POV 7: Africa’s Cultural Heritage and the Case for Restitution

Themed ‘Africa’s Cultural Heritage and the Case for Restitution, the 7th edition of ‘Point of View’ lent a voice to increasing global calls and debates for the restitution and repatriation of looted art to Nigeria, more specifically the renowned Benin bronzes. The talks also discussed current efforts in this direction, the role of African museums and Nigeria’s state of preparedness in receiving and preserving them. In addition, the edition focused on colonialism’s destructive impact on Nigerian cultural heritage, diaspora affairs, migration and the reinvention of identity.

This event was supported by the Society of Nigerian Artists, Alliance Française Lagos, Centre for Contemporary Art Lagos, Toff Resources Nigeria Ltd, CIL Acquico Ltd, Jelili Atiku Foundation, Five Cowries Art Education, Jackson, Etti & Edu, Vanguard, Ventures Platform, BusinessDay, Connect Nigeria, TSA Contemporary Art Magazine, EKO Trends, Environews Nigeria, The Lagos Weekender, The Sole Adventurer, WildflowerPR and Omenka.

Presentation Topics

  • Imperialism, Art and the Case for Restitution by Prof Peju Layiwola, Department of Creative Arts, University of Lagos
  • The Brutish Museums: The Benin Bronzes, Colonial Violence and Cultural Restitution by Dan Hicks FSA, Professor of Contemporary Archaeology, University of Oxford


Panel Theme

  • The Restitution Debate: Diaspora Affairs, Migration and the Reinvention of Identity