On Wednesday, France returned to Benin with 26 works stolen during the colonial period. By the end of 2018, Côte d’Ivoire had officially requested the recovery of nearly 150 works. Emmanuel Macron sent one of them back to C டிte d’Ivoire a month ago: Ebriés “djidji ayôkwé” (“talking drum”), originally called the Atchans, which was on display at the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris. Since then, the traditional Atsan leader has greeted the French gesture and waited for the stolen object in 1916 to return to Abidjan.
With our correspondent in Abidjan, Pierre Pinto
The “talking drum” was used to warn of dangers, to mobilize for war, or to convene ceremonies or banquets. Of the seven Atzan villages that once bordered the pond, Adjame served as a nerve center, the dum-dom speaker’s depository, explains Dean Claver Mobio Aguirre, who now holds the traditional authority in Adjame.
⁇ It was a party, a communication device for the occasion … Whatever it was, Tom-Tom knocked on the door to invite them. It’s a tom-tom, it actually played a lot of roles. If the settlers take it, it is a way to control the Achan group. He describes.
Back to spring 2022?
The Atzons give this drum strong magical powers, and some are worried that it will return. But the joy of seeing it come back wins out. Ivorian authorities have already reserved a place for him in the National Museum, located on the plateau in the former lands of the village of Adjame.
⁇ We can see it in all the pictures. We never saw him. We are very happy. When it is, it will be on display in the museum, and we will visit it nearby, Explicit Clover Mobio Aguirre. Now, some arrangements have to be made with other Adcon people. All of these, the seven villages should come together and know the arrangements to be made and how to welcome them. This is very important .
In the spring of 2022, no return date has been set. At best, Judge Dean Clover hopes that it will give his people time to organize a worthy reception for this object, which has become a legend.