Adegboyega Oyetola, minister of Marine and Blue Economy, and Emmanuel Iheanacho, former minister of Interior, are expected to serve as special guest of honour and chairman at this year’s edition of the African Maritime Art Exhibition (AMAE).
Themed ‘The Convergence…Maritime Meets ICT,’ the event will open on Friday, November 24, 2023, at the Nigerian Institute for Oceanography and Marine Research, and continues on Saturday, November 25.
Idongesit Udoh, country lead and programme adviser of the UK Government’s Digital Access Programme in Nigeria, will speak on the topic: ‘ICT Disruptions for the Sustainability of the Blue Economy’.
This would be followed by a panel discussion by industry experts. The exhibition would be curated by Seidougha Linus Eyimiegha, a seasoned artist and curator.
AMAE is an initiative of Maritime TV Africa, owners of Hazi’s Art. AMAE’s interest in art arose through marine landscape photography which it has collated over the years.
Speaking on the event, Ezinne Azunna, programme director, said the Art Exhibition will feature five remarkable artists and will formally open at 1 pm with a private viewing for Special Guests.
According to Azunna, the agenda, policies, and causes of the Blue Economy- the core of international trade and support system for human existence, can be pushed into the consciousness of society through Art.
“Although Maritime Art is new in Africa, it has thrived in the Western world as a tool for furthering causes and the awareness of opportunities in the industry. AMAE is the singular art exhibition in Africa built around the portraiture of activities and causes around the Marine and Blue Economy using aesthetic and semiotic elements,” she said.
The exhibition will include participatory, interactive art and the Blue Economy in art for schools and children.