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English Football Association commission Nigerian artist to design special FA Cup trophy

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The English Football Association have commissioned Nigerian artist Olaolu Akeredolu-Ale, popularly known as Olaolu Slawn, to design a one-off trophy for this year’s FA Cup, Soccernet.ng reports.

Olaolu Slawn is a popular artist based in England. The talented 21-year-old artist 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”.

The young artist is making giant strides in his career and in the latest development, Slawn has been commisioned – 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.

Slawn has already shared pictures of the trophy on his social media page.

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Manchester United and Manchester City are expected to provide a spectacle at Wembley. The Cityzens are defending champions of the competition 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.