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POV4 talks to explore how art drives environmental sustainability

The Ben Enwonwu Foundation in collaboration with the Society of Nigerian Artists and supported by Alliance Française /Mike Adenuga Centre Lagos, will on Friday, January 24, 2020 present the fourth edition of its monthly series of talks “Point of View” (POV4). It will hold at the Alliance Française/Mike Adenuga Centre, Ikoyi, Lagos.

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Resource persons and panellists at POV4

The fourth edition, themed “Art as a Driver for Environmental Sustainability”, advocates for sustainable cities and communities by promoting interdisciplinary collaborations between professionals across such diverse sectors as government, the arts, science and technology, to highlight the significant role of the visual arts in ensuring policy frameworks that address climate change.

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A call to action, POV4 will discuss the different aspects and the dimension of the phenomenon, subsequently conveying to the government, recommendations and creative solutions to negate its impact. In line with its thrust, this edition will also feature presentations by artists on how they have adopted environmentally sustainable practices in conceptualising work from recycled waste, created wealth, raised awareness and engaged local communities.

While Desmond Majekodunmi, Chairman, Lagos State Urban Forest and Animal Shelter Initiative (LUFASI), will speak on “Making Our Futures: The Intersection of Culture and the Environment”, Sandra Mbanefo-Obiago, Founder and Director, SMO Contemporary Art, will make a presentation titled: “Waste to Wealth: The Growing Market for Recycled Art”.

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“The Role of Education in Propelling Climate Change: Five Cowries Initiative, a Case Study” is the title of a presentation by Polly Alakija, Chairman, Lagos State Council for Arts and Culture. Alakija will be in conversation with Lucy Latham, Policy and City Programme Lead, Julie’s Bicycle, UK.

A panel discussion session themed: “How Can Research, Data Gathering and Education Make a Difference?” will hold afterward. Panellists include Sean Melbourne, Head of Climate Change and Energy, West Africa, British High Commission Abuja; Prof Oluwatoyin Adejonwo-Osho, Faculty of Law, University of Lagos; and Dr Andrew S. Nevin, Advisory Partner and Chief Economist, PwC West Africa.

The panel will be moderated by Tunde Arogunmati, Principal Consultant, Toff Resources Nigeria Ltd.

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There will also be a display by Five Cowries Arts Education Initiative on the evening.

Initiated by The Ben Enwonwu Foundation in collaboration with the Society of Nigerian Artists and supported by Alliance Française /Mike Adenuga Centre Lagos, the POV is a monthly series of talks interrogating the evolving role of the visual arts in addressing major issues affecting Africa and the rest of the world.

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