Sherry Davis, the creator of the ‘Ode To The Ancestors’ project, has been honored by Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Entrepreneurs in partnership with MeWe360.
Her Community Interest Company Rehema Cultural Arts – has been awarded a £10,000 cash prize. (Apx 1 856 880 Kenyan SH).
This recognition marks a significant milestone for DBACE as they celebrate 30 years of supporting exceptional creative entrepreneurs who make positive social impacts through their businesses in the UK.
Born to a Kenyan mother and Jamaican father, Sherry Davis led and designed the ‘Ode To The Ancestors’ project.
Commemorating and honoring African Kenyan archaeologists, Ode to the Ancestors sheds light on their absence from archaeological archives.
Inspired by her grandfather, Karisa Ndurya, an African Kenyan archaeologist whose contributions were overlooked in archaeological archives, Davis aimed to honor and celebrate the African Kenyan archaeologists whose names have been historically absent.
During her visit to Kenya in 2018, she delved into her late grandfather’s work and the denial of Africans’ contributions to their own histories during the colonial period.
The British Council’s Culture Connects program facilitated collaborations between Kenyan grantees and their UK partners, promoting cultural exchange through art.
The ‘Ode To The Ancestors‘ project falls under the Research, New Connections, and New Art Co-creation categories, showcasing the power of artistic initiatives in fostering meaningful connections and understanding.