Another step in the conversation on Art Restitution

 Pointof View

On Tuesday 25 April, Dr Vincent Hiribarren participated in a panel discussion entitled 'The Restitution Debate: Diaspora Affairs, Migration and the Reinvention of Identity'.

The discussion was part of the 'Point of View' talks organised by the Ben Enwonwu Foundation in collaboration with the Society of Nigerian Artists and hosted by Alliance Française of Lagos. 





The speakers (Kofo Adeleke, Azu Nwagbogu, Vincent Hiribarren and Peter Okotor) discussed the global calls and debates for the repatriation of looted art to Nigeria, more specifically the renowned Benin bronzes. The talks also sought to discuss current efforts in this direction, Nigeria’s state of preparedness in receiving and preserving them as well as its impact on Nigerian cultural heritage.



Panelists :

Dr Vincent Hiribarren, Director at IFRA-Nigeria.

Kofo Adeleke, President of Legacy, a non-governmental organization, that preserves historic buildings and monuments in Nigeria.

Azu Nwagbogu, Founder and Director, African Artists Foundation (AAF) and Lagos Photo.

Peter Okotor, artist and curator.





Audience in Alliance Française Lagos/Mike Adenuga Centre.









Panelist (Kofo Adeleke) and Host of the Event (Oliver Enwonwu)








Photos credit : ©Tobi Akinde.

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