The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday, 12 July 2018 hosted Kareem Waris Olamilekan, the 11-year old artist who drew a portrait of French President, Emmanuel Macron in 2 hours when he visited the Afrika Shrine in Lagos.
The young artist was accompanied by his parents, teachers, and instructor.
The Governor promised to help him become a great artist in life. He also pledged to support Kareem’s instructor who owns Ayowole Academy of Arts.
Responding to this offer, Kareem said he was extremely thrilled to meet with President Macron and Governor Ambode, saying the development was a life-changing moment for him.
After the event, the Commissioner for Tourism, Arts, and Culture, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, said the occasion was basically to appreciate and encourage the young hyperrealist as well as to assure him for readiness of the State Government to give him the needed support.
He said; “The Ministry of Education has been involved from day one since the story was reported but our Ministry (Tourism, Arts and Culture) would also be monitoring Waris. He is already in JSS1; he is talented as an artist but then that is not the only subject that he would be taking.
“We want him to be a successful well-rounded student first and foremost and of course as an artist. It is a long haul thing but first good education and let him continue as a good artist.”