After the closing of the submission of entries for the WeNaija Photography Contest and the selection of the top 100 images by public vote, the Nigeria Solidarity Support Fund (NSSF) announced plans to auction and exhibit the selected images.
Funds generated from this competition and other activities will be used to improve the skills of Nigerian youth to enhance recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
NSSF Board Chairman Tunde Folawiyo revealed that the photographs are already on the Bonhams website for preview and open bidding ahead of the auction.
Bonhams Auction, an online auction seller in the UK, with affiliations in major cities around the world, is an NSSF partner on the WeNaija photography competition tagged: ‘Visions of Nigeria’.
The auction/exhibition will be a two-day event: a live auction of the top 20 images on January 18, 2022 and a photography exhibition on January 19, 2022.
According to the President, “Funds raised through the auction would be channeled into empowering the youth through the upskilling of at least 500 young Nigerians in life-changing vocations for the betterment of Nigerian society, in pursuit of the efforts to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.Each photograph tells a story of COVID-19 that each of us can relate to.
One of the Nigerian philanthropists and NSSF board member, Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, said the entries contained many iconic images of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, showing extraordinary courage and strength. amid vulnerability, as people in this great country struggle to find meaning despite the devastating pandemic. Congratulating the participants, he noted that the photographs are images of hope, joy and peace in the midst of despair and death.
NSSF Chief Executive Dr. Fejiro Chinye-Nwoko said the auction would provide a rare opportunity for Nigerians, friends of Nigeria, organizations and institutions, inside and outside the country, to s partner with the NSSF by acquiring one of these unique photographs, which captures significant moments from the COVID-19 pandemic.
She explained that lay photographers took most of the images, but the images were so creative and poetic. All the images captured symbolic moments that showed how Nigerians had adapted and were indeed striving to overcome the economic, health, educational and social impact of the pandemic.
On the quality of the photographs, she remarked that the exceptional photographic quality of the images reflected the wealth of photographic talent that abounds in Nigeria. She added that each photograph is unique and each winning bid will receive a photograph signed by the photographic artist and accompanied by a certificate of authentication sealed with the NSSF hologram.
She also explained that it was more than a photography exhibition, but a call for Nigerians to take personal responsibility to protect themselves and their loved ones from COVID-19.
NSSF is an innovative platform for resource mobilization primarily established to complement efforts to mitigate the adverse economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on Nigerians by supporting vulnerable members of the population, strengthening the health system of the country and reskilling the workforce for a post-pandemic period. world.