LAGOS: FORMER United States Ambassador, Robin Sanders, pledged her support to Nigerian women committed to preserve the endangered practice of uli.
As part of initiatives to preserve the culture, she discussed her book, “The Legendary Uli Women of Nigeria” with Johnnetta Betsch Cole, the director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art in the United States on Tuesday.
Following the discussion in the museum’s lecture hall, Sanders signed copies of her book at the event held in celebration of Black History Month.
Sanders discussed the role of culture in African sign and symbol systems important to human cultural communication. Her research highlighted the endangered practice, uli, and her field visits to Igbo villages with renowned uli activist, Krydz Ikwuemesi.
“I truly believe that in order to understand and appreciate someone or another nation, one has to begin to respect and learn about their culture or their system as everything is a system—and a perspective on life and the world we live in together,” said Sanders.
“The book launch at the National Museum of African Art will further salute the wonderful Nigerian women who work to keep this endangered cultural practice alive. I will continue to do my best to support them now and in the future.”
Uli is the name given to the traditional designs drawn by the Igbo people. The drawings are strongly linear and do not have deep perspective. Today the practice is kept alive by, among others, the artists of the Nsukka group, who have appropriated its designs and incorporated them into other media.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY