On behalf of the International Association of Synaesthetes, Artists, and Scientists (The IASAS), I want to share our great happiness as we watch the Synesthesia Society of Africa begin its journey. These are exciting days for this new organization, the first pan-African nonprofit focused on synesthesia, a union of the senses.
It was one year ago today that The IASAS was in Moscow hosting our 2nd international symposium and art installation. Our Russian friends were wonderful hosts, and our IASAS executive board was excited to have a participant at the conference from Nigeria. What a pleasure it was to meet Abiola Ogunsanwo, and to learn about his interests in synesthesia.
Over the 5 days of the Moscow symposium, Abiola and I had many conversations about launching an African synesthesia organization. What would it take to get this project started? Who would be willing to serve as a trustee? How can we learn the steps for registering an NGO in Nigeria? Can The IASAS support this new organization whilst staying in the background so that the trustees voices and ambitions are primary?
Over the last year, we have answered these questions and learned much about collaboration within the African synesthesia community. Abiola has built an incredible board of trustees, including many accomplished individuals who are dedicated to the SSOA mission. The nonprofit documents have been filed with the help of a lawyer, and the SSOA website is up and running. The Synesthesia Society of Africa is officially live and ready to contribute to a greater recognition of synesthesia as a form of human neurodiversity.
I am delighted that the International Association of Synaesthetes, Artists, and Scientists has helped to launch the SSOA , and I am honored to have served as an advisor to Abiola and the board of trustees. I so look forward to the next endeavors for this wonderful new organization!