Ecobank Nigeria has adopted the popular child artist, Kareem Olamilekan Waris, the lender said in a statement.
The bank also announced that it had signed an agreement with Waris’ parents for educational support/grant and upkeep allowance spanning 20 years.
Waris Kareem , is the 11-year-old 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 Emmanuel Macron on behalf of the bank to the French President during the “Celebration of African Culture” event’.
Outgoing Managing Director, Charles Kie, said Ecobank considers it a great privilege to partner with Waris’ family to recognise the child’s exceptional talent as the bank is 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 Mr Kie, Ecobank decided to support education of Waris ‘to nurture and enable him develop his gifts and other interests he may have in future’.
“We today make a commitment to partner with Mr & Mrs. Kareem on this laudable endeavor to help Waris grow in all aspects of life,” he said.
“Ecobank is supporting Waris in furtherance of the Bank’s CSR initiatives with the primary focus of enabling Waris further enhance his talent whilst also ensuring his general educational development through proper monitoring and guidance, “the Managing Director stated.
“To be sure, good education makes for good citizens, it is a pathway towards a prosperous, productive life and good citizenship. This is our wish for this unique and talented young man, Waspa”, as he likes to be called.”
Also speaking, Ecobank Company Secretary and Chief Legal Counsel, Adenike Laoye, said the bank also extended monetary support to Waris’s art school to recognize their talent, whilst also enhancing the general learning environment for Waris and other talented young boys and girls under their care.