Os­in­bajo En­dorses Re­cy­clArt, Sup­ports Art for the En­vi­ron­ment

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Vice Pres­i­dent Yemi Os­in­bajo yes­ter­day led art con­nois­seurs, ar­chi­tects and de­sign­ers from about 100 coun­tries at­tend­ing the African Cul­ture and De­sign Fes­ti­val (ACDF) to the Ster­ling Bank Re­cy­clArt booth on Novem­ber 10, 2017, in La­gos to vote for re­pur­posed art en­tries.

At the event, the vice pres­i­dent com­mended Ster­ling Bank for in­tro­duc­ing Re­cy­clArt, a com­pe­ti­tion which in­spires young artists in the coun­try to use waste ma­te­ri­als to cre­ate works of art.

He there­after voted ‘soiled soil’, an emotive re­pur­posed art work that calls out the en­vi­ron­men­tal chal­lenges in the Niger Delta, as his fa­vorite for grand prize.

Re­view­ing the 16 top art­works from a pool of 630 en­tries re­ceived from across Nige­ria, Os­in­bajo also la­suded the in­ven­tive­ness of the 16 artists that made the fi­nal short­list. He called on aspir­ing artists in the coun­try to re­use and re­pur­pose old ob­jects to cre­ate in­spir­ing art­works and wealth for them­selves.

The Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, Fi­nance and Strat­egy of Ster­ling Bank, Mr. Abubakar Suleiman, who re­ceived Os­in­bajo at the Ster­ling Bank booth, dis­closed that Re­cy­clart was in­tro­duced to em­power young artists while also supporting the en­vi­ron­ment by pro­mot­ing the re­cy­cling and re­pur­pos­ing of waste ma­te­ri­als.

Ac­cord­ing to Suleiman, Re­cy­clArt is part of Ster­ling En­vi­ron­men­tal Makeover (STEM), the bank’s um­brella Cor­po­rate So­cial Re­spon­si­bil­ity pro­gramme, which pro­motes good san­i­ta­tion, hy­giene and en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity across Nige­ria in ful­fill­ment of the bank’s brand pur­pose of en­rich­ing lives.

He added: “Care for the en­vi­ron­ment has be­come vi­tal be­cause we do not have to go far to see the neg­a­tive ef­fects of im­proper waste dis­posal. In July, a heavy down­pour led to a flash flood in Suleja in Niger State. 500 peo­ple were de­clared miss­ing while 90 build­ings col­lapsed. At the same time, houses were flooded, and cars sub­merged in up­per class and low-in­come La­gos neigh­bour­hood.

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