Agbowó is growing to be a foremost African art company providing platforms for African writers and artists that ensure creative Africans can concentrate on creating great art while we ensure they get the audience and the value they deserve.
Our goal is to create immense value for art lovers whether as creators or as consumers of African art as they might have not experienced before- both through the magnitude of our service and in the way we have chosen to deliver them.
Agbowó, the literary journal, was an off-shoot of the UITES WRITE collective and started in July 2017. UITES WRITE, founded by Habeeb Kolade and Dolapo Amusat in 2015, was a platform to showcase literary work by University of Ibadan students and alumni. The collective, published electronic anthologies – the UITES WRITE Anthology and OCTOBER STORIES featuring prose and fiction and received numerous plaudits and a Student Initiative of the Year commendation by the Student’s Union. The goal, with UITES WRITE, was to create a community of past and present University of Ibadan students using art as a tool.
Graduating and ambitious, the founding editorial team decided to carve out a literary magazine and open up to Africa. And, thus, Agbowó was born. While the scope was broader with Agbowó, the aim was not all too dissimilar from that of the mother organization – to create a common space for creative Africans thAT . In this case, a common space for showcasing and celebrating African literary and visual art and by that measure, engendering community. While the magazine bears the name of the street opposite the University of Ibadan and could be seen as symbolizing our move into the wider world, our usage of “Agbowó” is broader and, as one of the founding editors put it, means – “collectors of things of value”. We have since committed ourselves to the seeking out and amplification of emerging voices on the continent.
We will continue to seek new, innovative and trusted ways to uphold African artistry, craft and creativity. Whether through our own initiatives, partnerships or sponsorships, we will remain true to our purpose of providing global access to cultural and creative Africans and helping them gain value and audience for their work.
Agbowó’s registered name is Agbowó Creative African Company, incorporated with the RC number 1575748.