The United States Sports Academy hosted African Cultural Ambassador Tunde Adetunji to discuss ways sports and culture in Africa may help the continent’s economic development efforts.

Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich presented African Cultural Ambassador Tunde Adetunji with an Academy pewter plate.

Adetunji is the CEO of the Africa World Museum Center and Africa Heritage Foundation. Born into a royal family in Nigeria, Adetunji received a degree in history and journalism at Lagos State Polytechnic. Currently, he is a research fellow for cultural education physicology and business administration at the University of Phoenix.

Adetunji met with Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich to talk about sports and culture. Adetunji sees sports and culture as a way to help spur economic development, perhaps leading to Africa hosting the Olympic Games in 2028.

As an instructor for 13 years, Adetunji traveled extensively to more than 57 countries to promote education and values. In January 1990, he established the Aragon Museum, which was later accredited by the National Commission for Museum and Monument and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Geneva as an international center for authentic African art, history and civilization.

Academy Vice President and COO Dr. T.J. Rosandich (left) accepts an art donation that explains the history of Africa from Ambassador Tunde Adetunji.

Adetunji’s aim and objectives to promote Africa’s people and the continent through cultural orientation paid off when he exhibited and represented Africa for the Cultural Exposition during the 1996 Atlanta Centennial Olympic Games. Subsequent exhibitions included The African World Expo 1997 held in Detroit; the 1998 FIFA World Cup held in France; the 2000 National Summit on Africa held in Washington, D.C.; the 7th All-Africa Games held in Johannesburg, South Africa; the Atlanta Sesquicentennial Celebration and Festival of Colors; and the 2000 National Black Arts Festival held in Atlanta.

To enrich a wider audience for a better appreciation of the arts, Adetunji instituted a television program on art and culture on Nigerian TV. This program gave birth to proper documentation of authentic African art for education, research purposes, workshops and symposiums. To date, Adetunji has in his repertoire more than 50,000 unique art pieces designed for the Crowning and Celebration of Achievements Exhibition that he plans to showcase around the world for the next 10 years.