PROJECT AFRICA’S Rich ARTS AND CULTURE
Story: KOFI YEBOAH, Ouagadougou
A Lecturer at the University of Abidjan, Prof Yacouba Konate, has challenged African journalists to project the continent’s rich arts and cultural heritage to the outside world.
He stressed the need for journalist to be well in -formed about Africa’s arts and culture through constant reading and research to enable them to properly to critique works of arts and culture.
Prof. Konate made the remark at a four day training for journalists from West African countries, which ended in Ouagadougou Burkina Faso last Thursday.
The training programme, which was on the theme, “Cultural information treatment”, was organized by the Regional Funds for the promotion of Co-operation and Cultural Exchanges in West Africa with the view of equipping journalist with the requisite skills of to critique works of arts and culture in the sub-region.
Prof. Konate observed that there were not too many newspapers and other media outlets, as well as journalists, in the sub-region that reported on arts and culture, noting that it was important to have critics who would subject the works of the industry to proper analysis.
He said journalists ought to have good understanding of arts and culture in other to report accurately and critically on them.
In that respect, Prof. Konate cited many authorities on arts like Kant, who held the view that art is not the representation of a beautiful thing but the beautiful representation of a thing”.
That definition of art by Kant, he said meant” a beautiful representation of the ugliness can be beautiful because it is artistic”.
Prof. Konate said to criticize was not to mock at all cost, but also and mostly, to reveal, bring to light or discover.
“So when the critic, that person that seeks comprehension, does not understand a work or an artist, he must be able to resist the temptation of transforming his discomfort into standard,” he remarked.
He expressed the hope that the training programme would impact positively on the reportage of the participants to address that challenge.
The Co-ordinator of the project, Madam Kadiatu Toure, urged the participants to build on the training they had acquired to promote the arts and culture in West Africa.
She urged them to collaborate through networking, adding that they should not allow differences in language to deter such collaboration so that even after the end of the project, the foundation would have been laid for the promotion of African arts and culture.
The participants said the training programme was very useful and expressed gratitude to Prof. Konate and the organizers for the knowledge they imparted to them.
The journalists were later presented with certificates for their participation in the training.
Daily Graphic Page: 19 Saturday, November 7, 2009