British Museum: Endangered Material Knowledge Programme

Left to right: Alhaji Mohammed Ndakolegbo, traditional head of Masaga glass community; Lesley Lababidi; Danladi Abubaker Masaga, secretary of Masaga Cooperative Society; Alhaji Nma.  

With gratitude to Dr. Abidemi Babatunde Babalola whose EMKP grant gave the opportunity for me to showcase an element of the Masaga glassmakers’s story.  Dr. Babalola took my project under his wing and along with his archaeological work in southern Nigeria, we collaborated on this article, “Rituals, Religious practices, and glass/glassbead making in Ile-Ife and Bida, Nigeria”. Read the article HERE.

EMKP-British Museum, HERE


10 thoughts on “British Museum: Endangered Material Knowledge Programme

  1. CONGRATULATIONS! Lesley, this is awesome ! I’m so proud of your accomplishment here to have your work featured in the British Museum! This honor definitely underscores the value of your work in preserving endangered knowledge and customs. The fact that you organized this reenactment of bikini glass making and FILMED IT brings great honor to all the knowledge-keepers and the traditions of the people you filmed. They must be very proud as a result too. You have elevated everyone involved, including the project of Dr Babalola! Kudos all around and congratulations to you, Lesley!!!

    • My dear Lynn, I am so appreciative of your comments and support. It means so much when others acknowledge the usefulness of sharing, documenting, and recording human history. When we share stories of others, we have a better understanding of one another and peacefulness and compassion moves the world forward. I am so grateful for your support. Thank you!!

  2. I’m so happy for you and proud of your efforts, and I’m sure it feels rewarding to receive this article as a real acknowledgment of your contribution to keep this knowledge alive that is so endangered. You really are amazing and I’m delighted about this honor for you!!!!

  3. Congratulations Lesley, a further recognition of the great work you’ve done in and with this community.
    As ever, Stefano

  4. The article highlights the impact of religious beliefs (Traditional and Islamic) on the “endangered” craft of ‘glass-making’ in Nigeria. The presentation of history of Southern and Northern craft of glass-making shows that Nigeria is rich in handcraft, and various cultural practices.
    By this “merger” of South-North glass-making craft, Nigeria becomes great. The credit of this collaborative effort of yours goes to Nigeria as a nation. You are, indeed, a promoter and guardian of culture not only at regional level, but Nigeria in general. I appreciate your commitment to reviving and exposing Nigerian culture and tradition. You will be remembered for this, always.

    • Dear Murtala,
      How very good to hear from you! You have spent many years in the academic world and as a Nigerian, I am most honoured by your comments and recognition of my mission. The aspect of broad differences in culture, traditions and expressions within a country even though the material objects are the same is a fascinating heritage. I believe to understand, we need to relate stories of others. In this world of pulling apart, my hope is to acknowledge differences in the quest for peace. Thank you so much, Lesley

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