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The United States Mission kicks off Busanyin shrine preservation project at Osun Osogbo Sacred Grove

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Documentation and Conservation Efforts for the Busanyin Shrine on the Osun Osogbo Sacred Grove launched in Osogbo on Thursday.

The USA Mission to Nigeria has a protracted historical past of supporting the safety and preservation of Nigerian cultural heritage by way of the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP).

The Mission’s implementing companion CyArk, a California-based non-profit, is main the 3D documentation of the Busanyin Shrine, one among eight monuments throughout the Osun Osogbo Sacred Grove.

Throughout a kick-off occasion on the UNESCO world heritage website, U.S. Consul Common Claire Pierangelo joined the Ataoja of Osogbo, His Royal Majesty Oba Jimoh Oyetunji Laroye, in addition to officers of the Nationwide Fee for Museums and Monuments (NCMM) to mark the opening of this essential cultural venture.

On the occasion, Pierangelo defined that the AFCP venture will present an correct report of the present circumstances of the shrine to successfully plan restoration work.

She famous that one of many key parts of the AFCP venture is a capability constructing program on digital documentation expertise and cultural heritage administration for curators and native officers accountable for managing the Osun Osogbo Sacred Grove monuments.

“The USA is a robust supporter of efforts to protect Nigerian tradition,” Pierangelo stated. “We’ve got funded over $770,000 for preservation tasks throughout Nigeria by way of the AFCP within the final 4 years.”

Along with the Busanyin Shrine venture, extra AFCP tasks embody documentation and conservation of the 14th-century Sungbo Eredo earthworks of the Yoruba Ijebu Kingdom in south west Nigeria; documentation of the Ifa oral traditions in Oyo State; rock artwork preservation venture in Cross River and Jigawa states, amongst many others.

The U.S. Mission to Nigeria continues to discover alternatives to assist the preservation of Nigeria’s wealthy cultural heritage utilizing the AFCP and different partnership mechanisms.

Functions for the AFCP 2022 Grants Program is open till December 5. Non-governmental organizations, museums, academic establishments, ministries of tradition, or comparable establishments and organizations are welcome to use. Utility varieties and additional particulars can be found right here.

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