A Veteran artist, Adeyinka Akingbade, on Friday urged Nigerian youths to use visual arts as a platform for self-reliance.
Akingbade made the plea in an interview with the News agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
He said that there were lots of inspiring stories that could be created to make the populace to be aware of their surroundings.
According to him, the involvement of more youths in arts would help awaken people’s interest in the visual arts sector.
“Youths can tell stories from personal experiences to encourage people.
“I believe everyone has a story to tell in various situations in different phases of life. If not personal, it can be someone’s environment, friends, families and others.
“Youths will not lack stories and it will help many of them to create what has been happening in their various environments, ’’ he said.
Akingbade told NAN that such stories could be created and passed on to other generations.
“We have a lot of talented youths in Nigeria. What they need is the platform to do what they have in them,” he said.
Akingbade noted that what the youths needed in arts was to bring out their inborn talents which could be used to inspire others.
He added that he was encouraged by his father, who suggested he worked as an apprentice to a roadside artist on weekends.
“That was where I learnt rubber stamps, screen printing, banner and signage design.
“I want the youths to embrace self expression through the arts and try to change the country through the medium.
“It is very essential, that visual art, performing arts, and others, fall into place for the nation’s growth, ‘’ he said. (NAN)