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#WallsCANBloom Nigeria

This piece was part of a series of murals created in 9 countries across Africa. The #WallsCANBloom campaign was launched by the Government of Canada in 2016, whereby the government committed $80 million to ending early and forced marriage in Africa.The murals were created on or around 16th June 2016, which is the International Day of the African Child. Local artists, activists, NGOs, schools and communities were involved in the design and execution of the murals. The pieces were displayed on the buildings of Canadian embassies and High Commissions and unveilings of the murals were accompanied by speeches and events. The campaign had a strong presence on Twitter with #WallsCANBloom.This specific mural focuses on the importance of education in the fight against early and forced marriage. Two children stand in the centre of the piece, both holding pencils as if they were weapons, which they will use to fight forced marriage. Surrounding them are the words 'dream big', 'respect', 'aspire', 'knowledge' and 'empowerment'.