Title: Nigeria calls for return of Lander Stool from the British Museum
Author: Gareth Harris
Media Outlet: The Art Newspaper
Publish Date: February 4, 2019
“A Nigerian official has requested the return from the British Museum of a woodcarving known as the Lander Stool, which was taken from Nigeria in 1830 by the UK explorer Richard Lander. According to a statement from Lagos State, the item would go on display in the redeveloped John K. Randle Centre of Yoruba History and Culture, due to open in Lagos this spring. The new culture complex “will enable the Yoruba people to reclaim their heritage from a colonial narrative”. “
(…) CLARIFICATION (5 February): A spokeswoman for the British Museum says that Steve Ayorinde formally stated in a letter given to Hartwig Fischer on 2 February that the Lander Stool is one of a number of objects that the Randle Centre has requested to receive on loan.