29.01.2013 | PR02/2013
(from left) OFID Director-General Al-Herbish; HE Ms. Maria O. Laose; artists
Oyenike Davies-Okundaye and Kaltume Gana; Dr. Rilwanu Lukman, former OPEC
SG and Nigerian Minister of Petroleum Resources.
Vienna, Austria, January 29, 2013.
OFID (The OPEC Fund for International Development) is this year celebrating the 37th Anniversary of its establishment, in January 1976, with an exhibition of Nigerian art held at OFID’s Headquarters in Vienna. OFID was conceived at the Conference of the Sovereigns and Heads of State of OPEC Member Countries, in March 1975 in Algiers, Algeria when OPEC countries reaffirmed their solidarity with other developing countries in their struggle to overcome underdevelopment.
The exhibition, entitled “Rhythm of Hope”, was opened by OFID Director-General Mr. Suleiman J. Al-Herbish and HE Ms. Maria O. Laose, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to Austria. It highlights OFID Member Country Nigeria and showcases the country’s diverse culture and traditions, featuring a wide range of artwork from three Nigerian artists: Oyenike Davies-Okundaye, Kaltume Gana, and Uwa James Usen.
The Nigerian Ambassador thanked OFID for enabling this retrospective of her country saying “this exhibition of the works of three remarkable and celebrated Nigerian artists, displays the important role of art and culture as a vehicle for integration, dialogue, ideological exchange and appreciation of our diversity.” OFID initiated the in-house exhibition series in 2009, with the aim of familiarizing the community of its host city, Vienna, to its Member Countries and partner countries.
Mr. Al-Herbish stated, in reference to OFID’s anniversary: “Throughout its 37 years of existence, OFID has maintained the focus of its assistance, constantly adapting to the requirements of the social and economic development priorities of its partner countries. In 2012, the organization conducted 350 missions amounting to a total of over 1,900 mission days and cumulatively, since inception, OFID has executed a total of 3,105 operations in 133 countries. For the years to come, OFID will continue to address the challenges of a constantly evolving development paradigm with the sole aim of fulfilling its noble mandate in Uniting against Poverty.”