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ARTISTS RAISE BAR FOR THE POOR

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Olugbodi with Vanguard Publisher, Sam Amuka
As a way of showing kindness to the needy, Verdant Zeal recently organized an exhibition: Raise the Bar for More to Life, Verdant Vision: A visual Sojourn celebrating Life in Lagos.

The event held recently at the School of Art, Design and Printing Technology, Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH) Lagos, with a mission to raise funds for the underprivileged.

Managing Director of Verdant Zeal, Mr. Tunji Olugbodi, disclosed that the photo exhibition by his staff was also to give vent for people, who have other talents apart from their professional callings. Those talents that can be displayed, exploited, and demonstrated.

At the event chaired by Sam Amuka, Publisher, Vanguard, a hundred works by 15 artists were showcased at the week-long exhibition including Bunmi Amosu, whose works are a blend of simplicity and abstraction. Some of these are Bush Meat, Sunset in Lagos and The Delta.

Among the artists was Debola Ayoade, whose works celebrate beauty, nature and culture. They include Life In Motion and Sparks of Life. Kola Omisore is an energetic and inquisitive young man. In Man of the House, he depicts that the boy is indeed the father of man.

Amen Salami's love for nature inspired her landscape shot of the sun setting as the beach in The Gambia. Her works are Amen and Guests Welcome while Folarin Adewunmi's works are Father's Spirit and Hurt Head. These, he said were inspired on Felabration Day.

Other participants include Tola Adetayo, who exhibited Bunny and Running Slash of Rust; Michael Ebia came with Benin Boy and Rush Hour; while Muyiwa Oduyemi showcased Deep Water and Mountain Top. Also, Adesola Opayemi had Food Art and Junction; Chuma Anagbado, Babel, Captive and Fire while Justina Fayinminu presented Serenity just as Olugbodi showcased Misty Morning and Waka Pass.

Asked about the title of the exhibition, Olugbodi said it bordered on three things. 'Raise the bar in terms of consciousness that people need to have a life walk balance. Secondly, it is celebrating the four years of the company. From the birth of this organization, we have always supported six charitable organizations including Spinal Cord Injury Association of Nigeria, Wesley School for Hearing Impaired, Sickle Cell Society of Nigeria and Children Development Centre.'

He stated that as a way of raising the bar for this year, all the procceeds from the sales of photos of the exhibition would go to Children Develpoment Centre, adding that the exhibition was organized to give people, who are not professional photographers the opportunity to express themselves aside raising money for the Children Develompment Centre.

The exhibition, Raise the Bar started as an idea. According to Olugbodi, 'it was borne out of the need to push all the buttons on the dashboard.' His words: 'There must be more to life. We were going to dig out latent talents, skills and interest in people and give them wings. More to life would create platforms for expression on a consistent basis. Aside from formal skills in chosen fields, individuals would be encouraged to nurture other sides of themselves.

We envisaged this across all art forms (photography, painting, sculpture, and craft), interior and exterior decoration, fashion designing, music, drama, writing, poetry, comedy, sports, catering, carpentry and organizing.'

Also, Cornelius Onuoha of Red Gecko Limited, said Verdant Zeal laid its foundation as a multi-disciplinary activation agency in July 2006 but started formal operations in the first quarter of 2007.

He explained that the organization's focus is on churning out communication and marketing solutions through media-neutral platforms that are strategic` and knowledge driven.