Alternative Bank supports arts, culture

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The Alternative Bank has reaffirmed its role as a catalyst for change in advancing Culture and the Arts, as evidenced at the recent Kaduna Book and Arts Festival (KABAFEST).

In a goodwill message from the bank’s Executive Director Garba Mohammed, the institution underscored its commitment to supporting the creative sector and empowering artistic talent nationwide.

“The Alternative Bank is proud to support the Kaduna Book and Arts Festival as part of our broader commitment to fostering creativity and innovation in Nigeria. By empowering the creative community, we aim to inspire future generations and contribute to the cultural and economic development of our nation,” stated Garba Mohammed.

An advocate for innovation and creativity, The Alternative Bank intends to significantly contribute to Nigeria’s literary landscape by supporting platforms for local creatives to showcase their creative talent.

Mohammed explained that the collaboration with the Kaduna Book and Arts Festival (KABAFEST) reflects an acknowledgment of the crucial role of offering a stage for creative minds to showcase their talents and engage with a larger audience in the Nigerian literary scene. Cultivating creativity and backing the creative industry is one of the core areas of interest for The Alternative Bank.

Lola Shoneyin, the curator of the Kaduna Book and Arts Festival, said the support from The Alternative Bank, has been instrumental in promoting cultural development in Kaduna State and transforming it into a hub of creativity.

Commenting on the importance of literary festivals, Shoneyin asked, “How will we grow, how will we understand one another better, if not by pushing ourselves to dialogue about issues that impact our lives? How will we learn to listen to one another, to cultivate tolerance and understanding? How will we fix our blind spots if not by creating safe spaces where we can be open about the concerns we live with on our journeys?”

The Governor of Kaduna State,  Uba Sani, commended the organizers of KABAFEST for its 5-year growth that has since positively transformed the creative ecosystem of Kaduna State.

Attendees enjoyed a diverse array of literary discussions, documents, book chats, exhibitions, and performances. The vibrant atmosphere and engaging programming showcased immense talent and cultural diversity in Kaduna state and northern Nigeria.

The Alternative Bank remains dedicated to initiatives that promote education, culture, and the Arts to create a lasting positive impact on communities across Nigeria.

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