1st Seminar – Benin Artifacts’ Restitution By Barnaby Phillips (Author & Former Correspondent at BBC & Al Jazeera)
This program is a part of our efforts to promote the history of Benin and culture in the diaspora. It focuses on overseeing the trend and research done by some private and academic (Europeans) researchers on Benin Artifacts, (how these Artifacts were disseminated across the globe) the return, compensation, and more! From our findings thus far, most of the research and information about Benin Artifacts are accessible to a few Edo citizens worldwide. There is a need to educate and update a vast majority of Edo citizens about the latest news regarding the whereabouts and return of these artifacts. The program’s facilitator is an author, former correspondent at BBC, and Al Jazeera, Mr. Barnaby Philips. The theme of the program: Restitution of Benin Artifacts. Nine panelists: Professor Esohe Mercy Omoregbe from the Department of Linguistics Studies University of Benin, Barrister Ewaen Fred Ogieriakhi from Ireland, Prof Alex Igbineweka from California United states, Chief Efosa Samson Ezoba, United States, Dr. (Mrs.) Gladys Amenze Ikhimwin, Associate professor at the University of Benin, Dr. Patricia E. Fadaka-Igbinovia from New York, Mr. Michael Odeh president of BARCO, Germany, Mr. Sunday Okoro, Hartford Connecticut, and Prof Victor Edosa Omozuwa, the Department of Linguistics Studies, University of Benin.