To again mark the UK/Nigeria 2015/2016 arts work season in Abuja, the British Council who Invited my blog, held the "Go Woman Go" project on Tuesday. I nearly missed my way in trying to locate the 6-storey building of the new Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social development complex visibly located at the Central Business District but on arrival it was all worth the drive. The FCT is constantly under construction and big massive buildings are always coming up. That was my experience with the venue of this happily unique exhibition event.
The building which is nearing completion was wrapping creatively with a tie-dye fabric and that spelt ART as all sorts of creative designs were exhibited and taught participants. The Honourable ministers of Women Affairs, Senator Aisha Alhassan and Information, Lai Mohammed were in full participation.
They took their turn to showcase and appreciate what was obviously a creative collaboration of women empowerment on skills between Nigerian and British artists.
The GWG project is part of a conscious programme with over 30 projects programmed by the British Council aimed at making visual arts outdoor installation project in the form of a building wrapped with a specially designed and fabricated textile material a cynosure. It is also to inspire entrepreneurial creativity while bringing back the age long tradition of textile and print making in Nigeria while making financially independent women.
I had a lot of fun meeting artists from across the world, government functionaries in an informal setting, enjoying cocktails and finger foods, posing with other media personalities especially fellow bloggers and also granted a TV interview.
Laura Aldridge with Blogger, Precious Onuoha
I learnt that the project began with a workshop in September 2015 with renowned British Artist from Glasgow, Scotland, Laura Aldridge and 35 other women at the Nike Art Centre, Abuja, Nigeria who learnt modern techniques in textile designs.
With the MC and Media expert, Chukwuemeka Okereafor
There is also collaboration between Laura Aldridge and pottery makers in Giri Suburb of the FCT to produce ceramic vessels including artistes engaged in tye-dye of textile and production of colourful flower decorations from plastic PET bottles.
Made by Precious Onuoha
Some of my friends actually made their own PET bottle colourful flowers.