I am proud to be part of this exciting adventure around a pan-African ideal.
The idea of an African Culture Fund remains the dream of every African engaged in the creative sector. A legitimate dream, especially since the funding of culture remains a challenge in Africa.
Through this mission, which I gladly accept, I am aware of the challenges that lie ahead. But the more difficult the task is the more interesting are the results.
The African Culture Fund (ACF) is officially registered in the Republic of Mali with which it has established an agreement to establish its headquarters locally.
The Fund was officially launched on October 28, 2017 in Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire) with a major exhibition and sale of artworks by established visual artists from the African continent. This exhibition also and above all helped to lay the foundations for a campaign for constitution of the first funds of ACF. This campaign enabled the mobilization of important financial and artistic resources facilitating the start of the Fund’s activities.
Today, the Fund is operational and based in Bamako (Mali) with its own administration which is responsible for coordinating its activities across the African continent, and for ensuring its development and long-term sustainability.
The Administration’s priority for the next four years is to ensure the financial and operational stability and visibility of the Fund through the establishment of a rigorous, transparent and effective governance system.
Our biggest challenge is to ensure regular and sustained funding for African cultural and creative projects.
We encourage the different partners sharing our goals and ideals to take part in this great pan-African adventure.
Jean-Luc Gbati SONHAYE