PROF. ABBA ISA TIJANI DIRECTOR-GENERAL NATIONAL COMMISSION FOR MUSEUMS AND MONUMENTS

PROF. ABBA ISA TIJANI PROFILE Born on 5th February 1963 in Abadam, Abadam LGA, Borno State, Abba Isa Tijani is the current Director-General/Chief Executive of the National Commission for Museums and Monuments, Nigeria. He attended the University of Maiduguri, from 1987 to 1990 where he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Arts, specializing in Arts History and Museology. Subsequently, he proceeded to the prestigious University College London, the United Kingdom where he bagged a Master’s Degree in Museum Studies in 1994 and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Anthropology later in 2005, arising from his outstanding anthropological research of an autochthonous group-the Gamergu (Malgwa) in present-day Borno State. A former Head of the Department of Fine Arts and Coordinating Head of Department of Creative Arts, University of Maiduguri, He midwifed and coordinated the joint collaboration ventures between the University of Maiduguri and the universities of Hamburg and Hildesheim in Germany from 2015 to date, he has been the Executive Board of Director and Head (Nigeria) DAAD-funded project SDG Graduate School “Performing sustainability; Cultures and development in West Africa”. The immediate past Ag. Director of the Centre for the Study and Promotion of Cultural Sustainability, University of Maiduguri became a Professor of Museology and Anthropology in October 2017. The erudite scholar who has participated in numerous research works has attended over 20 conferences, workshops, and seminars across the world and has received awards both in Nigeria and abroad including that of the Foreign and Commonwealth scholarship, university of London, among others. Prof. Abba Tijani’s academic efforts have produced dozens of world-acclaimed publications, journals, and series covering the fields of Museology and...

DIRECTOR OVER SEEING THE OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR GENERAL

NAME:                       ALIYU LASS ABDU POSITION:   DIRECTOR OVER SEEING THE OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR GENERAL Holds a Master degree in History from Bayero University Kano with professional certificates in Museology and Heritage studies.  Have thought in schools and later moved to the National Commission for Museums and Monuments where he worked variously as an Ethnographer, Curator and Heritage Manager over a span of over 30 years.  During this period he attended several courses, workshops, and training programs in Nigeria and abroad on museums, heritage studies and management. As an inclusive museum professional Aliyu has curated many museum exhibitions, initiated the establishment of some new museums and involved  many publics in museum programs both local and international. Within the heritage field, he has been engaged in the management and care of immovable cultural and natural heritage across Nigeria and in other African countries. Has a long history of participation in the world heritage nomination projects for Nigeria and trained emerging young heritage professionals in the world heritage nomination process and in the conservation and management of heritage sites.  For over six years he was the site Manager of Sukur Cultural landscape and rose to the position of Director in charge of Monuments and Heritage Sites and became Nigeria’s focal point on the 1972 World Heritage Convention. He was nominated as the Cultural Expert representing Nigeria on the World Heritage Committee and elected President ICOM – Nigeria in 2019.  Aliyu was mandated to oversee the Office of the Director General on the 26th February,...

SALLAH FELICITATION FROM DOODG

The DOODG, Mallam Abdul L. Aliyu implores the Muslim faithful to use this special occasion of Eid-Kabir to pray for the Commission, the Nigeria nation and the entire world especially over the global ravaging Corona-virus pandemic that has in no little measure affect nation’s economy including our dear country, Nigeria. He added “I sincerely appreciate all staff in this trial period of the entire world which has led to the lock down to almost every country in the bid to curtail the spread of the deadly Covid-19 and very importantly, I urge you all to ensure compliance as usual to the NCDC/WHO measures against the pandemic.” Once again, I wish all Muslim faithful a trouble hitch free Eid-Kabir celebration with your families and peace in the global world. Pls stay safe! Mr. Otono Momodu Head, PR Unit For:...

Happy Easter from the AG. Director General

The Ag. Director General, ABDULKERIM O. KADIRI (FCA) send his special Compliments of the Season to the NCMM Boards Chairperson and Board Members, Directors, Ag. Director and entire staff on this Easter yelutide. May the lessons of the season benefit us and Nigeria in its entirety . Happy Easter holiday...
International Museum Day 2019

International Museum Day 2019

Theme: “Museums as Cultural Hubs: The future of tradition”.   The worldwide community of museums will celebrate International Museum Day on and around 18 May 2019. Participation in International Museum Day is growing among museums all over the world. In 2018, more than 40,000 museums participated in the event in some 158 countries.   ICOM selects each year a theme that is at the heart of the concerns of society. 2019 will focus on “Museums as Cultural Hubs: The future of tradition”.   The role of museums in society is changing. Museums keep reinventing themselves in their quest for becoming more interactive, audience-focused, community-oriented, flexible, adaptable and mobile agencies. They have become cultural hubs functioning as platforms where creativity combines with knowledge and where visitors can also co-create, share and interact.   While preserving their primary missions – collecting, conservation, communication, research, exhibition – museums have transformed their practices to remain closer to the communities they serve. Today they look for innovative ways to tackle contemporary social issues and conflict. By acting locally, museums can also advocate and mitigate global problems, striving to meet the challenges of today’s society proactively. As institutions at the heart of society, museums have the power to establish dialogue between cultures, to build bridges for a peaceful world and to define a sustainable future.   As museums increasingly grow into their roles as cultural hubs, they are also finding new ways to honour their collections, their histories and their legacies, creating traditions that will have new meaning for future generations and relevance for an increasingly diverse contemporary audience at a global level. This transformation,...
18 April – International Day for Monuments and Sites

18 April – International Day for Monuments and Sites

Theme 2019: Rural Landscapes About the day In 1982, ICOMOS established 18 April as the International Day for Monuments and Sites. UNESCO approved it the following year during its 22nd General Conference. Since then, 18 April has been a day to celebrate and promote cultural heritage, and an opportunity to raise awareness about its diversity, its relevance, how vulnerable it can be and what the needs and benefits of its conservation are. Every year, ICOMOS proposes a theme for the celebrations and activities to be organised by the ICOMOS National and International Scientific Committees and by other organisations that wish to participate. In 2019, the theme is Rural Landscapes – which is linked to the theme of the 2019 ICOMOS Scientific Symposium on Rural Heritage to take place in October in Marrakesh, Morocco (see our page about the Symposium and the call for proposals). This year’s International Day for Monuments and Sites offers the opportunity for National and International Scientific Committees to raise awareness about the relevance of rural landscapes, the challenges that encompass their conservation, the benefits that these efforts provide, and how rural landscapes are intrinsically related with sustainable development. The Day represents an unparalleled opportunity to foster communication and build links with communities while acknowledging their involvement in the creation, existence, evolution and richness of these rural landscapes, and no doubt, in their conservation. What are rural landscapes? In the ICOMOS “Principles concerning rural landscapes as heritage”, adopted by the ICOMOS General Assembly in 2017, rural landscapes are defined as “terrestrial and aquatic areas co-produced by human-nature interaction used for the production of food and other...