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“I am Bala Mohammed and I am an art collector/trader. I have been in this art business for 32 years.” “This art collection here you see has been gotten from different sources around Africa.
In this prominent hotel, important people from all walks of life come in and out of this gallery to see what we have up so, we need to have the best. In fact, Bill Clinton was here about 3 years ago during his visit to Nigeria.”
“My job entails me collecting, refurbishing and selling art to the highest bidders and like any other job it has its wahala” “Art is a seasonal business, sometimes there’s a huge inflow of clients, sometimes there isn’t, so this economic crisis is just like one of the dry seasons, the good seasons will come along.
Although the Boko Haram crisis scares away tourists who make up a major part of our clientele.” “I love my job, I love the freedom it brings and the self reliance and after 32 years I don’t think that has changed.”
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