Africa House advisory board is made up of world-class distinguished individuals and personalities from Africa and the Diaspora. We warmly introduce you to our advisory board.
International Advisory Board
Dr. Nkiru Nzegwu, Professor of Africana Studies (Chair) & Philosophy, Interpretation and Culture, founder of a major educational portal on Africa, AfricaResource.com, and Emmy award winning producer
Dr. Nkiru Nzegwu, philosopher, art historian and the current chair of Africana Studies Department has taught for over ten years at State University of New York at Binghamton. Professor Nkiru Nzegwu introduced first-ever courses at Binghamton University such as Philosophy of Orisha Worship, Hip-Hop I and Hip-Hop II. Among Dr. Nzegwu's areas of expertise are African aesthetics, philosophy, African feminist issues, multicultural studies in art, and digital publishing. She had managed Onira Arts Africa gallery in Ottawa, Canada, and had been a producer for a very popular radio program, Voice of Nigeria. She has received numerous major research fellowships and grant including the Senior Humanities Fellowship of the Institute for the Study of Gender in Africa at UCLA; The Getty Senior Research Grant; the Cornell University Society For The Humanities Fellowship; SUNY Research Foundation Fellowship and Project Grant; the Smithsonian Institution Postdoctoral Fellowship; University of Ottawa Merit Graduate Scholarship, and the Nigerian Federal Government Scholarship. She is author of Family Matters: Feminist Concepts in African Philosophy of Culture (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2006), and the editor of both Contemporary Textures: Multidimensionality in Nigerian Art, (Binghamton: ISSA, 1999) and Issues in Contemporary African Art, (Binghamton: International Society for the Study of Africa [ISSA], 1998); editor-in-chief of Ijele: Art eJournal of the African World, editor of award-winning publications, West Africa Review, and JENdA: A Journal of Culture and African Women Studies, as well as author of numerous articles in academic journals and books. Nkiru was one of the executive producers of Nigerian Art - Kindred Spirits (1996), the Emmy award winning Smithsonian documentary. She is a member of a number of professional organizations. Nkiru Nzegwu often gives talks and workshops on gender issues, art and on publishing. She is on the board of International Consortium for Alternative Academic Publishing [ICAAP].
Chinwe Uwatse, General Manger of Bang and Olufsen (Nigeria) and Artist
Chinwe Uwatse is a painter. She works full-time as the general manager of Bang and Olufsen, Nigeria Limited. Despite her heavy administrative schedule, extensive social commitments and diverse professional obligations, she has worked very hard to maintain her profile as an artist. Living in Nigeria, Chinwe Uwatse's central objective is to assist in the preservation of the female ethos in uli design forms. To this end, she has worked with a number of artists to transfer the decorative ethos of these ancient forms and motifs into contemporary styles and usages. By this means, they have kept decorative element of uli very much in national focus. Chinwe Uwatse studied Fine Arts at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in painting. It was in Nsukka that she came in contact with such masters as Obiora Udechukwu, Chike Aniakor, Late Chike Amaefuna and El Anatsui, who were her lectures and have greatly influenced her. Upon graduating from Nsukka, Uwatse worked from 1982 to 1994 with the National Council of Arts and Culture as a visual arts officer, before going into self employment. She works mainly in oil on canvas, acrylic on board and water colour. In The Best is Yet to Come, Chinwe Uwatse offers samples of the range of works she has created in the past ten years. Since 1982, she has had five solo exhibitions and has been featured in numerous group exhibitions. Primarily a painter, Uwatse moves confidently between painting in acrylic and painting in watercolor. In the process, she has produced two very distinct painterly styles that have received critical review from her collectors. Her style is dictated by the technical qualities of her medium as well as by the formal elements of uli design. On the one hand, her acrylic paintings are bold colorful statements whose compositional style rests on a skilful blending of brushstrokes, uli logic of design, and sharp engaging colors. On the other hand, her watercolor paintings display a haunting luminosity and translucency. Uwatse's watercolors have been described as "demonstrating a lyrical and exquisitely ephemeral quality that hints at unseen energy fields and forces that influence the everyday realities of the material world, and are themselves modified by the thoughts and actions of this realm" (Maurice Bryant, Earthy Treasures Gallery, Ottawa, 1992).
Dr. Onyile Bassey Onyile, Associate Professor of Graphic Design & 2D Foundations
Onyile Bassey Onyile is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art at Georgia Southern University. He received his Ph.D from Binghamton University in 2004, and his dissertation title is Ekpu Oro: The Spirits of the Living Dead as an Expression of Oron World View, 1894-1940. He got his MFA from the University of Memphis in 1982. Dr. Onyile's research focuses on African Art, Colonial and Gender Studies. His recent publication, Ancestral Spirits Embodied in Ekpu Figurines of the Oron People was published in 2007 by Mellen Press. His past design portfolio and exhibition includes: American Corporate Identity/5 Program, Nigerway Chemical Ltd, Carver's Art Medieval Sculpture in Ivory, Bone and Horn, Jane Voorhees Zimmmerli Museum, Rutgers University, NJ, New Collages on Paper, Cinque Art Gallery, NYC, New York, Solo exhibition at Tate Galleries, London, England, Collages on Paper, Montclair State Collage, Upper Montclair, NJ, and Recent Collages, Mercer County College, Trenton, NJ.