The Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos is pleased to invite you to the public lecture “Cultural Patrimony as National Resource: The Case of Nigeria

By Sylvester Okwunodu Ogbechie, Ph.D., Professor, Arts and Visual Cultures of Global Africa, University of California Santa Barbara. Date: Wednesday, 24 July 2019,  Time: 2pm – 3pm. Venue: CCA, Lagos, 9 McEwen Street, Off Herbert Macaulay Way, Yaba, Lagos

How is Nigeria affected by ongoing debates about cultural patrimony restitution? What role can astute management of cultural patrimony play in national development? In this public lecture, Prof. Ogbechie will discuss the recent debates about African cultural patrimony in Western museums (especially the Sarr/Savoy Report), and review efforts by the Benin Dialogue Group to repatriate Nigerian cultural patrimony among other initiatives.  

Sylvester Okwunodu Ogbechie specializes on the arts and visual culture of Africa and its Diasporas, especially in terms of how art history discourses create value for African cultural patrimony in the age of globalization. He is the author of Ben Enwonwu: The Making of an African Modernist (University of Rochester Press, 2008: winner of the 2009 Herskovits Prize of the African Studies Association for best scholarly publication in African studies), Making History: The Femi Akinsanya African Art Collection (Milan: 5 Continents Editions, 2011), and editor of Artists of Nigeria (Milan: 5 Continents Editions, 2012). He is the director of Aachron Knowledge Systems, and founder and editor of Critical Interventions: Journal of African Art History and Visual Culture. He organized and coordinated the First International Nollywood Convention and Symposium (Los Angeles, June 2005) that evaluated new media in contemporary African Visual Culture from the perspective of the internationally acclaimed Nigerian Video Film Industry. He subsequently founded the Nollywood Foundation in 2006 to formalize study and research of this phenomenon and produced annual international Nollywood conventions from 2005 to 2009.

 Ogbechie is currently a Smithsonian Institution Senior Fellow for 2016-2017 and has received several fellowships, grants and award for his work from the Getty Research Institute, American Academy in Berlin, Rockefeller Foundation, Institute for International Education, Smithsonian Institution and a consultancy for the Ford Foundation. He was the 2010 Consortium Professor of the Getty Research Institute and served as guest editor for a History of Photography special issue on African Photography. His current project focuses on the politics of cultural patrimony debates as it affects demands for the repatriation of African cultural patrimony held in Western museums and institution. His research is widely published and he has lectured and consulted on African and African Diaspora arts for major museums in the USA, Europe, Africa and Asia.

We look forward to welcoming you at CCA, Lagos.

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