Okeke-Agulu: Enid, I am not interested here in western museums and the art vs. ethnology debate. Rather, my concern is that while collaborations with African ethnology museums—what are usually called “national museums” in Anglophone Africa—are the norm, such relationships with African modern and contemporary art museums/ galleries are hard to come by. While western perceptions of the quality of works in the Nigerian National Museum, such as the Ife collection, or the Nok, Jenne and other terracotta sculptures in the Valleys of the Niger, are unquestionable, I wonder if the lack of collaborations with the modern and contemporary art galleries/museums is just a matter of the logistical nightmare you rightly describe. Or it is a statement about the western perception of modern and contemporary art in African museums/galleries?

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