Curator of Nationwide Museum, Benin, Edo State, Theophilus Umogbai, has stated that he and a few group of Nigerians had intensified efforts to recuperate the nation’s stolen artefacts from Western nations.
For the reason that departure of British and Portuguese colonialists, a number of historic artefacts belonging to quite a few Nigerian tribes have been mendacity fallow in museums throughout dozens of Western international locations.
Talking to SaharaReporters on the sidelines of the 2019 Nationwide Pageant for Arts and Tradition in Benin, Edo State, Umogbai stated the individuals of Benin Kingdom believes that each artefact taken away in by Europeans and others within the West represents an ancestor in captivity.
He stated, “I’m one of many members of Benin dialogue group. That group comprise of curators in European international locations like Austria, Netherlands, England, Germany amongst others.
“We’ve been holding conferences since 2010 to have a look at prospects of repatriating these artefacts.
“For over a century, there was this stringent name for the return of stolen artefacts.
“We’ve been crying and shouting however this stuff by no means got here.”
In line with Umogbai, discussions about repatriations are all the time held between authorities of each international locations, including that the one choice left for curators was to get these artefacts on mortgage from Western international locations and exhibit in Nigeria.
SaharaReporters, New York