Author: Kwame Opoku, Dr.

Walker And The Restitution Of Two Benin Bronzes

Saturday, July 12, 2014
June 20, 2014 would go down in history as a memorable day for the people of Benin and advocates for the return of looted Benin artefacts taken during the infamous 1897 British expedition to Benin. About 4,000 objects were reportedly stolen from Benin by the British while some were destroyed durin ...
Returned- Nok Terracotta Male Figure 500 BC- AD 200

A Season Of “Miracles’’? Boston Museum Returns Looted Nigerian Artefacts

Friday, July 04, 2014
It is indeed unfortunate that so much Nok material has been looted over time to supply the international market. Properly excavated, such pieces might have shed valuable light on the Nok culture. Ekpo Eyo. 1When I read the news that the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, was returning 8 ...
Two Artefacts Returned By Dr. Mark Walker. rbp.blogspot.com

Return Of Two Looted Benin Bronzes By A Briton: History In The Making

Friday, June 27, 2014
Culture is the soul of a nation. The illicit removal or destruction of cultural property deprives peoples of their history and tradition. Restitution is the only means that can restore damage and reinstate a sense of dignity.Anastassis Mitsialis, Permanent Representative of Greece to th ...

Who Should Receive Returning Benin Artefacts?

Thursday, June 05, 2014
Readers may recall that in a previous article, we had mentioned the wishes of a holder of looted Benin artefacts to return them to Benin, Nigeria. http://www.modernghana.com/news/533823/1/will-other-holders-of-benin-bronzes-also-return-th.htmlAccording to press reports, it now appears ...
Ritual Wine Vessel, China

CHINESE PURCHASE CHINESE ARTEFACT FOR US$ 20 MILLION DOLLARS

Sunday, April 06, 2014
It has been widely reported in the press that a group of private Chinese businessmen and collectors from Hunan Province, China, have collectively bought a Chinese wine vessel for US 20 million in a private auction at Christies in New York after a previously announced public auction had been cancel ...

Will Other Holders Of Benin Bronzes Also Return The Looted Artefacts?-Interview

Saturday, April 05, 2014
We reproduce below an interview with Prince Edun Akenzua, younger brother of the Oba of Benin, published in the Nigerian Guardian. http://ngrguardiannews.com/index.php/artnew/156293-oba-of-benin-never-endorsed-donation-of-artifacts-to-foreign-museumThe brother of the O ...

Revolution In British Position?

Tuesday, April 01, 2014
If this is not an April 1st hoax, then we must congratulate the British Government and the British Museum. If this is true, it represents a revolution in the attitude of both the British Government and the British Museum in this dispute which has been going on for a very long time.In the ...

Re: Museums Are Not Pagan Shrines, Commission Reassures Wary Nigerians—The Sun N

Sunday, March 23, 2014
We can certainly agree with the Director-General that the museums are not pagan shrines as many people, including unfortunately, highly educated persons who have absorbed vicious propaganda from non-African religions that African religions are pagan and therefore backward. These people hav ...

CHINESE PURCHASE OF LOOTED CHINESE ARTEFACTS: AN EXAMPLE FOR OTHER STATES?

Sunday, March 16, 2014
One day two bandits entered the Summer Palace. One plundered, the other burned. Victory can be a thieving woman, or so it seems. The devastation of the Summer Palace was accomplished by the two victors acting jointly. Mixed up in all this is the name of Elgin, which inevitably calls to mind the Par ...

The Guardian Poll On The Return Of The Parthenon Marbles

Monday, February 17, 2014
The result of The Guardian poll on the return of the Parthenon Marbles would have come as no surprise to those who have followed the discussions on the issue and, specifically, recent polls. The overwhelming majority of the British people have in the past expressed their view that these Greek scu ...
Surviving Herero Returning Starved From The Omaheke Desert Where They Had Been Driven By German Troops After The Battle At Waterberg; Two Women In Front Were Unable To Stand

Will Namibian Bones Haunt Germans Forever?

Monday, December 30, 2013
Any Herero found within the German borders, with or without a gun, with or without cattle, will be shot. I no longer receive women or children. I will drive them back to their people or order them to be shot. These are my words to the Herero people .The great General of the mighty Ger ...
Stone Figure Of Man With Rice Teeth, San Agustin, Colombia, Now In Ethnologisches Museum, Berlin, Germany

Colombian Objections To Lending Artefacts For Exhibition Honouring German Ethnol

Friday, December 27, 2013
A recent article entitled Colombia calls off exhibition of sculptures in face of protests, reprinted by the Museum Security Network, seems to me to contain some lessons which may be useful for Nigerians and other Africans, often faced with requests to lend artefacts to the very Western museums ...
Pwo Mask, Chokwe, Angola, Now In Ethnologisches Museum, Berlin, Germany

Germans Debate Legitimacy And Legality Of Looted Artefacts In Ethnology Museum,

Monday, December 23, 2013
The restitution of those cultural objects which our museums and collections, directly or indirectly, possess thanks to the colonial system and are now being demanded, must also not be postponed with cheap arguments and tricks.Gert v. Paczensky and Herbert Ganslmayr, Nofretete will nach Hause ...
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