On June 13, Country Public Affairs Officer (CPAO) Aruna Amirthanayagam led a team from the Embassy’s Public Affairs Section (PAS) to Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria for the closing ceremony of a workshop focused on the preservation of Nigerian rock art heritage. Sponsored through the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation, the workshop identified themes and content for an upcoming traveling exhibition throughout Nigeria on rock art.
At the event, CPAO Amirthanayagam assured partners of the commitment and continued support of the U.S. Embassy towards preserving cultural heritage in Nigeria. A preservation project like this, he said, would produce ripple effects for other rock art sites in the country.
The CPAO and the project team met with the ABU Vice Chancellor who thanked the U.S. Embassy for its partnership on this project. The PAS team visited three rock art sites in Birnin Kudu, Jigawa State. While in Jigawa, the team also paid courtesy calls on the Emir of Dutse, Nuhu Muhammad Sanusi, and the State Deputy Governor, Umar Namadi. The CPAO encouraged the traditional leaders and government leadership to engage with their communities to raise awareness about the rock art sites and the value of preserving them.