Point of View 6: New Digital Pathways—Technology, Creating and Marketing Art
The Ben Enwonwu Foundation in collaboration with the Society of Nigerian Artists and supported by Alliance Française /Mike Adenuga Centre Lagos and Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos, will on 27 April present the sixth edition of its monthly series of talks ‘Point of View’(POV). The talks will hold at Alliance Française/Mike Adenuga Centre, Ikoyi, Lagos.
Themed ‘New Digital Pathways: Technology, Creating and Marketing Art’, this edition will provide a deeper understanding of how technological advancements like the Internet, social media, virtual and augmented reality, blockchain and cryptocurrencies have not only given rise to new forms of art including non-fungible tokens (NFTs) but have also disrupted the global art market.
In charting sustainable growth and predicting the future of the sector in Africa, the talks will explore how institutions, art professionals and investors alike can embrace these new developments while exploring the legal implications of collecting.
The programme is as scheduled below:
Advancements in Financial Technology: Tokenisation and Fractional Ownership of Art by Nsikak John, Head, Enterprise Innovation Hub, The Nigerian Stock Exchange
Analytics, Blockchain Technology, Cryptocurrency: Predictions for the Art Market by Seun Alli, Founder/ Director, June Creative Art Advisory
Collecting Art in the Digital Age: Creating, Marketing and Legal Implications
Hana Omilani, Director and Founder, Lasmara / Director, Impart Artists Fair
Ngozi Aderibigbe, Sector Head, Technology, Media & Entertainment, Jackson, Etti & Edu
Michael Ugwu, CEO, FreeMe Digital Limited
The panel will be moderated by
Oyinda Fakeye, Artistic Director, Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos
About the Speakers
Nsikak John is the Head of the Enterprise Innovation Hub at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE). He served a similar role at Eastwind Technologies Limited from 2016 to 2018, where he worked as the Head of Technology and Strategy. He was also the Chief Operating Officer at ProcentricIQ Limited and the key accounts manager at Kapstone Solutions Ltd, where we also served as the enterprise solutions manager.
After studying computer science at the University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom, he attended the Discipline Entrepreneurship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2016. In 2017 and 2020, he completed courses in Fintech & Innovation at the University of Hong Kong and in Digital Transformation; platform Strategies at MIT respectively.
Seun Alli is a lawyer and art consultant based in Lagos, Nigeria. She is founder and director of June Creative Art Advisory (JCAA Lagos)—a multi-service art advisory firm that provides customised and specialist support for artists, collectors and brands including collection development, art acquisition, commissions, framing, transportation and installation.
For over five years, Alli has worked with individuals, brands and institutions to present creative projects such as exhibitions, private art events, theatre and film productions, book presentations, art competitions, auctions and trainings.
As a consultant, she provides—programming, research, fundraising, project management support including communication strategies and administrative services for cultural institutions. Through the connoisseurship approach of her firm, she also educates investors about market trends and the investment value of African art.
Oyindamola Fakeye is the artistic director at Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos. Fakeye also works with the British Council as West African Arts Associate Consultant and was a co-curator of the Lagos Biennial II How to Build a Lagoon with Just a Bottle of Wine (2019). At present, she also serves as the Director of the Arts in Medicine Fellowship, established to provide creative solutions for healthcare challenges through artistic and collaborative creative engagements between artists, healthcare providers, patients and caregivers.
She previously worked at the Southbank Centre and co-founded the Video Art Network Lagos (VAN, Lagos), which was set up to create a sustainable platform for the screening and presentation of New Media art in Nigeria.
Hana Omilani is the founder of Lasmara, an independent consultancy firm specialising in contemporary African art. Through this platform, she has also established ‘Impart Artists Fair’ to promote the fusion of art and technology. Omilani grew up in Frankfurt and first studied international relations at the University of Warwick before completing a Master’s degree in business psychology. Omilani’s previous experience includes a short stint at the Haunch of Venison, a respected modern art gallery run by Christie’s.
Ngozi Aderibigbe is a partner in the law firm of Jackson, Etti & Edu. Here, she heads the Commercial Intellectual Property practice and is the Sector Head of Technology, Media & Entertainment. Her expertise cuts across the value chain of origination, production, financing, marketing and distribution of creative works.
Ngozi Aderibigbe is highly rated by Managing Intellectual Property, a global ranking body for intellectual property lawyers. As an executive officer of the NBA-SBL Committee on Sports, Media & Entertainment, she is key to promoting awareness on legal aspects of creative businesses in Nigeria.
Osinachi is celebrated as one of Africa’s leading crypto artist. His unmistakable style and unique colour palette, are inspired by Nigerian textiles, stories of hope and a search for happiness. His work also addresses climate change, racism and single parenthood.
In 2018, he became the first Nigerian artist on showcase at the Ethereal Summit, a conference in New York that seeks to bridge the gap between technology and art through blockchain.
Michael Ugwu is an investor and entrepreneur with experience in Nigeria’s music and entertainment industry. He was formerly the general manager at Sony Music Entertainment, West Africa. Prior to this, Ugwu was the CEO of iROKING Ltd, set up to re-organise Nigerian music distribution online. Ugwu is also an investor in Freeme Digital, the premier 3rd party digital distribution company in Nigeria.
Ugwu earned a Master’s degree in economic development from the University College London in 2007. He also studied at the Lagos Business School, Pan-Atlantic University and Harvard Business School in 2016 and 2017 respectively.
*Please note that all COVID-19 protocols will be observed and seating will be limited to ensure social distancing.
This event is proudly supported by the Society of Nigerian Artists, Alliance Française Lagos, CIL Acquico Ltd, Five Cowries Art Education, Jackson, Etti & Edu, Vanguard, Ventures Platform, BusinessDay, Connect Nigeria, Toff Resources Nigeria Ltd, TSA Contemporary Art Magazine, EKO Trends, Environews Nigeria, The Lagos Weekender, The Sole Adventurer, WildflowerPR and Omenka.
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