UI Don Challenges African Researchers on Restitution as Research Output

Speaking on how negotiation can be achieved, Professor Ojebode noted, “As public intellectuals, and that is what we should be, we should be in the frontline of redeeming the injustices that have been carried out around these cultural products. The plundering and the efforts to redeem these injustices should not be stories that we are being told. They should be stories that involve all of us.  In addition to advocacy or activism, we should also turn the focus of our research towards negotiating cultural products. There are basically a limited number of schools of thought when it comes to how we do research. Our methods of negotiation and engagement must return cultural products to their owners. That is restitution and respect. The owners of dance, visual arts, and other forms of cultural products are the communities.”

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