By James, Michael Igiri
Lagos, the foremost cosmopolitan and Africa’s most populous city is aiming to become a cultural hub for the continent, as it hosted the 2017 edition of, ‘African Culture and Design festival.’
The prediction was muted by the curator of the modern art pavilion, Bisi Silver, during an exhibition in Lagos where she said, “the idea is to give visitors an overview of artistic practice not only in Nigeria but across Africa and the diaspora.”
With a growing number of Nigerians collecting art from across Africa, the market and platforms are continually expanding as items exhibited included a mix of traditional and modern art, with the goal of expanding awareness of Africa’s creative talents.
Some works were an ode to African leaders including Ghana’s first president, Kwame Nkrumah, and Burkina Faso’s assassinated leader Thomas Sankara.
Speaking about the future of the arts, Silver was of the opinion that the level of interest and awareness of parents, and those from the younger generation was encouraging.
And though there is a rising cost of art materials, some schools now provide basic materials like paper and pencils to help students from less privileged homes.
“Materials that they need to acquire to get the ideas produced are not easy to come by, so most times the ideas die on paper” without such aid, said Chinyere Ndubuisi, department head at the school of fine arts at Yaba College of Technology,” said Silver.