President Macron salutes 11 year-old Nigerian artist for drawing him on the spot

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The President of France, Emmanuel Macron was amazed by the talent displayed by Kareem Waris Olamilekan, an 11-year-old boy, who drew a portrait of him, during his visit to the New Afrikan Shrine in Lagos.

The boy who was featured on BBC a few weeks ago for his hyperrealistic drawings, was sponsored by Eco Bank to showcase his skills at the Afrikan Shrine, where Macron attended an event held to showcase and celebrate African culture yesterday.

President Macron praised and congratulated the talented boy on his Presidential Instagram account.

Very touched, congratulations to this young boy!

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His encounter with Warris is the only thing he has shared on Instagram since he stepped foot in Nigeria.

Despite the pressure of drawing the President of France on the spot, Kareem completed the drawing in 2 hours.

The visiting President emphasised on the importance of the shrine to the African culture.

He wrote on his Twitter account @EmmanuelMacron

The Shrine is an iconic cultural hub. And I say with a lot of humility that I recognise the importance of African culture.”

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