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In Awka, hope for creative industry with ‘Clean Slate’ art expo


…Artefacts underscore real advancement in human civisations – Nnabuife

THE ancient city of Awka is hosting a stellar of fine artists of all circles, arts lovers, collectors, sculptors and general public to a week of fun-feast, arts exhibition, lecture series and other creative programmes. The lineup of events includes the arts exhibition tagged,”Clean Slate” which will run for a period of three days from December 17th to 22nd. The 2022 Annual Lecture series was delivered by Prof. Cliff Nwanna yesterday,  followed by the grand finale entitled,’ Mirrors’ which would give ample opportunities for all artists and art lovers to share their works and exchange creative ideas.

  The programme began with the arts exhibition at the historic Awka Museum Foundation and had royal fathers, curators, painters, sculptors, students, collectors, professionals, amongst others in attendance.

  In his welcome address, the MD/CEO, Anambra Newspapers and Printing Corporation (ANPC), Chuka Nnabuife thanked everyone with special accolades to the royal chiefs for their presence at the programme, noting that the true taste of culture is imbibing creativity in arts.

  Sir Nnabuife appealed for spontaneous sponsorship to encourage artists, sculptors and create a viable space for the work of arts to thrive thereby boosting the economy.

Also speaking, the Professor of Fine and Applied Arts, Cliff Nwanna expressed joy and confidence in the works displayed by the four-man group sculptors namely, Elijah Emeka Nwali, Raymond, Steve Umahi, and Chioma Favour Okoli. He reiterated the value of arts in boosting the GDP of the economy and called for private- public partnership.

In his address, the Vice Chancellor, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, (NAU), Prof.  Charles Esimone said arts is the heartbeat of every nation.

  Esimone, who was represented by the Director, Center for Arts, Culture and Humanities, Prof Nkechiyere Nwokoye expressed optimism on the future of Nigerian youths who are dutifully engaged to produce aesthetics out of waste.

  One of the sculptors, Umahi Stephen Fidelis, who spoke extensively on his works appealed for funding from good spirited individuals and the government. The 2017 graduate of Fine and Applied Arts had works such as, ‘ Light at the end of the Tunnel,’ which speaks volume about the experiences of the COVID era..

Speaking to reporters the occasion includes  the curator, Awka Museum Foundation, ZHF Creative Director, Chioma Favour Okoli said the essence of the exhibition is to give opportunity to the four-man sculptors to display their works for collection and aesthetics purposes.

  According to her, the exhibition serves as a playground for artists to collaborate and work cordially with one another.

  The  dignitaries in  Arch. Mike Okonkwo, Executive Chairman, Urban Development Commission, Anambra State, lgwe of Oraukwu, lgwe Ositadimma Sunny Nwokedi of Achalla,  ASUU President, UNIZIK Chapter, Comrade Steve Ufuorah, Mr. Mike Obianuju Meze among others.

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