It was all about luxury when Luxury Villas Group (LVG) gathered stakeholders at the Civic Centre Towers, Victoria Island, Lagos for its exhibition.
The three-part event featured an exhibition, conference and a magazine launch. Tagged: Fusion of real estate, interior and arts had a gallery of Nigerian art masterpieces, by the renowned curator, Oliver Enwonwu, Director, Omenka Gallery.
Other artists whose works were on display included accomplished portraitist Kolade Oshinowo, expressive sculptor Francis Uduh, mythology-driven Bruce Onobrakpeya, Ben Enwonwu and folkloric narrative painter Tola Wewe.
Why a fusion of the three luxurious things? ?It?s a novel idea I conceived after closely observing the real estate industry,?said Tommy Odama J.Z., the founder/Chief Executive Officer of Luxury Villas Group.
He added: ?As a luxury realtor, I realised that masterful and luxurious homes are never complete without art. I, therefore, set out to explore the dynamic and beautiful relationship between these two.?
Mr. Gbenga Oyebode, (SAN), who opened the exhibition tagged it ?colourful?. He said: ?It is critical in our nation?s history as it signifies the revival of the arts. Today, we see all parts of the arts fused here: literature, fine arts and design.??
Mr. Solomon Ikhioda, the Chief Creative Strategist of R Insight Redefini, said the event is a turning point for the real estate sector and ?it will inspire more innovations?. Emmanuel Omoniyi Taiwo, the Art Advisor to Nayajo Gallery, said the event came at a good time and that he was getting to know about the LVG brands for the first time through the event.
The exhibition was followed by a conference, which keynote address was delivered by Mr. Mustafa Chike Obi, the former CEO/MD of AMCOM Inc. He spoke on the theme: ?Next frontiers: Building tomorrow?s masterpieces?.
Other speakers were Mrs. Agatha Eric-Udorie, CEO, Agatha Interior Designs and Mr. Azu Nwagbogu, founder, African Artists? Foundation.
The highlight of the event was the gala night, where the Luxury Villas Group launched its Villas & Leisure, a real estate, luxury and lifestyle magazine, reviewed by Mrs Titi Ogunfere, president, Interior Designers Association of Nigeria (IDAN) and Creative Director of Essential Interiors.
?The Villas & Leisure magazine is full of beautifully written contents cutting across architecture, interior decor, real estate and luxury. They did a fantastic job putting it together. I was part of it,?she said.
The event ended with a Co*ktail and networking. Nigerian OAP and TV presenter, Stephanie Coker, compered the event with air of class and style, impressing guests with, not only her sense of humour, but also her Lisa-Folawiyo-designed dress.
A lady violinist got guests giggling to her sonorous sonatas.