getting the funds.

“I am extremely excited to facilitate these activities” and regardless of the funding, We have continue our activities in Milngavie and have ear marked fantastic activities in kirkintilloch and surrounding area in 2022 says Jom Charity East Dunbartonshire travel and Tourism founder and Trustee

Josephine Oboh Macleod💕💕

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Expression Art Exhibition


The  African Art Exhibition titled Expression. Hosted by Johfrim Art and Design and Hidden Lane Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland, UK.

Exhibition was opened from Saturday, 11th January, 2020 to end of March 2020.

Venue – Hidden Lane Gallery, 1081 Argyle Street, Finnieston, Glasgow, G3 8LZ, Scotland, UK

Time – 11am to 5pm Daily (expect Sundays and Mondays Hidden Lane Gallery is closed).

The Exhibition showcased a fantastic array of quality contemporary African Artworks by renowned artists and a very good selection of artworks by Local and International guest artists. The event celebrated these artists contributions to global creativity.

Enjoy your Art. It’s all about creativity!!!



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Exhibitions & Upcoming Events

Excellent Art Exhibition coming up in January 2020 at Hidden Lane Gallery. A collaboration between Hidden Lane Gallery and Johfrim Art and Design.

Johfrim Art & Design in collaboration with Hidden Lane Gallery  & Hidden Lane Gallery

Presents –

EXPRESSION Contemporary African Art in Perspective

Venue – 1081 Argyle Street, Glasgow G12 8LZ, Scotland, UK

Date 10th January –  31st March, 2020

Open 1100 – 1700 Tuesday to Saturday

Johfrim Art and Design has a global view of creativity – a universal approach to reaching out and enhancing lives internationally through the promotion of art and culture. We also support the use of art in the holistic well-being of an individual and this is showcased in the activities of our affiliate charity JOM Charity (SCIO) SC048839. (JOM CHARITY.COM)
We are here to celebrate art, particularly African Art, as a contributor to world unity, economy, culture and humanity. Humankind is known to have its earliest origin in Africa. Africans have since excelled in various art forms. African art is known to have inspired international artists such as Modigliani, Picasso, Giacometti, Matisse, the Paris movement and many more; to this day African art remains intriguing, exotic and powerful.
Africa is blessed to have art as a vital force that positively enhances its image and adds to her GDP. African artists were well respected in their communities and most had other occupations but evoke happiness and other emotions to their communities through their art. Art uses were varied, from celebration of birth, life, death, religion, decoration, royal recording, documentation of important occasions etc.
Celebrating African Art
Johfrim Art and Design is supported by – J.O.M Charity SCO 48839
Arts . Culture . Fairtrade . Education . Heritage . Science. Human Rights . Environment
26A Station Road, Milngavie, Glasgow, G62 8AB, Scotland, United Kingdom Mobile: +44 7900 396707 email:,

Lambhill Stable in conjunction with Johfrim Art and Design & TAAC 

Presents an Art exhibition titled Crescendo as part of the celebration to commemorate Lambhill stable open day & Black history month.

Venue –Lambhill Stable. 

11 Canal Bank North, Glasgow, G22 6RD

Date – 21th Sept, 2018 to 30th October, 2018.

Time – Weekdays – 11am to 4pm 

Saturdays   –  11am to 3pm 

               Sundays – Closed

Admission Free

Refreshment to be provided  Lambhill cafe at a reasonable price


Art room at Lambhill Stables.


Photos from the Crescendo Exhibition.

A big thank you to the hardworking team that put put the Artworks for Crescendo Exhibition.


Mystery African Talking Stick, found at Lambhill Stable foundation during renovations. It inspired this exhibition. We are still not sure of what part of Africa it came from; if you have any idea please give us your opinion.


Johfrim Art and Design

Presents Exhibition titled Nigeria, The Giant of Africa  to commemorate Nigerian Independence day.

Venue – Lambhill Stable.

11 Canal Bank North, Glasgow, G22 6RD

Date – Monday, 1st Oct, 2018.

Time – 11am – 4pm

Admission Free

Refreshment to be provided at Lambhill cafe at a reasonable price.

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Proverbs, Sayings, Symbols and Storytelling


Proverbs, sayings, symbols and storytelling influenced the African people and their communities therefore affected the Artists living within these communities.

Proverbs can be described as traditional saying in common use, well known wise saying, byword, and adage.

Proverbs was and is still in common use in Africa. The were used to give discussions and communications directive. They gave in depth meaning to words.  Also, during decision making they can be used to give authority and encouragement.

There are similarities in proverbs across the African continent and some are not dissimilar to wise say around the world.

When a lizard falls from great heights it nods its head to praise itself (Nigeria)

 (It can be interpreted to mean, praise yourself for your good deed).

When an old man reaches the zenith of his height a young man grows to meet him.

He who wants to fly must first learn to stand. (Nigeria)

Tolerance cannot be considered a weakness. (Ethiopia)

An antelope does not wear the shoes of an elephant. (Ghana)

One finger alone cannot carry a load. (Sierra-Leone)

A person who uses a sieve to collect rainwater is deceiving himself. (Nigeria)

It is he who begs for something that has the longer hand. (Nigeria)

If you do not cry out, you will die unheard. (Swaziland)

We want to share our collection with you and update them regularly. Please send us some proverbs to share. They do not have to be only African, but we will appreciate if you can tell us which country it is from if you have the information and suggested interpretation.

 Write up by Edion (Elder) Chief Mrs Josephine Oboh-Macleod

The Adonor of Emu Kingdom, Ishan, Edo State, Nigeria.

The Atayese of Ikateland, Elegusi, Lekki, Lagos State, Nigeria.

Edion of Akhiophen, Emu Kingdom, Ishan, Edo State, Nigeria.

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Charity Footsteps

Ethnobotanical Garden

Yorubaland is home to the Yoruba, the largest ethnic group in southwest Nigeria. Use of indigenous plants for health and healing has been passed down from generation to generation of Yoruba. This ancient system is known as Ifa, the path of divination, and a practitioner is called babaláwo, father of ancient wisdom. Yoruba beliefs and culture are no longer confined to Yorubaland. Over 200 years ago, people from this region of West Africa were taken as slaves to the New World. Enduring untold hardships, they retained their physical strength and indomitable spirit through these traditional practices and incantations. In the Caribbean they gave rise to Santería, a new belief system that spread to the United States. Medicinal plants are still at the heart of these beliefs, preserving something of the West African rainforest in the urban jungle of American cities.

The Ethnobotanical Garden is beside the Botanical Nursery. It aims to:

  • cultivate, propagate, and display plants of practical and cultural importance to the Yoruba
  • increase awareness of native plants, their uses and conservation
  • provide materials and information for training, education and research
  • organise guided walks and hire of the garden for enjoyment of Yoruba plant heritage

The Ethnobotanical Garden was developed by the IITA Forest Project, funded by the Leventis Foundation 2010-2014. Further support was received in 2012 from Ibadan International School, which donated proceeds of a sponsored “mathbuster” challenge, and from the Kakofoni Arts Foundation which held a fund-raising “Reforestation Ball” at the Muson Centre, Lagos. The event was organised by Elder Chief (Mrs) Josephine Oboh-Macleod with support from Chief Norman Core MacLeod, media environmentalist Mr Desmond Majekodunmi, interior designer Mrs Zusi Ward, and fashion designer Mrs Osuare Egbuonu. Mr Festus Olumese was also a donor at this event.


Picture of Ethnobotanical GardenPicture of Guinea pepper, Ata-ire Aframomum melagueta
Ethnobotanical Garden

Our address

IITA Headquarters
PMB 5320, Oyo Road, Ibadan 200001, Oyo State, Nigeria.


            Johfrim Art & Design

Charity Auction Titled – ‘Metamorphosis’

Took Place at

Akorita (Spirit of Motherhood) Charity ball, Sprowston Manor Marriot Hotel & Country Club, Norwich, United Kingdom on 11th November, 2017.

 This was a successful event that raised money for breast cancer. 

Johfrim Art & Design supported the event by donation several Artworks and other items for auction. The proceed was given to Akorita charity. They included this painting and sculpture.



Milngavie Week Photography Competition.

Our creative director Johfrim (Josephine Oboh-Macleod) was honoured to be a judge a Milngavie week photography exhibition. Over 80 beautiful photographs.

portrait photograph


Assist with Art and Well-being sessions Abbotford Suites care home, Milngavie, St-Paul’sChurch, Milngavie,

Glasgow Scotland, United Kingdom, & Antoine House  Care Home, Bearsden, Glasgow Scotland, United Kingdom.


 Chief Josephine in Art Therapy room Abbotford Suites Care home.       The Opening of Abbotford Suites Care home Chief Josephine with manager Sue of Abbotford at the Art Therapy room.  


Assists with Gardening at Baldernock Childcare Garden, Balmore & Glasgow Academy, Milngavie, Glasgow Scotland.


Photography by Johfrim, Josephine Oboh-Macleod


Ghana Independence  Day on 6th March, 2018 at TAAC, Chief Josephine Oboh -Macleod spearheaded this celebration with TAAC Chief Kofi Amu.


Creative director Josephine is an active volunteer at Gavin’s Mill, Milngavie, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom.

Gavins Mill is one of Glasgow’s leading fair trade shop apart from being a volunteer she is the in house photographer.  They have participated in various fund raising events on behalf of  Gavin’s Mill.

Nelson Mandela Centenary Gala Dinner.  

Venue – The Hilton Hotel Glasgow,

1 William St,

Glasgow G3 8HT

on Friday 24 August, 2018

The monies raised is to go primarily towards erecting a statue of Nelson Mandela at Mandela place in Glasgow, city center.

This is a very worthy cause to immortalise the work of Nelson Mandela and others like him.

Johfrim donated her painting title African Queen which went on a silent auction.


If you want to join in the campaign to carry forward the legacy of Nelson Mandela please contact the foundation.

I am very happy to share with you that over £25,000 (Twenty Five Thousand Pounds) was raised on

Nelson Mandela Centenary Gala Dinner. My painting African Queen which went on a silent auction was bought and all of the proceeds was donated by Chief Josephine Oboh-MacLeod Johfrim to Nelson Mandela Scottish Memorial Foundation.

More donations are still being received please do not hesitate to donate to this good cause.


We collaborated with Lambhill Stables, to host an African  inspired Art Exhibition titled Crescendo that will last till the 21st September till end of October 2018. This exhibition  was very successful. 






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Johfrim (Chief Josephine Oboh-MacLeod)

Johfrim Art & Design  


Humankind is known to have its earliest origin in Africa. Africans have since excelled in various art forms. African art is known to have inspired international artists such as Modigliani, Picasso, Giacometti and many more;  to this day African art remains intriguing, powerful, and full of energy.

walkingman sculpture


Sculpture Amedeo-Modigliani-tete-de-jeune-fille-a-la-frange

Africa is blessed to have art as a vital force that positively enhances its image and adding to her GDP.

The African artist were well respected in their communities and most had other occupation but evoke happiness and other emotions to their communities through their art.

Art uses were varied, from celebration of birth, life, death, religion, decoration, royal recording, documentation of important occasions etc.

A lot of African artist get their inspiration from events around them, nature and the environment.

African artist has an acute sense of rhythm and movement this is encompass in the depiction of their forms and this rhythm and movement can also be seen in the African music and dance.

Art in Africa is mainly done by hand, a laborious process but the artist showcases his craftmanship with zeal, dedication and affection.

Colours are very important. They are used to express mood. Either their mood or the mood they intend for the viewer. African sculpture has dynamic life force that no doubt impresses upon the on looker.


Their sculptors successfully link planes, cubes, forms, elevations and depression to produce a pleasing holistic piece. They sometime combine realism with abstraction to create a free-spirited piece of artwork.

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. Some ignorant, will say African art is naïve, primitive and ugly but one must realise that African art was produced by the artist for various reasons. If it is to be used to a traditional ceremony that needs the character to be fearsome, so the artist will depict such in his rendering.

African art as earlier stated was used for ceremonial/religious purpose. As a deterrent/praise /respect in the case of the ancestors, for decoration, by royalty to showcase their importance or record events, but most especially for the enjoyment of the artist and community.

Researchers have since countered the myth that African art of old were done by immigrants, but real African art were done by native African. They might have been influenced by foreign elements at some point, but they used what was compatible with their conception and inspiration to be creative. They believed that the gift of art came from Almighty God. Art is a pleasing factor to most human, so Africa is not any different.


We at Johfrim Art & Design are here to showcase that the modern-day African artists are with the ancestry of those that have produced master pieces that are at various museums and important collection around the world.

Like their forefathers they are mostly influence by nature, communities, spirituality, and life they experience or around them. We must expect influence of the international communities. The world is more global, but our African artist are telling their stories through art. Their contribution is countering some of the blanket negative impression of Africa.


African art is something to uphold and support. Please look at an image of a African artwork and send us your opinion of what it evokes in you in a few words to share.

We are pleased that some auction houses such as Bonhams now actively promote the sale of African art.


It’s all about creativity and the Arts.

Enjoy your Art!

We thank all contributors, including books, African Art by Frank Willet, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, USA, The Art of Africa by Elsy Leuzinger , The internet & professor Chris Dunton for his Edit and support.

Photography of Johfrim by Trevor Graham Photography, Milngavie, Glasgow, Scotland.







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