Author: Kwame Opoku, Dr.
British soldiers of the infamous Punitive Expedition of 1897 proudly posing with looted Benin artefacts.

Will Humboldt – Forum Defend Holding Looted Artefa

Sunday, October 11, 2015
It is our prayer that the people and the government of Austria will show humaneness and magnanimity and return to us some of these objects which found their way to your country. The Oba of Benin, Omo N Oba Erediauwa. (1) After the publication of my article entitled Looted /stolen cultu ...

Protection Of Cultural Artefacts Through Wide Distribution

Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Dr. James Cuno has given an interesting interview to Scott Simon which is not only about recent massive destructions of large monuments and built cultural structures in the Middle East but seizes this deplorable situation to present one of his pet arguments: the need to distribute cultural a ...

Looted/stolen Cultural Artefacts Declared “shared Heritage”

Saturday, August 22, 2015
ldquo;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. rdquo; Gert v. Paczensky and Herbert Ganslmayr ...
Surviving Herero returning from Omaheke Desert where they had been driven by German troops after the Battle at Waterberg; two women in front were unable to stand.

Have Germans Finally Acknowledged Their Extermination Wars Against The Herero, N

Sunday, August 2, 2015
For a long time, successive German governments have sought to avoid taking responsibility for the genocide of the Herero and Nama of South-West Africa, now Namibia, in 1904-1908. We have in previous articles examined the various untenable arguments that were advanced by German governments to reject ...
The kota sold by Christies for Euro 5.5m in Paris on 23 June 2015

Price Of Kota Sold In Paris Is Interesting But What About Loss To Creators And O

Monday, July 13, 2015
The Art Newspaper informs us that a kota has fetched a very high price in Paris: ldquo;A 66cm-tall wooden sculpture has become the most expensive work of African art sold at Christie 39;s France, fetching euro;5.5m in Paris today, 23 June. This price tag makes it the third mos ...

British Museum “guards” Looted Syrian Object?

Sunday, June 7, 2015
ldquo;We are holding an object we know was illegally removed from Syria and one day it will go back. rdquo; Neil MacGregor. BBC. ldquo;Museums, libraries and archives must take precautions to ensure that they acquire, or borrow, only ethically acceptable items and reject items ...
Prof. Adams Bodomo, University of Vienna. Austria.

Africans In China

Thursday, June 4, 2015
There have been recently a lot of publications on the Chinese in Africa, some of these writings are from quarters that have their own imperialist interests to defend but others are from Africans who are worried by what they consider Chinese encroachment on their rights, especially as regards land ow ...

Defence Of “ Universal Museums ” Through Omissions And Irrelevancies

Sunday, May 31, 2015
ldquo;In this era of resurgent nationalist violence, encyclopedic museums are more important than ever. rdquo; rsquo;Dr. James Cuno There is a remarkable presentation in the Financial Times of 22 May, 2015 in the defence of the so-called ldquo;universal museum rdquo; or enc ...
c DorotheumNok sculpture, Nigeria, now on sale in Vienna, Austria,

They Are Selling Records Of African History: Who Cares?

Friday, May 22, 2015
The auction house Dorotheum in Vienna has issued a catalogue announcing a forthcoming auction of cultural artefacts from Africa, Asia and Oceania on 26 May 2015. (1) Among the many African items to be sold are pieces of Nok (Nigeria), Komaland (Ghana) and many other interesting pieces. The impressiv ...
Egon Schiele's Portrait of Wally, 1912.

Vienna Museum Director Calls For Time Limitation On Nazi Loot Claims

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
We are gradually beginning to think that there is something special about restitution which makes it very difficult for some, especially museum directors, to accept that there are crimes, including the looting of cultural objects that should never be barred by a statute of limitation. According t ...
Headless Statue Of The Greek River God Ilissos, Athens, Greece, Taken To British Museum, London, Was Sent On Loan To Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

British Parliament And British Museum Reject Greek Request For UNESCO Mediation

Monday, March 30, 2015
Very few readers will be surprised by the negative response of the British Museum and the British Government to the Greek request for UNESCO mediation over the Parthenon Marbles in the British Museum.(1) The real surprise is that it took such a long time, from 9 August 2913 to 26 March 2015 to s ...
Mark Walker.
Bird of Prophecy, looted by the British in 1897 and returned by Dr.Mark Walker in 2014.

Man With Conscience Returned His Grandfather’s Looted Benin Bronzes

Friday, March 27, 2015
These objects are part of the cultural heritage of another people to the people of Benin City, these objects are priceless. Dr. Mark Walker. BBC NEWS has published an article under the title of The man who returned his grandfather s looted art , recounting the recent return of two Ben ...

Does Dr. Cuno Really Believe What He Writes?

Saturday, March 14, 2015
After my last article, I swore not to comment anymore on Dr.Cuno s statements in order to avoid any impression that I was unduly concentrating on the opinions of one scholar. (1) However, it seems the U.S. American scholar is never tired of presenting views that most critics would consider patently ...
show more stories