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National Commission for Museums and Monuments, Nigeria

National Commission for Museums and Monuments, Nigeria Official page of National Commission for Museums and Monuments, Nigeria
https://museum.ng/

According to the Act of Parliament establishing it, the functions of the commission include but not limited to
1. Administering National Museums, Antiquities and Monuments;
2. Establishing and Maintaining National Museums and other outlets for or in connection with, but not restricted only to the following, that is,
Antiquities
Science and Technology
Warfare
African, Black and other Antiquities
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According to the Act of Parliament establishing it, the functions of the commission include but not limited to
1. Administering National Museums, Antiquities and Monuments;
2. Establishing and Maintaining National Museums and other outlets for or in connection with, but not restricted only to the following, that is,
Antiquities
Science and Technology
Warfare
African, Black and other Antiquities
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30/12/2022

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For U.S. museums with art, the Indiana Jones era is over🚫

💭Prodded by law enforcement, and pushed by foreign governments, American are increasingly returning artifacts to countries of origin, but critics wonder at what cost. Attitudes have shifted, the Indiana Jones era is over, and there is tremendous pressure on museums to return any looted works acquired during the days when collecting could be careless and trophies at times trumped scruples.

via The New York Times💬 https://ecs.page.link/3WFCy

25/12/2022

May this season bring us all joy an happiness.

Wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a happy holiday.

Season's greetings to you all.
25/12/2022

Season's greetings to you all.

In the spirit of the Season, I present to you all, my Best Wishes for a Joyous Christmas filled with Love, Happiness & P...
25/12/2022

In the spirit of the Season, I present to you all, my Best Wishes for a Joyous Christmas filled with Love, Happiness & Prosperity.
Merry Christmas.

Prof. Abba Isa Tijani
Director-General/CEO

In the spirit of the Season, I present to you all, my Best Wishes for a Joyous Christmas filled with Love, Happiness & P...
25/12/2022

In the spirit of the Season, I present to you all, my Best Wishes for a Joyous Christmas filled with Love, Happiness & Prosperity.
Merry Christmas.

Prof. Abba Isa Tijani
Director-General/CEO

Recently, the Director-General, Prof. Abba Tijani led the NCMM Management team on a courtesy visit to His Excellency, th...
23/12/2022

Recently, the Director-General, Prof. Abba Tijani led the NCMM Management team on a courtesy visit to His Excellency, the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo at the A*o Rock Villa.

During the visit, matters of mutual benefits were discussed.

22/12/2022



Here is a glimpse into how the artefacts returned home.

What a special day! One to remember and never to forget. After years of long struggles, the Benin court-artworks finally came home! ✨

The city of cologne has transferred ownership of some Benin court-artworks to the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Mayor Henriette Reker and Prof. Abba Isa Tijani, Director General of the National Commission for Museums and Monuments, Nigeria, signed the contract.

The artefacts originate from a robbery by British military troops in 1897 in the Kingdom of Benin, which is located in today’s Nigeria.

Worthy to note:

➡ It is a long overdue step in the restitution work!
➡ The Benin court-artworks are important to its people.
➡ More artworks will be successively returned.



📸 : Francis Oghuma⁣

Headlines making the rounds across the globe.
21/12/2022

Headlines making the rounds across the globe.

21/12/2022



Benin Bronzes refers to tens of thousands of metal carvings, plaques, and sculptures produced between the 15th and 19th centuries that were taken in 1897 by British troops from the West African kingdom of Benin, located in present day Edo state, Nigeria.

Yesterday at a ceremony in the nation’s capital, Abuja, the German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock handed over 22 artefacts that were stolen in the 19th century, following an agreement established earlier this year to transfer ownership of more than 1,000 of these priceless items.

For the people of Edo state an Nigeria at large, these sculptures have spiritual and historical importance in addition to being valued for their aesthetic beauty and technical artistry.

📍Rotunda Hall, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abuja, Nigeria.

Some faces that made and experienced history yesterday in Abuja during the official handover of 22 Benin bronzes returne...
21/12/2022

Some faces that made and experienced history yesterday in Abuja during the official handover of 22 Benin bronzes returned by Germany to Nigeria.

How many faces do you recognize?

21/12/2022

Prof. Abba Isa Tijani speaks on Arise News about Nigerian repatriated artefacts and the bulk still held overseas.

21/12/2022

A report by NTA on yesterday's return of 22 repatriated Benin Bronzes.

MORE ON TODAY'S RETURN OF BENIN BRONZES.Today, the Federal Republic of Germany handed over 22 repatriated Benin Bronzes ...
20/12/2022

MORE ON TODAY'S RETURN OF BENIN BRONZES.

Today, the Federal Republic of Germany handed over 22 repatriated Benin Bronzes to Nigeria.

Germany is the most recent European nation to return looted cultural artifacts to their indigenous African homelands.

German Foreign Minister, Annalena Baerbock and Claudia Roth, Minister of State for Culture and Media, has today, returne...
20/12/2022

German Foreign Minister, Annalena Baerbock and Claudia Roth, Minister of State for Culture and Media, has today, returned 22 Benin objects to Nigeria.

The ceremonial handover held in Abuja saw the presence of the minister of Information and Culture, Hon. Lai Mohammed, Director General, National Commission for Museums and Monuments, Prof. Abba Isa Tijani, Director of Museums, Mal Abdul Mohammed Gimba among others.

These collections are from German museums and over a thousand more works of art from the , , .skd and the Linden Museum will follow.

Annalena Baerbock said at the handover: “It was wrong that these Benin bronzes were stolen and it was wrong that our country kept them. Even if the return cannot heal all wounds, it is an important step in coming to terms with Germany's colonial past. We also want to face this part of our history.”

Claudia Roth emphasized: "At this moment, which not only connects our two countries but also our continents, something new begins. It's a good day when someone long gone returns to the place where they belong. It is a day of joy for us too.”

These objects date back to the royal palace of Benin Kingdom in 1879.

Official Handover Ceremony of 22 Repatriated Benin Bronzes by Germany to Nigeria
20/12/2022

Official Handover Ceremony of 22 Repatriated Benin Bronzes by Germany to Nigeria

The state of Baden-Württemberg and the state capital of Stuttgart yesterday signed a comprehensive restitution agreement...
19/12/2022

The state of Baden-Württemberg and the state capital of Stuttgart yesterday signed a comprehensive restitution agreement with Nigeria, in which the ownership of all 70 Benin objects from the Linden Museum's collection will be transferred home with 24 works remaining as long-term loans in exhibition.

Following the signing, Minister of Art Petra Olschowski presented the ivory mask of Queen Mother Idia to the representatives of Nigeria, H.E. Ambassador Yusuf Maimata Tuggar and Prof. Abba Tijani, Director General of the National Commission for Museums and Monuments in Nigeria. The 16th-century miniature mask was stolen from King Ovonramwen Ogbaisi's bedchamber by British soldiers in 1897 and is highly symbolic of Benin and Nigeria.

“By returning the Benin objects, we are making it clear that we seriously take responsibility for coming to terms with our colonial past in a respectful manner. We will work together more closely, jointly advance the exploration of the objects and share the findings. We are not losing anything today, we are gaining trust," said Inés de Castro, director of the Linden Museum.

The Stuttgart Minister of Science & Arts, the Director, Linden Museum, Nigeria's Ambassador to Germany & Prof. Abba Isa ...
19/12/2022

The Stuttgart Minister of Science & Arts, the Director, Linden Museum, Nigeria's Ambassador to Germany & Prof. Abba Isa Tijani at a ceremony in Linden Museum Stuttgart for the return of Nigerian Artefact.



The signing of agreement for the return of Nigerian Antiquities from Linden Museum, Stuttgart, Germany, is another move by the National Commission for Museums and Monuments to ensure that all objects return home.

With several artefacts belonging to Nigeria still scattered around the world, the DG, NCMM, Prof. Abba Isa Tijani will continue to ensure that Nigerias historical antiquities, artefacts and every other work of art finds it's way home.

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18/12/2022

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15/12/2022

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Wir haben das Eigentum an den 92 Benin-Bronzen aus dem Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum heute an die Bundesrepublik Nigeria übertragen. Oberbürgermeisterin Henriette Reker und Prof. Abba Isa Tijani, Generaldirektor der „National Commission for Museums and Monuments“ Nigeria, unterzeichneten den Vertrag. Die Kunstwerke stammen aus einem Raub des britischen Militärs 1897 im Königreich Benin, das im heutigen Nigeria lag. ▶️ https://www.stadt-koeln.de/politik-und-verwaltung/presse/mitteilungen/25399/index.html (📸: F. Oghuma)

Remembering some of the successes of NCMM: On the 8th of August 2022, the Council of the City of Cologne decided the tra...
14/12/2022

Remembering some of the successes of NCMM:

On the 8th of August 2022, the Council of the City of Cologne decided the transfer of ownership of the Benin artworks. You want to know more about it? What the objects tell? Who lost them? Who misses them? And why today, they are part of the debate around restitution and colonial reappraisal? Stay connected to this page to know more.

At the moment, the Benin court artworks are on display and their beauty is visible, but the pain, loss and mourning are still remembered.

Remembering some of the successes of NCMM: On the 8th of August 2022, the Council of the City of Cologne decided the tra...
14/12/2022

Remembering some of the successes of NCMM:

On the 8th of August 2022, the Council of the City of Cologne decided the transfer of ownership of the Benin artworks. You want to know more about it? What the objects tell? Who lost them? Who misses them? And why today, they are part of the debate around restitution and colonial reappraisal? Stay connected to this page to know more.

At the moment, the Benin court artworks are on display and their beauty is visible, but the pain, loss and mourning are still remembered.

Time to rack your brains: What more do you know about the National Museum Lagos? Leave your comments below.
12/12/2022

Time to rack your brains: What more do you know about the National Museum Lagos? Leave your comments below.

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11/12/2022

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Press Release!Historically Significant 9th - 11th Century Igbo-Ukwu Bronzes in National Museum Lagos’ Collection Selecte...
07/12/2022

Press Release!

Historically Significant 9th - 11th Century Igbo-Ukwu Bronzes in National Museum Lagos’ Collection Selected for Bank of America’s 2022 Art Conservation Project

December 07, 2022 – The National Museum Lagos has been selected as a beneficiary of the Bank of America Arts Conservation Project 2022 and is among 19 major global art conservation projects to be selected. Funding from the grant will be used to restore 350 Igbo-Ukwu bronze objects, historically inimitable, they come from a culture that may be the earliest known example of bronze casting in the region. This grant is the first ever funding received for the conservation of the Igbo-Ukwu bronzes.

Bank of America’s Art Conservation Project has supported the conservation of more than 6,000 individual pieces since 2010, including paintings, sculptures, and archaeological and architectural pieces of critical importance to cultural heritage and the history of art. More than 200 projects across 39 countries have been managed by non-profit cultural institutions that receive grant funding to conserve historically or culturally significant works of art that are in danger of deterioration.

The National Museum Lagos will restore the Igbo-Ukwu Bronzes, elaborately decorated bronze works dating from the 9th century, in need of conservation to keep the objects in proper form. The Bank of America Art Conservation Project grant will enable the Nigerian National Museum to conduct a structural analysis, consolidation and full conservation and treatment of a total of 350 culturally significant objects of Igbo-Ukwu origin in its collection, beginning with a selection of 150 Igbo-Ukwu bronze objects. The conservation process will take approximately 8 months on site at the National Museum and will involve support from an expert conservator. “The grant provides an avenue for proper and adequate conservation of Igbo-Ukwu objects, especially some that are already corroded and needs to be restored. It allows the National Commission for Museums and Monuments the opportunity to exhibit objects in their best states for public education and enlightenment.” said Abba Isa Tijani, Director-General of the National Commission for Museums and Monuments in Nigeria.

The discovery of the Igbo-Ukwu bronzes was accidental, found in 1938 when a man tried to dig a water cistern in his compound in a village called Igbo-Ukwu- Anambra State Nigeria. Upon scientific excavation of the site in 1959, radiocarbon dating placed the site to 850 CE, which could make the Igbo-Ukwu culture the earliest known example of bronze casting in the region. These Igbo-Ukwu bronzes also represent the earliest examples of copper alloy (copper and tin) art in Sub-Saharan Africa. The people of Igbo-Ukwu were likely among the first groups of West Africans to use the lost wax hollow casting technique, also known as cire perdue, to produce these bronze sculptures.

The National Museum Lagos is one of 19 significant art restoration projects selected for the 2022 Bank of America Art Conservation Project, representing a diverse range of artistic styles, media, and cultural traditions across the U.S., the U.K., Australia, Ghana, Ireland, Spain, France and Mexico. Institutions receiving support from Bank of America this year include, National Museum of Ghana, Notre-Dame de Paris, Trinity College Library Dublin, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza Madrid, and more. “Through the Art Conservation Project, we have an opportunity to shine a light on the perpetual need for conservation and preservation. Our support helps ensure that future generations can celebrate and enjoy these historic works of art for years to come.” said Brian Siegel, global arts and heritage executive at Bank of America.

NOTE TO EDITORS
National Museum Lagos, and Igbo-Ukwu Art
The National Museum Lagos, one of the 53 museums managed and supervised by the National Commission for Museums & Monuments is the flagship museum and the largest in terms of collections in the country. The Museum has six collection stores of about 40,000 ethnographic and archaeological objects. Its mission is the systematic collection, preservation, study and interpretation of the tangible and intangible material evidence of the development of the multi-ethnic/multi-cultural peoples of Nigeria, and Nigerians in the diaspora. Among the ethnographic objects in the collection are Igbo-Ukwu art pieces (dated between 9th – 11th Century AD) from Igbo ethnic groups of South Eastern Nigeria. The objects represent archaeological materials from Igbo Isaiah, Igbo Jonah and Igbo Richard. Their outstanding features are great elaboration of insects and other naturalistic representations on the surfaces. Lagos museum’s educational programmes include lectures, film shows, cultural quiz programmes, storytelling, music and drama performances, guided tours, cultural fashion parade shows, teacher workshops, art workshops and exhibitions, Located at Onikan, in the heartland of Lagos the museum has Galleries, Library, Children Play Park, Museum Kitchen, Open lawn, Car Park, a Craft Shop and Storage Areas.

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06/12/2022

NIGERIA-USA MOU ON WOOD CONSERVATION

With being committed to the preservation of art works and cultural materials in Nigeria, Prof. Abba Isa Tijani, Director General, National Commission for Museums and Monuments, has once again, succeeded in further maintaining and safeguarding the cultural heritage of Nigeria and it's people.

This report gives an insight into what went down at the signing of the MOU between the US 🇺🇸 and the Nigerian 🇳🇬 government to sustain wood conservation.

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06/12/2022

DG National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM), Professor Abba Isa Tijani attends National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) 2nd Nigeria Digital Content Regulation Conference in ogos.

The event was aimed at devising means to further regulate the culture and production of visual content across Nigeria.

See the video below.

NCMM SIGNS MOU WITH THE USA ON CULTURAL PRESERVATIONOn the occasion of signing a memorandum of understanding between the...
05/12/2022

NCMM SIGNS MOU WITH THE USA ON CULTURAL PRESERVATION

On the occasion of signing a memorandum of understanding between the United States of America Embassy and the National Commission for Museums and Monuments, the DG, NCMM, Prof. Abba Isa Tijani today received the Consul-General, US Consulate General, Lagos, Mr. William Stevens and the Public Affairs Officer, Joe Kruzich among other guests to the museum.

Joining him to receive the guests was the Curator of National Museum Lagos, Mrs Omotayo Adeboye and members of her Management Team.

This event is in respect of the grant given to Yale University of Art Gallery through the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) from which Nigeria will benefit.

The DG, Prof. Abba Isa Tijani expressed his gratitude to the Consul- General for facilitating the grant; stating that the relationship between the United States and the Nigerian government has immensely been beneficial to the NCMM.

The parties took a tour round Lagos Museum galleries, as well as the children’s play park, located just in front of the museum after, which a gift was presented to the Consul General by the Director- General, NCMM.

See photo illustrations!

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NCMM SIGNS MOU WITH THE USA ON CULTURAL PRESERVATION.On the occasion of signing a memorandum of understanding between th...
05/12/2022

NCMM SIGNS MOU WITH THE USA ON CULTURAL PRESERVATION.

On the occasion of signing a memorandum of understanding between the United States of America Embassy and the National Commission for Museums and Monuments, the DG, NCMM, Prof. Abba Isa Tijani today received the Consul-General, US Consulate General, Lagos, Mr. William Stevens and the Public Affairs Officer, Joe Kruzich among other guests to the museum.

Joining him to receive the guests was the Curator of National Museum Lagos, Mrs Omotayo Adeboye and members of her Management Team.

This event is in respect of the grant given to Yale University of Art Gallery through the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) from which Nigeria will benefit.

The DG, Prof. Abba Isa Tijani expressed his gratitude to the Consul- General for facilitating the grant; stating that the relationship between the United States and the Nigerian government has immensely been beneficial to the NCMM.

The parties took a tour round Lagos Museum galleries, as well as the children’s play park, located just in front of the museum after, which a gift was presented to the Consul General by the Director- General, NCMM.

See photo illustrations!

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TO ALL CURATORS
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RE: INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM DAY CELEBRATION 2021.
The above subject matter refers.
In view of the Federal Government re-introduced IV phase of COVID- 19 restrictions on limits to public gatherings across the 36 States and the Federal Capiy Territory (FCT) I am directed to inform all Curators that the global annual event has by postponed until a new date is fixed appropriately.
We regret any inconveniences this postponement may have caused.
Please accept the assurance of the Director General's warm regards.
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"Nigeria's opportunity for return of Benin Bronzes - BBC News" https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-54117905
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... Stolen by British soldiers and sailors in 1897, most are in Western museums and private collections.

The British Museum, which has some 950 Benin Bronzes, has come under particular criticism for its refusal to give them back, but is only one of many museums struggling to justify the legitimacy of its collection.

The Edo kings - the obas- campaigned for decades in vain for the Benin Bronzes to be returned.

But few in the West took seriously African demands for restitution. Western curators argued that Africa lacked the resources to look after its treasures, but also that Western museums had no moral obligation to repair any damage inflicted during decades of colonialism.

That has now changed, and behind the scenes, things have been moving.
The start and spread of COVID-19 brought about immense impacts on the management and operations of places and sites of cultural and historic significance. This quick survey aims to gather information from stakeholders on how museums and historic sites in Nigeria are coping with the impacts of the global pandemic and responses of stakeholders to adapt the operations and management of the museums and heritage sites to new realities. Kindly use this link 👇 to participate in the survey [https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx…](https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=yz2Q7ncrpU2-AsRSNXg9rVgZbRlfbdJMhueWyehMNKpUNjdIQTRQVkdUWThTRkEyMzMwVkgwNkZBTy4u&fbclid=IwAR0HQVtSb-OjcxbNKyByqN06zzV79-9n8jL1Knoe3TFkAkoYFEUBGRsvF8k)

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