Arts & Culture

The arts have without any doubt been crucial for the survival of Africa and Africans in the face of the slavers' and colonial aggression and repression. What do present African perspectives of contemporary art look like? Which are the current discourses? And how do artists define themselves and their art in the globalised world?

Kwame Opoku: A History of the World with 100 Looted Objects of Others: Global Intoxication?

Article by Kwame Opoku on the occasion of the the British Museum and the BBC announcement of a programme with the title: “A History of the World in 100 Objects”. A pretence, writes Kwame Opoku, to serving the whole world, a title which indicates a wider... |+| read article

Kwame Opoku: France returns looted artefacts to Nigeria: Beginning of a long process or an isolated act?

According to a report in the Nigerian Compass reproduced below, the French Government has returned to the Nigerian Government two artefacts looted during the colonial days. This is good news. We have in various articles demonstrated the illegality, the... |+| read article

Video: Chimamanda Adichie: The danger of a single story

In this fascinating talk, Nigerian Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding. Published by... |+| read article

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) A... |+| read article

Queen of Egypt's heart

nefertiti

Will the supreme artefact of the Pharaonic era, the magnificent bust of Queen Nefertiti, ever be allowed to visit Egypt? Jill Kamil looks at the prospects of a homecoming.

The serenely beautiful likeness of Queen Nefertiti -- whose name literally... |+| read article

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