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British Council Partners With Ynaija.com To Launch the West Africa Arts Exchange

March 27, 2018

The British Council and Ynaija.com, a Nigerian news website and blog, announced the launching of the West Africa Arts Exchange (WAArtsExchange), a community of the talented artists from West Africa and arts lovers across the world.

The newly launched platform, West Africa Arts Exchange, aims to help promote collaboration and create even bigger opportunities for profiled artists. Photo: Ynaija.com

The WAArtsExchange is intended to serve as a one-stop online destination for art enthusiasts interested in learning about the African contemporary art space as expressed by creatives aged 18-35. 

It showcases artists working in diverse art genres including music, visual arts, film/television, theatre, dance, design, fashion and gaming. The online platform is designed to progressively assess and admit talented artists who express interest in joining the community. 

Ojoma Ochai, Head of Arts, West Africa, British Council, said: “Our work in arts create new relationships between artists, organisations and audiences to develop stronger creative sectors around the world. We help artists break new ground, support creativity, and innovation. We also increase capacity by building skills to support livelihoods and cultural enterprise, extend safe spaces for creative exchange, and contribute to research and policy. Through our extensive and diverse networks in the UK and across the world, we create new opportunities and lasting connections. This partnership with YNaija will lead to a more inclusive arts community, and we are delighted to be playing a big part in it.”

Edwin Okolo, Editor of YNaija.com also commented: “As Nigeria’s leading online platform focused on youth, YNaija remains truly committed to showcasing the best stories and talents from Africa to global audiences. The newly launched platform, West Africa Arts Exchange will help promote collaboration and create even bigger opportunities for profiled artists.”

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