Centre For Memories

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ABOUT

MISSION

The Center for Memories is a repository of the history and culture of Ndigbo, informing and empowering leaders to serve with excellence and integrity.

VISION

To be the leading hub for Igbo history, culture, and excellence.

Exhibitions

In addition to its permanent collections, the curators will introduce new exhibitions on a quarterly and semi-annual basis. These exhibitions will address a range of critical issues including, but not limited to:

  • The origin of Ndigbo and history of Ndigbo
  • Igbo contributions to Africa and the world
  • Lessons from Civil Society Movements led by Ndigbo
  • Ozoemena – May it Never Happen Again
  • Reviving the Lost Innovations & Technologies of Ndigbo

It is important to note that the unveiling of the exhibitions will the phased and the CFM will collaborate with museums, memory centers and artists from across the globe to design and implement world-class exhibitions. In addition, we will include photos, artifacts, and scripts, complete with audio, visual and interactive sections, which will inform, inspire and transform our visitors, ensuring that they share their experiences and keep coming back.

Social Innovation and Inventors Space

The Centre will include an open space with computers and round-tables for communities of social innovators to work together to discuss and solve some of the most pressing problems facing Ndigbo.

The Space will focus on specific themes per month and will invite experts to share key lessons and insights with members of the general public, especially our youth to kick-start innovations in these areas.

Topics for 2018 include – innovations in education & knowledge transfer, health, agriculture, water, sanitation, peace & security, ICT, transportation, power, housing and financing.

  • LIBRARY
    LIBRARY

    This library will include physical and digital books and publications on Igbo history, culture, achievements and advances. It will also include a collection of award winning books by Igbo writers from across the globe. This library will be open to visitors to the Centre.

  • MONTHLY MOVIE, DOCUMENTARY AND FILM SERIES
    MONTHLY MOVIE, DOCUMENTARY AND FILM SERIES

    On a monthly basis, the Centre will feature one movie, documentary or film about an issue related to Igbo history, memory, culture and the future. These series will be widely advertised and the producers, directors and actors will be invited to share their vision, message and experiences with the broader community.

  • MONTHLY BOOK READINGS
    MONTHLY BOOK READINGS

    The Centre will designate the book of the week, drawing from its library and its link with Igbo authors. It will invite the author or a distinguished personality to read excerpts from the book and encourage dialogue and discussion with visitors to the Centre.

  • CHILDRENS’ ACTIVITY CORNER
    CHILDRENS’ ACTIVITY CORNER

    This Corner will provide a learning play area for children either inside or outside the physical building, where children can engage in interactive exercises, online games and quizzes, online Igbo games or play with traditional toys, sports and games. The Centre will also organize one-week Igbo immersion camps for kids, with traditional Igbo language, dance, foods, folk tales, arts and crafts, and history being celebrated. This camp will be held three times a year during the Easter, Summer and Christmas break periods, and will target Igbos residing outside the East and in the Diaspora.

  • IGBO LANGUAGE LESSONS
    IGBO LANGUAGE LESSONS

    Overtime, the Centre will offer Igbo classes on a fee for service basis for groups or individuals to promote the Igbo language.

  • POETRY AND WRITING COMPETITIONS
    POETRY AND WRITING COMPETITIONS

    The Centre will collaborate with a range of partners including the Chris Okigbo Foundation, to organize annual Poetry and Writing Competitions focusing on specific themes each year.

  • ARTISANAL CORNER
    ARTISANAL CORNER

    Periodically, especially during peak visit periods such as March/April, August and December, the Centre will feature arts engaged in pottery, weaving, blacksmithing, wood carving and painting to demonstrate the best of Igbo culture. Products created in the Centre will be available for personalization and purchase at a fee, with a pre-determined profit sharing agreement between the artists and the Centre.

FELLOWSHIPS

The Centre will offer room and board for an Artist and Historian in Residence, selected annually through a transparent and competitive process. The Centre will work with leading universities abroad to structure this programme to ensure that is mutually beneficial and will appoint advisors to support the design implementation and oversight process.

  • Artist in residence

    This individual will spend 4-6 months studying Igbo art with the aim of presenting the results of his/her work to the Centre and the general public, as well as positively influencing the Centre.

  • Historian in residence

    This individual will spend 4-6 months studying Igbo History with the aim of presenting the results of his/her work to the Centre and the general public, as well as positively influencing the Centre.

WALL/TREE OF MEMORIES

Visitors to the Centre will have the unique opportunity to engage in building and leaving memories behind by contributing to the Memory Wall and Tree, either by typing in their memories into the Digital Memory Computer or writing on a wall.

ONLINE – NDIGBOPEDIA

Ndigbo and friends of Ndigbo from across the globe will be invited to share their memories, photos, and videos on the CFM website via a format similar to the Wiki approach. An administrator will vet these contributions and publish those that are rooted in facts and history.

GIFT SHOP

This will include books and souvenirs that would help advertise the Centre as well as spark debate about reconciliation, integration, and Nigeria today. It will also feature products created in the Artisanal Corner.

CAFÉ

This will provide a rest and refreshment spot for visitors. It would serve as another income generating source.

GARDEN

This would be an eco-friendly garden that would allow for visitors to grieve and reflect on the memories. This would include benches, sculptures with engravements, fountains, and many trees.

TOURS

The Centre will offer both virtual and in-person tours. For the in-person tours, there will be various tour guides that would speak a number of different languages, including but not limited to: English, Pidgin English, and Igbo.

Choose a day for your visit: