International Women’s Rights Day marked by Breakfast Debate at the Institut français du Nigéria
On March 15th 2018, a lecture on the place of women on the Nigerian art scene was held at the Institut Français in Nigeria. The Ambassador of France, His Excellency Mr. Denys Gauer, opened the event.
Co-organised by the Embassy of France and the Institut français du Nigéria, in partnership with the Female Artists Association of Nigeria (FEAAN), this event marked the 2018 edition of International Women’s Rights Day.
Peju Layiwola, an artist and Professor of Art History at the University of Lagos, gave a keynote lecture titled “Women on the Nigerian Art Scene: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives”. For Professor Layiwola, while a number of pioneer female artists have succeeded in inserting themselves into history, documentation of their contributions has always been, and remains to this day, incomplete. There is, therefore, an urgent need to help women artists move “from the footnote to main text”.
Ms. Chinze Ojobo, representing the FEAAN, then took the floor to inform the audience about the challenges faced by women artists in Nigeria and possible solutions to improve women’s visibility on the art scene. Members of the public then made comments and asked the speakers questions. Exchanges between participants continued around a French breakfast.