The Museum of Black Civilisations, first thought of fifty years ago by the poet, politician and thinker Léopold Sédar Senghor, opened in Dakar, Senegal, in 2018. Its director, Hamady Bocoum, is coming to Culturgest for the international conference Oral Memories of Africans and Afrodescendants in Portugal, promoted by the School of Arts and Humanities of Lisbon University. In UNESCO’s year of indigenous languages, Bocoum will speak about the museum and its exhibitions dedicated to ancient writings, orality and the masks of African cultures.
Hamady Bocoum is a trained archaeologist, the ex-director of IFAN Cheik Anta Diop and the author of several books and scientific publications. He was Director of Cultural Heritage of Senegal, and served as an expert on the UNESCO World Heritage Committee and the Global Fund for African Heritage. He prepared the applications for World Heritage of three cultural landscapes in Senegal: the Megaliths of Senegambia, the Saloum Delta and the Bassari Country.