Promoting creative arts, sustaining entertainment, creativity and cultural development .

First@Arts Initiative – an integrated approach to supporting creative arts

First@arts is FirstBank’s platform for consolidating all its efforts in the arts, supporting the entire value chain of the creative arts, providing much needed financing and advisory services, showcasing and facilitating the successes of the industry, and enabling customers explore the wealth of opportunities the creative industry has to offer.

The Bank’s involvement in promoting arts, under the First@arts initiative continuously projects the FirstBank brand as a supporter of creativity and ultimately national cohesion. The Bank has been able to build, sustain and foster unity as well as promote entertainment and cultural development, through its arts sponsorship, which essentially supports the entire value chain within the creative arts industry.

The Bank has worked with partners such as British Council, Duke of Shomolu Productions, Live Theatre Lagos, Freedom Park, Terra Kulture and the Cross Rivers State Government (Calabar Festival), among several others, to achieve these aspirations.

First@Arts Activations

Eni Ogun

The Noble Warrior is a theatre performance in honour of Professor Wole Soyinka @ 90. Written by Aiye-ko-ooto and produced by Adubiifa Network Company in collaboration with Wole Soyinka International Cultural Exchange (WSICE), Eni Ogun is set to tell the historic story of the successful defeat of the colonial forces at the hands of natives. This story intends to reposition the truth in history and showcase the repercussions of cultural invasions and the fight for freedom against imposing powerful colonial invasions. It is indeed time for Africans to tell their own stories and with Eni Ogun, we proudly celebrate our dynamism as Africans and also celebrate Nigeria’s Living Legend at 90 years.

Oke Langbodo

A reimagination of the 1977 play Langbodo by Nigerian Dramatist Wale Ogunyemi, adapted from Wole Soyinka's 'The Forest of a Thousand Daemons', which in turn is a translation of the Yoruba novel, ' Ogboju Ode ninu Igbo Irunmole'.

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