I first met Ekpo Eyo (Fig. 1) in the 1960s during one of his visits to the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where I was then an undergraduate and a studio major in the institution's Department of Fine Arts. He soon became a mentor and friend. Our frequent meetings at the National Museum in Lagos contributed significantly to my decision to become an art historian.1 I know of several other colleagues (black and white) who benefitted from his advice. Besides, he is world-famous for his outstanding professional and academic contributions to African archaeology, anthropology, art history, and museology, among others. Hence, despite his departure to the hereafter on May 28, 2011, Professor Ekpo Okpo Eyo's legacy lives on. As a popular eulogy in Efik (his mother tongue) would put it: Eye du ke esit nyin ke nsinsi (you will be in our hearts forever); obong (abasi) odu ye...
Eye Du Ke Esit Nyin Ke Nsinsi!: Remembering Ekpo Okpo Eyo (1931–2011) Administrator, Archaeologist, Scholar, Teacher, Mentor, and Friend
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Babatunde Lawal; Eye Du Ke Esit Nyin Ke Nsinsi!: Remembering Ekpo Okpo Eyo (1931–2011) Administrator, Archaeologist, Scholar, Teacher, Mentor, and Friend. African Arts 2017; 50 (3): 48–61. doi: https://doi.org/10.1162/AFAR_a_00357
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