Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?
I decided to pursue a doctoral degree to become a full-time academic, teaching and writing on the art and museum history of Africa. My decision is also influenced by my interest in dedicating my career to providing visibility for African art both in Africa and abroad and mentoring a new generation of intellectuals.
Why did you decide to study at UBC?
I chose UBC because the institution is one of the best universities in Canada with large research resources. The educational programmes and exhibitions of the Museum of Anthropology (MOA) also motivated my interest. Finally and most importantly, the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory has brilliant faculties who are knowledgeable in my field of study.
What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?
Professors with adequate research and experience in museum and curatorial studies, as well as, African art.
What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?
UBC's library resources and the consistent acknowledgement of the landowners.
What aspect of your graduate program do you enjoy the most or are looking forward to with the greatest curiosity?
I enjoyed the seminar courses the most in my first year because of the participative interactions.
What do you see as your biggest challenge(s) in your future career?
Being able to blend enough to enjoy small talks.
What aspects of your life or career before now have best prepared you for your UBC graduate program?
My master's degree at the University of Lagos, Nigeria.
What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?
Outdoor activities such as hiking and cycling.
What advice do you have for new graduate students?
Be open-minded to embrace the new academic culture regardless of your background.