After eight weeks of mentorship classes and intensive development workshops, participants in the project #AFRICA4HER are ready to show the results of participating in the creative workshop in a group exhibition showing 115 works in drawings, paintings, and mixed media art. Participants in the exhibition are between the ages 6 – 25 years.
The workshop was a practical development program with visits to art galleries, art studios, and exhibition centers to expose the participants to a variety of styles and techniques in visual art. The workshop culminates in the exhibition where works by the girls and young women will be showcased at Terra Kulture Art Gallery, for dialogue, education, entertainment and commercial purpose. A percentage of the proceeds made will go back to the participants, the brains behind the works.
Through the Africa4Her program, girls are exposed to mentoring opportunities, and building leadership and social skills. The art workshop featured spoken word poetry, painting, drawing, graphics design, animation, photography, filmmaking, creative writing, storytelling and digital arts to empower girls and young women respond to global issues. The program provided a platform for community engagement and commitment to raising girls and women of excellence, as the organizers believe that girls have the right to leadership if provided with the opportunity to develop the needed capacity for such position.
#Africa4Her is an initiative for members of the Young African Leaders Network to spur awareness and positive action around women’s issues. It is an important part of the larger group Young African Leaders Initiative launched by President Barack Obama since 2010. “It is a call to action, to invest in girls and women in Africa, to ensure all girls have equal access to opportunities, just as much as boys. A nation simply cannot afford to leave half of its population, half of its innovative potential and tenacity, behind”, says Frank Sellin, Deputy Public Affairs Officer of the U.S. Consulate in Lagos in a congratulatory note to Tender Arts Nigeria on the program.
Exhibiting participants are Toyin Obafemi, Oyeniyi Yewande, Ijeoma Onuoha, Ayomikun Omoyiola, Mary Akinsande, Sonia Egbedi, Oyinkansola, Valerie Fab-Uche, Opeyemi Komolafe, Damilola Chreg, Favour Uwaifo, Favour Egwim, Sylvia Uzzorh, Taiwo Ayedogbon, Kemi Adelugba, Esther Ojo, Nifemi Ojo, Nwigwe, VICTORIA OWEICHO, Shade Adebowale, Sope Oluwafemi, Adazeze Romanus, OBIWURU ESTHER, LILIAN AMAGHIRO , TUNMININU GBEBIRE, ENEBELI SOMTO, OYINKANSOLA OYEYIOLA-QURIAS, CHANTELE UBAH, Chioma Akamelu, PRAISE SANNI- ADENIYI, MOYINFOLUWA SANNI- ADENIYI, Zipporah Coleman, DELE LAWAL, Nkoyiren Ajie, Amaghiro Lilian, Yusuf Mariam, Odiah Uju, Bunmi Ayinde, Aminat Alabi, Temitope Fadipe, Halimat Showami Halimat, Temiloluwa Omoniyi, Daniels Debbie, Ubogum Anita, Chisom Enebeli, Okoh Ifunanya, Fredricke Uchechukwu, Eziah Precious, Agboola Jadesola, Titilope Salisu, Okafor Favour, Ijeoma Igboagu, Oluwatosin Akintola, and Omolayo Kehinde
Africa4Her Art initiative is organized by Tender Arts Nigeria and supported by the US Department of State, US Consulate Lagos Nigeria, Terrakulture Art Gallery, The Sole Adventurer, Happenings Radio, Young African Leadership Initiative and Mandela Washington Fellowship.
The exhibition and the entire project is organized and curated by Kunle Adewale, Creative Director / CEO, Tender Arts Nigeria. Adewale is a professional artist and a graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife Nigeria, specialized in painting and art history. With over a decade experience as an artist and educationist, he founded Tender Arts Nigeria in 2013. Tender Arts Nigeria is a non-profit making organization positioned to positively impact children and youth with a focus on art therapy, art education, talent development, community development and civic engagement.
The exhibition will hold at Terra Kulture for 3 days with an opening event on Saturday, August 20th, 2016, at 2 pm.
Other days are: Sunday, August 21st, and Monday, August 22nd, the exhibition space opens at 2pm and 10am respectively.
Venue: Terra Kulture Art Gallery ,Plot 1376 Tiamiyu Savage, Victoria Island, Lagos.
See a few of the selected works for the exhibtion below. All featured images via Tender Arts Nigeria.