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L-R: President Catholic Artists and Entertainers Association of Nigeria, CAEAN, Lagos Archdiocese, Mary Edward, Actor, Mazi Emeka, Coordinator/ Media and Publicity, BSAM, Judith Ejiofor and National Director, BSAM Ikenna Nwani at the press conference for the convention/art exhibition, BSAM Afrofuturism 2.0, Lagos, Nigeria
The National Director, Black Speculative Arts Movement (BSAM), Emmanuel Ikenna Nwani, has announced the intention of the group to develop arts in Nigeria as they organize an international convention and arts exhibition in the country.
Giving this information to newsmen in Lagos Nwani said event which is a first of its kind, will hold on Saturday, August 3, 2019 by 10am at Preskon Hotel, Shonibare Estate, Kingsway Bus stop, Ikea, Lagos.
According to him: “BSAM is an international network of artists, curators, intellectuals and activists; a travelling art, comic and film conversion; black future, black lives, black politics.
“BSAM was coined by a visual artist, John Jennings. The movement drew upon the previous works of writers and thinkers like Renee Thomas, Nnedi Okorafor and Octavia Butler.
“BSAM is an umbrella that covers different points of engagement and sometimes overlap, like magical realism black science fiction, Afrofuturism, Sword and soul Afro-Surealism”, he said.
While explaining that speculative refers to the power of imagination first, to free people from oppression, Nwani said BSAM is the spiritual mother of Afrofuturism with roots in 19th century discourses around Antislavery revolutionary practices, science among others.
“We call it speculative because before you actually physically pursue freedom or build a better future, you have to imagine it first; it always starts with the imagination. The way you imagine freedom or a better future or life will start from imagination”, he said.
Speaking further, Nwani said Afrofuturism is a cultural aesthetic, philosophy of science, philosophy of history that explains the developing intersection of African diaspora culture with technology.
“Afrofuturism address themes and concerns of the African diaspora through techno-culture and science fiction. Afrofuturism 2.0, is the rise of Astro-blackness coined by Alondra Nelson and Dr. Reynaldo Anderson.
“Dr. Reynaldo Anderson is an associate professor of communication and chair of the humanities department at Harris-Stove State University in St. Louis Missouri, USA. He is an executive board member of the Mission Arts Council, and co-editor of the book, Afrofuturism 2.0.
“Afrofuturism 2,0 acknowledges its development as an emerging Pan-African social philosophy characterized by dimensions including metaphysics, aesthetics, theoretical and applied sciences, social sciences and programming. The Black Panther represents a mash-up of these dimensions in popular cinematic format”, he said.
lso speaking on the occasion, Judith Ejiofor, Panelist/Writer and Coordinator/ Media and Publicity, BSAM, said the impact of Black Speculative Arts Movement in the Nigeria Entertainment industry is that it will help to promote, develop and propogate movies, art and intellectual work of black people to the world.
Billed to grace the event are veteran acts, including Keppy Ekpeyong Bassey, Ngozi Nwaneto, Tony Akposheri, Anne Njemanze, Oge Okoye, Bella Njibigbo Chikere and a host of others.