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“Nigeria 1914” to be exhibited on October 1st

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By Timothy Akintola

Art exhibition set to chronicle Nigeria’s historical events.

As Nigeria’s 62nd year of independence approaches, there are reasons to further propagate its history that shaped the formation of the country. An art exhibition, “Nigeria 1914” is set to be showcased on October 1 in Abuja and it is projected to explore the birth of Nigeria, history, milestones and iconic events. The exhibition is expected to kindle the conversation about Nigeria’s journey to becoming a nation by exhibiting historical portraits, artifacts and other historical figures that chronicle the country’s history from the amalgamation which occurred in 1914, through 1960’s independence and the contemporary events.

This exhibition will employ a creative approach to highlight the beauty and woes that have collaboratively shaped the country. Akin Laniyi, the project director of this art exhibition stated that the event was one of the activities designed to commemorate Nigeria’s 62nd year of independence, disclosing that the event had also been endorsed by the Ministry of Information and Culture, as well as other necessary bodies. According to him, the project is an educational exhibition endorsed by the government.

The exhibition days to be named after reputable foundations.

Laniyi further noted that this exhibition, which is scheduled for eight days, from the Independence Day, October 1st at the Transcorp Hilton was inspired by the consciousness of Nigerians for a much needed reflection of the country’s history and enhancement of social order. He further said that the exhibition would promote education, nationhood and necessary measures for respecting diversity and improving social change. The project director also stated that each exhibition day will be named after reputable foundations, so as to encourage and recognize their contributions, especially in Education.

It was also disclosed that the exhibition will host a myriad of dignitaries from the different spheres of life, with the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed being the Chief Guest of honor. Praising Nigeria’s artistic excellence, Laniyi again disclosed that a ton of artists across the country will have their works exhibited, including renowned artists like Kola Ogunwale, with members of top government functionalities, diplomatic communities and top stakeholders from private and public institutions of the creative industry also in contention to attend the exhibition.

Nigeria 1914 to hold in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt to promote unity.

The former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, Presidential aspirant, Atiku Abubakar, Engineer Jide Adeniji and Prince Arthur Eze are part of the big names set to be present at the event. Others include Alh. Nuru Kangiwa, the Director General of the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism and Otunba Segun Runsewe, the Director General of the National Council for Arts and Culture. This event is set to be the biggest art exhibition event in Nigeria’s history.

Laniyi however noted that the event would be stated across Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt, in a bid to also promote national unity and common history. He revealed that while there have been plans underway for this exhibition to be projected for a global tour, the movie, also titled “Nigeria 1914” is being produced. Laniyi asserted that this idea will help enhance opportunities and potentials for Nigerians on global stages through pictures, artifacts, paintings and portraits.

Laniyi noted that the project will expose unknown event of Nigeria’s past.

Recalling the first public presentation and media round for this project which held on February 2020 at the Moxion, Maitama, said the exhibition is recommended for every Nigerian for further knowledge of their history. Speaking on the importance of this exhibition, Laniyi explained that the project will expose numerous unknown elements of Nigeria’s history to influence the consciousness of Nigerians and every other person that experience the exhibition. Dedicated websites already collaborating with the government agencies to ensure that the exhibition is televised across online and offline platforms.


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