While the brilliant Adenrele Sonariwo was an auditor at one of the world’s top accounting firms, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), she discovered her love for art – a love she found while looking for an outlet for self-expression outside of work.
This passion for the arts led her to quit her enviable job and start the Rele Gallery: a cultural and contemporary art space that offers art for public consumption and at the same time, nurtures the creators of the art – bringing their work to the attention of a larger, global audience.
Since Rele's launch over two years ago, Adenrele has organized various programs – from book readings to exhibitions – that have attracted talents like Victor Ehikhamenor and Kelechi Amadi-Obi.
Adenrele also has a passion for young artists which led her to create Young Contemporary. The annual project finds five artists working with various mediums, showcases their work and gets corporate brands to sponsor.
In 2011, Adenrele tried to start the first solely Arts university in Nigeria, The Modern Day School of the Arts, and although that didn't work out, it's still something she plans to do in the future – and we are definitely rooting for her.
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