THE TRUST

The EMOWAA Complex will be owned and operated by the EMOWAA Trust. 

Its Board is composed primarily of professionals drawn from the legal, finance, arts and culture worlds, along with representation from the Edo State Government, and the National Commission for Museums and Monuments of Nigeria, as well as His Royal Highness the Crown Prince of Benin. 
 

The Trust will operate to international governance standards and directors are responsible for ensuring the prudent oversight of financial affairs and accountability to donors. 

Prince Ezelekhae Ewuare - Trustee
Prince Ezelekhae Ewuare - Trustee

His Royal Highness Crown Prince

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Phillip Ihenacho – Trustee
Phillip Ihenacho – Trustee

Co-founder of Amaya Capital

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Victor Ehikhamenor - Trustee
Victor Ehikhamenor - Trustee

Artist, writer, and photographer in Nigeria

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Eric Idiahi - Trustee
Eric Idiahi - Trustee

Partner and co-founder, Verod Capital Management Limited

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Babatunde Adebiyi - Trustee
Babatunde Adebiyi - Trustee

Representative, National Commission for Museums and Monuments

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Dr. Myma Belo-Osagie – Trustee
Dr. Myma Belo-Osagie – Trustee

Lawyer, Managing Partner, Udo-Udoma and Belo-Osagie

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Bamidele Obaitan - Trustee
Bamidele Obaitan - Trustee

Edo State Commissioner for Diasporan Affairs, Arts, Culture and Tourism

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Dr. Andreas Görgen - Trustee
Dr. Andreas Görgen - Trustee

Senior Advisor to the Federal Government of Germany, Culture and Communication

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MANAGEMENT

Phillip Ihenacho
Phillip Ihenacho

Executive Chairman

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Ore Disu
Ore Disu

Director, EMOWAA Pavilion

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Charles Le Quense
Charles Le Quense

Director of Heritage Management

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Prof Adebayo Folorunso
Prof Adebayo Folorunso

Senior Archaeological Advisor

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Institution building is a collaborative effort. We need to think beyond the event of returned objects, to how we create programmes on West African culture and the Benin Kingdom which people can really connect to. We have to think about how to sustain this interaction, with the relevant skill sets, knowledge and opportunities. That’s what EMOWAA is about. This is why we are here.

— Victor Ehikhamenor, Trustee

ADVISORY

This critical group will also be EMOWAA’s champions in their host institutions, driving cross-border learning exchanges and capacity building. Experts are also drawn from the best crop of independent thought leaders and practitioners in relevant fields.

EMOWAA’s leadership will be guided by carefully composed technical advisory panels offering tailored counsel in curation, collections management, research and heritage management. Our Advisors represent relevant national and international organizations and institutions, charged with responsibility of providing technical and professional input, guidance, and support to the Trust in achieving its objectives. 

Dr. Barbara Plankensteiner
Dr. Barbara Plankensteiner

Director, Museum am Rothenbaum—World Cultures and Arts (MARKK) in Hamburg; co-founder, Benin Dialogue Group, and representative, Digital Benin project

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Sir David Adjaye
Sir David Adjaye

Principal and Founder, Adjaye Associates and lead architect, EMOWAA

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Shadreck Chirikure
Shadreck Chirikure

British Academy Global Professor at the University of Oxford; Head of the Department of Archaeology, University of Cape Town

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Julie Hudson
Julie Hudson

Curator, Department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas, the British Museum

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Enotie Ogbebor
Enotie Ogbebor

Artist in Benin City

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Prof. Chika Okeke-Agulu
Prof. Chika Okeke-Agulu

Director of Program in African Studies and Professor of African and African Art, Princeton University

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Tokini Peterside
Tokini Peterside

Founder and Principal Director of ART X

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Idehen (I.D.) Aruede
Idehen (I.D.) Aruede

Co-COO and CFO at the Whitney Museum of American Art

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PARTNERSHIPS

Realizing EMOWAA’s ambitions requires collaborations both within and outside of Nigeria, the Trust has focused on establishing successful and mutually beneficial partnerships with prestigious institutions.

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