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As a demonstration of RMB Nigeria ’s commitment to promoting the art industry, RMBN will be hosting an exhibition of graduate and emerging artists. Akin Aluko, Chioma Ekpetorson, Iyunola Sanyaolu, Ayanfeoluwa Olarinde, Washington Mosadioluwa, and Wahab Saheed are the artists on the programme that is being anchored by renowned artist, Mr. Duke Asidere. The programme holds tomorrow at Federal Palace Hotel, Lagos.

The Rand Merchant Bank Nigeria Artists Graduate Programme was established as part of Rand Merchant Bank Nigeria’s 5th anniversary programme in June 2018. The level of professionalism and creativity of the artists led RMBN to formalize the programme. Every year, the best student in the art department of universities across the country will be eligible to join the programme for a period of three years.

Chief Executive Officer of RMB Nigeria and Regional Head West Africa, Mr. Michael Larbie, stated that RMB Nigeria invests in young artists in order to contribute to the overall creative economy of Nigeria. RMB believes that art, culture and creativity contribute to a strengthened economy.

Olarinde is a nationally recognized scribble artist from Nigeria. Emoting through the ranging thickness of her scribbling, she finds harmony in jaga-jaga (crooked lines), which became a skillset forged from the heat of frustration along the path to self-discovery upon which she found her truth. Her artworks are represented globally on platforms like Reuters, NowThisNews, CNN, Konbini, etc. She has also participated in group exhibitions in Lagos.

Aluko is a visual artist and filmmaker, specializing in drawing, painting and filmmaking. He is a graduate of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology with a degree in Fine and Applied Art, and a diploma in filmmaking. He is a figurative-impressionist with works exhibiting dramatic and cinematic lighting to evoke a certain emotion or response.

Mosadioluwa is a multidisciplinary visual artist working in various mediums. He studied Creative Arts and has a Bachelors’ degree from the University of Lagos. He is also a graduate of Federal College of Education (Technical) Akoka. He is an artist with a passion for facial expressions and moods.

Ekpetorson is a graduate of Fine Arts and Design, University of Port-Harcourt. She had her industrial training at the Universal Studios of Art under the tutelage of Masters Abiodun Olaku, Joshua Nmesirionye amongst others. She draws her influence from various artists, including Masters Olusegun Adejumo, Edosa Ogiugo, Ejoh Wallace amongst others.

Saheed attended Yaba College of Technology, where he earned Higher National Diploma in painting. His artistic practice borders around issues of societal inclinations, identity such as ethnic heritage, sex or one’s body. He uses his work to express, explore and question ideas about identity.

Sanyaolu is a graduate of the University of Lagos, where she studied painting and was awarded the Female Visual Artist of the Year 2018, from the Department of Creative Arts. She enjoys experimenting, which influences her artistic practice.

Asidere’s multimedia practice reflects his upbringing, with the recurring theme of the female form, as homage to the women who have raised him. Asidere has participated in and facilitated numerous international and local workshops on painting, photography, and drawing, including Colour Masters, Auchi Polytechnic (2011), and the annual Harmattan Workshop Series in Lagos. He is well exhibited in Nigeria and internationally; his most recent foreign exhibition being Mood Colour Harmony, Splendens Factory, Paris (2016).

RMB Nigeria is a subsidiary of FirstRand, one of the largest financial services groups in Africa.


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