Goge Africa: preserving indigenous knowledge

Video: a multimedia project showcasing African cultural heritage.

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Goge Africa was launched in Nigeria in 1999 with a remit to showcase Africa’s rich cultural heritage to the rest of the world through multimedia programming.  The content covers fashion, food, music and dance, festivals and traditional rites.

Younger people in Africa might not be as conversant with indigenous knowledge as the older generations.  How can technology be used to bridge this knowledge gap?  We set out to discover how Goge Africa preserves its rich range of heritage materials.  We discovered a move towards preserving content on hard drives, although costs can still be a barrier.

Key findings

  • The preservation of indigenous knowledge is affected by a combination of factors – including social, economic and technological factors
  • Strategies to encourage the preservation and communication of indigenous knowledge in African societies to younger generations should be explored and developed

Stella Nduka was originally scheduled to speak about this project at Internet Librarian International 2016 but was unable to travel.  In this video she describes the project in more detail.