Over 3,000 collections of photographs and images found in the royal court of the Benin king’s Palace were on exhibition yesterday, at the National Museum in Benin, Edo State.
The exhibited photographs were taken by Chief Solomon Alonge, photographer to the royal court of Benin over 50 years ago.
The exhibition was organised by the United States Diplomatic Mission and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art based in the United States.
It followed a Memorandum of Understanding signed between the National Commission for Museum and Monuments and Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Arts of the United States which has the collections.
Speaking shortly before the commencement of the exhibition, United States of America Consul-General to Nigeria, F. John Bray, said Art, including photographs, represent freedom of expression in his country’s democracy, adding that the Smithsonian’s National Museum and National Museum of Benin have been working for many years to carry out the exhibition. Read more