THE NIGER RIVER DELTA MUSEUM


A museum telling the story of the Niger River Delta, developed and designed by Totem Media, opened in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, Nigeria, in April 2014. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This museum tells the story of the Niger River Delta. Extending over approximately 70,000 square kilometers, the Niger Delta is an area of immense cultural diversity with an estimated population of 31 million people who speak up to 200 different languages and dialects, and belong to about 40 ethnic groups. The Niger Delta is also one of the richest oil-producing regions in the world.

The museum takes the visitor on a historical journey through the Niger River Delta, from the time when it was known as the Oil Rivers because of the abundance of oil palms, which have grown abundantly in the area for three thousand years, to the slave trade, palm oil production in the time of the Industrial Revolution, the colonisation of the Niger Delta, the discovery of crude oil and how oil has impacted on this area ever since. In the words of Steve Azaiki, the director of the Niger Delta Museum in Yenagoa:

“The derivable wealth from crude oil exploration in the Niger Delta has not, unfortunately, been used for any long-term economic development in the region… The problems of mass illiteracy, poverty, backwardness, corruption, degeneration and dehumanization have continued to haunt Nigerians. The country therefore needs a fresh vision in the 21st century – a vision that seeks the well-being of fellow citizens in a healthy environment and the fulfilment of our national aspirations; a vision that promotes a genuinely national consciousness, social and national integration. It must be a vision that realizes truth, righteousness, justice, freedom, and equality.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

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A panel from the exhibition illustrating the numbers of boats carrying the 11 million African slaves to the Americas. 

 

 

 

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