The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and AbolitionStreamed live on Oct 28, 2021
WELCOME: Peter Salovey (President, Yale University) KEYNOTE CONVERSATION: Universities, Slavery, and Memory
David W. Blight* (Chair of the Yale and Slavery Working Group; Sterling Professor of History; and Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at the MacMillan Center at Yale) in conversation with Elizabeth Alexander (President of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation) and Jonathan Holloway (President of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey)
Timeline – World History DocumentariesJun 5, 2017
Gold, Silver & Slaves looks at how the business of slavery was a case of slave-trading by complicit Africans, fuelled by the greed of African kings.
This is the untold story of the greatest slaving nation in history. Up till now, Britain’s place in the history of slavery has been as the country that abolished the international slave trade.
Britain’s Slave Trade reveals the shameful truth behind this liberal facade, showing how the economic, social and cultural life of Britain would have been unrecognisable without slavery. Britain’s Slave Trade explains how a middling European power transformed itself into the ruler of the waves, tracing the impact this had on the British way of life and taking in the Industrial Revolution, the beginnings of Empire and the birth of modern racism along the way. It also unearths startling evidence showing how many families that think of themselves as ‘pure’ English stock are in fact descended from slave ancestors.
The Italian Academy – Columbia University – Apr 22, 2021
The Benin Bronzes were looted in 1897 from the Royal Palace of Benin City during a punitive expedition amid the British colonial expansion into West Africa. Their status is now central to the worldwide discussion about restitution claims and the return of cultural objects to their place of origin. At stake is what will become of these thousands of pieces from the Benin court, the most famous of which are cast metal heads and commemorative plaques.
Featuring speakers from Africa, Europe, and the U.S., this conference addresses Nigeria’s claims and the preparations for the physical return of the Bronzes, outlines collaborative international projects, and looks at alternatives to restitution such as those proposed by institutions in Europe and elsewhere. Speakers (including some from the Benin Dialogue Group, which gathers Nigerian authorities and global museum delegates) will focus on key issues in critical heritage studies such as the decolonization of Western museums; the role of digitization; decontextualization; and the essential relationship between local communities and objects from their past.
Event Date: Fri, Apr 9, 2021
TVC News Nigeria – Nov 10, 2021
French President Emmanuel Macron has shown that he is committed to fulfilling his promise of restoring Africa’s lost heritage.
On Tuesday, France returned 26 treasures, artifacts that were looted from the Benin Republic during colonial times.
Beninoise President, Patrice Talon and Culture Minister Jean-Michel Abimbola traveled to Paris to bring home the artifacts that were snatched by French forces 130 years ago.
The return of the pieces taken from Abomey palace, which also include three totemic statues, comes as calls mount in Africa for European countries to return the colonial spoils lining their museum shelves.
Nation – Oct 30, 2021
https://nation.africa/ Europe starts slow return of looted African artifacts
FRANCE 24 English – Nov 10, 2021
#Benin on Wednesday welcomed back nearly 30 royal #treasures looted from the West African state during #France‘s colonial rule more than 130 years ago. FRANCE 24’s Clovis Casali reports from #Cotonou, Benin.
FRANCE 24 English – Nov 10, 2021
Benin on Wednesday welcomed back nearly 30 royal treasures looted from the West African state during France’s colonial rule more than 130 years ago.
BBC News Africa – Jan 19, 2019
The Democratic Republic of the Congo is a vast, mineral rich country the size of Western Europe.
Alastair Leithead takes an epic journey from the Atlantic Ocean to the far reaches of the Congo river to explore how history has shaped the Congo of today and uncover the lesser told stories of this beautiful, if troubled country.
In the largest rainforest outside of the Amazon he comes face to face with its gorillas and hunts with pygmies, he travels into the heart of the Ebola outbreak with United Nations peacekeepers, and explores the cobalt mines which will drive our electric cars of the future.
DW Documentary – Dec 3, 2020
When oil was discovered in Ghana in 2007, the country began to dream big. It dreamed that the ‘black gold’ would bring economic upswing and long-awaited prosperity to its nation. But what happens when dreams and globalization meet? The global economy continues to rely on oil — but the so-called ‘black gold’ is becoming scarce. If a country has oil, so we tend to believe, it has all it needs to become a wealthy country. When oil was discovered in Ghana in 2007, Ghanaians also believed that economic prosperity would soon sweep over their country.
By 2010, drilling had started. Ghana was determined to do better than Nigeria, a country that exports oil, but has to import gasoline. This documentary, shot over a period of ten years, is a case study of globalization. Filmed in a coastal region where people lived off fishing and rubber cultivation for decades, it shows the impact the oil discovery has had on their lives.
Would the promises come true? Would the ‘black gold’ bring modern life and progress, paved streets, electricity and jobs even to small villages? Filmmaker Elke Sasse and journalist Andrea Stäritz spent ten years documenting the developments on Ghana’s western coast. Nigerian animator Ebele Okoye adds her personal perspective through art, as a citizen of a nation hit by the oil curse.