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ABU hosts travelling exhibition September

ABU hosts travelling exhibition September

The third leg of the maiden edition of travelling exhibition in Nigeria earlier launched at National Museum in Lagos on 5th May, 2022 will be flagged-off at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in September. 

Tagged, “Travelling Exhibition: The Ancient Rock Art of Nigeria”, the exhibition is a display of photos and monoliths, some of which have not been seen for decades. 

The ABU exhibition will be launched at the conclusion of the second leg of the event which had just begun in Calabar, Cross River State, on 1st July, 2022. The Calabar exhibition will last three months. 

It is the first travelling exhibition of its kind in Nigeria. And it is meant to highlight the beauty of the most unique, and vulnerable rock art in Central and West Africa, including the Bakor monoliths in Cross River and the rock gongs and painting sites in Jigawa and Bauchi States. 

It is a project supported by the US Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation and led by Trust for African Rock Art (TARA). 

Essentially, the purpose is to preserve this unique heritage through documentation and implementation of infrastructures but especially through engagement of communities to increase their involvement in efforts to preserve and benefit from the heritage. 

The National Commission for Museums and Monuments is the main partner in Nigeria providing expertise and leadership. 

Ahmadu Bello University and University of Calabar have been involved in the project to strengthen a national network responsible for the conservation and promotion of this precious heritage. 

Factum Foundation, UK, another key partner in the project, has provided valuable support in 3D and film documentation of the heritage and the communities. 

In his remarks at the flag-off of the event in Lagos, Acting U.S. Consul-General, Brandon Hudspeth highlighted the commitment and continued support of the U.S. Mission towards preserving Nigeria’s rich cultural heritage. 

Hudspeth pointed out that the scope and depth of the various Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation projects in the country had helped to strengthen collaborative efforts in the preservation of Nigeria’s cultural heritage, both for future generations and for tourism.  

“I am proud to say that since the programme’s inception, Nigeria has received 10 Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation grants worth $1 million with projects spread across the country. This achievement shines a light on Nigeria’s historical and cultural heritage. It is also a symbol of the high regard in which the United States holds Nigerian culture,” he said. 

Also speaking, Director-General, National Commission for Museums and Monuments, Prof. Abba Issa Tijani, explained that the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation had been yielding great results in terms of capacity building, documentation and digitization of Nigeria’s rich cultural heritage. 

Contributing, the Executive Chairman, Trust for African Rock Art (TARA), David Coulson, said that the aim of the travelling exhibition was to engage communities living near the rock sites on the beauty of rock art as well as the perils it faced from both human and natural forces. 

A team from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria led by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Kabiru Bala, attended the Lagos event. Others on the ABU delegation were the Head of Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies, Prof. Clement Bakinde; Deputy Director, Institute for Development Research and Training (IDR&T), Dr. Abubakar Sule and Dr. Terry Little of the Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies.  

 

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Public Affairs Directorate,

Office of the Vice-Chancellor,

Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria

Thursday, 14th July, 2022