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Pressure is mounting on England to retrieve bronzes stolen during colonial rule

Pressure is mounting on England to retrieve bronzes stolen during colonial rule


One of the stolen sculptures following the destruction of the ancient city of Edo, now known as the city of Benin in Nigeria, was unveiled this Thursday at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland on October 28th. On Wednesday, a college at the University of Cambridge officially returned the bronze marking the service.

With our correspondent in Lagos, Lisa Fabian

A British company took the first step in the presence of Nigerian authorities on Wednesday as the British Museum continued to hesitate to withdraw or withdraw 900 or more Benin bronzes in its possession.

Jesus College, affiliated with the University of Cambridge, returned to Nigeria on Wednesday with a sculpture depicting the majestic rooster “Okugur”, presented in 1905 by the father of a student.

Upon receiving it, the Director-General of the National Museums and Monuments of Nigeria realized that the British Museum had done. There is no substitute for “this” for the desire to recover plundered works It is expressed all over the world.

This Thursday, a delegation representing the King of Benin was presented to the delegation by the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, which was purchased at auction in 1957.

The Vice Chancellor of the University estimated. Over the past forty years, Benin’s bronzes have become a major symbol of injustice Connected with colonialism.

Nigeria and Germany recently signed an agreement based on a policy to recover more than a thousand items looted in the former kingdom of Benin. Their relocation is expected to take place in the spring of 2022.

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