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US museum plans Edo State expo

03 February 2014, 11:57Augustine Osayande

Abuja – The Washington-based Smithsonian National Museum of African Art has concluded plans to hold exhibitions showcasing the arts and culture of Benin Kingdom.

 This was disclosed by Dr. Jonita Bech-Cole, who led delegation of the organisation to the Edo State this past weekend.

She said the historic exhibition would feature the preserved photographs of the first and outstanding photographer of the Benin Royal Court, Solomon Alonge.   

"The project involves exhibitions in Washington DC, Lagos and Benin City. We think it is significant that this exhibition is holding in Nigeria. It is our hope that the citizens of Lagos and Benin City will receive this exhibition as a gift of love," said Bech-Cole.

She added that the photographs would be left in Benin City as a permanent gift to the National Musuem in the Edo State capital.

Governor Adams Oshiomhole said the exhibition would remind the people of the state of their roots.  

"Let me thank you for preserving this history. I also want to thank you for the interest you have shown in organising this work and also the interest you have shown all the way in Washington in getting the world to spare time to reflect on the great history of this part of the African continent," he said.

It is hoped the exhibition would inspire young people to know the history of the state.

"I am sure the exhibition will inspire our young people to know that every day, history is made but we neglect documentation. We do not recognise that what seems very ordinary today may become very historic works some 100 years time, when we may not be in position to narrate our works," said Oshiomhole.

The exhibition, whose date is yet to be announced, is expected to showcase photographs and mosaics as captured by the lenses of the cameras of Alonge.

– CAJ News


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