Nigerian-British artist, Olalolu Slawn designs 2024 FA Cup trophy

Nigerian-British artist, Olaolu Akeredolu-Ale popularly known as Olaolu Slawn, has designed the 2024 Emirates FA Cup trophy, which the final comes up on Saturday, May 25. The 23-year-old was approached by the English Football Association to design a one-off special trophy after BRIT awards.

He designed the trophy alongside Thomas Lyte. This was first disclosed by @whatsonshuffle via X writing, “After previous endeavors with the BRITs Awards, Slawn has been commissioned to create the design for the 2024 FA Cup Trophy.”

Olaolu Slawn’s video of the making of the FA Cup trophy was also posted. Confirming the project on Monday via his Instagram handle, the Lagos-born designer wrote, “Biggest thing I’ve done yet. My tribute to the FA Cup trophy. Slawn and @ThomasLyte. Thank you @EmiratesFACup. Amen.”

The Emirates FA Cup reacted, “Can’t wait to see your tribute unveiled on Monday.”

Most of Slawn’s works include spray paint, large-scale pop art canvases, graffiti, caricatures and murals. His latest work, the FA Cup trophy would be lifted by either side of the Manchester clubs in a derby final at Wembley Stadium, on Saturday, May 25, 2024.

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester were crowned the EPL Champions of Saturday, and look forward to getting a better chance of their bitter rivals to do double.

Manchester United, managed by Dutch Erik ten Hag, are desirous of the England’s oldest cup to wrap up the season with a silverware and book a place for Europa League next season.

10 brief things about the designer

1. Olaolu Slawn was born in Lagos, Nigeria on 24 October, 2000.

2. Most of his works include spray paint, large-scale pop art canvases, graffiti, caricatures and murals.

3. The 23-year-old became the youngest person to design the Britannia statuette for the annual BRIT awards in 2023.

4. In his late-teens, Slawn worked at Wafflesncream, Nigeria’s first skate shop, where he met his friends Leo and Onyedi at the shop, and the trio created artwork, skate together, and made films. 

5. Slawn and his friends eventually created an apparel group named Motherlan, and their brand gained popularity in Nigeria and received recognition from Virgil Abloh.

6. In 2018, Slawn moved to London and enrolled at Middlesex University to study graphic design in 2019. 

7. During the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, he began to paint, and would hand his artwork to people at parties and established a social media presence for his artwork.

8. He had his debut exhibition in September 2021 at Truman Brewery on Brick Lane. 

9. In 2022, Nigerian-British grime MC, rapper, and record producer, Skepta debuted his first painting on a collection for Sotheby’s auction organised by Slawn for charity.

10. On May 22, 2023, Slawn opened BeauBeau’s Cafe, a family-run restaurant in East London that is named after his son.

Source: Vanguard

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