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The Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilization (CBAAC) was established by Decree 69 of 1979 following the successful and epoch-making hosting of the 2nd World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC ’77).  The Centre houses all the materials which constitute the core collections and those artifacts and rare cultural items that were used during FESTAC ’77.  The decision to handover these materials to Nigeria was to reinforce and build upon the gains of the historic Festival.



It was in fact in fulfillment of Nigeria’s pledge to keep the materials in trust for the 59 Black and African countries and communities which participated in the Festival that gave impetus for the establishment of the Centre. 

To achieve its set goals, the Centre holds seminars, workshops, public lectures, exhibitions and symposia.  The Centre engages in other activities which project the overall image of Black and African Peoples and enable their cultures to be appreciated globally.  Through its numerous programmes, the Centre has continued to contribute to the pool of universal knowledge on Black and African Peoples. 

Statutorily, the Centre is charged with the responsibility of promoting and propagating Black and African Cultural Heritage in its totality.  The Centre has a strategic mandate and plays a key role in making Nigeria the arrowhead in the presentation, promotion and propagation of African cultural heritage. 


To be the foremost agency to encourage, initiate, facilitate and coordinate the retrieval and restoration of the natural and cultural heritage of the Black and African peoples for the purposes of protecting, preserving and projecting them for enhanced understanding and appreciation. 


To promote public interest, understanding and appreciation of Black and African Arts and Culture with a view to emphasizing the contributions of Black and African peoples to world civilization. 


The functions of the Centre are clearly spelt out in section 4 of Decree No.69 of 1979 establishing the Centre as follows: 

The Centre shall be a multi-disciplinary institution and shall, subject to this Decree, have responsibility for the promotion of public interest in Black and Africans Arts and Civilization and for the preservation of such creative works of value:

(a)        of each participating country during the Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Cultures 1977 (hereinafter in this Decree referred to as “the 1997 festival”) or similar cultural manifestations; or 

(b)        of any other country or individual where such creative work has emanated from or pertains to the 1977 Festival or similar cultural manifestations, donated to the Centre either directly or through the International Festival Committee of the 1977 Festival or hereafter donated to the Centre by any person or organization. 

In pursuance of subsection (1) of this section, it shall be the duty of the Centre. 

(a)        to locate, identify and assemble for better preservation all recorded matter, published materials and museum artifacts relating to the 1977 Festival and to prepare an inventory of these works; 

(b)        to promote understanding and appreciation of Black and African arts and cultures by involving the general public in its activities through lectures, discussions, symposia, exhibitions, performances and demonstrations of arts and crafts; 

(c)        to acquire from zonal secretaries of the 1977 Festival/and any other sources, creative records relating to past and future world, regional or national festivals of arts and culture of relevance to Black and African arts and civilization; 

(d)        to produce guides, catalogues, bibliographies, abstracts and indices to facilitate the use of the materials preserved at the Centre; 

(e)        to make the facilities of the Centre available to members of the public on such terms as the Board may, with the approval of the commissioner, determine; 

(f)         to organize exhibitions, displays and such other manifestations as are calculated to achieve the objectives of the Centre; 

(g)        to make appropriate arrangements for the exchange either by way of lending or gift of materials held at the Centre; 

(h)        to supplement the materials held at the Centre by acquiring copies of materials relating to past and future, world, regional or national festivals of arts and cultures of relevance to Black and African Arts and Civilization; 

(i)         to safeguard the property of the Centre; and\ 

(j)         to provide such services as are usually provided by cultural resources Centres. 


To achieve its statutory responsibilities, the Centre undertakes the following activities and programmes on a regular basis: 

(a)                Research

(b)               Publications

(c)                Conferences

(d)               Workshops

(e)                Exhibitions

(f)                 Public Lectures

(g)                Symposia

(h)                Library Service

(i)                  Archival services


    Professor Gabriel Olatunde Babawale