Former UNN Don Elected Into US Academy Of Arts

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By KayCee May 21, 2014 22:19

Prof El Anatsui, a former Head of Department of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), have been elected into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a statement said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the academy is one of America’s most prestigious honorary societies. The statement was signed by Mrs Therese Nweke, the Head of Media and Communications, Anatsui Art Initiative.

According to the statement, Anatsui, a Ghanaian, was elected in April and besides Anatsui, Kenyan novelist and English comparative Literature scholar, Ngugi wa Thiong’o is the only other African member of the academy.

It quoted the academy’s President Christopher Le Brun as saying: “This appointment (is) reserved for artists of distinguished reputation, which marks the respect and admiration felt by the members of the academy for your outstanding services to the Arts.’’

Anatsui who has lived and worked in Nigeria since 1975 had also won various honours and prizes in Italy, Japan, Germany, U.S., the Netherlands and Ghana.

He had also won one of Britain’s most significant art prizes, The Charles Wollaston Award, conferred by the Royal Academy of Arts. (NAN)

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KayCee
By KayCee May 21, 2014 22:19