Ceremony of restitution of two fragments constituting a statuette from the Nok Culture
May 18th 2016 took place a ceremony of restitution, by France to Nigeria, of two fragments of an illegally exported NOK statuette outside Nigeria.
This ceremony took place in the presence of Denys Gauer, Ambassador of France to Nigeria and Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Nigerian Minister of information and culture.
Organized on the occasion of the International Museum Day, this ceremony gave the opportunity to the Ambassador of France to Nigeria to remind the importance of the cultural heritage for future generations.
He mentioned that France, as Nigeria, have signed and ratified the 1970’convention of UNESCO and is engaged in the fight against the illegal import of cultural property and artefacts.
These two fragments were intercepted in 2008 during a customs investigation on a cargo from Togo to United States in transit in France. Ms. Hélène Joubert, expert at the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris, concluded these fragments belonged to the Nok Culture and came from the centre of Nigeria. She set the date of the artefacts from circa 100 B.C to circa 260 A.D.