Kenya

Kenya creates a database to show just where its stolen cultural artefacts are

Title: Kenya creates a database to show just where its stolen cultural artefacts are
Author: Gurmeet Singh
Media Outlet: Fairplanet.org
Publish Date: June 28, 2019

“(…) Databases such as this may actually be more effective in the long-run than government lobbying. If the wider public is able to access a database which shows which objects were wrongfully acquired and where they currently reside, it might do more to raise awareness of the issue than elite-level political discussion.”

Kenya is creating a database of plundered cultural artefacts and their current locations

Title: Kenya is creating a database of plundered cultural artefacts and their current locations
Author: Kylie Kiunguyu
Media Outlet: This Is Africa
Publish Date: June 24, 2019

“While other African countries have been petitioning for decades and are actively moving towards the repatriation of cultural artefacts that were plundered during the colonial era, Kenya has only recently launched an investigation into which objects were removed from the East African nation, where in the West they are housed and who holds the agency to demand their repatriation.”

Museums in the changing world order: Restitution to Africa reaches tipping point

Title: Museums in the changing world order: Restitution to Africa reaches tipping point
Author: Adrian Ellis
Media Outlet: The Art Newspaper
Publish Date: April 5, 2019

“The British Museum appears to be maintaining the position of the Declaration on the Importance and Value of Universal Museums, signed by 18 peer institutions (but not the British Museum) in 2002: respect the law as it stands, not as it could stand; avoid the slippery slope to depletion to which any concession potentially leads; acknowledge the wide range of circumstances in which objects were acquired rather than generalising from the most egregious cases; remember the first duty of stewardship and ensure at all costs that objects are safe from conservational lapses or theft; keep objects where they can be seen in the broadest global and historical context; do not forget that the geopolitical entities requesting their “return” are rarely the entities from which they were taken; and look for imaginative alternatives to permanent restitution, such as curatorial exchanges and long-term loans. And generally, one might reasonably add, say as little as possible about these issues in public.”

Kenya is starting to track its valuable stolen artifacts worldwide—with German help

Title: Kenya is starting to track its valuable stolen artifacts worldwide—with German help
Author: Abdi Latif Dahir
Media Outlet: Quartz Africa
Publish Date: December 12, 2018

“The world’s leading museums have also defended their right to keep ancient statues, giving the excuse that their institutions served the interests of all nations. Jim Chuchu of the Nest calls this “weaponized bureaucracy” or “the circle of nonsense” like how Germany refuses to return the 3,400-year-old bust of Queen Nefertiti calling it “the ambassador of Egypt in Berlin.” “It’s a hostage situation,” he said.”