The Pan-African Heritage World (PAHW) Museum has inaugurated its 13-member curatorial board. Executive Chairman of the Museum project, Honorable Kojo Yankah, who performed the virtual inauguration on 6th December, emphasized that it was necessary for the Museum to be guided and advised by experienced persons in the museum space to attain high international standards.
The responsibilities of the board include advising on the collections for the museum, preservation, archiving, conservation, recruitment, training and capacity building for museum staff, as well as guide the Executive Council on all matters related to restitution, sovereignty and relations with other museums.
The curatorial board is comprised of distinguished scholars and curators across the world including Professor Molefi Kete Asante, Chair of the Department of Africology and African American Studies, Temple University, USA, as Chairman; Dr Babacar MBow, Consulting Curator, Senegal/USA, Dr Ali Moussa Iye, retired UNESCO Director from Djibouti, June Givanni of June Givanni Pan African Cinema Archive, UK, Onyekachi Wambu, CEO of AFFORD, UK, Senator Patricia Bovey of Canada, Imruh Bakari, Film maker from St. Kitts/UK, Dr Ibrahima Seck of the University Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar, Dr Runoko Rashid, historian and public lecturer, USA, Dr Jones Kyazze, former UNESCO Museum curator from Uganda, Nii Kwate Owoo, award-winning film maker and Dr Pashington Obeng, African Studies Scholar from Ghana.
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The Board was reminded that the PAHW Museum located at Pomadze Hills in Ghana, is a ‘unique complex’ which includes a Garden of Sculptures of African Heroes, the Palace of African Kingdoms to replicate all African Kingdoms, ancient and modern, and a Herbal Plant Farm, with chalets, to curate all Herbal Plants from the Pan African world.
“It is different from other museums” said Honorable Yankah, “because it is impactful, educational, spiritual, experiential and inspirational, telling the history, culture, ideals and the untold achievements and inventions of Africans”.
Members of the Board, in turn, expressed their joy in being part of ‘this historic project’ coming up in Ghana. Consulting curator Babacar MBow announced that the Board will get busy in building the digital version of the Museum online before June 2021.
The first annual conference of the Pan African Heritage World Museum will be held in Accra, Ghana in July 2021, under the theme “Bridging the Gap among Africans through Scholarship, Culture, Entrepreneurship and Technology”.
The Pan African Heritage World Museum project has received endorsements from the African Union Commission (AU), Government of Ghana (GOG), Association of African Universities (AAU), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), among others.
The Pan African Heritage World Museum is an international non-governmental organization which seeks to create an environment for people of African descent and all others to discover and experience the true history of the Origins of Humanity, the Development of Cultures and the Great Civilizations of the Nile Valley up to the Present that influenced the past, informs the present and will shape the future, serving as an inspiration for generations to come.
For more information, visit www.pahw.org.