Chevron Nigeria Limited has restated its commitment to the activities of geologists and geophysicists, under the aegis of the Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists (NAPE). Speaking at an African Night organised as part of the activities to mark the 32 annual international conference and exhibition of NAPE in Lagos, a fellow of NAPE and senior Geologist with Chevron Nigeria Limited, Mr. Isaac Arowolo, who represented the Managing Director of the company, stated that the oil major would continue to support the activities of the association. Arowolo also restated the companyâ€™s commitment to deepwater development in Nigeria.
The African Night, sponsored by Chevron, featured presentation of awards to the best woman with best head gear; most colourful woman; best-dressed male; best couple of the night; and best dressed female.
The Vice President of NAPE, Dr. James Edet of Total Upstream Nigeria Limited won the award for the best-dressed male. An award was also given to the founder of Quintessence Art Centre, Nigeriaâ€™s cultural icon which sits just off the famous Falomo roundabout in Ikoyi, Chief Aino Oni-Okpaku, a Swedish textile specialist who married and settled in Nigeria. She was honoured at the Chevron-sponsored NAPE African Night Award for her contribution to art and culture both in Nigeria and Africa. Quintessence is a place where precious old aso-oke and akwete fabric, kente cloth, and bakuba strips are sold. The art centre has organised many innovative workshops and exhibitions and has also created a platform for Nigerians to co-create with Scandinavia and Latin America artists, developing fusion art in ceramics and weaving.
There were also report that Quintessence organised an exhibition of wool carpets bearing the images of famous Nigerian artists such as Chief Nike Okundaye, Prof. Bruce Onobrakpaeya, and Sam Ovraiti. It was also gathered that proceeds from Quintessence is used to support the Ebun Oluwa Foundation, or Erubodo House, which is a home for special children with learning disabilities. This support has given life and a bright future to so many orphans and abandoned kids.
In his vote of thanks, the President-elect of NAPE, Mr. Chikwe Edoziem of ExxonMobil, thanked Chevron for sponsoring the African Night.