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Shell Talks Road Safety Through Pictures

The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) Ltd teamed up with African Artists’ Foundation (AAF) to sponsor a world-class photography exhibition in Lagos, which highlighted the issue of road safety in Nigeria. The event, christened, Driver’s Dexterity, featured varied photographs by award-winning Nigerian photographer George Osodi, depicting the hazards and opportunities of road travel in the country.

Both SPDC and AAF aroused public awareness on road safety, against the background of revelations by the Federal Road Safety Commission that about 4,800 people die and more than 20,000 are injured in road crashes in Nigeria each year.

Head, HSE Infrastructure & Logistics in SPDC, Oby Moore said: “SPDC believes in safety at work, home and the roads. The exhibition will help to reinforce the message that, with more care on the part of all road users, we can reduce the number of needless deaths and injuries that result from accidents on our highways.”

The photographs, with striking landscape varieties, were selected from a larger collection spanning several years, and tell diverse stories relating to Nigerian highways. London-based George Oshodi, said: “Driver's dexterity is a body of work, which takes on a more conceptual form than my previous documentary work."

Chairman of AAF Azu Nwagbogu, said; “We are happy for this artistic collaboration with SPDC. We believe art is one of the most powerful means of communicating in society and addressing issues that relate to humanity.  The exhibition sends a powerful message on the challenge of road safety.”

The exhibition opens to the art community, students and general public from the 27th of November until the 30th of December 2009.

In previous efforts, SPDC had also worked with various stakeholders to increase safety awareness among road users in the Niger Delta and Abuja, and distributed crash helmets to commercial motorcyclists. It has also sponsored a long-running campaign on road safety on radio and television.