Author: Kwame Opoku, Dr.

British Museum Director Defends Once More Retentio

Friday, November 14, 2014
Yes. Its not even a Greek monument. Many other Greek cities and islands protested bitterly about the money taken from them to build this in Athens.-- Neil MacGregor on the Parthenon Marbles. ...
Dr. James Cuno president and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust


Sunday, November 02, 2014
When I read Dr. Cunos latest article entitled The Case Against Repatriating Museum Artifacts? in the American journal Foreign Affairs,Nov/Dec 2014 appearing under a bold heading, Culture War, I was very surprised.1 The last time I commented on the work of the American scholar and President ...

Can An Italian Maritime Museum Help Repatriate Looted Cameroonian Artefacts?

Monday, September 01, 2014
According to the Journal du Cameroun, an Italian Maritime Museum has declared its willingness and readiness to assist in repatriating looted Cameroonian cultural artefacts that are at present in Europe. 1 This offer of assistance was made by the president of the Maritime Museum in Genoa, It ...
Painting Of St John, Ethiopia, Now In Musée Du Quai Branly, Paris, France

Did Emperor Haile Selassie Authorize Dakar-Djibouti Expedition To Remove Religio

Thursday, August 07, 2014
We read with great interest and attention a report entitled Stolen Ethiopian Saint John Turns Up at Paris Auction which was published by the Museum Security Network and other websites. 1The report states that a 17th century Ethiopian painting representing Saint John that had been stolen f ...

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.

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. to press reports, it now appears ...
Ritual Wine Vessel, China


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. 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 ...


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 ...
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