The Nigerian consulate-general in New York, USA has received 3 cultural artifacts of Benin and Ife heritage which were previously on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET).
Confirming the development, Abba Tijjani, director-general of national commission for museums and monuments (NCMM),and Lot Egopija, consul-general of Nigeria in New York said;
“We are looking forward to collaborating with the MET because we cannot exist in an island, for example, the museum cannot be working in Nigeria without collaborating with partners outside the country.
Collaborating with MET will be possible now that we are friends and we understand each other and we want to see how we can work together.
We have about 52 museums across the country under the commission, and we have 65 monuments and sites and staff working in the museums will require modern training.’’ – He said
The 3 ancient artefacts which were returned include, two 16th-century Benin brass plaques and one 14th-century Ife brass head,
They were both received by Abba Tijjani, director-general of national commission for museums and monuments (NCMM),and Lot Egopija, consul-general of Nigeria in New York.
Tijjani, who signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with MET, commended the museum for returning the artefacts to Nigeria. He asked other museums in possession of Nigerian artefacts to follow MET’s exemplary gesture.