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University Of Aberdeen to formally return looted Benin Bronze on Thursday

University Of Aberdeen to formally return looted Benin Bronze on Thursday

The University of Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom, will full the return of a looted Benin Bronze at a handover ceremony on Thursday October 28. 


The ceremony will begin at 5.30 p.m. within the King’s College Conference Centre of the college, the establishment introduced in its media launch on Wednesday.


Prince Aghatise Erediauwa, Chief Charles Uwensuyi-Edosomwan, the Obasuyi of Benin; Professor Abba Isa Tijani, Director of the National Commission for Museums and Monuments; Babatunde Adebiyi, the Legal Adviser of National Commission for Museums and Monuments; and Abdul Mohammed Gimba, Director, Museums, National Commission for Museums and Monuments, are anticipated to obtain the sculpture.


They will likely be accompanied by Prince Isa Bayero of the Kano emirates and Mrs Edith Ekunke, retired director of the National Museum, Lagos State.

The college grew to become the primary establishment to comply with the total repatriation from a museum of a Benin Bronze in March and can hand again the Bronze on Thursday night.

The sculpture, which depicts the top of a king), is one among 1000’s of non secular and cultural artefacts looted by British forces in 1897 throughout the destruction of Benin in present-day Nigeria by a British army expedition.


It was bought by the University of Aberdeen at an public sale in 1957. 


Following a request for repatriation of the looted Benin Bronze  by the Nigerian Federal Government, the college unanimously authorized the request  in March 2021 after dialogue by an skilled panel.


In the media launch, Professor George Boyne, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen, mentioned: “Over the final 40 years, the Benin Bronzes have turn out to be necessary symbols of injustice.


“It wouldn’t have been proper to have retained an merchandise of such nice cultural significance that was acquired in such reprehensible circumstances.


“The college took a proactive strategy to determine the suitable individuals to debate what to do and we’re extraordinarily grateful for the collective strategy taken by the companions in Nigeria, which has facilitated this return.


“We are delighted to welcome our guests representing Edo State, the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Kingdom of Benin, and the National Commission for Museums and Monuments and commend their spirit of cooperation in making this possible.”

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