The Center for Memories is a repository of the history and culture of Ndigbo, informing and empowering leaders to serve with excellence and integrity.
To be the leading hub for Igbo history, culture, and excellence.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This will provide a rest and refreshment spot for visitors. It would serve as another income generating source.
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.
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.