Nigerian artist Olaolu Akeredolu-Ale selected to design this year's English FA Cup

NIGERIAN artist Olaolu Akeredolu-Ale popularly known as Olaolu Slawn has been commissioned by the English Football Association to design a one-off trophy for this year’s FA Cup that will involve the two Manchester sides slugging it out for the accolade.

Olaolu Slawn, 21, is a popular artist based in England who was born in Lagos but moved to London six years ago to hone his craft. Last year, he gained recognition for designing the new Brit Awards statuette and recently, he made £31,750 from the sale of his artwork, Alara, Ajero, and Orangun.

This young artist is making giant strides in his career and in the latest development, Slawn has been commissioned alongside Thomas Lyte by the English FA to make a new trophy for this year’s FA Cup final involving Manchester City and Manchester United. The trophy is just a one-off trophy and it will be the sixth physical trophy that will be presented to the winner since the competition started in 1871.

Manchester United and Manchester City are expected to provide a spectacle at Wembley on Saturday May 25. Man City are the defending champions and will be hungry to win it after missing out on the UEFA Champions League title.

On the other hand, the Red Devils will be looking to nick something after a disappointing Premier League campaign. In the just concluded Premier League, Manchester City retained the title for a fourth successive time, while their across town neighbours finished a disappointing eighth.