One of Nigeria’s leading entrepreneurs Kola Aluko announces in detail the Kola Aluko Foundation, and the charitable venture which he established in 2013 in order to inspire, mentor and support future generations of African leaders.
A reception to open the Nigerian Centenary Photography Exhibition is scheduled to hold at Bonhams. Bonhams are the world-famous auctioneers in London, and hosted by the Kola Aluko Foundation. The exhibition in celebration of Nigeria’s Centenary, according to Bonhams showcases what they describe as “an astonishing collection of photography documenting Nigeria’s rich and diverse cultural heritage”.
The show and its related educational programme is the first in a series of major cultural events to be supported by the Kola Aluko Foundation, designed to encourage a deeper understanding of Nigeria and the 54 countries on the African continent.
According to Kola Aluko, “This unique collection of photographs showcases the wealth of artistic talent in Nigeria over the last 100 years. We hope that this exhibition will inspire young Africans to pursue their talents and achieve success on a global scale. The exhibition is dedicated to J.D.Okhai Ojeikere, one of Nigeria’s most lauded photographers and a leader in his field. The Kola Aluko Foundation believes that every story of individual leadership has the power to inspire and affect change.”
He goes on to express in words, “The Kola Aluko Foundation is passionate about identifying and nurturing talented young African adults across all fields of endeavor to help them evolve into the new generation of leaders. In doing so, we hope that the young people we engage with will not only develop into leaders, but also become inspirational role models for others.”
There has been a group of outstanding young leaders who have been invited to the opening of the exhibition to reflect and represent the manifold talent of Africa’s potential and future. The group’s presence at the event includes the Foundation’s fundamental themes and scope of work. Additionally, youth organisation’s from all over the UK have been invited to visit the exhibition from start to finish.
The evening will be called to attention by a donation to the Foundation by Sesu Tilley-Gyado, the award-winning British-Nigerian artist and entrepreneur. By presenting this young leader and her outstanding contributions to date, the Foundation will show its commitment to and acknowledgement of an impeccable individual representing Africa’s talented youth.
Central to the Foundation’s vision is the belief that leadership is primarily a mind-set and that large-scale social impact always starts with the individual.