Director-General, National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM), Prof. Abba Tijjani alongside the Consulate-General of Nigeria in New York, Amb. Lot Egopija has received three benin and ife artefacts from the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) in New York.
The MET currently houses about 160 works of arts from Nigeria, which were mostly donated by individuals who were said to have acquired them in the art market.
Prof. Tijjani commended the museum for returning the artefacts to Nigeria, urging other museums in possession of Nigerian artefacts to follow its exemplary gesture.
“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.
The two 16th-century Benin brass plaques and the 14th-century Ife brass head were later taken to the Consulate-General of Nigeria in New York for eventual return to Nigeria at a later date.