How multimedia artists observed IWD 2023
How multimedia artists observed IWD 2023

How multimedia artists observed IWD 2023

A group of women multimedia artists held a round table meeting in Accra in celebration of the 2023 International Women’s Day (IWD 2023).


This year's celebration was under the theme, “DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality”.  As an art organization,  the dialogue focused on the opportunities ICT presents to women artists within the context of the COVID 19 lockdown.

In her opening remarks, the President of the Women’s Arts Institute Africa (wAiA) Madam Akwele Suma Glory expressed her gratitude to the participants for honouring the invitation.

She encouraged participants to share their experience to identify challenges and opportunities so that women artists can develop activities to address the challenges and adequately prepare to take advantage of the opportunities.

13 women professionals who are leaders in their fields of expertise presented their experience at the dialogue session.

The participants at the meeting were Mardey Ohui Ofoe, photojournalist and documentary filmmaker; Akwele Suma Glory, multimedia artist; Adwowa Ammah Tagoe, art educationist and painter; Gladys Adinyira Wuaku, Sculptor and art educationist;  Kjersti Augland, human rights advocate and art collector; Nana Adwoa Frema Amoabeng, painter; Franka-Maria Andoh, author and filmmaker; Victoria Sophia Adoe, painting;  Ezema Ngozi-Omeje, ceramist from Nigeria; Peace Enyonam Baku multimedia commercial artist; Adwoa Amoah, painter and curator; Edinam Atatsi , performer.

Victoria Sophia Adoe in her presentation recounted how she used social media to regularly publish her works during the COVID-19 lockdown.

The posts, she said generated interest among her audience which led to business opportunities.

This was a big break from not practicing painting for months because of the COVID-19 lockdown, she noted.

Victoria Adoe said the response enabled her to be semi active during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Victoria Sophia Adoe, a painter said the opportunities she got due to social media also presented challenges.

Ezema Ngozi-Omeje a participant from Nigeria in her presentation said ICT played a facilitating role for women artists to showcase their works during the COVID-19 lockdown.

She said many online competition came up and it created the opportunity to produce work albeit with other challenges such as working materials. 

Other speakers of the meeting also presented their experiences and answered follow up questions from the participants.

In her closing remarks, the host of the dialogue session, Ms. Franka-Maria Andoh, the chief executive officer of Josies Cuppa Cappuccino expressed her appreciation to the participants and the experiences shared.

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