By Funke Olaode
The National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Diasfunds Africa Limited – initiators of the digital museum and campaign forum – Save African History.
The proposed museum is the first of its kind in Africa. Such museums are referred to as virtual museums as end users can sit in the comfort of their homes and offices and have access to images that can be used for academic and recreational purposes. With this, users from the entire globe, particularly, from the nations of the West shall start paying and children may start taking pride in their past.
In order not to make it a Nigerian affair alone, the organisation is in the process of getting approval from other countries in Africa to access their artifacts and antiques which will form part of the galley collection, following its launch.
At the event which took place at the NCMM office in Abuja, the Commission’s Director General Mallam Abdallah Yusuf said: “The MoU being signed today is to establish the respective rights and obligations of the NCMM and Daisfunds Africa Limited, regarding the unveiling of high resolution photographs of 1,000 oldest man-made artifacts provide by the NCMM and the development establishment.
Abdallah informed that the African Heritage Museum will be inaugurated on May 18, International Museum Day. He said users of images in the digital museum would pay per click as a way of generating revenue which will be shared by both parties.
The brain behind the project, Mr. Obinali Egele, said the initiative is a business model targeted at reaching a variety of audiences who desire to know more about Africa’s artifacts and are unable to visit museums around the world where they are housed.
Egele, who informed that the digital museum will be free, globally accessible, learning resource with 60 galleries of commissioned images, added that: “One thousand of the oldest surviving pieces of Africa’s cultural development organised by country, region and continent will be exhibited on the platform once it is fully running.