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Petals of Steel Celebrating The Beauty Of Womanhood‌ Venue: Transcorp Hilton, Abuja. Opening Night 26th May, 2014 Time; 3-6pm

Exhibition Objectives:     

A tribute to women: the unsung gender Appreciates and upholds the importance of the woman in the society Creates more awareness and appreciation for local artistry Encourages the retention of family values Celebrates traditional, authentic femininity

Find below a brief preview of the artist’s work and a brief bio to give a bit more insight into her and her work. There are also some brief re capturing of Genes Apart, the artist’s last exhibition and highlights from the event. Also included is a breakdown of the sponsorship categories.

The Artist

About Nkechi… Nkechi Abii was born in Imo state, on the 18th of September 1962. She studied Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka where she specialised in Graphic Arts. She also participated in a 2 year programme at the Paris Academy School of Fashion in London. She’s a born again Christian who enjoys reading and has a fashion designing outfit called Kechi’s Dress Makers. Her work is inspired by the world around her, nature,

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aesthetically pleasant things, socio political issues and things that affect her personally. Nkechi has showcased her work in some exhibitions. “Art Alive!” was her first solo exhibition held at the State Library, Owerri, Imo State in 1984. “Back To Land” in 1985 was Nkechi’s joint exhibition of graphics, textile and paintings which took place in Akure, Ondo State. In 1986, the “Creative Sorority” another joint exhibition took place at Owerri and Anambra State, respectively. Then there was Efe in 1987, an exhibition of indigenous materials made into wearing apparels used to adorn the body with traditional motifs, which included Agbada, George, Brocade, Akwete, Oja, Adire, Hayes headies. As an artist, she used the same principles of colour, harmony lines and space employed by a painter in the rendition of picture on fabric. In April 2013, Nkechi had a joint Arts Exhibition with her son Nduka, Genes ApartTwo Generations, One Canvas was a huge success. Nkechi displayed various art works, her spectacular 2D artwork was a huge hit! Her paintings evoked major reactions from the audience because they addressed various situations prevalent in the society, from politics to social issues. Nkechi lives and works in Lagos and is married with three kids.

Some tributes for Nkechi’s work captured during Genes Apart Professor Ola Oloidi Nkechi came into the Fine and Applied Arts Department of the University of Nigeria like a star. She came talented and she came ready to learn. I think what I remember most about her is her fearless desire to explore… she moved every boundary of art in her sometimes really delicate combinations of the strangest materials and the most

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bizarre themes. Looking at some of her current work today, it is clear that in spite of a long leave of absence from painting, Nkechi is still very much the adventurer.

Chukwuemeka Ben Bosah Nkechi Abii’s return to art and serious art practice world is our gain. After almost three decades of perfunctory practice and about three exhibitions, she returns with her strongest body of work yet in Genes apArt: Two Generations, One Canvas. In this exhibition featuring her recent pieces and those of her son, Nduka, we see a variety that shows her as a brilliant and intelligent artist whose promise I recognized thirty-four years ago at University of Nigeria but whose work has now matured like fine wine.

Memories from Genes Apart

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A Collection of Works by Nkechi Abii

Title: Faces of the Nigerian woman Igbo Woman: Ngozi Artist: Nkechi Abii This is a representation of the bust of an Igbo woman's outing attire. Down to the style of tying of the head scarf and her lace scarf. Including the red neck bead called Aka.

Title: Temptation A 3 piece series Artist: Nkechi Abii

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Title: Faces of the Nigerian woman Edo Woman: Omo Artist: Nkechi Abii This is a representation of the bust of an Edo woman's outing attire.

Title: Ancient and Modern Evolution of Fashion Artist: Nkechi Abii This is a representation of the transition of female fashion which seems to have gone full circle.

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1 Acacia

N20,000,000 (Twenty Million Naira) This is the highest level of sponsorship and only one organisation or individual is capable of owning the rights to this position. As a platinum sponsor, you have naming rights (Petals of Steel with XXX) – 20m You will also have Co-branding rights (40% Prominence on all communication materials) – 10m which is broken down as follows: Pre-event (Advertising) - 10M   

PR and Media coverage Advertising Letter-headed paper

Event10M    

Mentions by all speakers Backdrops and banners Brochure Exhibition Book

2 Cypress

N15,000,000 (Fifteen Million Naira) This sponsorship category is worth 15 Million and is open to 3 sets of individuals or groups. Sponsors in this category will be entitled to: Pre-event  

Mention in Newspaper Adverts Mention in PR and Media coverage

Event   

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Mention by the event host 25% of space coverage in Backdrop and Events Banner Mention in Brochure

3 Elm

N10,000,000 (Ten Million Naira) This sponsorship category is worth 10 Million and is open to 6 sets of individuals or groups. Sponsors in this category will be entitled to: Pre-event Mention in Newspaper Adverts

 

Event A percentage of space coverage in events banner and backdrop Mention in Brochure

4 Magnolia

N5,000,000 (Five Million Naira) This sponsorship category is worth 5 Million and is open to 10 sets of individuals or groups. Sponsors in this category will be entitled to: Pre-event 

Event  

Mention in Newspaper Adverts

Mention in Brochure Company names/ No logo

5 Kind Sponsors

N250,000 (Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) This sponsorship category is worth 250,000 and is open to as many as 200 individuals who are interested in being a part of the Art Exhibition. Pre-event 

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Event Will feature in the special mention page in the Brochure

We look forward to receiving a positive response from you and are more than happy to meet with you to discuss further details that you may need more light shed on. Thank you for taking the time to go through this. Yours sincerely,

Uloma Umeano (Mrs)

This event is organised by EkwĂŠ, a brand of Customer CentriCity Limited. Contact: 15 Biaduo Road, Off Keffi Street, SW Ikoyi, Lagos Nigeria. Telephone: +234 1 842 9513; +234 0 803 535 1523; +234 0 706 555 9525

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