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Access Bank supports African artists through Art X Prize

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The Access Bank Group has renewed its commitment to the growth of contemporary art in Nigeria by sponsoring the Art X Lagos International Fair. This is the sixth time the bank has become a gold sponsor.

At a recent four-day event in Lagos, the banks reaffirmed its commitment by its impactful presence at the 2021 Fair. Etinosa Yvonne, winner of the 2019 edition of Art X Prize showcased her project titled “It’s all in my head.”

In addition to funding and mentoring the Art X Prize winner, the bank demonstrated its creative spirit by premiering the “ENIYAN” mask installation at the fair, done in collaboration with up-and-coming contemporary artist Yusuf Aina.

Speaking on Access Bank’s collaboration with Art X during his speech on the opening night of the fair, Group Managing Director, Access Bank, Herbert Wigwe said that Art X has continued to be a platform through which African art is soaring and achieving global recognition. He also pledged the Bank’s continued support toward the empowerment of African artists.

In a speech at the opening evening of the fair on the collaboration between Access Bank and Art X, Herbert Wigwe, Group Managing Director of Access Bank, said Art X is a globally recognized platform for African art to skyrocket.

He also promised that banks would continue to support the empowerment of African artists.

“For us at Access Bank Group, the idea behind collaborating with the Art X Lagos fair was to ensure that we empower African artists with a platform to showcase their works and change the narrative around Nigeria positively. The Access Bank Art X Prize is our own way of providing funding and mentorship for emerging African artists”, he remarked.

Wigwe expressed great satisfaction with the exponential growth of the fair over the years and praised founder Tokini Peterside and her team for making it possible for the art community to converge.

He admitted that she did a tremendously “by creating a strong convening platform in Art X”

In her remarks, Peterside expressed appreciation to the bank for its good deeds, and for consistently throwing its full weight behind the fair year on year.

“Access Bank’s sponsorship of our fair is a testament to the fact that there is always support from Nigeria and proof of the bank’s belief in our vision.”

By partnering with Art X, Access Bank will help Africans convey African history in creative and innovative ways, in line with the bank’s philosophy of providing “More Than Banking.”

Art X Lagos will run online at ARTXLAGOS.COM until November 21st.



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