lectures and talks

The 90% 
SOAS, University of London, London, England

January 30, 2019

As The Curator's Handbook says, curation is 10% creative and 90% admin. In this session, writer and arts curator Ifeanyi Awachie breaks myths, taking you on a behind-the-scenes tour of what life is really like for an interdisciplinary arts curator. A creative entrepreneur also working full-time in an arts institution, Ifeanyi touches on key projects she's worked on in the past year (from a five-day black feminist convening to a last-minute Q&A with a Sundance-approved filmmaker); offers tips on running your own platforms while working for pay (yoga is key); and shares practical exercises to help you craft your own creative path (like deconstructing the cover letter that got her her current job). Come for a talk on the true nature of curatorial practice - 10% glamour, 90% hard work and 100% stimulating.

The Présence Africaine in Contemporary Screen Media
SOAS, University of London, London, England

December 13, 2017

Ifeanyi Awachie delivers a guest lecture based on her dissertation research to "The Story of African Film" and "African Filmmaking: 1960s to the Present," undergraduate and postgraduate classes taught by Dr. Lindiwe Dovey, Chair of the Centre for Media and Film Studies. Tracking the présence africaine, a concept articulated by Stuart Hall in his essay "Cultural Identity and Diaspora," in contemporary TV, web series, and film, the lecture posited new ways of theorizing diasporic African identity and conceptualizing and analyzing African film. The curated lecture interwove collectively shaped viewing experiences, music, and positionality.



Cultura e Diversidade, Feira Preta
Praça das Artes, São Paulo, BR
November 19, 2018

Alongside Jude Kelly of Women of the World Festival, Ifeanyi Awachie discusses the importance of diverse curatorial voices at the largest Afro-Brazilian event in Latin America.

Co/producing feminist knowledge: a critical exchange
Tate Modern, London, UK
June 16, 2018

Ifeanyi Awachie presents her work at Co/producing Feminist Knowledge, a panel taking conflicts between feminists as a starting point to explore how feminist activists, artists and academics might come together to collectively produce feminist knowledge and protest. The discussion examines whose feminist knowledge counts, who can speak for whom and how feminist activists and artists might build solidarity despite the very real conflicts between them.

Narratives of Hope? Curating Africa in the European Context
University of Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands
May 8, 2017

North South Lines hosts Ifeanyi Awachie at its first event, “Narratives of Hope? Curating Africa in the European Context,” a panel reflecting on how (Southern) African history and culture has been framed in recent European exhibitions (for example: Magisch Afrika, 2014, Design Africa 2015-2016, Afrika 010, 2016, Art of a nation, 2016-2017, Goede Hoop 2017) in the Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe, and how this reflects the changing discourse between Europe and Africa.

Emerging Social Entrepreneurs and Cultural Brokers, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair
Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, NY
May 7, 2016

Exploring the changing dynamics and growing interest in contemporary art and cultures of Africa and African Diaspora, this panel spotlights an upcoming generation of African social entrepreneurs who are seizing the opportunity to mobilize new platforms of discussion. With discussants Ifeanyi Awachie (Curator of Africa Salon: Yale University’s contemporary African arts and culture festival); Shimite Obialo (lawyer and Founder of the digital platform Anoko); Sharon Obuobi (Founder of Art Accra); and Amy Sall (Founder and Editor-In-Chief of SUNU Journal of African Affairs, Critical Thought + Aesthetics). Moderated by Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi.



4th Learning and Teaching Conference
SOAS, University of London, London, England
June 9, 2017

With Dr. Lindiwe Dovey and India Banks, Ifeanyi Awachie presents a framework for incorporating positionality and lived experience into SOAS classrooms.

From the abstract:

The framework intends to open awareness of positionality in relation to a subject matter and designate time for students to vocalise emotional responses to the material should they arise. We are of the opinion that no creator of knowledge, academic, creative or otherwise, is completely neutral in terms of the lens through which they generate material. Equally, within the university environment, every student should feel able to engage with, and express a response to class material. Therefore, this proposal intends to engage respectful awareness around potential sensitivities that may arise, thus aiming to open a space for constructive and considerate dialogue between peers in the hope to reduce microaggressions that could make the classroom environment feel unsafe in any way. It also intends to encourage students to critically engage with positionalities in their selection and use of theory.

Cali, Colombia
May 17—20, 2017

Ifeanyi Awachie participates in the second meeting of AfroInnova, a Colombia-based transnational expert working group for the development of the African Diaspora. AfroInnova is headed by former Minister of Culture and Ifeanyi's collaborator Paula Moreno and her organization, Manos Visibles.

From Manos Visibles:

With the support of the Spanish Cooperation, AfroInnova seeks the creation of strategic connections between organizations and innovative leaders of the African diaspora, within the framework of the UN decade for Afrodescendants 2015-2024. Since 2015, AfroInnova has carried out a process of mapping, analysis and reflection of the dynamic action of the African diaspora in the world, offering other mechanisms to strengthen the links and relations of power to rethink new forms of influence in the decade of Afro-descendants. For this reason, AfroInnova has convened a group of leaders and organizations with a specific trajectory and set of measures, who are interested in the processes of empowerment of Africa and its diasporas at the global level. At the end, what interests AfroInnova is the promotion of an international afrodiasporic power based on the recovery of the diaspora and their contributions to streamline structural changes through strategic connections.

Cartagena, Colombia
November 29—December 5, 2016

Ifeanyi Awachie participates in the first meeting of AfroInnova, a Colombia-based transnational expert working group for the development of the African Diaspora. AfroInnova is headed by former Minister of Culture and Ifeanyi's collaborator Paula Moreno and her organization, Manos Visibles.




Selected appearances

Poetry Is Not a Luxury
With Momtaza MehriBelinda Zhawi, and others 
SOAS, University of London, London, England
September 28, 2017

The Poetry Institute: A Night of Poetry in Response to Black Lives Matter Issues
With Antoinette Brim, Maya Osborne, and others
Institute Library, New Haven, CT
February 18, 2016

Zannette Lewis Environmental and Social Justice Community Poetry Open Mic
Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, New Haven, CT
January 18, 2016

José Oyola and the Astronauts Hologram Release Show
College Street Music Hall, New Haven, CT
November 7, 2015

Arresting Patterns Conference: Perspectives on Race, Criminal Justice, Artistic Expression, and Community
With Titus Kaphar, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Aaron Jafferis, and others
Artspace, New Haven, CT
September 13, 2015



WNHH Community Radio
April 28, 2016

Artist, writer, activist, and Africa Salon curator Ifeanyi Awachie comes on the show to talk about African art and music, and her Literary Happy Hour program.

Chicken and Jollof Rice Show - “Immi-great”
March 19, 2016

This week, we're joined by a special guest! The creator of Africa Salon at Yale University, a dancer, a poet and a writer at okayafrica who included Chicken & Jollof Rice Show on her list of 6 African podcasts you should be listening to right now, Ifeanyi Awachie joins the show! We discuss:

- Our origin stories, but this time from the perspective of immigrating to the U.S.
- The unique logistical challenges that Africans faced in trying to get into the country
- The feelings that broken families experience due to the process
- The inability for many immigrants to work in their field of study
- The public transportation nightmare in Washington, DC, and much more!

Where We Live - Nigeria: Stories From the Coast of West Africa
January 12, 2016

This hour, we feature stories and sounds from the West African country of Nigeria. 

First, WSHU reporter Ebong Udoma checks in from Abuja, Nigeria, where he's helped launch a brand new multimedia project called Gotel Africa. When completed, Gotel Africa will become the continent's first-ever pan-African news service. We learn more about it. 

We also talk to a local author and photographer whose new book, Summer in Igboland, paints an intimate portrait of Nigerian life and identity. And later, Afropop Worldwide’s Banning Eyre tells us about the vibrant music scene in Lagos, Nigeria.


Ebong Udoma - WSHU's Connecticut State Capitol reporter; he is currently working on a new multimedia project called Gotel Africa
Ifeanyi Awachie - Curator of Yale's Africa Salon; author and photographer behind the new book Summer in Igboland
Banning Eyre - Senior editor and producer of Afropop Worldwide