Category: African Affairs

Benin’s Looted Bronzes Are All Over the Western World. Here Are 7 Museums That Hold Over 2000 of the Famed Sculptures

Read full article including photographs at: news.artnet.com/art-world/benin-bronzes-restitution-1322807 news.artnet.com/art-world/benin-bronzes-restitution-1322807 July 27, 2018 Art World As talks continue between the UK and Nigeria over Benin Bronzes, we survey the institutions that hold the majority of these African treasures. Kate Brown, July 27, 2018 Nigeria…

Kwame Opoku – WE WILL SHOW YOU LOOTED BENIN BRONZES BUT WILL NOT GIVE THEM BACK: SECOND DEFEAT AND PERMANENT HUMILIATION FOR BENIN?

WE WILL SHOW YOU LOOTED BENIN BRONZES BUT WILL NOT GIVE THEM BACK:  SECOND DEFEAT AND PERMANENT HUMILIATION FOR BENIN? “There was a dim grandeur about it all, and also these seemed to a fate. Here was this head center of…

Kwame Opoku – BENIN PLAN OF ACTION: WILL THIS MISERABLE DOCUMENT BE THE LAST WORD ON THE LOOTED BENIN ARTEFACTS

BENIN PLAN OF ACTION: WILL THIS MISERABLE DOCUMENT BE THE LAST WORD ON THE LOOTED BENIN ARTEFACTS http://www.museum-security.org/BENIN_PLAN_OF_ACTION(2)_WILL_THIS_MISERABLE_PROJECT_BE_THE_LAST_WORD_ON_THE_LOOTED_BENIN_ARTEFACTS.htm March 11, 2013 “BENIN PLAN OF ACTION” (2): WILL THIS MISERABLE PROJECT BE THE LAST WORD ON THE LOOTED BENIN ARTEFACTS? “There…

Dutch Museum to sell African Collection

Dutch Museum to sell African Collection http://www.museum-security.org/Kwame_Opoku_dutch_museum_to_sell_african_collection.htm August 23, 2011 Dutch Museum to sell African Collection “We are going to sell the entire Africa collection and the Americas collection, and will only keep the top pieces in the rest of…

Revisiting the 1897 destruction of Benin

Revisiting the 1897 destruction of Benin http://234next.com/csp/cms/sites/Next/ArtsandCulture/Art/5548049-147/story.csp By Akintayo Abodunrin April 3, 2010 07:22PM The looting of African artefacts and the ceaseless calls for their repatriation will take centre stage when ‘Benin1897.com: Art and the Restitution Question’, a solo travelling…

The scramble for Africa’s treasures

The scramble for Africa’s treasures http://234next.com/csp/cms/sites/Next/Opinion/Editorial/5543892-148/story.csp The history of the African continent is littered with the exploits of plunderers. Slave traders – local and foreign – held sway for centuries, carting multitudes of Africans across the Atlantic, to plantations in…

France returns Nigerian artifacts

FRIDAY, 29 JANUARY 2010 00:00 NIGERIAN COMPASS THERE are indications that Nigeria’s efforts to repatriate some of it’s stolen artifacts have started yielding dividends as officials of the French government handed over to Nigeria two artifacts dated over 400 years…

FRANCE'S surprise hand-over of four fragments of an ancient tomb mural to Egyptian antiquities authorities recently makes art authorities around the world pop questions about Nigeria's steep in the nitty-gritty of art politics.

France’s return of Egyptian artefacts reawakes repatriation debate FRANCE’S surprise hand-over of four fragments of an ancient tomb mural to Egyptian antiquities authorities recently makes art authorities around the world pop questions about Nigeria’s steep in the nitty-gritty of art politics.…

Nigeria Recovers $55m Stolen Artefacts

From Chinwe Ochu in Abuja, 11.16.2009 Foreign Affairs Minister, Chief Ojo Maduekwe,  at the weekend,  took delivery of two stolen Nigerian artefacts worth $55, 000 recently handed over to Nigeria by the French Customs in Toulouse, France. The two monoliths…

Robben Island is 'under threat'

Authorities in Cape Town, South Africa, have expressed grave concern about what they describe as the deteriorating state of Robben Island. Nelson Mandela was held prisoner on the island for most of the 27 years he was in jail, and…

CAIRO — Many relics from ancient Egypt remain in foreign museums and Cairo is struggling to persuade other countries to send them back, like France which agreed to return a set of 3,000-year-old wall painting fragments.

Egypt battling for more relics after Louvre success CAIRO — Many relics from ancient Egypt remain in foreign museums and Cairo is struggling to persuade other countries to send them back, like France which agreed to return a set of 3,000-year-old wall painting…

Nairobi ˜ Underfunding and shortage of professionals are the main hurdles facing conservation of world heritage sites in sub-Saharan Africa, experts say.

Heritage of Alms – Sad Plight of Sub-Saharan States http://allafrica.com/stories/200910120117.html Nairobi ˜ Underfunding and shortage of professionals are the main hurdles facing conservation of world heritage sites in sub-Saharan Africa, experts say. Due to inadequate funding by the concerned countries,…

CAIRO — Many relics from ancient Egypt remain in foreign museums and Cairo is struggling to persuade other countries to send them back, like France which agreed to return a set of 3,000-year-old wall painting fragments.

Egypt battling for more relics after Louvre success By Ines Bel Aiba (AFP) – 2 hours ago CAIRO — Many relics from ancient Egypt remain in foreign museums and Cairo is struggling to persuade other countries to send them back,…

Kwame Opoku: ZAHI HAWASS STRIKES AGAIN

ZAHI HAWASS STRIKES AGAIN Whether you like Zahi Hawass or not, there is no denying that the dynamic Secretary-General of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities is a serious man wholly dedicated to his work and determined to restore to…

Ethiopia: illegal sales threaten sacred relics

Ethiopia: illegal sales threaten sacred relics Geplaatst op vrijdag 19 oktober 2007 – 12:00 Redactie AfrikaNieuws Tedla Desta, AfricaNews reporter in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Waka, wooden memorial statues to the dead are under threat due to illegal sales of this…

Kwame Opoku: RECOVERING NIGERIA’S TERRACOTTA

It is now five  months since the issue of looted African terracotta was raised in connection with the exhibition entitled “African Terra Cotta: a Millenary Heritage”, at the Barbier-Mueller Museum, Geneva and brought to the attention of all concerned. (1)…

Angola: Final frontier for fossils

By Louise Redvers BBC News, Luanda In the past, most people who went to Angola were searching for oil, diamonds or landmines. Now, the country is also proving a big draw for fossil hunters – known in the scientific community…

Who owns the image of the Maasai?

TO MOST OUTSIDERS, THE MAASAI ARE FIGURES from a postcard. A warrior stands tall — the right foot hooked in the crook of the knee of the straight left leg. He sports long ochre-dyed hair and a red shuka cloth…

Some 2,500 years ago, a mysterious culture emerged in Nigeria. The Nok people left behind bizarre terracotta statues – and little else. German archaeologists are now looking for more clues to explain this obscure culture. Interpol, the international law-enforcement agency, noted that the objects were being "systematically stolen" and that Africa's heritage was under threat from thieves. UNESCO finally put the sculptures on a list of objects that were illegal to import or export.

German Archaeologists Labor To Solve Mystery Of The Nok 2009-08-21 Posted By: Intellpuke Some 2,500 years ago, a mysterious culture emerged in Nigeria. The Nok people left behind bizarre terracotta statues – and little else. German archaeologists are now looking…

Some 2,500 years ago, a mysterious culture emerged in Nigeria. The Nok people left behind bizarre terracotta statues – and little else. German archaeologists are now looking for more clues to explain this obscure culture. Interpol, the international law-enforcement agency, noted that the objects were being "systematically stolen" and that Africa's heritage was under threat from thieves. UNESCO finally put the sculptures on a list of objects that were illegal to import or export.

German Archaeologists Labor To Solve Mystery Of The Nok 2009-08-21 Posted By: Intellpuke Some 2,500 years ago, a mysterious culture emerged in Nigeria. The Nok people left behind bizarre terracotta statues – and little else. German archaeologists are now looking…

Librarians On Loan To Kenya

By BETHE DUFRESNE Special to The Courant 4:49 PM EDT, August 21, 2009 NAIROBI, Kenya Books are in short supply everywhere in Kenya, and that’s tough on a population of avid readers. But in its five years of existence, American…

WHO OWNS AFRICA’S CULTURAL PATRIMONY?

Call For Papers Critical Interventions: Journal of African Art History and Visual Culture Fall 2010 WHO OWNS AFRICA’S CULTURAL PATRIMONY? Critical Interventions invites submissions for a special issue on the question of Africa’s cultural patrimony in Western museums, especially in the…

WASHINGTON — Although water pressure in two city fire hydrants was less than 20 percent of what it should have been, city officials said Friday that that was not the reason firefighters could not save a home that contained one of the country’s largest private collections of African-American art.

August 8, 2009 Art Collection Burns, and Officials Offer Reasons By IAN URBINA WASHINGTON — Although water pressure in two city fire hydrants was less than 20 percent of what it should have been, city officials said Friday that that…

Bronze R30000 statue stolen from KWT

Bronze R30000 statue stolen from KWT FLASHBACK: Three-times former world boxing champion Vuyani Bhungu with the statue of his great grandmother, Prophetess Nonthetha Nkwenke, which is now missing. Picture: MICHAEL PINYANA 2009/08/06  A STATUE of Prophetess Nonthetha Nkwenke has disappeared…

Le pharaon business de Zahi Hawass

Par Delphine Saubaber, Tangi Salaün, publié le 01/08/2009 10:00 – mis à jour le 01/08/2009 18:46 Gardien d’une civilisation perdue et star médiatique, le tout-puissant patron du Conseil suprême des antiquités a la haute main sur les fouilles archéologiques. Il…