Group Unveils €20,000 Grant to Support Creative Projects

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Nume Ekeghe

Cointreau, a premium French liquor company has announced the launch of the Cointreau Creative Crew in Nigeria in partnership with the founder and publisher of Genevieve Magazine, Mrs. Betty Irabor with a grant of €20,000 to support creative projects.

The Cointreau Creative Crew is a worldwide philanthropic programme curated by Creative Director, Laetitia Casta with the aim of developing women’s freedom and expression and encouraging them to strive to make their dreams a reality. This is to be achieved through the global Cointreau Creative Crew campaign, which encourages individuals to ‘dream, dare, create’. It was launched last year in the UK and will give an entrepreneur a chance to receive a grant of €20,000 to pursue their creative project. Although the campaign is primarily targeted at women, it is also open to men.

Consistently over time, Cointreau had championed the cause of women as they explore their creativity, break free from convention and make their own way in the world.

Alfred Cointreau, Heritage Manager and great grandson (sixth generation of the family) of Founder Edouard Cointreau stated that “Edouard strived to create Cointreau for women when it was rare for women to have jobs, when they could not vote and when alcohol was only really drank by men. He wanted to be the first to speak to women through a glass.

“It is for this reason that Cointreau sought to partner with Betty Irabor to be at the helm of the Cointreau Creative Crew in Nigeria as the Creative Curator, as she is the embodiment of the Cointreau brand philosophy and lifestyle. The Cointreau Creative Crew consists of a grand jury and committee collectively headed by Betty Irabor. Also on the grand jury are Lami Tumaka (Deputy Director of NIMASA) and Barbara Lawrence (Chief Executive Officer of Insolitus Nigeria). The jury are tasked with the responsibility of promoting and encouraging all women to work towards actualising their dreams as espoused by the Dream-Dare-Create initiative.”

The Zonal Director, Africa and Med ME, Rémy Cointreau Group companies Mrs. Antoinette Drumm, said: “We are pleased to partner with Betty Irabor as the Creative Curator of the Cointreau Creative Crew. It’s very exciting to launch the initiative in Nigeria as the global campaign has only launched in the UK with Laetitia Casta.