Nigeria Receives Over 600 Years Old Ife Terracotta Head, From Netherlands

    The Nigerian government has received the repatriated Ife terracotta head artifact from the Kingdom of Netherlands. A very important antiquity, an Ife Terracotta, which is dated to be at least 600 years old. (The University of Leiden Museum in the Netherlands and the British Museum experts agree that the antiquity is between 600 and 800 years old) was returned and handed over to the National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM) today the 26th of November, 2020. This Ife Terracotta represents the head of a female, probably a young girl, wearing her hair tightly braided in a series of buns on the back of her head. A bump on the left side of the top of her head may represent an amulet braided into her hair. The girl is not wearing any other jewellery or head covering. The head is filled with earth and has probably been excavated. The piece missing from the right side on the back of the head may have been chipped off by a tool when the head was discovered or excavated. The antiquity was smuggled out of the country by a smuggler with forged documents. The smuggler passed through several West African land borders and ultimately passed through the airport in Ghana before getting to Europe in 2019. The Dutch Customs at Schiphol Airport intercepted the object suspecting it might be illicitly imported and alerted the antiquity protection office in the country. The Dutch Antiquities Department (Inspectie) invited the National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM) to prove her case against the suspected smuggler. which was successful done and the claim was...

PROF. ABBA ISA TIJANI DIRECTOR-GENERAL NATIONAL COMMISSION FOR MUSEUMS AND MONUMENTS

PROF. ABBA ISA TIJANI PROFILE Born on 5th February 1963 in Abadam, Abadam LGA, Borno State, Abba Isa Tijani is the current Director-General/Chief Executive of the National Commission for Museums and Monuments, Nigeria. He attended the University of Maiduguri, from 1987 to 1990 where he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Arts, specializing in Arts History and Museology. Subsequently, he proceeded to the prestigious University College London, the United Kingdom where he bagged a Master’s Degree in Museum Studies in 1994 and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Anthropology later in 2005, arising from his outstanding anthropological research of an autochthonous group-the Gamergu (Malgwa) in present-day Borno State. A former Head of the Department of Fine Arts and Coordinating Head of Department of Creative Arts, University of Maiduguri, He midwifed and coordinated the joint collaboration ventures between the University of Maiduguri and the universities of Hamburg and Hildesheim in Germany from 2015 to date, he has been the Executive Board of Director and Head (Nigeria) DAAD-funded project SDG Graduate School “Performing sustainability; Cultures and development in West Africa”. The immediate past Ag. Director of the Centre for the Study and Promotion of Cultural Sustainability, University of Maiduguri became a Professor of Museology and Anthropology in October 2017. The erudite scholar who has participated in numerous research works has attended over 20 conferences, workshops, and seminars across the world and has received awards both in Nigeria and abroad including that of the Foreign and Commonwealth scholarship, university of London, among others. Prof. Abba Tijani’s academic efforts have produced dozens of world-acclaimed publications, journals, and series covering the fields of Museology and...