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West African bead designer gives demonstrations for second time

April 1, 2003

West African silversmith, artist and bead designer Kwabena Ogunlade will give a lecture and series of jewelry-making demonstrations from 10 a.m.3 p.m., April 4-5, in the Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center. This is Ogunlade's second visit to the campus.
April 1, 2003

West African silversmith, artist and bead designer Kwabena Ogunlade will give a lecture and series of jewelry-making demonstrations from 10 a.m.3 p.m., April 4-5, in the Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center. This is Ogunlade's second visit to the campus.

Ogunlade is the curator of the only African bead museum on the African continent. A third-generation silversmith, he learned the ancient skills from his family. His beaded jewelry and sterling silver creations have been exhibited in museums and are a part of personal collections throughout the world.

Ogunlade's visit is sponsored by the Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center, the African American Studies Program, the Timbuktu African American Minor Association and the Student Allocations Committee.

Dr. Nancy J. Dawson, director of African American Studies said," Throughout African societies, beads are significant. Depending on the type, a string of beads can signify wealth, social, status, age or the transition from childhood to adulthood.”

All the events are free and open to the public. For more information, telephone 7120 or 7106.