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Title:The restitution of cultural artefacts: the case of Benin, a case for Nigeria
Author:Layiwola, Peju
Periodical:Journal of environment and culture (ISSN 1597-2755)
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:archaeological artefacts
cultural policy
Benin polity
Abstract:The issue of the repatriation and restitution of cultural artefacts is a highly debatable one, given that a large number of cultural objects kept in Western museums are of dubious provenance. The clamour for the return of these artefacts cuts across several cultures and is not restricted to Africa alone. However, the fact that several African objects reside in these museums, and not a single work from the West can be found in the museums in Africa, reveals the imbalance in the distribution of artefacts. The plundering of Africa by Western powers and the continued keeping of its treasures is the thrust of the present paper. It elaborates on the various attempts at restitution, particularly using the well-documented case of Benin during the 1897 British expedition. Certain obnoxious policies emerging from the West provide a platform for the non restitution of Africa's art holdings. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]