Cooperation

How long will Europeans and other Westerners keep insulting Africans in Restitution Matters?

Title: How long will Europeans and other Westerners keep insulting Africans in Restitution Matters?
Author: Dr. Kwame Opoku
Media Outlet: Modern Ghana
Publish Date: Sept. 16, 2019

“We reproduce below a press release from a Berlin based NGO alliance on the proposals of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation to loan to Namibia artefacts looted by German colonialists.

(…) We call on African peoples and States to whom such demeaning proposals of loans of their own looted artefacts have been made, to reject them as a matter of dignity and principle. Other offers accompanying such proposals cannot make up for the loss of self-respect and dignity resulting from such shameful projects.

In this post-Ouagadougou period, after the Sarr-Savoy report, such proposals are anachronistic.

France retreats from report recommending automatic restitutions of looted African artefacts

Title: France retreats from report recommending automatic restitutions of looted African artefacts
Author: Vincent Noce
Media Outlet: The Art Newspaper
Publish Date: July 5, 2019

“The controversial French report recommending a systematic and unconditional return of African cultural heritage was all-but buried yesterday at a conference in Paris. (…) In his opening speech at the symposium on Thursday, the French culture minister Franck Riester only pledged that "France will examine all requests presented by African nations" but asked them not to "focus on the sole issue of restitution."