Illegal Trafficking of Artefacts and Traditional Art Works in Nigeria. A Security Threat
Ese Odokuma, Mr. P.J. Aganbi
Journal of Anthropology & Archaeology, 1(1), pp. pp. 57-68.

This study attempts to examine the illegal trafficking of Artefacts and traditional art works as a security threat. It also addresses various views by some Nigerian scholars on this issue. The ways at curbing the notorious activities of looters or plunders is analyzed, some looted works are assessed using about two art historical approaches, formalism and Iconography. Illegal trafficking of the above mentioned items is not new in historical studies but the dimension it has assumed in the country, is of great concern. The need to find newer ways at controlling this canker worm is of urgent necessity.

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Odokuma, Ese., & Aganbi, Mr. P.J. (2013). Illegal Trafficking of Artefacts and Traditional Art Works in Nigeria. A Security Threat. Journal of Anthropology & Archaeology, 1(1), pp. 57-68.

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Ese Odokuma is a doctor of African Art History at the Delta State University, Abraka, Nigeria. she studied Metal design in the University of Benin and received a B.A (bachelor of Art) in 1991. In 1997, she bagged a Master’s degree (M.A) in African art history from the University of Ibadan. Ese obtained a (Ph.D in 2001 from the same University specializing in the “Arts and origins of the people between Benin and the lower Niger of Nigeria”.
In between these degrees, she was engaged in series of art-exhibitions in Ibadan and Lagos respectively. Apart from the fine-arts, her versatility in other artistic areas spread to Music and theatre. She has been involved in quite a number of ex-change programmes in jazz music. She has also published many articles in the arts and origins of the Urhobo culture. Her interest in up-coming Nigerian artist particularly from the Niger delta has triggered a more deeper investigation into the trafficking of Nigerian art forms from this region. She is a member of a number of committees in the University of Abraka. They include; the verification committee, quality assurance committee, student union committee, convocation and proposal committees just to mention a few.

Mr. P.J. Aganbi
Department Of Fine/Applied Arts
Faculty of Arts
Delta State University