Bank reiterates support for creativity born in Africa
In line with Access Bank‘s commitment to promoting the best of Africa using vehicles like art, music, sports and fashion, it once again partnered with Art X in Lagos to bring the third edition of West Africa’s first international art fair to life. The bank has been a partner of the show since its debut in 2016.
While speaking at the opening ceremony, Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Access Bank Plc., Dr. Herbert Wigwe, expressed delight that the bank is able to contribute to this initiative, which works to make Nigeria a noteworthy destination for art collectors far and wide, thereby championing art and creativity Born in Africa.
Art X Lagos prides itself as an event designed to showcase the best and most innovative contemporary art from the African continent and diaspora. In three short years, it has succeeded in this goal, welcoming over 15,000 visitors, including art and culture lovers, curators from the world over, and the most avid of art collectors. It is a cornerstone of both Lagos, and the international art calendar, and, with Access Bank, it strives to not only showcase artists, but enable them to reach their goals.
The Art X Prize with Access, which was created to recognize and support the best of emerging Nigerian visual art talent, has made a comeback this year, naming Bolatito Aderemi-Ibitola as the beneficiary. As a result of her project, “Scraps from Mama’s Floor,” Ms. Aderemi-Ibitola received a grant of N1, 000,000 prior to this year’s event.
The work of Ms. Aderemi-Ibitola joins that of the immediate past winner of the Art X Prize with Access Habeeb Andu and that of many other artistes from over 18 galleries across Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, the U.K., and Spain on display from 2nd November through 4th November at the Civic Centre in Lagos, Nigeria. Access Bank is honored to be a part of the success story of artists from across the continent.