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Photography Empowerment Initiative ‘ProjectX’ set to upskill the next-gen of photographers.

Soon-to-launch non-profit photography empowerment initiative, ProjectX is set to inspire and elevate the minds of the next generation of photographers through a series of expert-led panel discussions, masterclasses, and one-on-one mentorship sessions to be held from Monday, June 20th to Saturday, June 25th, 2022. 

Founded by photography bigwigs, Aham Ibeleme (Aham Ibeleme Studios), Emmanuel Oyeleke (EOP studios), and Yagazie Eguare (Gazmadu Studios), the ProjectX initiative was conceived to celebrate ten years of excellence, growth, transformation, relevance, and impact in the photography industry and Nigeria at large. 

The 6-day event will feature intriguing panel sessions as well as exclusive workshop sessions strategically designed to empower their business to thrive in the current climate. All registered participants will also be granted the opportunity to attend a private exhibition of the curators’ body of work in photography, and will also get the unique opportunity to network, apply for one-on-one mentorship sessions and pitch their photography business ideas for possible funding/support.  

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The event also provides unrivalled opportunities for partner organisations and sponsors to contribute to business development in the nation while providing their business with the visibility they need to connect with a wider range of creatives across the continent. Their unique contributions will better position these entrepreneurs to take advantage of opportunities in the marketplace in Nigeria, Africa and across the globe. 

The event is created for accomplished and up-and-coming photographers with very little experience, as well as art and photography lovers to come and join in the artistic feast at the ProjectX event. Those who are unable to join the event due to registration closure are encouraged to follow the event and post event updates through their social media platform @projectx_collective on Instagram. 

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About Project X 

PROJECTX Empowerment Initiative is a non-profit impact initiative committed to empowering, inspiring, and elevating the minds of the next-gen photographers through shared experiences, structured training, and mentorship.  The project aims to contribute to the human capital and economic value development of the next-gen photographers, thereby inspiring them to achieve their desired dreams and vision in the photography business. 

About The Exhibtion 

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All interested art lovers are welcome to the exhibition of the curators’ (Aham Ibeleme, Yagazie Eguare and Emmanuel Oyeleke) body of work in photography opened from Tuesday, 21st June till Saturday, 25th June 2022 (9am – 6pm Daily).  

“Through my artwork collection, I seek to help more women embrace the shades of beauty within us or that come to us,” said Yagazie. Realizing that no shade is less beautiful or less important. “If each shade helps you get to the point where you finally see you then that’s a lot of beauty. Embracing all of self pre-empts getting to that point where you finally see you”, she added.  

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Emmanuel’s body of work seeks to appraise experiences and realities in the past ten years and in same vein, dream of an optimistic idyllic future. He states that “While perspective and realities differ, this collection is very relatable and speaks about in simple terms happenings and realities around us.” “Enlightenment, struggle, culture, Idiosyncrasies and Ideologies, religion, freedom, mental health and survival. As you look through, I offer you a window to see the world the way I see it” he concluded.  

Aham’s art collection seeks to join the authority of culture with the story of colour to create bold, powerful, daring pieces that pushes the boundaries of resilience, strength and authority, and opulence. Mostly referencing African culture, my artworks are monotonal, inviting the viewer to move into a space of speculation, while displaying peculiar Nigerian cultural embellishments such as the popular Eyo hat and traditional wrapper, etc.

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