Ecobank, AFC Partner Gallery for Art Fair

Nume Ekeghe

In a collaborative effort to spotlight emerging talents in Nigeria’s art scene, Ecobank Nigeria Limited and Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) have teamed up with Soto Gallery to present the +234 Art Fair.

This international art exhibition aims to provide a platform for young, unrepresented Nigerian artists, offering them opportunities to showcase their work locally and globally.

The Managing Director/Regional Executive of Ecobank Nigeria, Bolaji Lawal in a media parley yesterday emphasised the bank’s commitment to promoting the creative industry in Nigeria and across Africa.

He said: The fair is dedicated to nurturing and uplifting the burgeoning art industry in Nigeria by providing a platform to support emerging artists and encourage increased interest in art acquisition, thereby contributing to the growth and prosperity of the local art sector and its international recognition.

Founder of Soto Gallery and Curator of the fair, Mrs. Tola Akerele, highlighted its significance in fostering cultural resonance and economic empowerment for emerging artists.

Akerele said: “This partnership with Ecobank and AFC is instrumental in amplifying the voices of young Nigerian artists who may not have had traditional gallery representation. The +234 Art Fair provides a platform for these artists to showcase their talent and contribute to the growth and recognition of Nigeria’s vibrant art scene.”

In addition to the diverse art exhibits, the fair will include an art-centric bookstore, children’s area, VIP lounge, culinary offerings, and engaging workshops. Lawal reiterated Ecobank’s ongoing commitment to supporting the creative industry through various initiatives, including organizing exhibitions and commissioning art studios.

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