London Museum Returns Looted Benin Bronzes To Nigeria

Date: 29-11-2022 7:47 am (2 months ago) | Author: onuigbo felicia
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A small museum in south-east London has begun the official process of returning looted Benin bronzes to Nigeria.

The Horniman Museum, which houses a collection of 72 treasured items that were taken by force from Benin City in 1897, officially handed over ownership of the artefacts to the Nigerian government on Monday.

The Horniman described returning the looted objects as a “moral and appropriate” response after a request from Nigeria’s National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM).

There are still questions about whether thousands of items which were held at large institutions globally, including the British Museum, will ever be sent back.

However, the first six objects which were being returned includes two Benin Bronze plaques from the royal palace which were handed over to Nigerian officials at a ceremony marking the transfer of ownership of 72 looted items.

The items were taken from Benin City by British troops in February 1897.

Nick Merriman, chief executive of the Horniman Museum and Gardens, and Abba Tijani, the NCMM’s director general, were asked by journalists ahead of the official handover if they were frustrated at the British Museum’s apparent reluctance to hand over the 900 objects it had held for more than a century.

Mr Merriman, who said the Horniman had been an “excellent example” of leadership, stated that, “Journalists who ask me about the Benin return always want to ask me about the British Museum.”

“I would rather talk about what an excellent example the Horniman is rather than answer questions about the British Museum.”

The six objects selected in consultation with the NCMM as being representative of the collection of 72 items form the first wave of physical repatriation of Benin objects from the Horniman.

A new agreement between the NCMM and the Horniman will allow the remainder to stay in Britain on loan for now, with a second phase of physical repatriations to follow in due course.

Mr Tijani later explained that about 5,000 Benin bronzes were currently “scattered” around the world.

He said that he is hoping that talks with various institutions may result in deals that could herald the items being returned from places including Germany and the U.S.

Posted: at 29-11-2022 07:47 AM (2 months ago) | Addicted Hero
- fineboy77 at 29-11-2022 08:02 AM (2 months ago)
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English hoodlums.

Posted: at 29-11-2022 08:02 AM (2 months ago) | Hero
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- kp45 at 29-11-2022 11:32 AM (2 months ago)
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Ok
Posted: at 29-11-2022 11:32 AM (2 months ago) | Hero
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- gogoman at 29-11-2022 12:04 PM (2 months ago)
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nice one from that museum
Posted: at 29-11-2022 12:04 PM (2 months ago) | Grande Master
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- Lisabi at 29-11-2022 12:37 PM (2 months ago)
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Hope Buhari will not use them as collateral to borrow money
Posted: at 29-11-2022 12:37 PM (2 months ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Lisabi at 29-11-2022 12:37 PM (2 months ago)
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Hope Buhari will not use them as collateral to borrow money
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- OmoNobaUku at 29-11-2022 08:04 PM (1 month ago)
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Good but they hope they won't be stolen, smuggled and re-sold to the Chinese or on the international market again.
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- OmoNobaUku at 29-11-2022 08:04 PM (1 month ago)
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Quote from: OmoNobaUku on 29-11-2022 08:04 PM
Good but they hope they won't be stolen, smuggled and re-sold to the Chinese or on the international market again.
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- OmoNobaUku at 29-11-2022 08:05 PM (1 month ago)
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Good but let's hope they won't be stolen, smuggled and re-sold to the Chinese or on the international market again.
Posted: at 29-11-2022 08:05 PM (1 month ago) | Gistmaniac
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