Author: Kwame Opoku, Dr.
Gold jewel of two crocodiles, Baule, Ivory Coast, now in Musée du quai Branly, Paris, France.

What Are They Really Celebrating At The Musée Du Q

Saturday, April 30, 2016
ldquo;France is both universalist and secular. We need to recognize that belong to the history of our own country, but also to cultures that may have disappeared, or be on the way out, or hoping for cultural revival. We need to take all this into account, but without giving ...
The Benin Cockerel above was looted by the British invasion army in 1897 during their notorious ‘Punitive Expedition’ in which they stole over 3500 Benin artefacts from the palace of the Oba of Benin.

Unfounded Arguments Against Restitution Of Stolen Benin Artefacts

Wednesday, March 30, 2016
There was a dim grandeur about it all , and also these seemed to a fate. Here was this head center of iniqiuty, spared by us from its suitable end of burning for the sake of holding the new seat of justice where barbarism had held away, given into our hand ...
Amilcar Cabral, revolutionary leader from Cape Verde and Guinea-Bissau, 1924-1973.

Tribute To Amilcar Cabral By Poet Alda Do Espirito Santo

Tuesday, February 23, 2016
lsquo;If I should die tomorrow, nothing will change in the inevitable evolution of the struggle of our people and our victory rsquo;. Am iacute;lcar Cabral. (1) We commemorate this year the forty-third anniversary of the death of the valiant founder and combatant of the PAIGC (Partido ...
British soldiers of the infamous Punitive Expedition of 1897 proudly posing with looted Benin artefacts.

Will Humboldt – Forum Defend Holding Looted Artefacts With Misleading Statements

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 ...
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