In commemoration of the 2nd anniversary of The Bluvard Edition Initiative, young creatives across Lagos converged at The Creative Xpress to exhibit their skills and network with others.
The Creative Xpress is a networking program designed to leverage the power of creativity to push the boundaries of education, and create an inclusive platform for young people from overlooked backgrounds to connect with mentors and showcase their skills.
During the event, up-and-coming artiste like Michelle Uzuegbe, Opeyemi Odeyemi aka AParis, and Abraham Okezie had the opportunity to perform and receive feedback from a live audience. A presentation was also rendered by Motorola John, a gifted visual artist who creates artworks using threads.
Rapping up the event was the main panelist conversation themed “ Standing Out as a Creative, Necessity or Frivolity” moderated by The Founder of MSME Africa Seye Olurotimi, with a rich array of industry experts joining the panel including The Group CEO of Brand Eye, Femi Adelusi, The Senior Programs Manager of The Creative Economy Practice at CCHUb, Blessing Azubike and The Programs Manager of leading Art Gallery Rele Art Foundation, Valerie Fab-Uche.
Speaking at the Event, The founder of Bluvard Education Initiative stated that she was inspired to curate this program as a way of driving inclusion and increasing access to learning opportunities for young creatives in underserved communities in Nigeria. She also highlighted the importance of mentorship for young creatives can not be overstated.
One remarkable aspect of The Creative Xpress is the one-month post-program mentorship where selected creatives will receive personalized mentorship from renowned experts like Ronke Aina Scott- Chief Creative Officer of RonkeScott Art gallery, Ifedy Eze- MD of Founder Institute, Kini Abasi representing the Music Business Academy, Valerie Fab Uche representing Rele Arts Foundation, and Victor Mark-Onyegbu The Grant Lead of Africa No Filter