The third edition of The Ben Enwonwu Foundation’s Point of View, which held at the Alliance Française/Mike Adenuga Centre on Friday, November 22, 2019 was indeed an intriguing event as it addressed key issues, trends and challenges in Nigeria’s cultural tourism sector. Titled, “Museums, Tourism and Urban Development”, the event saw an array of guests including art lovers, enthusiasts, teachers, lecturers, architects, virtual reality start-ups and entrepreneurs.
The event began with welcome remarks by the Executive Director of The Ben Enwonwu Foundation, Oliver Enwonwu. It featured 3 presentations and a panel session. Leading the presentations was Jess Castellote, Director, Yemisi Shyllon Museum of Art, who spoke in detail about the museum’s relevance to the Nigerian society.
Seun Oduwole, Principal Architect at SI.SA, presented “The J.K Randle Centre for Yoruba History and Culture, Pool and Arcade: A Case for Tourism and Destination Marketing”. He spoke at length about the work that he and several colleagues were doing with the Lagos State government to revive the centre, in bringing back Yoruba history and culture for both the young and old to experience.
Also speaking at the event was Jumoke Adenowo, the Principal Partner of AD Consulting. She delivered a passionate presentation themed “Elements of an African Museum”, immediately followed by a panel session themed “The Cultural Tourism Sector: Funding, Visitor Experience and Technology”. Featuring on the panel were Tosin Oshinowo, Director cmDesign Atelier; Omotayo Adebayo, Curator National Museum Lagos; and Seun Oduwole.
The event ended with a presentation by Rendered by X titled “Virtual Reality and the Future of the Museum”. CEO, Michael Dakova-Vaughan educated the audience on the impact of virtual reality on art and how Nigerian museums like their international colleagues can attract more visitors by using this tool to appeal to their target audience.
‘Point of View’ ended on a note of appreciation with closing remarks by Oliver Enwonwu, Executive Director of The Ben Enwonwu Foundation. He thanked the sponsors and partners of the event; Alliance Française/Mike Adenuga Centre, The Society of Nigerian Artists, Business Day, Hundids, Connect Nigeria, The Sole Adventurer, Ono Bello, WildFlower PR, Outsource Nigeria, Omenka and Red Door Gallery.