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European museums to return West African artifacts

GRACE, FAVOR & FAITH

By Socrates Mbamalu on August 21, 2017 — There is a demand for the return of stolen artefacts to the continent. Over 3,000 bronze statues were stolen from the palace of the Oba of Benin, Oba Ovọnramwẹn Nọgbaisi after the British invaded the Benin Kingdom and killed its inhabitants by sending a punitive force of 1,200 soldiers.

The Benin Bronze was taken from the palace at Oba in 1897 Photo: buzznigeria

After many bronze artefacts were stolen from places such as the Benin Kingdom in what is now southern Nigeria and displayed in European museums such as the Ethnological Museum in Berlin and the British Museum, there is an ongoing plan to return them to where they were stolen from.

The Ethnological Museum in Berlin has the largest collection of art from the Benin Kingdom, followed by the British Museum. These collections were stolen during the reign of…

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