10th University of Ibadan Convocation Exhibition and Inauguration of the Cornelius Adepegba Museum of African Art (CAMAA) at IAS-UI

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On the 1st of November 2018, the annual Convocation Exhibition of the University of Ibadan kicked off at the Cornelius Adepegba Museum of African Art (CAMAA) of our Institute. The opening ceremony of this tenth edition of the Convocation Exhibition coincided with the formal renaming of our Institute’s Museum after late Prof Cornelius Adepegba, the first Honorary Curator of the IAS Museum and a former IAS Director.

It was a day packed full with activities. The Convocation Exhibition, themed Contesting the Past, features the works of world-renowned art photographer, Uche James Iroha. A bust of Prof Adepegba by Sankay Adekoya was also unveiled inside CAMAA to mark the renaming of our Museum, and two sculptures, each of which was created by artists Martins Aibangbe and Adeola Balogun, were in addition unveiled in the garden in the west wing of our Institute’s premises. Aibangbe’s sculpture, named ‘Resilience’, is a scrap metal statue of Afrobeat maestro, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti while Balogun’s mixed-media sculpture is a conceptual monument titled ‘Blossoming’. Together, both works are worth about N15 million, and were donated gratis to the Institute by the artists.

Welcoming guests to the events of the day, IAS Director, Dr I.A. Jimoh, noted the significance of the contributions of late Prof Adepegba to the study and teaching of African Art History, and remarked as well on the significance of renaming the IAS Museum in his honour. Prof O.I. Pogoson, who is Honorary Curator of CAMAA, recalled the personal relationship he had with Prof Adepegba who was his mentor and PhD supervisor. He thanked the University’s Governing Council for approving our Institute’s request to have the Museum renamed after Prof Adepegba, and also thanked the Adepegba family for their contributions towards making the event a success. The Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Prof Kayode Adebowale, who represented the Vice Chancellor at the events of the day, expressed the University’s gratitude to IAS for making the Art Exhibition one of the major activities in the timetable of the annual Convocation and Founder’s Day ceremony of the University. He appreciated the initiative of IAS in honouring Prof Adepegba, commenting that other departments and units of the University should emulate the gesture. He also expressed the University’s gratitude to Uche James Iroha for accepting to have his works mounted for the Exhibition, and to Martins Aibangbe and Adeola Balogun for the benefaction of donating their artworks to beautify the surrounds of our Institute.

Dignitaries at the occasion included the Executive Governor of Ondo State, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), who was Chairman of the occasion, and two hightly respected traditional monarchs, Oba Adeleke Idowu Basibo, the Alaperu of Iperu, and Oba Adewale Osiberu, the Elepe of Epe. Dr Abimbola Olagunju was also on hand to officiate in the unveiling of the artworks, with Dr Wale Okediran gracing the occasion as well.

The opening of an exhibition of Aso-oke and Adire fabrics was another highlight of the day, and the Alajota Dance Troupe led by Emmanuel Onibasa entertained guests with its performances.

The Convocation Exhibition runs till January 31, 2019. The general public is welcome to view the striking photography of Uche James Iroha on display at CAMAA.