Tuesday 24 August 2021

Nigeria, U.S. to Sign Agreement On Cultural Property Trafficking

The Nigerian Government and the United States of America have agreed to sign a bilateral agreement stopping illicit trafficking in cultural property and artefacts. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed disclosed this in Washington DC after a closed door meeting with the U.S. Acting Assistant Secretary of State on Education and Culture, Mr Mathew Lussenhop.The agreement will be signed in Nigeria soon and will expand cooperation between the two countries in the area of cultural property. 

Specifically, the minister said the agreement would prevent stolen artefacts in Nigeria from getting into the U.S. [...] He said the agreement included capacity building for Nigerians and the country was the second in Africa to enter into it with the U.S. after Mali. [...] "The agreement is to prevent artefacts and cultural property that people want to illicitly ship to the U.S.

The question remains why the US feels it needs to have an actual agreement with the brown-skinned folk to stop their collectors and dealers nicking their stuff.  

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