UNILAG Art Historian Emerges 1st African President of ACASA

Professor Peju Layiwola of the Department of Creative Arts has emerged the 21st President of the Arts Council of the African Studies Association (ACASA) 2021.

According to a report on Wednesday June 30, 2021, Prof Layiwola was elected at the close of the virtual triennial of the Council, which was held from June 16 to 20, 2021.

“She assumed the position as the first African scholar since the first gathering of the Association in 1968 and its official founding in 1980,” the report said.

The Professor of Art and Art History was honoured with the 2021 Lagos Studies Association (LSA) Distinguished Scholar Award.

The award was formally presented to her at the closing ceremony of the LSA virtual conference on Saturday, June 26, 2021.

Previous recipients of the award include Kristin Mann, Ayodeji Olukoju and Jonathan Haynes.

“Professor Peju Layiwola’s research interests position the ‘ordinary’ within complicated historical and socio-cultural contexts, uncovering the inherent richness and density of everyday traditions,” the report stated.

They highlighted how the threads of daily customs feed into an overall tapestry of empathetically considering one’s history and identity.

“University community, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, FAS, congratulates Professor Peju Layiwola on her achievements,” the report added.

The Arts Council of the African Studies Association is an international scholarly body which promotes greater understanding of African material and expressive culture in all its many forms, and encourages contact and collaboration with African and Diaspora artists and scholars.

The Lagos Studies Association is an international, interdisciplinary organisation of academic and non-academic practitioners whose interest focus on Lagos and its peoples.

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