U.S awards grant for preservation of Nigerian cultural monument

The United States government has awarded a grant of $400,000 (approximately N144 million) for the conservation of the 14th century Sungbo Eredo Earthworks of the Yoruba Ijebu Kingdom in Nigeria.

A statement by the U.S. Mission in Nigeria, on Wednesday, said the grant is the largest Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) grant in Nigeria, and the second largest in sub Saharan Africa.

The Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation Large Grants Program aims at the preservation of major ancient archaeological sites, historic buildings and monuments, and major museum collections that are accessible to the public and protected by law in the host country.

The grant, received by a US-based institution, College of William and Mary, in collaboration with the National…

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