Nigerian Man Visits British Museum, Spots Stolen Benin Kingdom Artifacts (Photos)

at 12:18 PM, 20/05/2018 (1 month ago)
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A Nigerian man visited the British Museum to request that the Benin kingdom artifacts which were allegedly stolen since the 1980’s, be returned. The entrepreneur and philanthropist, Ambassador Dion Osagie from Edo state – revealed that his visit to the museum on the quest of recovering the items was worth more than anything to him.


The British museum boasts the second largest collection of art from the Benin kingdom after the Ethnological Museum in Berlin.

It has been reported that the British Museum will host a summit along with other European museums to discuss the return of bronze artifacts looted in 1897 from the kingdom of Benin, now southern Nigeria. It will conduct negotiations with Nigeria and Benin about returning the items which are expected to go on permanent display in Benin City.



In the late 19th century, Britain sought to wipe out the kingdom of Benin in what became known as the “punitive expedition.” When Oba Ovonramwen, then ruler of Benin, imposed customs duties on goods leaving the territory, Britain sent 1,200 soldiers to destroy the kingdom as a form of reparations for the colonial power.

The city was set on fire and hundreds of trinkets, bronze sculptures, and valuables were stolen and later handed to the British government. Through trade and art dealership, these artifacts have mostly ended up in Germany and the United States.




dareper at 08:34 PM, 20/05/2018 (1 month ago)
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I thought they have returned it sometimes ago???
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slimber at 09:31 PM, 20/05/2018 (1 month ago)
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Hmmmm nah waaa shame
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angesco at 06:30 AM, 21/05/2018 (1 month ago)
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SPOTTED?

IS THIS YOUR  FIRST VISIT TO A BRITISH MUSEUM?

They have been on DISPLAY for YEARS in the SAME MUSEUM. They were STOLEN from BENIN in 1897. The museum holds 700 Benin STOLEN objects - the greatest which is the BRASS HEAD of the QUEEN MOTHER and an IVORY PENDANT MASK.

Anyway we NOW have the BENIN DIALOGUE GROUP who are fighting and ENCOURAGING the return of some Benin objects to Nigeria on LONG TERM LOAN.

After all the British museum RETURNED the MAQDALA TREASURES to ETHIOPIA!!!!

But let’s face it - HOW MANY THIEVES RETURN WHAT THEY HAVE STOLEN FROM OTHERS even in Nigeria!!!!!!

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ruthie at 09:20 AM, 21/05/2018 (1 month ago)
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what we dont appreciate...they do...so who's to blame?
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nature7888 at 10:07 AM, 21/05/2018 (1 month ago)
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Hmmmm.
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