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National Arts in Health Week Nigeria

A nationwide event exploring the role of arts for health and wellbeing in Nigeria, established by the Nigerian Health Ministry. The week of activities engaged artists and health practitioners to develop creative health programs.

Date

8 – 14 May 2023

Location

10, Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria

Organised by

Partners

UN Affiliate

More Information

National Arts & Health Week Nigeria

Link to website

Community Jameel synopsis

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Full Schedule

NAHW 2023 Schedule

(PDF - 102 KB)

Following National Arts & Health Week Nigeria in 2022, Jameel Arts & Health Lab collaborated with the WHO and the Open Mind Project to organize the event held in Lagos for 2023. The sessions across the week explored many key aspects regarding arts within healthcare and included a variety of performances from celebrated Nigerian musicians, dancers and more. This collaborative effort comes as part of the global Healing Arts campaign.

Watch a short summary here:

08 May | ART IN HEALTH ENGAGEMENT & SOCIAL PRESCRIBING

On the first day of NAHWN, the focus was largely on arts in health engagement and social prescribing, with talks from Dr. Bodgan Chiva Giurca, Dr. Fakunle David, Imal Silvia and more. Kunle Adewale, member of the steering committee for the WHO - Jameel Arts and Health Lab, hosted the official launch for the Social Prescribing Network Nigeria and Veronica Gould Franklin closed the session explaining the importance of arts for the health of the brain.

Watch the entire first day here:

09 May | ART IN MENTAL HEALTH SPACES IN NIGERIA: WHO CONNECT

The JAHL team paid a visit to the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Center in Oshodi and the Federal Neuro-psychiatric Hospital, Yaba on day 2 to participate in a Music for Mental Health engagement featuring live musicians and a movement therapy session facilitated by Dr. Nisha Sajnani. 

Watch a performance by Sinmidele Ayodeji here:

10 May | ARTS IN PAEDIATRIC AND PUBLIC HEALTH: WHO CONNECT

The activities on Wednesday included visits to the National Sickle Cell Centre, the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit and the Paediatric Oncology Ward in the Lagos University Teaching Hospital as well as a healing arts workshop in the Psychiatric Ward of the Lagos State Teaching Hospital hosted by Nengi Omuku.

11 May | STRENGTHENING MULTI-SECTOR PARTNERSHIPS FOR ART, HEALTH AND WELLBEING IN NIGERIA

The 4th day consisted primarily of a conference with Belinda Holden as the keynote speaker, containing many smaller talks surrounding strengthening multi-sector partnerships for art, health and wellbeing in Nigeria. The talks were accompanied by performances throughout the day, and concluded with a dance performance from the Deaf Can Dance Crew. From this day until the end of the week, the Children’s Art Gallery Exhibition was opened as part of the campaign.

Watch day 4 here:

12 May | ART IN HEALTH AND COMMUNITY ART SESSIONS ACROSS NIGERIA

On friday, an onsite engagement with the elderly at the Yaba Home for the Elderly took place concerning arts and brain health, followed by an event on art in health in Nigerian tertiary institutions.

13 May | ART & INCLUSION: AUTISM & SICKLE CELL

On a less busy day with emphasis on autism and sickle cell, a movement and mental health event was followed by a film screening later in the evening.

14 May | GLOBAL ARTS IN MEDICINE FELLOWSHIP CLOSING

The Global Arts in Medicine Fellowship brought the National Arts and Health Week to a close.

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Audience and Lab Co-Directors at National Arts & Health Week Lagos

Digital Art exercises at the National Arts & Health Week Lagos

Musical performances at the National Arts & Health Week Lagos

Lab Co-Directors speaking with National Arts & Health Week Lagos attendees.

Dr. Nisha Sajnani outlining the Jameel Arts & Health Lab's 2023 outreach scope.

National Arts & Health Week audience members

Lab Co-Director Christopher Bailey at a hospital in Lagos.

Christopher Bailey speaking with National Arts & Health Week attendee

Participants

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Oyindamola Fakaye

Chair, National Arts in Health Week Nigeria

Christopher Bailey

Christopher Bailey

Arts and Health Lead World Health Organization

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Kunle Adewale

Founder, Arts in Medicine Projects and Member of Steering Committee for the WHO-Jameel Arts & Health Lab

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Nisha Sajnani

Founding Co-Director of the Jameel Arts & Health Lab

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Nengi Omuku

Creative Artist, Sculptor and Painter

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Ochai Ogaba

Dancer Choreographer and Photographer Artistic Director Mud Art Dance Company

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Adebisi Jafojo

Entrepreneur, Trader and Musician

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Sinmidele Ayodeji

Gospel Singer and Songwriter

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Dr. Bodgan Chiva Giurca

Development Lead, Global Social Prescribing Alliance, Clinical Champion Lead, National Academy for Social Prescribing

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Dr. Fakunle David

Assistant Professor, Public Health Program Morgan State University School of Community Health & Policy

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Imal Silva

Practicing Artist, Art Promoter, Entrepreneur and Business Consultant

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Veronica Franklin Gould

President, Arts 4 Dementia

Belinda Holden

Belinda Holden

Managing Director, Yinka Shonibare Foundation

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Dr. Taiwo Lateef

Professor of Psychiatry/Psychopharmacology, Ahmadu Bello University

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Aduke Gomez

Chair of the Steering Committee of Lagos State Art4Life

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Dr. John Adenle

Researcher/Lecturer, University of Lagos

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Olu Adeosun

Chairman, Adunni Osun Foundation

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Dr. Babayemi Osinaike

Head of Department, Accident & Emergency Lagos University Teaching Hospital