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Britain Reportedly Returns Stolen Artefacts Treasures To Nigeria 117 Years Later

 

Britain pillaged so much from this world it should be sitting in some dank cell somewhere contemplating just what it did! However it sits there as one of the world’s strongest nations instead, built off the back of others suffering!

That country has stolen so much from many of the worlds cultures that it’s impossible it will ever be all given back to rightful owners BUT in this case there has been a small win.

African Eagle reported:

‘A Briton has returned two statues taken from the Benin Kingdom 117 years ago during the invasion of Benin by British soldiers, prompting calls for other treasures to be repatriated.

The return of two artefact which were among those looted from the palace of the Oba of Benin, Edo State, during the punitive expedition/invasion of the Benin Empire in 1897 by British soldiers led by Captain Philip Walker, yesterday elicited a congratulatory message from the House of Representatives to the Benin monarch, Omo Onoba N’edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Erediauwa 1.

This followed the passing of a resolution following a motion sponsored by the House Minority Whip, Samson Osagie.

Osagie urged the House to appreciate the gesture of Dr. Mark Walker who decided, after painstaking inquiries from the Richard Lander society about their origin, to retrieve the artefacts and return them.

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He noted that among the items stolen was the original mask of the head of Queen Idia, which was used as the official symbol of Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC) in 1977. Before now, the lawmaker noted, the Oba of Benin, the government and the people of Nigeria had persistently requested the British government and other people in whose possessions any of those artifacts were to return them’.

Please note that most of the mentioned political office holders in this article have had their positions changed and some still in the same positions.

And here they are in their full glory!

Source: Africaeagle

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