About Us

Legacy Restoration Trust (LRT) is an independent, not-for-profit organisation incorporated in Nigeria to support projects in cultural heritage, art and archaeology.

LRT’s flagship project is the Edo Museum of West African Art (EMOWAA) in Benin City, Edo State, designed by Sir David Adjaye. A world-class museum, centre for research and education and hub for contemporary creatives, EMOWAA will be home to the world’s most comprehensive collection of Benin bronzes and other antiquities from the capital of the Benin Kingdom. It is envisioned as an active civic and cultural space, for its community and a primary contributor toward an improved and enhanced urban fabric for Benin City.

LRT was born out of discussions among HRH the Oba of Benin, the Benin Dialogue Group, the Edo State Government and the Nigerian National Commission for Museums and Monuments.

Our Vision

Legacy Restoration Trust aspires to establish a model for responsible restitution-based collecting and museum-building, creating a new model of culturally relevant institution that will engage and inspire a broad public, support contemporary artists and artisans, and foster a new generation of African museum professionals. LRT’s efforts will serve to catalyse an economic rebirth of Benin City and its urban fabriccarry out critical ultural and archaeological research on the arts and culture of West Africa and the Kingdom of Benin and bring together the world’s best expertise and requisite resources to make this vision a reality


Board of Trustees

Charged with the responsibility of ensuring that the Trust is run in a manner consistent with best international practice. The founding Board includes:

    • His Royal Highness Crown Prince Ezelekhae Ewuare

    • Phillip Ihenacho: Co-founder, Amaya Capital

    • Victor Ehikhamenor: Artist, writer, and photographer in Nigeria

    • Enotie Ogbebor: Artist in Benin City

    • Eric Idiahi: Partner and co-founder, Verod Capital Management Limited

    • Babatunde Adebiyi: Representative, National Commission for Museums and Monuments

    • Myma Belo-Osagie: Of Counsel, Udo Udoma Belo-Osagie

Advisory Committee

Comprising individuals with specialist expertise who provide counsel to LRT, the Advisory Committee includes:

    • Sir David Adjaye: Principal and Founder, Adjaye Associates and lead architect , EMOWAA

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