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Ecobank adopts ‘President Macron’s artist’ Waris Olamilekan Kareem



Ecobank Nigeria Limited has adopted popular child artist Kareem Waris.
The bank signed an agreement with Waris’ parents for his education grant and upkeep allowance spanning 20 years.   
Waris Olamilekan Kareem is the 11-year-old hyperrealist artist who sketched a breathtaking portrait of French President, Emmanuel Macron during his visit to the New Afrika Shrine in July this year.
He was identified by Ecobank, one of the sponsors of the Celebration of African Culture at the New Afrika Shrine, as a talented young artist and was given the opportunity to paint and present a portrait of Emmanuel Macron on behalf of the bank to the French President during the “Celebration of African Culture” event’.
Outgoing Managing Director of the bank, Charles Kie said Ecobank considers it a great privilege to partner with Waris’ family to recognise the child’s exceptional talent as the bank is a firm believer in the development of the African child and the sustainable power of education as well as the diversity obtained in the arts.
According to Kie, Ecobank decided to support education of Waris ‘to nurture and enable him develop his gifts and other interests he may have in future’.
“We make a commitment to partner with Mr. & Mrs. Kareem on this laudable endeavor to help Waris grow in all aspects of life.
“Ecobank is supporting Waris in furtherance of the Bank’s CSR initiatives with the primary focus of enabling Waris further enhance his talent while also ensuring his general educational development through proper monitor.

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