Art |Point of View Series Opens Art as a Driver for Environmental Sustainability at Aliance Française in Lagos

The Ben Enwonwu Foundation in collaboration with the Society of Nigerian Artists and supported by Alliance Française /Mike Adenuga Center Lagos, will on January 24, present the fourth edition of its monthly series of talks ‘Point of View’(POV 4). It will hold at Alliance Française/Mike Adenuga Centre, Ikoyi, Lagos.

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.

A call to action, POV 4 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.



he programme is as scheduled below:


Making Our Futures: The Intersection of Culture and the Environment by Desmond Majekodunmi, Chairman, Lagos State Urban Forest and Animal Shelter Initiative (LUFASI)

Waste to Wealth: The Growing Market for Recycled Art by Sandra Mbanefo-Obiago, Founder and Director, SMO Contemporary Art

The Role of Education in Propelling Climate Change: Five Cowries Initiative, a Case Study by Polly Alakija, Chairman, Lagos State Council for Arts and Culture

Polly Alakija in Conversation with Lucy Latham, Policy and City Programme Lead, Julie’s Bicycle, UK

Panel Discussion

How Can Research, Data Gathering and Education Make a Difference?

Sean Melbourne, Head of Climate Change and Energy, West Africa, British High Commission Abuja; Prof Oluwatoyin Adejonwo-Osho, Faculty of Law, University of Lagos; 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.

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

This event is proudly supported by Jackson, Etti & Edu, Ventures Platform, BusinessDay, Connect Nigeria, The Sole Adventurer, WildflowerPR, Outsource IT Services and Omenka.

Social media handles

Instagram – @pointofviewlagos

Twitter – @POVLagos

Facebook – Point of View Lagos

YouTube – Point of View


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About the Speakers

Desmond Majekodunmi

Award-winning Nigerian environmentalist, Desmond Majekodunmi chairs the Lagos state Urban Forest and Animal Shelter Initiative (LUFASI). A certified experimental extension farmer for IITA Ibadan, he owns and operates Majekodunmi Agricultural Projects, the sole agro forestry- based conservation farm in Lagos, part of which is dedicated to LUFASI park.

Majekodunmi currently serves on the governing council of the Nigerian conservation foundation, where he chairs the awareness committee that assisted in introducing ecology to the Nigerian school curriculum, and in establishing a national environment protection agency and national parks authority.

He is a past president and current trustee of legacy 1995 group – a historical and environmental interest organisation.

Desmond Majekodunmi also lectures frequently on ecological management and climate change. In addition, he is an author, script/song

Professor Oluwatoyin Adejonwo-Osho

Professor Oluwatoyin Adejonwo-Osho is a lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos where she teaches environmental law and civil liberties and human rights. She has also taught EU and UK environmental law at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels at universities in Scotland.


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