Senator hails private sector contribution to growth of arts

Senator Osita Ngwu (cutting tape) while (from R-L) CEO of Afia TV, Mr. Emeka Mbah; Major General Ahmed Taiwo and (from L-R) Executive chairman of Enugu State Tourism Board, Rita Mba and founder, Kachi James Gallery, Kachi Aghasili assisted during the unveiling of the art gallery in Enugu weekend 

* Unveils Kachi James Gallery in Enugu 

The member representing Enugu West Senatorial District, Senator Osita Ngwu has highlighted the private sector’s contribution to the development of arts in Nigeria.

Ngwu, who spoke at the official unveiling of a private art gallery, “Kachi James Gallery”, founded by Miss Kachi Aghasili Ikwuegbu in Enugu on Sunday, said the nation had achieved economic growth in various arts through the enormous contributions of the private sector.

Ngwu, who cut the tape to unveil the gallery, expressed optimism that it would motivate youths who have interest in arts to know where to exhibit their pieces of works.

“I’m very happy with what I have seen today. Kachi James just showed the substance she’s made of by bringing this art gallery to Enugu. It’s a private initiative and I commend it completely. 

“This is what the Igbo call ‘aku ruo ulo’. This shows that when you have a part of your investment to where you come from, it shows you have your heart where you come from.

“I’m hoping that this gallery is going to motivate more youths, who have the talents for arts but lack the exposure such as this. With the number of arts enthusiasts that have trooped into this place to have a look at the colourful paintings, it gives the motivation that they can actually make a living from painting.

“I commend Kachi James for this initiative, which is a platform to motivate young artists. It’s good to follow your dream and live it in all you do”, he said.

The senator, who expressed happiness with the contributions of the private sector like Kachi James, said with the effort of the state government, and “the contributions of some of us in the legislature, there will be a new paradigm shift for arts in Enugu and South-East”.

The Commissioner for Arts and Culture, Enugu State, Dame Ugochi Madueke on her own, said that is poised to build a museum where arts works would be showcased.

Commending the Founder of Kachi James Arts Gallery, Miss Kachi James for the initiative to set up an art gallery, Madueke said that the Enugu State Government is doing all it could to promote arts and culture.

“This is a welcome development.  This will bring people into Enugu.  We shall encourage our youths to emulate what Kachi has done and tap into it and let’s all us of us work to make Enugu a destination”.

The founder of Kachi James Gallery, Kachi Aghasili, said her love for arts and intellectual property motivated her to establish the gallery.

Kachi, who doubles as a lawyer in the United States of America, said she set up the gallery to present a ground where “we can have emerging artists as well as popular artists”.

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