The Emergence Network’s ‘Vunja’ is a social art project – inspired by the historical resilience, troubles, journeys and promise of African peoples – that seeks to galvanize a trans-local community around a set of decolonial ideas and concepts. Next year, we plan on hosting a series of engagements that stress the need to seek other places of power.
Festival in Brazil: Between January and February 2020, a cohort of activists, a dance school, community leaders and academics in Rio de Janeiro will be hosting the Bayo Akomolafe, the Chief Curator of The Emergence Network, who is visiting to hold conversations about Vunja and meet with the prospective members of the Local Organizing Community.
Events around the World: A Vunja meetup is happening on December 10, 2019, in Johannesburg, South Africa. Members of the Vunja Curatorial Family, whose concerns are helping to articulate Vunja as a vocation of emergence in the Anthropocene, will be meeting to discuss, eat together, and listen to each other tell stories. The meetup is hosted in the home of co-lead of the Vunja project, Geci Karuri-Sebina.
Bayo Akomolafe and Geci Karuri-Sebina are the curators of Vunja and will continue to lead efforts in creating the project going into 2020.
Bayo Akomolafe (Ph.D.) is Chief Curator and Executive Director of The Emergence Network. Author, lecturer, speaker, father, and rogue planet saved by the gravitational pull of his wife Ej, Bayo hopes to inspire a diffractive network of sharing within an ethos of new responsivity – a slowing down, an ethics of entanglement, an activism of inquiry, a ‘politics of surprise’. Born into a Yoruba family, Bayo graduated summa cum laude in psychology in 2006 at Covenant University (Nigeria), and then was invited to take up a lecturing position. Largely nurtured and trained in a world that increasingly fell short of his deepest desires for justice, Bayo conducted doctoral research into Yoruba indigenous healing systems as part of his inner struggle to regain a sense of rootedness to his community. He has been speaking about his experiences around the world since those moments back in 2011. Bayo understands he is on a shared decolonial journey with his family to live a small, intense life. He often refuses to share pictures of himself that do not include his wife, Ej, who is (everyone can assure you) the more interesting part of their entanglement. He is an ecstatic (and often exhausted, but grateful) father to Alethea Aanya and Kyah Jayden.