A book set to address the stories told by scholars about African cultural experiences and soft power has been released.
The electronic version was released in September while the hard copies of the book are expected to be released by November 2022.
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The Project Media Liaison, Olusola John, said the seminal work titled Re-centering Cultural Performance and Orange Economy in Post-colonial Africa” which focuses on policy, soft power and sustainability was released by Palgrave Macmillan.
The project was coordinated by scholars of African descent based in Canada and Nigeria: Dr Taiwo Afolabi, Dr Olusola Ogunnubi, and Dr Shedrach Teryila Ukuma.
“The project began two years ago as a result of the activities of the lead editor, Dr Taiwo Afolabi, at Theatre Emissary International (TEMi) Research Hub in Nigeria in over a dozen countries across four continents, and recently at the Centre for Socially Engaged Theatre (C-SET) at the University of Regina, Canada. As the Canada Research Chair in Socially Engaged Theatre, Dr Afolabi’s impetus for initiating the compilation was to strengthen the cultural sector, performances and creative industries,” Olusola John said in the statement.
Dr Cynthia Schneider, the former US Ambassador to the Netherlands, Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy and Co-Director of The Laboratory of Global Performance and Politics at Georgetown University, and Co-Director of The Timbuktu Renaissance, a contributor to the volume, was quoted in the statement to have noted that “The Table of Contents looks fantastic. I’m especially interested in your article, and the others on Nollywood, including – what a creative idea- the article on in-flight entertainment.”
The book covers areas such as culture and policy, creative practice, soft power and diplomacy, cultural performance, and sustainability.
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