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BY: SAINT MIENPAMO
Lawal Africas, hails from Ogbia kingdom, Bayelsa State. Born in Lagos, he grew up under the close guidance of his father, a famous photographer and proprietor of Studio De Best, University of Lagos. A graduate of University of Portharcourt,River State and Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, he developed a keen interest in photography at an early age of ten. He has thenceforth pursued an indepth passion in art, culture, tourism and entertainment.
His love for art and culture has taken him across the globe where he has promoted and exhibited his works in several exhibitions. Using photography as a medium, he worked in an exchange programme with the Ministry of Education, Poland in conjunction with AIESEC in promoting African culture. This project led him into teaching in over Twenty High Schools on Entrepreneurship and Cultural Education.
As a student leader, he was the coordinator of Amnesty International, the largest human rights organization in the world. (University of Portharcourt group, 2000-2002).Presently he is a volunteered member of the Ijaw Monitoring Group where he promotes and coordinates special projects, social media and international matters. He is also the Treasurer, “Friends of the Museum” Bayelsa state Museums and Monuments and a member, committee on Ken Saro-wiwa Candlelight vigil and Educational awareness campaign, Niger-Delta Restoration of Hope/USA
He is also the founder of the Ogbia Development Joint Force, a subgroup of the Ogbia Development Joint Foundation (ODJF). An NGO structured to empower Ogbia Indigenes through education and information dissemination through various workshops and skill acquisition programmes, re-orientation trainings, entrepreneurship development trainings and micro loans project schemes.
With his indepth knowledge in photography, art, culture, nature, tourism and, entertainment, he is instrumental in the on-going development of Holis Botanical Garden and Resort; an Eco-tourism resort in Epe, Lagos state. He is a well known Pan Africanist, Humanists and Grass Root Activist. He works earnestly to portray the beauty of the African cultural heritage by advocating the use of natural and botanical medicine for healthy living, promoting cultural interaction, art and photography.