A work by Lanre Olagoke
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Nigeria's former homeless drug-addict saved by art

Nigeria's Lanre Olagoke was once a homeless drug-addict living on the streets of London.

Art was his salvation, pulling him back from the brink. He found faith and regained his faith in humanity.

For years he has been helping vulnerable adults through his charity, Art Alive, and he recently launched the first ever Soho Arts Festival in London.

BBC Africa's Jenny Horrocks went along to meet him at his gallery, and he started by telling her about his parents' reaction when he told them he wanted to pursue a career in art.

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  • 18 Sep 2012