Ecobank Nigeria has concluded plans to host a Photography, Arts, and Design Exhibition (PADE) as part of activities to commemorate this year’s World Photography Day. Usually celebrated on August 19, World Photography Day is an annual, worldwide celebration of the art, craft, science, and history of photography. Head, Marketing and Corporate Communications, Ecobank Nigeria, Jide Sipe said the exhibition was conceived by the bank to help showcase the brilliance of Nigerian creatives to the world, stating that the 3-day event themed “A Canvas for Africa’s Creatives “will hold in its state-of-the-art head office complex, Ecobank Pan African Centre (EPAC) on Ozumba Mbadiwe, Victoria Island from August 19 to August 21, 2022.
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Mr. Sipe, who mentioned that the general public is invited, explained that the exhibition is part of the bank’s current strategy as a Pan African Bank to sustain its legacy as a foremost supporter of the creative industry in the country, noting that it provides a platform for harnessing and powering the creativity of the African continent. He further explained that the event will witness an assemblage of creative influencers in photography, visual arts, vocal and dramatic arts, and designs, adding that there will also be digital engagement ideas for creatives, photography contests and raffle draws on social media, amongst others.
“At the event, we expect portrait photographers, event photographers, landscape photo artists, and everyone with lenses to capture moments and frame memories in time. We also expect creative influencers in visual arts such as painters, calligraphers, cartoonists, make-up artists, and everyone good with a brush or pen. In attendance too will be singers, spoken word poets, comedians, actors, videographers, and everyone who can compose a distinct audio-visual reality. We are in contact with architects, interior designers, graphic designers, and everyone who enjoys bringing abstractions to life. There will also be side attractions, including food, stage performances, a VR station for kids, and 3D virtual art displays,” he said.
Mr. Sipe further called on all creatives and influencers to do short videos introducing and showcasing themselves on social media. “We will have a photography contest where a model stands in the spotlight and different photographers evoke their understanding of the model as a muse, taking pictures from different angles. Participants must hashtag their photos with #Paidbyecobank to participate. There will also be a raffle draw on social media to determine who wins the free family photoshoot during the exhibition. This is open to people who attend the exhibition. It is a total package.”