Ecobank Nigeria has said it has adopted a child artist, Waris Kareem, by signing an agreement with his parents for educational support/grant and upkeep allowance spanning 20 years.
According to a statement from the bank, Kareem,11, is the hyperrealist artist who sketched a breathtaking portrait of French President, Emmanuel Macron, during his visit to the New Afrika Shrine in July.
“He was identified by Ecobank, one of the sponsors of the celebration of African culture at the New Afrika Shrine, as a talented young artist and was given the opportunity to paint and present a portrait of Macron on behalf of the bank to the French President during the celebration of African culture event,” it said.
The outgoing Managing Director, Ecobank, Charles Kie, said the bank considered it a great privilege to partner with Kareem’s family to recognise the child’s exceptional talent, describing the lender as a firm believer in the development of the African child and the sustainable power of education as well as the diversity obtained in the arts.
According to Kie, Ecobank decided to support the education of Kareem to nurture and enable him to develop his gifts and other interests he may have in future.
He said, “We today make a commitment to partner with Mr & Mrs Kareem on this laudable endeavour to help Waris grow in all aspects of life. Ecobank is supporting Waris in furtherance of the bank’s CSR initiatives with the primary focus of enabling Waris to further enhance his talent while also ensuring his general educational development through proper monitoring and guidance.”
The Company Secretary and Chief Legal Counsel, Ecobank, Adenike Laoye, said the bank also extended monetary support to Kareem’s art school to recognise their talent, while also enhancing the general learning environment for him and other talented young boys and girls under their care