By Chris Onuoha
The very best of Nigerian arts and culture will be making a fascinating appearance in the city of Paris, France as the Embassy of Nigeria hosts business community and friends of Nigeria to an exhibition of some of the Nigeria’s finest art, music, film, cuisine, fashion and traditional games, on the platform of the Nigerian Creative Arts Exchange (NCAE).
The exhibition taking place at le Pavillion Dauphine, Paris, Saint Clair on Saturday May 19, 2018 is a platform for promoting cultural exchange and diplomacy and aims to enhance social and economic collaboration between Nigerian and the world, by developing channels for commerce between Nigeria and France.
Featuring, will be some Nigerian creative industry giants that include Bisi Silva, (world acclaimed visual arts curator); Ituen Bassey, Orange Culture, Andrea Iyamah and Lanre Da Silva all brand names in Nigerian fashion. Others are Chef Tiyan and Chef Fregz, celebrated Nigerian Chef (Cuisine); Kemi Lala Akindoju from Nigeria film industry (Nollywood) and Adekunle Gold, (Songwriter, singer) while Oxygen Koncepts – dance, drama and poetry group and Nike Art Gallery will also feature.
At a media parley which held last week, at Wheatbaker Hotel, Ikoyi, Lagos, the organizers of the event Embassy of Nigeria in France ably represented by various bodies involved include Chief Mrs. Taiwo Taiwo of Aart of life Foundation, French cultural attaché in Nigeria, Carol Bossier; Dr. Mrs. Stella Okolie, CEO Emzor Pharmaceutical Limited; Mabel Ndagi, Head Corporate Communications and External Affairs, Bank of Industry (BOI) and Moses Umoru, Director General, Chamber of Commerce and Industry –France Nigeria among others.
During her speech, The Nigerian Ambassador to France, Dr. Modupe Irele represented by Mrs. Taiwo Taiwo said, “Through the Nigerian Creative Arts Exchange we are thus creating a forum where participants can make enquiries, network and build useful links, in a relaxed setting. We invited participants to both experience the elements of Nigerian culture that will be on display, and to use the occasion to initiate conversations with representatives from the different industries which will range from fashion to pharmaceuticals, agriculture to real estate, finance to tourism, amongst others. These together represent a wide array of trade opportunities”