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By Toyin Akinosho, in Lagos

The Nigerian art historian, Chika Okeke-Agulu, has been elected a fellow of the British Academy, the UK’s national academy for the humanities and social sciences.

He is one of the 85 Fellows elected in 2022 from around the world, including 52 UK Fellows, 29 Corresponding Fellows and four Honorary Fellows.

Founded in 1902, the academy has a Fellowship of “over 1,600 of the leading minds from the UK and overseas”, it says on its website.  Current Fellows include the classicist Professor Dame Mary Beard, the historian Professor Sir Simon Schama and philosopher Professor Baroness Onora O’Neill. Previous Fellows include Dame Frances Yates, Sir Winston Churchill, Seamus Heaney and Beatrice Webb.

Okeke-Agulu, is Professor of Art and Archaeology and African American Studies at Princeton University in New Jersey, United States of America. He is also the Director of Princeton’s Programme in African Studies.

He is the author, with Okwui Enwezor, of El Anatsui: The Reinvention of Sculpture (Damiani, 2022); African Artists: From 1882 to Now (Phaidon, 2021); Yusuf Grillo: Painting. Lagos. Life (Skira Editoire 2020); Obiora Udechukwu: Line, Image, Text (Skira Editore, 2017)Postcolonial Modernism: Art and Decolonization in Twentieth-Century Nigeria (Duke, 2015); and (with Okwui Enwezor)Contemporary African Art Since 1980 (Damiani, 2010). He is coeditor of Ezumeezu: Essays on Contemporary Art and Architecture, a festschrift in Honour of Demas Nwoko (Goldline & Jacobs, 2012); and Who Knows Tomorrow (König, 2010). In 2006, he edited the first ever issue of African Arts Dedicated to African Modernism, and his writings have appeared in African ArtsMeridians: Feminism, Race, InternationalismArtforum InternationalNew York TimesPackett, South Atlantic Quarterlyand October. He is co-editor of Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, writes for Huffington Post and maintains the blog Ọfọdunka.

The British Academy is such a distinguished league, that Oxford University has taken to several platforms to announce that “seven academics from the University”, are among the 85 elected in 2022, “ in recognition of their distinguished contribution to research”.

 The seven new Fellows from Oxford include Daniel Freeman, Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Department of Psychiatry; Simon Gilson, Agnelli-Serena Professor of Italian Studies at the Department of Medieval and Modern Languages; Ian Jewitt, Sir Roy Harrod Fellow in Economics at the Department of Economics; Sally Maitlis, Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Leadership at Saïd Business School; Hilary Owen, Senior Research Fellow in the Sub-Faculty of Portuguese at the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages; David Willis, Jesus Professor of Celtic at the Faculty of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics and the English Faculty; and Mark Wynn, Nolloth Professor of the Philosophy of the Christian Religion, Faculty of Theology and Religion 

OKEKE- AGULU’S ELECTION AS BRITISH ACADEMY FELLOW comes barely a month after he was confirmed as the Slade Professor of Fine Art for 2022/23. The UCL Slade School of Fine Art (informally The Slade) is the art school of University College London (UCL). It has been ranked as the UK’s top art and design educational institution. The school is organised as a department of UCL’s Faculty of Arts and Humanities. Every year since 1869, Oxford University’s Department of History of Art plays host to the Slade Professor of Fine Art, “who is always a figure of international standing in the study of the visual arts”, the Department notes on its website.  

To put the fellowship and the Slade lectureship in context, it wasn’t that long ago, that the Nigerian intellectual elite graded an artist as significant for no more profound reason than that s/he was educated at The Slade. Ben Enwonwu, one of the country’s most revered artists, graduated top class at The Slade.

Now 32 years after graduation from the University of Nigeria Nsukka, Okeke-Agulu is that “figure of international standing in the study of the visual arts”, who is both elected a Fellow of the British Academy and chosen -for his academic distinction – to give an eight-part series of lectures focused on art historical topics, at The Slade.

 

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