…Heirloom dedicated to the future of African continent.
By Dotun Ibiwoye
In reminiscence from the 1985’s “We are the World” campaign for Africa, by Micheal Jackson, Stevie Wonder and other artists, an initiative has successfully raised money for the United For Kids Foundation fundraisers in both Washington D.C. and the Civic Center in Lagos, Nigeria.
The initiative is an abstract piece, which is mixed media and digital painting titled ‘Philosophers’ Legacy’.
Ade Abayomi Olufeko, American trained technologist, business futurist and digital artist, the initiator, disclosed this at the Blavatnik School of Government (BSG), University of Oxford, United Kingdom.
Olufeko spoke alongside other industry giants to the general public and policy academics and many speakers and panelists at the conference offered their support.
Olufeko received signature endorsements from noteworthy figures at and outside the conference such as: celebrated business tycoon and African magnate Mike Adenuga Jr GCON CSG CLH; Rwandan economist Donald Kaberuka; Director, African Women’s Health Dr.Nawal M. Nour; recording artist Banky W; and FATE Foundation Entrepreneur of the year Awardee Tokunbo Talabi, among others.
This title of the re-issue is “Philosophers’ Legacy,” an heirloom for the African continent.
It is a painting considered to be a blueprint of projected dates as to when Africa will peak industrially.
The simplicity of its projections, according to Olufeko, will align and at other times surpass political concepts of the African Union.
’’According to lawyers and legal experts, the eventual buyer, which might be individual or institution, of the piece cannot commercially exploit the heirloom until the year 2033 and all proceeds at any time from sales will remain in the African economic system’’ he said
“Africa was once one whole, until post-colonial complexities of conflicts between the oligarchs tore it into pieces. In Africa’s second scramble aided by the 4thindustrial revolution, The Philosophers’ Legacy would be used to aid ongoing brain-gain initiatives to steer NGOs, the private sector and friends of the continent including its diasporas into a self reliant, yet interdependent partner of the world economy.”
The context of the conference’s theme: ‘Breaking the frameworks– Redefining Africa’s geopolitical, economic and cultural identity today’
Olufeko was joined by Seko Shamte of Tanzania, Joe Hundah and Jono Hobbs and other digital influencers of African countries and those from the diaspora all spoke at length on the inevitable trends shaping the continent.
Known for the conception of festivals platform Visual Collaborative and for his evident polymathic influence in technology, Olufeko, also discussed the future of the digital, regulation and ethics in the developing African ecosystem.
He encouraged entrepreneurs to move quickly as possible to create solutions, adopting modern technology but also embracing indigenous time-tested ones.
He also previously lectured at various institutions around the world such as Harvard Business School, Carnegie Mellon, Lagos Business and TEDx and many interactive festivals on technology.
His forthcoming book on technology and the humanities is to be released in 2018 and 2019.