‘This is what I Have Always Wanted’-Okeke Agulu

By Toyin Akinosho

Chika Okeke-Agulu has always been concerned about the quality of the written conversation around contemporary visual art practice in Nigeria.

There are no searching reviews about the fine arts the way there are about literature, he has often told his close friends. He was willing to be of help, he had often lamented, but no one has invited him.

This is the all important reason why he is looking forward to the one-week Art writing master class he is to conduct in Lagos from October 30, 2018. Okeke-Agulu will be teaching the TSA Art Writing Master class. He is flying into the country from Princeton University in the United Sates, specifically for the course

“I am very much looking forward to it. Not just to this one occasion, but to the possibilities of the initiative. It is as if someone overhead our discussion that day on the road to Umuoji”, he wrote in an emailed message to this writer, referencing a conversation we had the last time he visited Nigeria.


Okeke-Agulu is Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Art & Archaeology at Princeton, the very Ivy League University in the United States. He specializes in classical, modern, and contemporary African and African Diaspora art history and theory. He previously taught at The Pennsylvania State University, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and Yaba College of Technology, Lagos.

“So, yes, Bukola Oyebode who runs TSA invited me to lead this inaugural workshop, and I could not say no. I just had to find a space for it, despite my crazy fall calendar”.


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