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VFD Group: We Are Investing in The Humans Of VFD

Behind VFD Group Plc’s successes are multitalented men and women who work hard every day to contribute their quota to the growth of the Company. These members of our workforce continue to go to the limits to create exceptional value that enhances our business goals and corporate objectives.

We call them “humans of VFD” because they continue to make magic happen while building a culture of dedication, resilience, passion, and progress. For this, we remain thankful.

As an organization responsible for our “humans of VFD,” we prioritize professional development, employee health and well-being, accelerated career progressions and competitive rewards. We recognize the importance of a good education, work-life balance, and the growth of our employees’ careers. This is why we tend to reward our employees with the best opportunities that support them for the future.

Today we acknowledge the huge sacrifices Timi Omoboboye has made to ensure we continue to build a truly diverse ecosystem and we would like to use this opportunity to celebrate him as we send him off and foot the bill for his education in the United Kingdom.

As the Executive Assistant to our Group Managing Director, Nonso Okpala, Timi goes “warrior” on us whenever he is assigned a task. Combined with his previous education and experience in finance, he always has an intelligent opinion to share with the team.

Timi made an impact in our lives from the very first day he resumed as Team Lead, FX Operations at VFD Group Plc till today by displaying a high regard for corporate excellence. Just like every employee at VFD Group Plc, Timi is being rewarded because we understand what it takes to be goal-oriented at our organization.

Thank you, Timi! You deserve the absolute best for helping us be a truly industry-agnostic proprietary investment company.

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ARTSPLIT’S MOCONA Auction Grows Value Of Artworks By An Average Of 14% 

ARTSPLIT, the pioneer art trading platform for African art, closed its split and lease online auction MOCONA – a Modern and Contemporary African Arts, on Sunday, 31st of July, with a closing event and exhibition at Hourglass Gallery, attended by the creme of the Lagos art scene and exhibiting artists; Edosa Ogiugo, El-Dragg Okwoju and Abiodun Olaku. The total value of bids placed was $57,000 for the five artworks, with an average growth value of 14%.

Rite of Passage by Oliver Enwonwu

This first-of-its-kind auction, titled Ode to Mastery, took place from 15 – 31 July, and featured five prominent Nigerian artists who are key drivers of the contemporary art scene on the continent: Abiodun Olaku, Duke Asidere, Edosa Ogiugo, El-Dragg Okwoju and Oliver Enwonwu. 

The ARTSPLIT app allows users to own fractions of prominent African artworks, also known as “Splits,” and keep or trade them on the app if they win the “Split Auction.” The Splits allow multiple people to co-own a single iconic piece of art, which no other art platform allows. Users can also participate in a ‘Lease Auction’ on the app to win physical custody of these split artworks for a set period. 

ARTSPLIT curated the MOCONA Auction to further put African art and artists at the forefront. ARTSPLIT highlights the importance and value of the works, and welcomes a global audience to its app, where users can experience, invest and earn.

Each of the 5 artworks were divided into 100,000 units for auction. All works in the auction were fully subscribed to, and lease contracts on the works were taken up for the next 24 months. The artwork Euphoria by the artist El-Dragg Okwoju saw the most significant increase in value by 20%, with 100,000 units purchased under a Split contract, increasing the reserve price of 0.10 to 0.12, with a new value of $12,000. Market Day in Dalston, London by Edosa Ogiugo grew by 17% with a new value of $14,000; Rite of Passage by Oliver Enwonwu grew by 13% with a new value of $9,000; The Death of Honour by Duke Asidere grew by 10% with a new value of $11,000 and The Seeker (Portrait of a Beggar) by Abiodun Olaku grew by 10% with a new value of $100,000. The top markets by bid value are located in Nigeria, the UK and South Africa.

The event follows the successful inaugural auction held in May, where Ben Enwonwu’s 1977 artwork ‘Agbogho Mmuo’ from the Ogolo series was valued at $105,000, as well as ARTSPLIT’s debut at the 59th Venice Biennale, where the platform partnered with The African Art in Venice Forum (AAVF) and the South African pavilion at the 59th Venice Biennale in 2022. 

By presenting MOCONA, ARTSPLIT intends to raise the profile of these artists further and introduce them to a new set of diverse art collectors and investors, which would ultimately boost the status of both their works and the platform. Indeed, this is the new ART ECONOMY!

About ARTSPLIT:

ARTSPLIT is an art trading technology company driven by one common goal; enhancing the investment status of African art by allowing users to co-own rare and valuable artworks on a platform that guarantees price discovery and market liquidity.  

Our mission is to position African art & artists as the preferred alternative investment choice by developing the African art ecosystem through technology and co-ownership.  We believe that in this way, we can make wealth accessible through alternative investments. 

The platform (ARTSPLIT mobile app) allows art lovers to own fractions (also known as Splits) of prestigious African artworks, which they can trade in real-time. ARTSPLIT also provides opportunities for owners of investment-grade African art to list their works and have them evaluated and sold to members of our community. ARTSPLIT also offers advisory and management services for art collectors, which are personalised to requirements to manage art portfolios online fully and on offline platforms.

To find out more about ARTSPLIT, send an email at info@artsplit.com or visit www.artsplit.com.

You can also call or WhatsApp our mobile at +234(0)9088962169 and follow @artsplitofficial on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

ARTSPLIT can be downloaded on App Store and Google Play Store.

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ARTSPLIT Launches Modern and Contemporary Nigerian Arts (MOCONA) Auction

…With a VIP Closing Event on July 31st by 6 pm at Hourglass Gallery.

ARTSPLIT, the pioneering art trading platform for African art, will launch the maiden edition of a MOCONA (Modern and Contemporary Nigerian Arts) Auction for two weeks from 15 to 31 July 2022. This first-of-its-kind auction, titled Ode to Mastery, will feature five prominent Nigerian artists who are key drivers of the contemporary art scene on the continent: Abiodun Olaku, Duke Asidere, Edosa Ogiguo, El-Dragg Okwoju and Oliver Enwonwu.

The MOCONA auction will be a split auction, followed by a lease auction of individual works from the 5 artists. The works will also be available for physical viewing at Hourglass Gallery – 979 Saka Jojo St, Victoria Island 106104, Lagos for the duration of the auction. https://www.artsplit.com/mocona

The ARTSPLIT app allows users to own fractions of prominent African artworks, also known as “Splits,” and keep or trade them on the app if they win the “Split Auction.” The Splits allow multiple people to co-own a single iconic piece of art, which no other art platform allows. Users can also participate in a ‘Lease Auction’ on the app to win physical custody of these split artworks for a set period.

The MOCONA auction follows a successful inaugural auction held in May, where Ben Enwonwu’s 1977 artwork ‘Agbogho Mmuo’ from the Ogolo series was valued at $105,000, as well as ARTSPLIT’s debut at the 59th Venice Biennale, where the platform partnered with The African Art in Venice Forum (AAVF) and the South African pavilion at the 59th Venice Biennale in 2022.

The complete list of works available at the auction and links to buy splits are as follows:

Abiodun Olaku, ‘The Seeker’ (Portrait of a beggar), 1994

El-Dragg Okwoju, Euphoria, 2022

Duke Asidere, The Death of Honour, 2022
Edosa Ogiugo, Market Day in Dalston, London, 2017
Oliver Enwonwu, Rite of Passage, 2022

By presenting MOCONA, ARTSPLIT intends to raise the profile of these artists further and introduce them to a new set of diverse art collectors and investors, which would ultimately boost the status of both their works and the platform. Indeed, this is the new ART ECONOMY!

About the featured Artists

Famed for his highly finished and detailed depictions of Nigeria’s cities and landscapes, Abiodun Olaku is generally considered one of the country’s most accomplished oil painters. Olaku largely works in the traditional medium of oil; however, his work is not stuck in the past. The artist explores new horizons within established methods and techniques open to innovation.

https://www.artsplit.com/mocona

El-Dragg Okwoju is an esteemed oil painter known for his vibrant depictions of Nigerian culture. Women are the subject matter at the core of Okwoju’s practice, often caught in an abstracted and ephemeral moment of ordinary life like dancing and celebrating life.

Duke Asidere expresses himself in thick, bold strokes through various media, including pencil work, oil, acrylic, pastels and transparencies. Having been raised in a female household, he has become known for his inquisitive portrayal of women in works that explore concepts like politics, society, culture and psychology – his architectural series offers a fresh perspective of Africa and his number plate and spray series have underlying political statements. https://www.artsplit.com/mocona

Edosa Ogiguo is one of Nigeria’s most famous artists for his large canvasses of equestrian and dancing scenes. His fascination with horses began after a visit to his wife’s family in northern Nigeria. For Ogiugo, the technical challenges of mastering his subject matter inspire him more than anything else.

Oliver Enwonwu comes from a long line of remarkable artists, such as his grandfather, a reputable traditional sculptor, and his father, Ben Enwonwu, widely known and celebrated as Africa’s most celebrated pioneer modernist. Enwonwu interrogates the complex layers of history between Africa and the West in his work.

About ARTSPLIT:

ARTSPLIT is an art trading technology company driven by one common goal; enhancing the investment status of African art by allowing users to co-own rare and valuable artworks on a platform that guarantees price discovery and market liquidity.  Our mission is to position African art & artists as the preferred alternative investment choice by developing the African art ecosystem through technology and co-ownership.  We believe that in this way, we can make wealth accessible through alternative investments.

The platform (ARTSPLIT mobile app) allows art lovers to own fractions (also known as Splits) of prestigious African artworks, which they can trade in real-time. ARTSPLIT also provides opportunities for owners of investment-grade African art to list their works and have them evaluated and sold to members of our community.

ARTSPLIT also offers advisory and management services for art collectors, which are personalised to requirements to manage art portfolios online fully and on offline platforms.

To find out more about ARTSPLIT, send an email at info@artsplit.com or visit www.artsplit.com.

You can also call or WhatsApp our mobile at +234(0)9088962169 and follow @artsplitofficial on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

ARTSPLIT can be downloaded on App Store and Google Play Store.

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VFD Group supports Africa Social Impact Summit, advocates SDGs

VFD Group Plc, in collaboration with Sterling One Foundation, will support this year’s Africa Social Impact Summit in Abuja from Wednesday, July 13 to Thursday, July 14, 2022, as part of its CSR objectives.

The Summit, titled “Rethink, Rebuild, Recover: Accelerating Growth for the SDGs,” will provide an excellent opportunity for the Group to encourage and foster conversations among members of the private and public sectors, industry experts, policymakers, impact investors, entrepreneurs, civil society organisations, and African leaders that will usher in market-led solutions aimed at achieving the SDGs by 2030.

“VFD Group Plc is leveraging both local and global expertise to drive long-term positive impact.” We believe that if we have meaningful partnerships that result in measurable SDG achievement, we have a better chance of creating a truly diverse business ecosystem that yields significant results across Nigeria and Africa,” Nonso Okpala, the Group’s Managing Director, said on the partnership.

Olu Salami, Head, Strategy, Investment Management, and Corporate Performance at VFD Group Plc, stated at the Summit that “education is key to economic growth, so we are committed to creating and executing lasting home-grown solutions like educating future generations to ensure they have adequate resources to thrive in years to come.”

Education, according to Article 26 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is a passport to human development that opens doors and expands opportunities and liberties. VFD Group Plc is committed to addressing Africa’s challenges, particularly in technology, empowerment, and healthcare, by encouraging collaborations on long-term job creation and strategies that ensure diverse viable pathways from education to employment.

VFD Group Plc, as an industry-agnostic proprietary investment firm, is constantly promoting and participating in public and private sector discussions and programmes that aid in the sustainable development of indigenous economies.

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