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WIMBIZ

Lawyer
AFE BABALOLA & CO

Affiliations

Founder
Terra Kulture

Company Secretary
United Nations

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Bolanle Austen-Peters - Managing Director

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Mrs Bolanle Austen-Peters Managing Director
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She practiced as a Lawyer with Afe Babalola & Co


As Victoria Island, ...

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As Victoria Island, Lagos-based cultural centre, Terra Kulture, prepares to celebrate its 10th anniversary, its founder and Managing Director, Mrs. Bolanle Austen-Peters, says it has hosted over 200 art exhibitions.

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The heroine of the night was ...

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The heroine of the night was Terra Kulture founder, Bolanle Austen-Peters, who was profusely saluted for dreaming big and backing her dream with tenacity and style. From the Minister of Trade and Investment, Dr. Segun Aganga; Shell Managing Director, Mr. Mutiu Sumonu, to the Managing Director of Access Bank Plc, Albert Igwe, Lagos-based lawyer , Mr. Femi Lijadu and many more, encomiums poured on Austen-Peters, who also could not hide her excitement.

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In a tribute laden with poetic allusions, Lijadu described Terra Kulture as the remarkable achievement of Austen-Peters.
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A documentary also captured the moods of many people who have related with Terra Kulture, all of who commended Austen-Peters for making the centre happen.
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Austen-Peters noted that the Terra Kulture idea came to her at a time she was tired of law practice. She thanked the late Aderinokun, who she described as her mentor. She also commended her staff, who, according to her, had generally demonstrated commitment.
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The centre presented a posthumous award to the late Aderinokun, which was received by his widow, who thanked Austen-Peters for remembering him.
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More interesting, the Terra Kulture as a facility for promotion of arts and culture almost lost its shine of the celebration to the flood of accolades showered on the founder, Mrs Bolanle Austen-Peters.
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Clearly, the wavelength of the 10th anniversary of Terra Kulture indicated the iconic image, which Austen-Peters has made from being a great manager of an unusual business, at least, in a ‘hostile’ milieu, like Nigeria.
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Singer Olumide Dada’s rendition of the National Anthem embellished with classical instrumentation set the tone of the event as Lijadu, shortly thereafter appeared on stage to give the opening remarks. “We are here to celebrate the remarkable achievement of Bolanle,� Lijadu began and rapt attention enveloped the hall.
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The short documentary by Austen-Peters and Kunle Afolayan-led Golden Effect, voiced over by Bimbo Manuel, featured Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka; culture administrator and former National Theatre boss, Prof. Ahmed Yerima; one time Chairman of Society of Nigerian Artists (SNA), Lagos State Chapter Olu Ajayi; art collector and founder of OYASAF, Prince Yemisi Shyllon; foremost fashion designer, Deola Sagoe; Nollywood star, Joke Silva; master printmaker, Dr Bruce Onobrakpeya; and metal artist, Fidelis Odogwu among others giving testimonies about the contribution of the centre to the growth and appreciation of cultural and artistic exploits in the country.
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Also interviewed in the documentary, Austen-Peters recalled how Theatre @ Terra started six years ago with “just two directors, and now the figure has grown to 20 directors.�
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At the launch, Austen-Peters had noted that talents were abound in the country, but lack of enabling environment was a clog in the wheels of progress for the creative sector.
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Austen-Peters is a lawyer, and had her early career working at the United Nations. “My last posting was to Ethiopia,� she said after a thunderous applause that ushered welcomed her into the stage. “I saw the devastation of what uneployment can do to people.� When she quit the UN job, it was still disatisfaction all along taking up other jobs. “I kept changing jobs because I hated sitting behind the desks always.� And having developed a passsion for history, arts and culture, she thought of “creating an institution around them.� That was the starting point. She disclosed how a proposal “I wrote with the help of Deji Ali,� lit up her dream and the search for supports followed.
Ten years after, Austen-Peters did a brief analysis and told the audience: “about 200 art exhibitions have been held at the gallery, we create 60 jobs on a monthly basis, and we don’t have to borrow money to pay salaries.� She reeled out her personal lessons gained from presiding over a centre of arts and culture. “Terra Kulture taught me body politics and grew me as an individual, and that creative professionals are no less important than others in science or medicine.� In fact, she argued that if a nation must move forward, the creative sector need to be properly funded. She stressed, For instance, she said, “for each production of Theatre at Terra, we create so many jobs.� The celebrated work, Saro the Musical production, Austen-Peters stated was being used as an experiment to meet Broadway standard. The second edition of Saro the Musical is slated for next month at MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos.
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And shortly before the 10th anniversary, Austen-Peters disclosed that Access Bank “is the new partner of Terra Kulture.� For those who have been tracking the reationship between Terra Kulture and GTBank, in the past few months, the change of bank partner would not come as a surprise.
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Several years before the rebase of Nigeria’s GDP that eventually recognized arts and culture, Austen-Peters had challenged government on the importance of harnessing the potentials of creative industry to grow the economy. Then, Government used to make a yearly claim about the country’s economy rising by certain percentage, leaving the arts and culture, and by extension, the tourism industry out of the so- called growth. Local and international observers have noted improvement in the economy, recording a GDP growth of 8.7 percent in 2010.
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At a gathering in Lagos to appraise the arts and culture activities of Terra Kulture in the 2011, Mrs Bolanle Austen-Peters noted that culture and tourism were yet to be built into the Nigerian economy.
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But for Austen-Peters, art auction goes beyond the mega buck. She has repeatedly said the future of Nigerian art remains paramount. “Auction is not always about money, but exposing good works, particularly from the young artists.�
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As Victoria Island, Lagos-based cultural centre, Terra Kulture, prepares to celebrate its 10th anniversary, its founder and Managing Director, Mrs. Bolanle Austen-Peters, says it has hosted over 200 art exhibitions.
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Bolanle Austen-Peters founded Terrakulture in 2003 after developing an interest in the creative sector. A lawyer by training, she once served as a company secretary with the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights in Switzerland, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the United Nations Development Programme.
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In the year 2000, after Bolanle and her husband decided to relocate home, the quintessential business-woman soon realised that she had a burning desire to create jobs and engage in activities that were passion-driven. After a little soul-searching, Terrakulture was born.
Committed to making a go at it, she gave it her best shot and today, her gallery is one of the best auction houses in the entire region.
This decision to venture into the arts in this part of the world where its acceptance is not as huge as it is in other cities was a huge risk and as such she was faced with the difficult task of getting angel investors to put money into a venture that had not been classified as productive in the past.
After over six months of incessantly pitching her ideas to a wide range of people, heaven opened its doors and a man whom she had never met before but was advised to make contact with finally paid attention and gave financial support.
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A decade later, her businesses acumen which has positioned the company as a leading source for sophisticated artistry has drawn her widespread acclaim, not just in sub-Saharan Africa but across the world and as far as Bolanle is concerned, “the revolution has just begun.�
In an industry where the dynamics surrounding the sale of collections and its heavy profit-margins are more discreet than public, there is often a sense of mystery associated with the way financial returns are accrued. Providing insight, Bolanle explains the intricacies of how she keeps the bank account in the blue;


Bolanle Austen-Peters ...

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Bolanle Austen-Peters founded Terrakulture in 2003 after developing an interest in the creative sector. A lawyer by training, she once served as a company secretary with the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights in Switzerland, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the United Nations Development Programme. The executive producer of Nigeria's biggest...

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Bolanle Austen-Peters, CEO of Terra Kulture covers Christmas Edition of gemWoman Magazine

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gemWOMAN and gemMAN magazine has released its Christmas edition featuring Bolanle Austen-Peters, CEO, Terra Kulture and Mike Abdul, gospel artiste, member of Midnight Crew and CEO Spaghetti Records.

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