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US Mission Promotes Tourism and Rock Art Preservation in Nigeria

The United States of America continued to support the preservation of Nigeria’s rich heritage through the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation and other partnership mechanisms.

On Thursday, the US Mission, in conjunction with the National Commission for Museums and Monuments and the Trust for African Rock Art, launched a unique traveling exhibit, “Nigeria’s Ancient Rock Art” at the National Museum in Lagos.

Sponsored by the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation, the exhibition aims to raise awareness of the importance of preserving Nigerian rock art – an endangered cultural treasure.

During the opening of the exhibition, Brandon Hudspeth, Acting Consul General of the United States, underlined the commitment and continued support of the United States Mission to the preservation of Nigeria’s rich cultural heritage.

Hudspeth noted that the scope and depth of the various projects of the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation in the country have helped to strengthen collaborative efforts in the preservation of Nigeria’s cultural heritage, both for future generations and for the future. tourism.

“I am proud to say that since the inception of the program, Nigeria has received 10 Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation grants worth $1 million with projects spread across the country. This achievement highlights the historical and cultural heritage of Nigeria. It is also a symbol of the high regard in which the United States holds Nigerian culture,” Hudspeth added.

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In his address, Professor Abba Issa Tijani, Director General of the National Commission for Museums and Monuments, described the impact of AFCP projects in Nigerian museums. “The U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation has had great results in building capacity, documenting, and digitizing our rich cultural heritage. This is just the beginning. We look forward to many more productive partnerships with the US government,” Tijani said.

David Coulson, Executive Chairman of Trust for African Rock Art, explained that the aim of the traveling exhibition is to engage communities living near rock art sites on the beauty of rock art as well as the dangers to which it is confronted by both human and natural forces. “It is critical that we increase the involvement of community members in efforts to preserve and benefit from their rich cultural heritage,” Coulson added.

Housed in the Lagos National Museum, the exhibit includes monoliths from the museum’s storage rooms that have not been on public display for decades, over 50 photographs, 3D reproductions and themed videos.

A key component of the project is the preservation of rock art in Cross River and Jigawa States, ensuring its conservation through proper documentation and the provision of basic infrastructure.

The National Commission for Museums and Monuments and the African Rock Art Trust are the main partners providing expertise and leadership for the implementation of the project.

By involving Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria and the University of Calabarthe project strengthened a national network responsible for the conservation and promotion of Nigeria’s ancient rock art.

The exhibit will be open to visitors over the next four weeks in Lagos before traveling to the National Museum in Calabar in July and Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria in September.