How it all began
Damilola Opedun is the manager of “THE SEED OF THE TRUE VINE”. He is a Nigerian pastel artist with some of his works depicting human survival on water. In 2014, he went to Makoko – Oko Agbon with his friend Adebanjo Mesagan to take photographs as reference materials for painting production.
Makoko – Oko Agbon is a slum in Lagos State, Nigeria and is located along the third mainland bridge where one-third of the community survive on stilts built along the Lagoon.
Damilola was deeply moved by the pitiable scenery of the community as he approached the community leader’s house to obtain approval to take pictures of the community for his art work. By the time Damilola got to the community leader’s house, his mind was made up on an additional request. Damilola additionally requested for permission to train the children in the areas of arts. After several consultations, the approval to train children in the community was granted on January 26, 2015.
Since inception, we have recorded several success stories and some of them have been referenced in our “Amazing Stories” blog. Additionally, some of the produced art work have been displayed in the gallery section.