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Germany To Return Benin Bronze Back To Nigeria by obo389(m): 3:18pm On Mar 23, 2021
Germany has entered into historic talks to restitute its holdings of Benin bronzes to their home country of Nigeria. The move will have wide-ranging consequences for German museums, not least Berlin’s splashy new Humboldt Forum, and major implications for the growing campaign for restitution across Europe.

Last week, the head of the German foreign ministry’s culture department, Andreas Görgen, traveled to Benin City to enter into discussions with Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki over the contested Benin bronzes, a historic array of bronze reliefs, carved ivory, and other sculptures that were looted from Benin City by British troops in 1897 when they razed the royal Benin palace in a punitive expedition. Swathes of these objects are today spread out across museums in the West.
Now, Germany says it will return its share of these treasured artworks and artifacts to Nigeria to display at the Edo Museum of West African Art, a museum at the former palace site in Benin City, which is being designed by architect David Adjaye to incorporate some of the ruins.

Full ownership of the museum objects is expected to be transferred to Nigerian officials. In a press statement after their meeting last week, Obaseki confirmed that his government is preparing to launch an independent trust, made up of “the Royal Family, Edo State Government, the Federal Government, and international stakeholders,” to receive the objects.

Görgen said that the German government would assist with the Nigerian program, helping with training and archeological projects onsite, and that he would “ensure the retrieval of the objects.”

Hartmut Dorgerloh, director of the Humboldt Forum, told Artnet News that restitution has not been formally decided and that original reporting on the subject, which stated that the objects will not go on display at Humboldt Forum, were misleading. The Berlin Ethnological Collection, which is set to go on display at the new museum, includes about 530 historical objects from the Kingdom of Benin, including 440 bronzes.

“As far as we know today, the Benin bronzes were largely acquired illegally,” Dorgerloh said in a statement sent to Artnet News, adding that he shares the conviction that there must and will be restitutions, but that the decision will be made by the Foundation Council of the SPK. “What consequences these decisions will ultimately have for the planned presentation of Benin bronzes at the Humboldt Forum is currently being discussed and will decided in consultation with the partners in Nigeria,” Dorgerloh said. “One thing is certain, the exhibition will address the injustices.”
In his press statement last week, Obaseki seemed to indicate that some form of international co-operation was not off the table. “Culture is a living thing,” he said. “Yes, the objects are from Benin but today they are global. So, the idea of having a universal display is something that we cannot run away from.”

Jürgen Zimmerer, a history professor at the University of Hamburg, welcomed the move from the German government, saying it will “fuel the global debate and put pressure on museums around the world, from the British Museum to the Field Museum in Chicago.”

The Humboldt Forum, which officially opened in December, is a €677 million reconstruction of Germany’s former Prussian palace, which has reignited long-simmering debates about Germany’s role in colonialism in the Global South. “The German leaders in politics and museums have run into a dead end,” Zimmerer told Artnet News. “To open the Humboldt Forum in the rebuilt City Palace—this Prussian Disneyland—without having a concept for dealing with looted art—was a disaster.”

Zimmerer noted that this recent announcement is only the tip of the iceberg, as Germany’s problematic holdings of historical objects are vast. “Whether there is a substantial change in policy will be seen in the handling of the dinosaur in the Natural History Museum and the Nefertiti in the Neues Museum, both in Berlin, but above all in the recognition of the genocide of the Herero and Nama, where nothing has been done for years.”

Though a detailed agreement has not been officiated, the news marks an important progression for the growing campaign across Europe for museums to restitute colonial objects from their collections. Other major holdings of the Benin Bronzes are within the British Museum in London and the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris, as well as 25 other museums around Germany.
Pressure for European nations to restitute and atone for their dark colonial legacies has mounted exponentially in recent years. In 2017, the French president Emmanuel Macron declared that African heritage should not longer be held prisoner in French museums, and began a slow march towards developing its own policy for restitution. In 2018, Germany published guidelines for how to manage its colonial holdings and, the following year, released funding for research into provenance of these objects. German state ministers also made a joint declaration on the handling of colonial collections, including the support of restitution where appropriate.

Dan Hicks, scholar and author of The Brutish Museums: The Benin Bronzes, Colonial Violence and Cultural Restitution, told Artnet News that the news reports will “catalyze discussions” among other stakeholders in “the more than 160 museums that currently hold some ten thousand objects looted in 1897.”

“For many, the most striking dimension will be the prospect of restitution of royal and sacred artworks taken by the British being led by a German museum,” Hicks added. “If it’s deemed unacceptable to display these objects on Berlin’s Museum Island, what does this mean for the 45 or more museums in the UK that have Benin objects?”

Source: https://news.artnet.com/art-world/restitution-benin-bronzes-humboldt-forum-1953883.

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Re: Germany To Return Benin Bronze Back To Nigeria by obo389(m): 3:21pm On Mar 23, 2021
This is really a heart warming news for our Benin people and Nigeria at large.
We shall keep pushing till all our stolen artifacts are returned back to base.
Kudos to the governor and his team for this.
God bless Edo State,
God bless Nigeria

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Re: Germany To Return Benin Bronze Back To Nigeria by Shellsploit: 3:21pm On Mar 23, 2021
The spirit inside don taunt them finish now them wan return am.. grin

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Re: Germany To Return Benin Bronze Back To Nigeria by Golan007: 3:22pm On Mar 23, 2021
Bring it back now.

Ole.

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Re: Germany To Return Benin Bronze Back To Nigeria by VictoriaNkechi(f): 3:48pm On Mar 23, 2021
hmmm

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Re: Germany To Return Benin Bronze Back To Nigeria by TruthHurts1(m): 4:05pm On Mar 23, 2021
It will disappear from any Nigerian museum in which it is kept then it will be sold for hundreds of millions of dollars on the International Black Market for Stolen antiquities.

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Re: Germany To Return Benin Bronze Back To Nigeria by Twelfthman: 4:24pm On Mar 23, 2021
Las las!. Hopefully other countries will bring back Africa stolen artworks and artifacts too.
God bless the Benin kingdom...







Meanwhile

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Re: Germany To Return Benin Bronze Back To Nigeria by BlessedNuel: 4:24pm On Mar 23, 2021
Stuffs that the government will still sell off to another country.

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Re: Germany To Return Benin Bronze Back To Nigeria by Nobody: 4:24pm On Mar 23, 2021
Please return it to Benin make we know these Bini boys go leave Igboland alone..

At least they will focus on the artifact and celebrate it for the next 6 years..

Not all these facebook page they are creating up and down with one skewed history to another..

Meanwhile so far the Oduduwa map is Okay.

Ride on

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Re: Germany To Return Benin Bronze Back To Nigeria by slawormiir: 4:24pm On Mar 23, 2021
Damnnn niggarrrr

Damnnn niggarrrrrrrrrrrrrr....

We are the real niggarrrrs of Africa.....

Oba Gha to okpere...ise
Nobody fuckkk with Edo and go scot free

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Re: Germany To Return Benin Bronze Back To Nigeria by inumidun2010(m): 4:25pm On Mar 23, 2021
When dem don use am CASH OUT finish via TOURISM..

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Re: Germany To Return Benin Bronze Back To Nigeria by Pidginwhisper: 4:25pm On Mar 23, 2021
Wetin dem go use am do for here? To gather dust

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Re: Germany To Return Benin Bronze Back To Nigeria by VictoriaNkechi(f): 4:25pm On Mar 23, 2021
lol
Re: Germany To Return Benin Bronze Back To Nigeria by Lincoln275(m): 4:25pm On Mar 23, 2021
Hmmm! It’s ok
Re: Germany To Return Benin Bronze Back To Nigeria by onadana: 4:26pm On Mar 23, 2021
Bronze that we don't know the value.

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Re: Germany To Return Benin Bronze Back To Nigeria by moscobabs(m): 4:26pm On Mar 23, 2021
Looters
Re: Germany To Return Benin Bronze Back To Nigeria by merits(m): 4:26pm On Mar 23, 2021
wink
Re: Germany To Return Benin Bronze Back To Nigeria by osuofia2(m): 4:26pm On Mar 23, 2021
WRONG MOVE, WATCH AND SEE HOW EVERYTHING GO SPOIL. ITS BETTER LEFT IN GERMANY

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Re: Germany To Return Benin Bronze Back To Nigeria by GboyegaD(m): 4:26pm On Mar 23, 2021
Dem done use an make better money. Hope dem go return am with money ooo.

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Re: Germany To Return Benin Bronze Back To Nigeria by tillaman(m): 4:26pm On Mar 23, 2021
grin
Re: Germany To Return Benin Bronze Back To Nigeria by FILEBE(m): 4:26pm On Mar 23, 2021
The festac own nko? But what will happen when it reaches here?
See as they maintained and kept it intact.

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Re: Germany To Return Benin Bronze Back To Nigeria by mytime24(f): 4:26pm On Mar 23, 2021
Wetin go soon miss soon

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Re: Germany To Return Benin Bronze Back To Nigeria by sotall(m): 4:26pm On Mar 23, 2021
Nice
Re: Germany To Return Benin Bronze Back To Nigeria by tamdun: 4:26pm On Mar 23, 2021
Thieves
Re: Germany To Return Benin Bronze Back To Nigeria by valirex: 4:27pm On Mar 23, 2021
Nice move from Germany

Ọmọ n'Ọba ghaa tọ kpẹre isẹ

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Re: Germany To Return Benin Bronze Back To Nigeria by smarkorg(m): 4:27pm On Mar 23, 2021
slawormiir:
Damnnn niggarrrr

Damnnn niggarrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Real niggarrrrrrrrrrrrrr twice on Tuesday angry
Re: Germany To Return Benin Bronze Back To Nigeria by BRATISLAVA: 4:27pm On Mar 23, 2021
When they return it, what exactly will happen? When the "stolen" artefacts are returned, what will change?

Africans fighting for things that they can't even handle. When all the reparations take place, what next? The victimhood is strong.

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Re: Germany To Return Benin Bronze Back To Nigeria by Lordave: 4:27pm On Mar 23, 2021
God bless Germany.

The useless colonialist called England will soon be strike dead by those cultural artifacts they stole and don't want to return.
They will continue been second behind Germany and soon Italy and France will be ahead of them in Europe and the world.

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Re: Germany To Return Benin Bronze Back To Nigeria by KingOdart(m): 4:27pm On Mar 23, 2021
I think they should keep it something tell me those bronzes will still disappear in Nigeria somehow, those bronzes don't have much value in Nigeria except for decorations, how many people go to the museums in Nigeria?

If Germany can generate money for Benin via the bronzes it will be better.

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Re: Germany To Return Benin Bronze Back To Nigeria by Legalcriminal: 4:27pm On Mar 23, 2021
Edo people would rather want a billion dollars than a statue that’s not useful to them.

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