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Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Cambridge college removes stolen Benin Bronze 'Okukor" statue

Okukor

Following the motion passed by Cambridge’s Jesus College's student union, a bronze statue which belonged to the Benin empire has been taken down. The statue is among the of Bronze statues which the Nigerian government had asked to be repatriated to the country in the past.

There is now  talk of repatriation of the statue which was looted by British troops in 1897 during a "punitive expedition". According to the college’s spokeswoman……
"Jesus College acknowledges the contribution made by students in raising the important but complex question of the rightful location of its Benin bronze, in response to which it has permanently removed the Okukor."

"The college commits to work actively with the wider university and to commit resources to new initiatives with Nigerian heritage and museum authorities to discuss and determine the best future for the Okukor, including the question of repatriation."

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The students' "Benin Bronze Appreciation Committee" said it was in contact with a Nigerian government minister who supported its repatriation, according to minutes of the meeting on the union website.

"Considering the moral case and the positive benefits outlined in the proposal the time is now right to repatriate the cockerel to the Royal Palace of Benin in line with existing protocol."
 I guess they were influenced by Lancelot Imasuen's Nollywood movie ''Ivasion 1897".

2 comments:

  1. They r finally giving us d respect we deserve . they should give us all dat dey stole from us

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  2. They r finally giving us d respect we deserve . they should give us all dat dey stole from us

    ReplyDelete

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