In the modest but peace-loving village of Umuzura, everyone enjoys the fruits of their colourful culture and ample agriculture. Who would start worrying about any prophecy that their happy lives and freedom is doomed to some disaster – even if it wasn’t the village parrot that said so?
This illustrated presentation will explore how the image of the Black African woman was replaced in Western European Art and her journey back to centre stage, beginning with how the image of Queen of Sheba and other Black African women have been removed from canonical western art.
“It’s a fitting legacy to an ordinary man, who will no doubt leave an extraordinary legacy,” Yinka Shonibare said. “We have to honour him with this small event and hopefully, if people can learn about history, and the mistakes of history, they won’t repeat them.”
“When I saw my British passport, it was like Willy Wonka’s golden ticket. It was amazing, a very special privilege to be a citizen of this country. Many people use citizenship as an international travel document, but to me it was much more than that. I think of this country with affection, feeling, loyalty. Its values make it special.”
In addition to encouraging the arts and architecture, he also funded literature and built schools, libraries and mosques. Timbuktu soon became a centre of education and people travelled from around the world to study at what would become the Sankore University.
For many immigrant groups, lack of trust in authority is something they actually bring from the countries they come from,” the minister said.
Revolutionary for the time, 3 Nigerian Queens speak about the Meghan Markle/Harry Windsor interview with Oprah Winfrey.