Webster University Ghana's Global Conversations: A Night of Art, Culture, and Inspiration with Ablade Glover
October 03, 2023
From left to right: Nii Odoi Dzatsui Glover (Son of Prof. Glover), Odile Tevie (director, Nubuke Foundation, and Global Conversations event moderator), Christa Sanders Bobtoya (campus director, Webster Ghana), Prof. Ablade Glover (guest speaker, Artists Alliance Gallery), Linda Deigh (academic director, Webster Ghana), and Ernest Boakye (head of library, Webster Ghana).
Webster University Ghana, in collaboration with the Nubuke Foundation, recently hosted its third Global Conversations Event, titled "Art, Culture & Africa’s
Transformation: A Global Conversation with Prof. Ablade Glover." This event reflected
the university's commitment to engaging the public on critical international issues.
The recent event, hosted at the Webster University Ghana campus in East Legon, featured the distinguished Ghanaian artist and cultural icon Ablade Glover. Glover, known for his profound contributions to the art landscape in Ghana and beyond, engaged the audience in a captivating dialogue exploring the intricate relationship between art, culture, and development.
Campus Director Christa Sanders Bobtoya expressed excitement about the event in her welcome address. She went on to underscore the importance of cross-cultural conversations in shaping global perspectives and emphasized Webster University's commitment to training students as global citizens and change-makers.
Christa Sanders Bobtoya (campus director of Webster Ghana) speaks to the audience.
Linda Deigh, Webster Ghana academic director, shared her personal connection to Glover's
work from her graduate days at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
in the 1990s. She highlighted the transformative power of art on the continent and
expressed gratitude to all attendees for making the event possible.
The evening included a conversation between Glover and Odile Tevie, director of the Nubuke Foundation. This dialogue provided profound insights into the intersections of art and culture in the context of Africa's transformation. The event also included a Q&A session with Glover and a cake-cutting ceremony in honor of Webster Ghana’s 10-year anniversary. The celebration extended to commemorate the retirement of Ernest Boakye, head of the library, after seven years of dedicated service at Webster Ghana.
Odile Tevie (director of the Nubuke Foundation and global conversations event moderator) and Ablade Glover (guest speaker, Artists Alliance Gallery).
Audience member asking a question during the Q&A.
The event concluded with a book signing session by Glover, providing attendees with
the chance to connect with the artist and obtain autographed copies of his work.
Webster University Ghana continues to serve as a beacon of cultural celebration and intellectual discourse, contributing to the broader narrative of Africa's cultural renaissance and transformation. The success of the third Global Conversations program deepened understanding of the transformative power of art and culture in shaping societies, setting the stage for more enriching dialogues in the future.
About The Global Conversation Series
Launched in November 2022, the Global Conversations Series is a joint effort by Webster University Ghana and the Office of Library. Designed to bring together thought leaders, activists, artists, and writers, the series fosters cross-cultural conversations to address various topics impacting society, Africa, and the global community. As a global university dedicated to shaping students into global citizens and change-makers, these conversations play a pivotal role in promoting critical thinking with global perspectives.