THE ARTS & BUSINESS FOUNDATION (ABF)
A new organization has been formed to create synergy between the cultural sector and the business community. This platform is designed for the arts and business sectors to interact, thus bridging the huge gap existing between these two sectors supporting the arts by building advocacy and increasing financial support and expertise for artists. The ABF is a coordinated platform for a systematic structure to support the arts; for business to trust and support the arts; advancing and strengthening Nigeria’s cultural organization and artists.
The mission of the ABF is to actively promote arts and culture in Nigeria by supporting cultural institutions and arts practitioners through strategic interventions of financial assistance, capacity building and advocacy. ABF will also serve as a liaison between the arts and business community and for increased funding for specific cultural programs. The organizing body includes both a governing board and patron members. With partners such as the Ford Foundation, the Federal Ministry of Culture and National Orientation, the ABF has committed to focus its efforts on revitalizing the Lagos Museum. The ABF will create and manage the Museum Development Fund during its first three years to support the renovation and capital improvement of the National Museum, Lagos, and to build a new conservation center at the Lagos museum.
The Ford Foundation has been at the forefront of supporting arts in Nigeria, with the funding of numerous projects in the West African region. The Ford Foundation is not relenting in its support of the development of the Nigerian arts with special emphasis on the National Museum Lagos, even in the face of the global economic meltdown. In the words of the President who visited Nigeria to review the works of the Ford Foundation on the cultural sector over the past two years and on his tour of the Lagos Museum on Saturday February 28, 2009: “I am assuring you that the global financial crisis is not going to affect our support to this project”. His words depict a very passionate commitment to developing the Nigerian Cultural sector.
Mr. Ubiñas in his words “the cultural patrimony of the African continent is in this Museum and unless we protect and develop it, open it to the rest of the world; the world would not understand the incredible cultural heritage in Nigeria. The importance of the Nigerian people rests on their cultural traditions and arts. Centuries and centuries of arts are sitting here, in this facility waiting to be understood by the people of Lagos, Nigeria, Africa and the World”.
The President was accompanied by the Vice President of the Ford Foundation Dr. Jacob Gayle, the former Commonwealth Secretary-General Chief Emeka Anyaoku, the Acting Director of the Federal Ministry of Culture and National orientation Mr. George Ufot, a representative of the British Museum Mr. Jonathan King, the Secretary to the Lagos State Government Ms. Adenrele Adeniran Ogunsanya, the Managing Director Guaranty Trust Bank Mr. Tayo Adenirokun, and lots more.
Join us in thanking the Board of Directors, Patron members and advisors consisting of Mr. Tayo Aderinokun the Managing Director Guaranty Trust Bank, Mr. Jahman Anikulapo Editor Sunday Guardian, Ms. Ndide Dike, Ms. Myma Belo-Osagie Attorney Partner Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie, Mrs. Bolanle Austen-Peters, Chief Emeka Anyaoku Former Commonwealth Secretary General, Prof. Ekpo Eyo Former DG NCMM, Dr. Bola Fajemirokun Executive Director DIN, Ms. Margie Reese Program Officer Ford Foundation, and Mr. George Ufot Acting Director, Ministry of Culture and National Orientation whose vision and dedication have anchored this major step forward for Nigeria.