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NSSF auctions WeNaija photography competition top images

By Fauziyah Bello
14 January 2022   |   3:16 am
Following closure of submission of entries for the WeNaija photography contest and selection of the top 100 images through public voting, the Nigeria Solidarity Support Fund....

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Following closure of submission of entries for the WeNaija photography contest and selection of the top 100 images through public voting, the Nigeria Solidarity Support Fund (NSSF) has announced plans for auction and exhibition of the selected images.

The funds generated through this competition and other activities will be used to upskill the Nigerian youth as a means of enhancing recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

Chairman, NSSF Board, Tunde Folawiyo, revealed that the photographs are already on Bonhams’ website for preview and open bidding ahead of the auction.

Bonhams Auction, an online auction vendor in the United Kingdom, with affiliations in major cities across the world, is a partner of NSSF on the WeNaija photography contest tagged: ‘Visions of Nigeria’.

The auction/exhibition will be a two-day event: a live auction of the top 20 images on January 18, 2022, and a photography exhibition on January 19, 2022.

According to the Chairman, “The funds raised from the auction would be channeled into empowering youths through upskilling of at least 500 young Nigerians in life-changing vocations for the betterment of the Nigerian society, in furtherance of efforts to mitigate effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Each photograph tells a COVID-19 story that everyone of us can relate with.”

One of Nigeria’s philanthropist and NSSF Board Member, Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, stated that the entries had many iconic images of response to the COVID-19 pandemic, showing extraordinary courage and strength amid vulnerability, as people across this great country battle to find meaning despite the ravaging pandemic. Commending the participants, he noted that the photographs are images of hope, joy and peace in the midst of despair and death.

General Manager, NSSF, Dr. Fejiro Chinye-Nwoko, stated that the auction would offer a rare opportunity for Nigerians, friends of Nigeria, organisations and institutions, in and outside the country, to partner with NSSF by acquiring one of these unique photographs, which captures significant moments of the COVID-19 pandemic.

She explained that non-professional photographers took most of the images, yet the images were so creative and poetic. All images captured symbolic moments that demonstrated how Nigerians had been adapting to and are indeed working to overcome the economic, health, education, and social impact of the pandemic.

On the quality of the photographs, she remarked that the exceptional photographic quality of the images reflected the richness of the photographic talents that abound in Nigeria. She added that each photograph is unique and that every winning bid will get a photograph signed by the photographer artist and accompanied with a certificate of authentication sealed with the NSSF Hologram.

She also explained that this was beyond a photography exhibition but a call to Nigerians to take personal responsibility in protecting themselves and their loved ones from COVID-19.

NSSF is an innovative platform for resource mobilisation primarily established to supplement efforts to mitigate the adverse economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on Nigerians by supporting vulnerable members of the population, strengthening the country’s healthcare system, and reskilling the workforce for a post-pandemic world.