Though they are crucial to the movement, advocating for the restitution of stolen African artefacts cannot be left to sympathetic actors of the West, Chika Okeke-Agulu argues. He says, ‘It is no surprise that most of the important scholarly publication on royal Benin art have been by researchers overseas who have better access to museums and collections that benefitted, directly or indirectly, from colonial-era looting.’
African artefacts looted, stolen, and forcefully taken belong to the African communities they were taken from in the Africa continent, Victor Ehikhamenor argues. He says, ‘In discussing restitution, we must also let the world know that creativity on the continent has always been a continuum, there was no break.’
As the 2023 General Elections draws closer, pockets of attacks have emerged in different parts of Nigeria. In November 2022, officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) confirmed attacks in Ebonyi, Ogun, and Osun states.
While readers may find it challenging to discover African authors whose stories are not heavily inspired by difficult realities, African literature is a lot more diverse, and ‘easier’ than often assumed.