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US Honors the Busanyin Shrine’s Digital Record

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The Busanyin Shrine at the Osun-Osogbo Sacred Grove has been digitally documented, which has been celebrated by the American government.

According to a statement released on Thursday by the American consulate in Lagos, Busanyin, one of the eight monuments located within the Osun-Osogbo Grove, received assistance from the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation to finish its 3D documentation (AFCP).

CyArk, a nonprofit organization with headquarters in California, was given the project named “Digital Documentation, Training and Conservation Planning for National Heritage Busanyin Shrine within the Osun-Osogbo Sacred Grove.”

US Honors the Busanyin Shrine's Digital Record

Nigerian exchange program alums from the U.S. government, top government officials, influential journalists, representatives of cultural institutions, and representatives of the National Commission for Museums and Monuments all attended the project’s public presentation.

According to US Consul General Will Stevens, the Busanyin Shrine‘s 3D documentation offers the most precise picture of the site’s current state for planning a restoration project.

Mr. Stevens commended CyArk, the Adunni Olorisa Trust, and other regional partners for cooperating to protect an important piece of national history in the state.

Through the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation, the United States Mission to Nigeria has long supported efforts to safeguard and preserve Nigeria’s cultural heritage, according to Mr. Stevens. In the past ten years, “We have sponsored approximately $1 million for preservation initiatives across Nigeria through the AFCP.”

The AFCP program has also provided funding for programs to preserve rock art in Jigawa and Cross River, as well as the Sungbo Eredo earthworks of the Yoruba Ijebu Kingdom from the fourteenth century.

The initiative was started in 2001 by the U.S. Congress to help other nations preserve their cultural history and show respect for different civilizations.

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