Introducing the Nigeria Forum for Businesses ​and NGOs: Celebrating the Entrepreneurial ​Spirit of Africa's Giant on May 16, 2024.

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The Partnering for Change project of the Deaconess Foundation and Filantropia ry and its partners are proud to present the Nigeria Forum for Businesses and NGOs.

When: Thursday 16th of May, 2024

Time: 12-17 pm (EEST)

Venue: REDI Neuvottelee, Hermannin rantatie 5, 00580 Helsinki

Photo art exhibition & networking session

Date: Thursday 16th of May, 2024

Time: 17-19 pm (EEST)

Venue: Vapaakaupungin Olohuone REDI, KALASATAMA.

Both venues are in the REDI Shopping Centre.

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An artist using Augmented Reality to bring his traditional paintings to life.



photo art exhibition


Explore Naija with Us!

This photo art exhibition is part of the Partnering for Change Project by the Deaconess Foundation and Filantropia ry. It is produced and curated by Art for Business, a platform using creative arts to inform, educate and shed light on daily challenges in emerging economies.

Venue: Vapaakaupungin Olohuone REDI, KALASATAMA.

Hermannin rantatie 5, 00580 Helsinki, Finland.

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Reshaping african enterprise




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