Thursday, June 20, 2024

Ghana: Germans to Return 'Tooled Artifacts'… Back to People of Akpini in Kpando

The German government has agreed to repatriate artefacts seized by the Germans during the colonial days from the people of Akpini Traditional Area, in Kpando from the Volta Region.

The artefacts which are being kept in a museum in Berlin, and taken from the people somewhere in 1880, include drums, amulet, headdress, ceramic vessel and two ivory horns built with human jaws and bones.

To this end, the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other state agencies, as well as the traditional leaders of Akpini, are planning the repatriation process as some traditional rites is needed to be performed in Germany before the repatriation begins.

The German Ambassador to Ghana, Mr Daniel Krull disclosed this yesterday in Accra, at a conference organised by the Mariam Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa (MIASA).

Themed ‘Restitution, Museum, and Cultural Policies in West Africa,’ it brought together archeologist, academia, students, media personnel and other stakeholders, to brainstorm over how to restitute artefacts seized from the African continent to its rightful owners.

Mr Krull said he was hopeful the conference would speedily provide the needed guidelines to repatriate the artefacts from the German museum to Ghana.

The Ambassador, although could not provide detail information as to when the artefacts would be returned to the people of Akpini said, the repatriation of the artefacts would depend on the government of Ghana, and the traditional leaders of Akpini area.