Art for Soul with Omoyemi Akerele

The founder of Lagos Fashion Week takes inspiration from a Victor Ehikhamenor installation piece

By Google Arts & Culture

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The founder of Lagos Fashion and Design Week, Omoyemi Akerele works at the frontiers of African fashion, developing and celebrating style at home in Nigeria and around the world.

Asked to pick an artwork that inspired her own life and career, Akerele chose an installation piece by the innovative Nigerian artist, Victor Ehikhamenor.

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“It’s titled ‘ Wealth of Nations’ and I find it very apt considering our current collective reality. For the longest time, most nations of the world have seemed to put their trust in what they believe is their strength - GDP, political might, or the size and content of their artillery. However, possibly for the first  time, it has become more apparent that our greatest wealth lies in our humanity.”

“It lies in our understanding that humanity is the single thread that binds us all together. We are reminded this season that our greatest wealth lies in our responsibility to each other and our community. The wealth of nations is it’s people taking collective responsibility for the future they hope to see.It also helps that I'm a huge fan of Victor Ehikhamenor.”

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