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‘My Story of Water’, is an arts education project being delivered by Five Cowries Arts Education Initiative based in Lagos, bringing together children, young people and teachers from across Nigeria with partners around the world to educate and raise awareness of water pollution crisis affecting our environment, climate and waterways and our need to protect them.

The Five Cowries Arts Education Initiative was inspired by Thames Festival Trust’s “The Story of Water” arts education programme and aims to leverage the arts to offer an inclusive route into education in Nigeria that keeps children engaged and has a positive impact on educational outcomes, such as improved numeracy and literacy as well as transferable skills such as communication, problem solving and creativity.

As part of Totally Thames, an installation of 500 jerry cans, onto which the children have painted their story of water, will be displayed at Oxo Tower Wharf alongside a photo exhibition of the project at City Hall from 3rd – 16th September.

‘My Story of Water’ is being sponsored by Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), Zenith Bank, Central Bank of Nigeria, TY Danujma Foundation and MTN Foundation and delivered in partnership with Teach for Nigeria, Montessori Centre International, Lagos State Ministry of Health, Thames Festival Trust (UK), Daraja Designs, Hatch Ideas Worldwide, Jackson Etti & Edu and africapractice.


Event times

  • Five Cowries Arts Education Initiative

    My Story of Water - Outdoor Installation

    Sun 1 Sep
    12am - 11:45pm

    Accessible event
  • Five Cowries Arts Education Initiative

    My Story of Water - Photo Exhibition

    Tue 3 Sep
    10am - 6pm

    Accessible event
  • Five Cowries Arts Education Initiative

    My Story of Water - Photo Exhibition

    Wed 4 Sep
    10am - 6pm

    Accessible event
  • Five Cowries Arts Education Initiative

    My Story of Water - Photo Exhibition

    Thu 5 Sep
    10am - 6pm

    Accessible event
  • Five Cowries Arts Education Initiative

    My Story of Water - Photo Exhibition

    Fri 6 Sep
    10am - 4pm

    Accessible event
  • Five Cowries Arts Education Initiative

    My Story of Water - Photo Exhibition

    Sat 7 Sep
    10am - 4pm

    Accessible event
  • Five Cowries Arts Education Initiative

    My Story of Water - Photo Exhibition

    Sun 8 Sep
    10am - 6pm

    Accessible event
  • Five Cowries Arts Education Initiative

    My Story of Water - Photo Exhibition

    Mon 9 Sep
    10am - 6pm

    Accessible event
  • Five Cowries Arts Education Initiative

    My Story of Water - Photo Exhibition

    Tue 10 Sep
    10am - 4pm

    Accessible event
  • Five Cowries Arts Education Initiative

    My Story of Water - Photo Exhibition

    Wed 11 Sep
    10am - 6pm

    Accessible event
  • Five Cowries Arts Education Initiative

    My Story of Water - Photo Exhibition

    Thu 12 Sep
    10am - 6pm

    Accessible event
  • Five Cowries Arts Education Initiative

    My Story of Water - Photo Exhibition

    Fri 13 Sep
    10am - 6pm

    Accessible event
  • Five Cowries Arts Education Initiative

    My Story of Water - Photo Exhibition

    Sat 14 Sep
    10am - 6pm

    Accessible event
  • Five Cowries Arts Education Initiative

    My Story of Water - Photo Exhibition

    Sun 15 Sep
    10am - 6pm

    Accessible event
  • Five Cowries Arts Education Initiative

    My Story of Water - Photo Exhibition

    Mon 16 Sep
    10am - 6pm

    Accessible event