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Germany To Return Stolen Crafts Art To Cameroon

It is an outcome of the initiative carried out by the Kamerun Haus in Berlin. They made it known during a press conference organised last December 23.

 

The year ends with good news for Cameroon’s culture. The country will soon be able to see the return of its cultural and traditional objects. These objects were looted during the colonial period when Cameroon was under German protectorate.

The announcement of their ruturn was made by the Prince of Bangoua village, Legrand Tchatchouang, promoter of a cultural house, Kamerun Haus in Berlin.

Before the press last December 23 in Yaounde, he explained that on September 20 and 21, 2022, a meeting was held in Berlin with five directors of museums containing Cameroonian cultural objects at the invitation of the Kamerun Haus in collaboration with the Cameroon National Museum. 

At the center of discussions was also the restitution of cultural arts objects  looted by Germany during the colonial period. It is emphasizing on the arrival of Cameroonian heritage in Germany that a they developed a program of  collaboration between Cameroonian and German cultural institutions to facilitate the return of these traditional symbols.

“We had a working session with five museums. Officials were open and gave access to heritage reserves. We don’t have all the figures yet, but in one museum we counted nearly 2,700 works of art from Cameroon, and in another more than 7,000 works. We are waiting for Cameroon to decide on the constitution of its party to see how its works will be returned and to decide what will remain in Germany for young Cameroonians in the diaspora,” explained Legrand Tchatchouang, promoter of a cultural house, Kamerun Haus from Berlin.

Meanwhile, the working group will focus on revitalizing Cameroon’s cultural image in Germany with fairs, exhibitions whcih will be organized in Germany to promote tourism in Cameroon.

 



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