Our Vision

The vision of the Legacy Restoration Trust (LRT) is to establish and run a world-class institution in Benin that will serve as a model for 21st century museums. Purpose-built to house and showcase the greatest collection of ancient Benin bronzes alongside important West African cultural artefacts and contemporary artworks, the museum will serve as a centre for training and learning, fostering a new generation of Africans who will lead the curation of cultural artefacts. In addition, the LRT’s efforts serve to:

Economic Rebirth Of Benin City

To catalyse an economic rebirth of Benin City, creating a cultural hub for West Africa where the institution, the Benin earthworks, and other cultural sites are at the heart of the exciting vision

Cultural & Archaeological EMOWAA

To carry out cultural and archaeological research on the arts and culture of West Africa and the Kingdom of Benin

Coalesce Expertise & Resources

To bring together the best expertise in the world and requisite resources to make this vision a reality

Photo Credit: Object from Benin City dated back 1897, housed in the British Museum, UK


Independent Board of Trustees

The board is charged with the responsibility of ensuring that the Trust is run in a manner consistent with best international practice. The Legacy Restoration Trust’s founding board includes:

  • Phillip Ihenacho – a co-founder of Amaya Capital, an African-focused principal investing firm, with extensive experience in attracting investment into Africa

  • Victor Ehikhamenor – a Nigerian artist, writer, and photographer whose work is strongly influenced by his Benin heritage

  • Enotie Ogbebor – an internationally active artist based in Benin City with an in-depth knowledge of Benin culture, history, and tradition

  • Eric Idiahi – partner and co-founder of Verod Capital Management Limited, a $300 million Africa-focused private equity firm, active across various sectors, which aims to generate economic value with sustainability for the communities in which it operates

  • Babatunde Adebiyi – a representative of the National Commission for Museums and Monuments

Advisory Committee with Relevant Experience

The Advisory Committee brings together individuals from specialist organisations who provide counsel to LRT. The committee currently comprises:

  • Sir David Adjaye – Principal and Founder of Adjaye Associates and lead architect of EMOWAA, focused on the architecture and urban regeneration of Benin City

  • Dr. Barbara Plankensteiner – Representing the Hamburg Museum and responsible for cataloguing and digitalisation strategy and curatorial guidance, as well as co-ordination with other museums in Germany that are members of the Benin Dialogue Group

Patrons/Leadership Council

Membership to be determined.