Promoting Africa’s Culture

Rev. Dr. John Okoria Ibhakewanlan SJ., Principal, Hekima University College has said that partnering major players in the African art and culture sector is one sure way JHIA can provide researchers with publications that are not available in libraries and historical institutes in Europe, Asia and America.

He stated that through such partnerships, the institute was helping researchers from across the globe to access African records, especially publications that are not available in libraries or historical institutes outside Africa.

Rev Fr. Okoria spoke on the forthcoming group art exhibition tagged African Art, to be curated by Paris-based Nigerian curator Bose Fagbemi.

The exhibition, which will run from the 9th to 30th, November 2019 at the Jesuit Historical Institute in Africa, Nairobi, Kenya, is a follow-up to Fagbemi’s first group exhibition, Art and Spirituality, held at St Ignatius House, Lagos in March 2017.

According to the cleric, JHIA will include African arts in its goal and vision of collecting and preserving vital records on Africa.

He noted that the exhibition fits well into the mission of the institute, adding that the vision of JHIA is to provide a cost-effective environment for the world to see and experience religious histories, cultures, and traditions of the people of Africa and Madagascar.

“Thus far, JHIA has managed to create an excellent environment capable of putting scholars in Africa on a par with others in the world. We are helping researchers from across the globe access African records, especially publications that are otherwise only available in libraries / historical institutes in Europe and America.

 

Source: The Nation, Lagos State, Nigeria