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Nigerian Man Visits British Museum, Spots Stolen Benin Kingdom Artifacts. Photos by dainformant(m): 9:57am On May 20, 2018
A Nigerian man visited the British Museum to request that the Benin kingdom artifacts which were allegedly stolen since the 1980's, be returned. The entrepreneur and philanthropist, Ambassador Dion Osagie from Edo state - revealed that his visit to the museum on the quest of recovering the items was worth more than anything to him.

The British museum boasts the second largest collection of art from the Benin kingdom after the Ethnological Museum in Berlin.

It has been reported that the British Museum will host a summit along with other European museums to discuss the return of bronze artifacts looted in 1897 from the kingdom of Benin, now southern Nigeria. It will conduct negotiations with Nigeria and Benin about returning the items which are expected to go on permanent display in Benin City.

In the late 19th century, Britain sought to wipe out the kingdom of Benin in what became known as the “punitive expedition.” When Oba Ovonramwen, then ruler of Benin, imposed customs duties on goods leaving the territory, Britain sent 1,200 soldiers to destroy the kingdom as a form of reparations for the colonial power.

The city was set on fire and hundreds of trinkets, bronze sculptures, and valuables were stolen and later handed to the British government. Through trade and art dealership, these artifacts have mostly ended up in Germany and the United States.

Source; https://www.nationalhelm.co/2018/05/stolen-benin-kingdom-artifacts-spotted-at-a-british-museum.html

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Re: Nigerian Man Visits British Museum, Spots Stolen Benin Kingdom Artifacts. Photos by dainformant(m): 9:58am On May 20, 2018

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Re: Nigerian Man Visits British Museum, Spots Stolen Benin Kingdom Artifacts. Photos by dainformant(m): 9:59am On May 20, 2018
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Re: Nigerian Man Visits British Museum, Spots Stolen Benin Kingdom Artifacts. Photos by jay2pee(m): 10:01am On May 20, 2018
Hmmmmm...... The rejected stone....

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Re: Nigerian Man Visits British Museum, Spots Stolen Benin Kingdom Artifacts. Photos by YOUNGELDER1(m): 10:01am On May 20, 2018
They should please return them.

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Re: Nigerian Man Visits British Museum, Spots Stolen Benin Kingdom Artifacts. Photos by HtwoOw: 10:02am On May 20, 2018
Ya, you went there to ask them to return it with immediate effect

Bros abeg, who be you ??


Jumaji ?

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Re: Nigerian Man Visits British Museum, Spots Stolen Benin Kingdom Artifacts. Photos by Unluckrees(m): 10:05am On May 20, 2018
Go call police na.

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Re: Nigerian Man Visits British Museum, Spots Stolen Benin Kingdom Artifacts. Photos by godfatherx: 10:09am On May 20, 2018
Was it stolen or made a gift by the Oba of Benin?
I'm sure the Oba in council are aware of the presence of those artifacts at the museum. Do some background check before crying wolf.

Modified.
The post has been edited after I made my comment. When I read it, it was the facebook screenshot alone that was written.
Evanstical
Areafada2
grandstar

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Re: Nigerian Man Visits British Museum, Spots Stolen Benin Kingdom Artifacts. Photos by leke12(m): 10:11am On May 20, 2018
Am sure it wasn't stolen , it was probably sold.

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Re: Nigerian Man Visits British Museum, Spots Stolen Benin Kingdom Artifacts. Photos by Sarkin: 10:19am On May 20, 2018
Or sold.

IPOB AND CRIMES...

SINCE 1804 THEY HAVE BEEN SELLING THEIR PEOPLE AND EVEN THEMSELVES.

MODIFED: MANY IPOB YOOTS HAVE CORRECTED ME. I'M SURE THEY ARE THE ONES THAT STOLE AND SOLD THEM THO.

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Re: Nigerian Man Visits British Museum, Spots Stolen Benin Kingdom Artifacts. Photos by Patrick33(m): 10:19am On May 20, 2018
Shae you saw what kilmonger did in black panther...oya do the same... goodluck bro

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Re: Nigerian Man Visits British Museum, Spots Stolen Benin Kingdom Artifacts. Photos by richidinho(m): 10:19am On May 20, 2018
Oduduwa

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Re: Nigerian Man Visits British Museum, Spots Stolen Benin Kingdom Artifacts. Photos by OneKinGuy(m): 10:20am On May 20, 2018
Returning it back to Nigeria will just add more spiritual problems for us. Lets just leave it there for the time being undecided

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Re: Nigerian Man Visits British Museum, Spots Stolen Benin Kingdom Artifacts. Photos by humblenature: 10:20am On May 20, 2018
lipsrsealed

"The greatest fraud/theft the world has ever know was perpetrated by the romans and the British"

Pls Britain, bring back all our stolen artifacts. You are still keeping thousands of them.

Is it your own?. Ehn answer me?

You took us slavery, took our territory and now you give us freedom. True Freedom is not given.

If we are free then why are you still stealing from us?... Why can't you leave us alone?

Must we be gay like you?.. Is it by force? You also want to steal our morality?

Please you have your own sculptors.. Pls return our piece of art before I.......

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Re: Nigerian Man Visits British Museum, Spots Stolen Benin Kingdom Artifacts. Photos by erico2k2(m): 10:20am On May 20, 2018
leke12:
Am sure it wasn't stolen , it was probably sold.
It was stolen then sold, plz be guided when you speak in public!

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Re: Nigerian Man Visits British Museum, Spots Stolen Benin Kingdom Artifacts. Photos by Nobody: 10:20am On May 20, 2018
Yes.
They should be left there.
We can't manage them... If they were in Africa, by now it would have been used as fire food to roast bush meat.

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Re: Nigerian Man Visits British Museum, Spots Stolen Benin Kingdom Artifacts. Photos by Lataability(m): 10:21am On May 20, 2018
You See your life

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Re: Nigerian Man Visits British Museum, Spots Stolen Benin Kingdom Artifacts. Photos by EzendiEgo1: 10:21am On May 20, 2018
What kind of stupidity is this Afonja displaying.

So they should return what brings huge revenue to British Government.

I think guy is really stupid besides this is how they always claims what is not theirs.

Our Artifacts Nigeria Government stolen from us during Biafra war have they return it.


Stupid Afonja's

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Re: Nigerian Man Visits British Museum, Spots Stolen Benin Kingdom Artifacts. Photos by doctokwus: 10:21am On May 20, 2018
Won't these wonderful art works be appreciated more abroad?
I rather feel whatever negotiation should be about these bronze works being kept and exhibited abroad while an annual levy be paid to the original Benin kingdom owners.
Very few in Nigeria can take out time to go view it in Benin or wherever else in Nigeria,asides many not appreciating their value.

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Re: Nigerian Man Visits British Museum, Spots Stolen Benin Kingdom Artifacts. Photos by goshen26: 10:22am On May 20, 2018
You think your king riding Royce came from empty land....make some background consultation b4 blaming urseld

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Re: Nigerian Man Visits British Museum, Spots Stolen Benin Kingdom Artifacts. Photos by HeyCorleone(m): 10:22am On May 20, 2018
Maybe we should buy paintings and works of Europeans and display it in our museum.
Re: Nigerian Man Visits British Museum, Spots Stolen Benin Kingdom Artifacts. Photos by MrsNwaAmaikpe(f): 10:23am On May 20, 2018
shocked shocked

Honestly, those artworks look beautiful and adorable in the British Museum.

Nevertheless, anything stolen by a thief no matter its worth, will be worth less in the palace of the thief



Return those art works to Benin and watch them glitter with importance and value

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Re: Nigerian Man Visits British Museum, Spots Stolen Benin Kingdom Artifacts. Photos by CriticMaestro: 10:23am On May 20, 2018
He is from wakanda

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Re: Nigerian Man Visits British Museum, Spots Stolen Benin Kingdom Artifacts. Photos by erico2k2(m): 10:23am On May 20, 2018
Sarkin:
Or sold.

IPOB AND CRIMES...

SINCE 1804 THEY HAVE BEEN SELLING THEIR PEOPLE AND EVEN THEMSELVES.
I stil find it strange how youths born in Nigeria do not even know the geophysical demarcation of Nigeria, Those Artifacts are of the Benin and Yorubas trait!.Im sure the likes of you only travel btw Lagos and Ogun state thazzzzzit.So in ur waaap knowledge if you aint Yoruba or hausa you are Igbo?
This xplains the mass failure in O'level in Nigeria.

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Re: Nigerian Man Visits British Museum, Spots Stolen Benin Kingdom Artifacts. Photos by ozoebuka1(m): 10:24am On May 20, 2018
Sarkin:
Or sold.

IPOB AND CRIMES...

SINCE 1804 THEY HAVE BEEN SELLING THEIR PEOPLE AND EVEN THEMSELVES.
mods won't see this Yoruba Muslim to ban now angry

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Re: Nigerian Man Visits British Museum, Spots Stolen Benin Kingdom Artifacts. Photos by adorable29(f): 10:24am On May 20, 2018
If returned, hope the Bini people will preserve it as well as the British Museum. Besides, being at the museum helps sell the culture to the entire world as people from all over the world come to see it as compared to Benin Musuem where only very few little kids on excursion
will manage to see it.

Just saying

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Re: Nigerian Man Visits British Museum, Spots Stolen Benin Kingdom Artifacts. Photos by pawshjai(f): 10:24am On May 20, 2018
OneKinGuy:
Returning it back to Nigeria will just add more spiritual problems for us. Lets just leave it there for the time being undecided
lmao....true ooo..true...i concur wif u

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Re: Nigerian Man Visits British Museum, Spots Stolen Benin Kingdom Artifacts. Photos by Xisnin(m): 10:24am On May 20, 2018
They weren't stolen, they were war booties and with all booties, the winner takes all.
If taken war booties was a crime then Benin kingdom is guilty for taking same from their
weaker neighbours while also imposing permanent levies on them.

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Re: Nigerian Man Visits British Museum, Spots Stolen Benin Kingdom Artifacts. Photos by maishai: 10:24am On May 20, 2018
Brother , there is more value they being in the british museum, where do you want to keep those artifacts in nigeria, they will just rot to clay, search Nairaland for our so called artifacts that have not made their way out of Nigeria and all you get is abandoned artifacts carrying dust of ages, Just cut cap for the white man for valueing what the average black man considers voodoo......If a black man displays those artifacts i see , u go think say you dey Okija shrine

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Re: Nigerian Man Visits British Museum, Spots Stolen Benin Kingdom Artifacts. Photos by erico2k2(m): 10:25am On May 20, 2018
doctokwus:
Won't this wonderful art be appreciated more abroad?
,
erm not really, they can always be borrowed. The British Museum pay huge sums to Borrow those warriors from china each year.

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Re: Nigerian Man Visits British Museum, Spots Stolen Benin Kingdom Artifacts. Photos by Nobody: 10:25am On May 20, 2018
HtwoOw:
Ya, you went there to ask them to return it with immediate effect

Bros abeg, who be you ??


Jumaji ?
hahahaha I no fit laugh grin

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