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The Ben Enwonwu Foundation in collaboration with the Society of Nigerian Artists and supported by Alliance Française /Mike Adenuga Centre Lagos, will hold the fifth edition of its monthly series of talks ‘Point of View’(POV) with focus on the Visual Arts.

The event scheduled for February 26 at Alliance Française/Mike Adenuga Centre, Ikoyi, Lagos will consider theme: ‘Funding for the Visual Arts: Public and Private Sector Partnership’ aimed at examining recent developments in public and private sector funding support for the creative arts in Nigeria.

Drawing from other creative disciplines and such diverse sectors as government, science and technology, POV interrogates the evolving role of the visual arts in addressing major issues affecting Africa and the rest of the world by impacting policy, raising awareness, advocating for change and inspiring action.

High on the agenda is the Creative Industry Financing Initiative (CIFI), a collaboration between the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Bankers’ Committee that seeks to improve access to long-term, low-cost financing for entrepreneurs and investors in the creative and information technology sectors in Nigeria. 

Presentations and discussions will revolve around the seeming exclusion of the visual arts from such policies and their overall expected impact in stimulating economic growth, capacity building, skill acquisition and job creation.

In funding and strengthening policies that will transform Africa, the event will also serve to examine and compare models and partnerships in the United Kingdom and elsewhere.

Presentations for the event include – “Including the Visual Arts in the Promise of Creative Industry Growth: The CIFI and Other Financial Policies”, by Uche C. Nwuka, Group Head, Creative Industry, Bank of Industry; “Funding for the Visual Arts: Public and Private Sector Partnership”  to be led by Odunayo Sanya, Executive Secretary, MTN Foundation, MTN Nigeria while the 3rd presentation  titled, “The Business of Art and Socioeconomic Transformation in Africa – The Hatch Ideas Case Study” will be delivered by

Yemisi Mokuolu, CEO, Hatch Ideas Worldwide

The panel discussion session with theme: “Transforming Africa through Culture: Funding and Strengthening Policies” will be moderated by Jumoke Sanwo, Creative Director, Revolving Art Incubator.

Discussants include Yvonne Ike, Managing Director, Head Sub-Saharan Africa (Ex-RSA), Bank of America Merill Lynch; Femi Akinsanya, Chairman First Ally Capital; Jubril Enakele, MD/CEO Iron Capital; Chijioke Uwaegbute, Partner/Leader, In-sourced Solutions for Tax, West and Central Africa PwC.

This event is supported by the Society of Nigerian Artists, Alliance Française Lagos, Five Cowries Art Education and  Jackson, Etti& Edu among others.

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