Executives Initiative (EI), a charity organisation established by a group of young Nigerians, is lending support to efforts at promoting Nigeria’s culture and unity through art with the hosting of TribeFest 2018.
The two day event, which held from November 23-24, 2018, at the Johnson Jakande Tinubu Park, Ikeja, Lagos, saw hundreds of attendees.
“TribeFest is a celebration of culture, and unity through Art. We believe diversity is bliss and our strength lies in working together despite our tribal differences”, Elizabeth Abubakar, project manager TribeFest, explained.
The event featured many exciting activities including; art exhibition of over 100 artworks from 25 young artists, games, music, and live painting sessions.
“Other art related activities are used as avenues to raise funds for the TribeFest School to School Outreach; a platform for supporting quality education via refurbishment of schools using recycled art and school supply donations”, she said.
According to Dare Asobele, founder/coordinator, EI, TribeFest is aimed at creating opportunities for Nigerian youths in taking responsibilities by using art and creativity to make little change to the society.
“I believe in creativity, but it is very low in Nigeria. We need to encourage our culture through art exhibition. We want to use this medium to encourage youths to thinking outside the box”, Asobele said.
To sustain the educational impact, TribeFest event is proposed to be an annual event. Speaking at the event, Toju Clarke, art director of TribeFest, said the event offers platform to relegate tribalism.
“We have a special section called ‘canvass on the wall’. It is a special illustration where young people write a message of hope for Nigeria. We believe and hope in our country. So, we will continue to promote unity and strive to live together in peace”, Clarke said.
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