On the beginning of this New Year 2018 and the restructuring of our website, thanks to ECOWAS, I send this message to all African museums and cultural heritage professionals, WAMP financial and institutional partners as well as all friends of the African museums.
In January 2009, following the decision of its Board of Directors, the West African Museum Programme (WAMP)transferred its headquarters from Dakar to Niamey in Niger after twenty-two (22) years in Senegal. But the stay was brief in Niger. Thus, in 2013 the headquarters of the WAMP was officially transferred again, this time to Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso.
These various moves in such a short time did not allow WAMP to communicate with heritage professionals and partners about its actual location and to develop regional projects for the benefit of its members.
The installation of WAMP in Burkina Faso took time considering the official procedures and subsequently because of events that the country experienced in 2014 and 2015 which slowed the start of its activities.
Nevertheless, we can say that today the move is final because at its installation in Ouagadougou, the WAMP has signed an establishment agreement with the Government of Burkina Faso which has made available a building to house its headquarters.
This new headquarters, located on Avenue Guillaume Ouédraogo in downtown Koulouba, has been designed to be a meeting place for professionals. This space will also serve as a training, information and awareness site on traditional values for young students and students.
As part of the restart of its activities WAMP would like to organize a brainstorming workshop with professionals, political authorities and cultural actors to define new missions in line with the priorities of African states and the global context.
For more than thirty years WAMP has worked for museum development and capacity building for professionals. Today, WAMP needs to go beyond museums and develop programs and activities that focus on cultural industries and intangible heritage in order to create income-generating activities for local people. Practical training will be more geared towards younger generations of museum and cultural heritage professionals, artists and artisans.
For this new start, WAMP will need the financial and material supports of all West African countries, regional and international organizations, friends and professionals of cultural heritage for a better promotion and preservation of African cultural heritage.
I would like to, once again, thank the Government of Burkina Faso and all the partners who have allowed us to equip our headquarters and to carry out some activities since our installation in Ouagadougou.
Finally, at the beginning of this New Year, I would like to extend my best wishes for peace, health and prosperity to all museum and heritage professionals, financial and institutional partners and friends of African cultural heritage.
Happy New Year 2018