Construction of tbe world-class Edo Museum of West African Art (EMOWAA), may have started in earnest.
Investigation by Midwest Herald reveals that the first stage for the realization of the well thought project is the excavation of grounds for archeological research. This according to our source is a precursor of the museum and part of the agreement reached with the British Museum.
According to the plan shown to Midwest Herald reporters, the site is in the centre of Benin City next to Oba’s Palace.
The project is part of an initiative by Edo State Government, The Legacy Restoration Trust and the British Museum to showcase Edo history and archaeology of the former Kingdom of Benin.
Stakeholders in the cultural heritage business are excited about the fact that the Museum will house historic art and artefacts as well as dedicated galleries contemporary arts.
Provision has been created for archaeological remains found during construction as well reconstruction of the structures that formerly occupied the site in 1897.
The archaeology work will investigate the former capital of Benin kingdom to enrich the cultural heritage of the once expansive empire.
Midwest Herald can also confirm that Legacy Restoration Trust has reached agreement to loan over 300 Benin artefacts from European museums as part of the historical relics from West African States to be showcased in EMOWAA.
The British museum is responsible for the archeological research work on EMOWAA.