As part of its 2021 Corporate Social Responsibility activities, Inlaks, a foremost ICT, infrastructure and systems integrator in Sub-Saharan Africa, has extended its support to Pan Atlantic University’s Yemisi Shyllon Museum of Arts on its precolonial societies of Nigeria initiative.
The initiative was established to promote learning of Nigerian History through artworks from the museum’s collection for secondary school students in Lagos State, in collaboration with the Yemisi Shyllon Museum of Art and the Lagos State Ministry of Education.
Adetokunbo Ayo-Ogunsanva, Group Head, Human Resources & Administration, Inlaks said the initiative will not only shape the students’ future but have a lasting impact on them.
“As an organization, we decided to partner with the Yemisi Shyllon Museum of Art to provide this opportunity because we believe in the future of tomorrow. This is a wonderful initiative and I will like you to maximize this opportunity. There is a saying that ‘when preparation meets opportunity then you have success,” she said.
She noted that though Inlaks is an ICT organization, the initiative is consistent with its CSR activities and reflects its commitment to boost education in Nigeria.
Jess Castellote, Director, Yemisi Shyllon Museum of Art of Pan Atlantic University, explained that the initiative was borne out of the need to help young people know more about the history, tradition, and culture of Nigeria due to the lack of resources in some public secondary and primary schools.
While speaking on the impact of the initiative on the students, he said, “The students are surprised by the richness, the variety and quality of the works, particularly of the finished works and the materials used, be it bronze, wood,clay and others. In some cases, they have expressed interest in wanting to know more, which to us means success. We want them to think and learn and have an experience that will last forever. Our pilot programme is focused on the Benin bronzes and we are confident that the artworks displayed here will have a lasting impact on the students”.
Ibrahim Lateef, a teacher from Community Senior High School, Orimedu expressed appreciation for the laudable initiative, adding that the students will be better equipped with knowledge of Nigerian History and Creative Arts.