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dr ohioma pogosonDr Ohioma Ifounu Pogoson is an Associate Professor at the Institue of African Studies, University of Ibadan where he teaches postgraduate courses in African Art and Tourism. He attended Government College, Ughelli (1968 - 1972). He joined the staff of the Institute in 1985 as a Junior Research Fellow, and received his PhD from the Institue in 1990. In 1997, with Jeff Wall, one of this century's greatest artist-photographers as Juror, Dr Pogoson was selected for the prestigious Fellowship of the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany, where he undertook a six-month study of the social history of Benin art after one hundred years in Germany. He was a team member (2002-2004) of the College and University Affiliations Programme (CUAP) of the United States State Departement Grant No. ASJY 1333 on "Enhancing Curricula and Research with Minority Cultures". This grant enabled him to visit the United States annually to teach and examine African Studies-based curricula in Southern Illinois University, Edwardville. In 2006 he won a MacArthur Foundation grant that enabled him to carry out comparative studies of Anglophone and Francophone museums across West Africa and in Britain, especially in Cambridge University.

He is well published, travelled, and has collaborated with scholars from Nigeria, the US and the UK. He has curated exhibitions of African arts from Nigeria in the United States. Dr Pogoson continues to write and conduct research into the visual arts of Nigeria, with a recent interest in the art history of northern Edoland. He is Honorary Curator of the Museum of the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan, in which capacity he has curated over ten major contemporary art exhibitions in the last few years. In 2012/13, he was Visiting Fellow at the Centre of African Studies, University of Cambridge. During this period he also worked on the Northcote Thomas collection of Northern Edo art at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology at Cambridge.

He was appointed Acting Director of the Institute in August 2016.