By Adeola Tukuru
Women artists, under the umbrella of Five fingers project, a non-profit initiative, has advised the Federal Government to create an avenue for them to showcase their work of art Internationally and network with other organisations so as to boost the country’s economy.
The Head of Project team, Lucy Esisi, who spoke on their behalf in an interview during an art exhibition supporting women in art and craft over the weekend in Abuja, stated that art can be also be used to grow the economy.
Esisi, further explained that this project seeks to create a more gender -inclusive environment which would help women create a sustainable livelihood from the sale of their art and craft to take care of themselves and families.
According to her “It’s very important to us that women have an opportunity to showcase their work and turn make sales; this is critical to the growth of any business”
“It will also create an avenue for women to educate, empower or provide needed resources that would help other new artists start, grow and sustain their art and craft business, “ she said.
She also stated that they are going round the country to encourage women come out to showcase their talent. “We are going to Calabar, Lagos very soon to. We are going to their locality to search for women who don’t have this opportunity to come out”.
“If you go to the museums, Galleries or an exhibition you will find out that you won’t find much women and they fill intimidated by men, “she said.
An female exhibitor from Kurudu village, Asokoro Abuja, who is also a local waiver, Marian Salisu, told Blueprint that through her work of craft and art she has been able to support her family financially.
She lauded the organiser of the project for their support for helping them showcase their wares calling on other women who are good at waiving to come out and showcase what they have got.
Also, an artist, Addis Okoli, urges women not to shy away from their talent. “They should show the world what they have got and what they can do. Some female feel intimidated, that shouldn’t stop them from coming out to showcase what they can do in Art and Craft”.