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LIMCAF widens national spread

[FILES] Enigma, an installation by Ifedilichukwu Chibuke won the LIMCAF 2018 overall Prize of N500,000<br />

The Enugu-based Life In My City Art Festival (LIMCAF) organisers have said entries for the nationwide yearly event have hit an all-time high since 2010 when it introduced an entry fee.

A statement by LIMCAF Art Director, Dr. Ayo Adewunmi, said the 2019 entries came to a total of 507, an increase of 21 per cent over the 2018 edition.

Also, the spread of entries was the highest ever coming from 24 states of the federation including, Sokoto and Bauchi with Akure and Zaria now enlisted as collation and zonal centres, because of the number of entries from there and nearby states. The highest number of entries, Adewunmi disclosed, came from Lagos, Enugu, Edo and Ondo states.

He explained that the next stage in the festival process would be a first level selection online of works that qualify for local show in the nine zones of the festival — Lagos, Ibadan, Abuja, Benin, Port Harcourt, Uyo, Ondo, Zaria and Enugu.

Adewunmi noted that the creation of zones has to do with entries within a given area and logistics involved in the first level exhibition at the designated zones.

The exhibition in the zones is the forerunner to the grand finale show, which holds in Enugu in the last week of October every year with the climax of the festival being the Gala and Award Night.

LIMCAF is a non-profit yearly competitive event in the visual arts, which began in 2007, to encourage and empower young Nigerian artists under the age of 35. It is organised by a Board of Trustees headed by Elder K. U. Kalu CON with His Royal Majesty, Nnaemeka Achebe, OFR, Obi of Onitsha and Emeritus Professor El Anatsui as its patrons.

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