11 September 2009 Togolese artist Paul Ahyi is the newest member of the roster of renowned personalities who use their influence, charisma and prestige to help promote the message and programmes of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura designated Mr. Ahyi as a UNESCO Artist for Peace at a ceremony yesterday in Paris, in recognition of his “contribution to the promotion of UNESCO’s ideals through his artistic activities.”
Mr. Ahyi, who obtained a degree from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts (National School of Fine Arts) in Paris, creates ceramics, tapestries and jewelry, and designs interiors and household objects.
Several of his monumental sculptures are on display in buildings in Togo, as well as in Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal, Nigeria, the Republic of Korea and the Vatican.
Among UNESCO’s other Artists for Peace are the award-winning Philippine Madrigal Singers; Manu Dibango, a Cameroonian musician; Sumi Jo, a Republic of Korea soprano; and Gilberto Gil, a Brazilian musician.
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