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Germany To Start Returning Benin Bronzes From 2022 by Liposure: 5:42pm On Apr 30
By Agency Report
Germany will start returning Benin bronzes to Nigeria in 2022, the country’s foreign and culture ministries said on Friday.

They said in a statement that the move was part of a growing trend to return cultural artifacts seized during the colonial era to their places of origin.

Britain’s soldiers seized thousands of metal castings and sculptures in 1897 during a raid on the Kingdom of Benin, then separate from British-ruled Nigeria.

The “bronzes” —- actually copper alloy relief sculptures, many showing court figures —- were auctioned off and then spread among institutions from New Zealand to Germany and the U.S.
The biggest collection was in London.

“In addition to maximum transparency, we primarily aim for substantial restitution,” German Culture Minister Monika Gruetters said in the joint statement issued with the foreign ministry and German museums.

“We want to contribute to a common understanding and reconciliation with the descendants of the people who were robbed of their cultural treasures during the times of colonialism,” Gruetters added.

The Ethnologisches Museum in Berlin has more than 500 historical artifacts from the Kingdom of Benin in its collections, mostly bronzes.

The University of Aberdeen in Scotland said last month it would return a Benin bronze to Nigeria within weeks, one of the first public institutions to do so.

The British Museum, which holds hundreds of the sculptures, has alongside several other museums formed a Benin Dialogue Group to discuss displaying them in Benin City, some officially on loan.

Plans are underway in Edo to build a centre to store and study the returned artifacts by the end of 2021, and a permanent museum by 2025.

The German ministries issued their statement in conjunction with German museums that are part of the Benin Dialogue Group.(NAN)
https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/top-news/458638-germany-to-start-returning-benin-bronzes-from-2022.html

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Re: Germany To Start Returning Benin Bronzes From 2022 by ZeroWorries: 5:51pm On Apr 30
What about all the revenue generated using the stolen artefacts? Won't they return the money?

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Re: Germany To Start Returning Benin Bronzes From 2022 by SmartProf(m): 6:10pm On Apr 30
Watch how our govt officials will host the German delegation that will return those stolen artefacts to a red carpet reception as though the items being returned weren't stolen in the first place or acquired illegally.

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Re: Germany To Start Returning Benin Bronzes From 2022 by Sunnybay7: 6:13pm On Apr 30
This foreigners started yahoo first, just that they came physically.

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Re: Germany To Start Returning Benin Bronzes From 2022 by Liposure: 6:21pm On Apr 30
After all these years, thank the gods

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Re: Germany To Start Returning Benin Bronzes From 2022 by lordm(m): 6:24pm On Apr 30
Good
Re: Germany To Start Returning Benin Bronzes From 2022 by Runaway: 6:24pm On Apr 30
Is this our problem in Nigeria now?

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Re: Germany To Start Returning Benin Bronzes From 2022 by oz4real83(m): 6:26pm On Apr 30
How many Nigerians visit Museums here in Nigeria? These artefacts will just be wasting in our museums except for the few private schools students who will visit to see them in the Museums during excursions. If not that they were stolen, I would have preferred them being borrowed to these countries where the artefacts will generate funds for the real owners of these artefacts. Tourism in Nigeria doesnt sell, the security, political and economic conditions of the country don't encourage tourism embarassed

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Re: Germany To Start Returning Benin Bronzes From 2022 by kumulus(m): 6:26pm On Apr 30
They've made enough fx from possessing them all these years...shior!!!



-Lloyd

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Re: Germany To Start Returning Benin Bronzes From 2022 by AdeolaOmoOba(m): 6:27pm On Apr 30
The gods are coming home to roost...

War is loading..

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Re: Germany To Start Returning Benin Bronzes From 2022 by mogbeyiteren: 6:27pm On Apr 30
Britain hasb been stealing from Nigeria even till date

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Re: Germany To Start Returning Benin Bronzes From 2022 by Prodigee: 6:28pm On Apr 30
After they have made a fortune from it through tourism. They are better over there sef as our maintenance culture is poor. They will just be returning them for returning sake!

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Re: Germany To Start Returning Benin Bronzes From 2022 by femi4: 6:28pm On Apr 30
They carry our ancestors go....yet the gods didn't visit them

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Re: Germany To Start Returning Benin Bronzes From 2022 by wetmenow: 6:28pm On Apr 30
What the Portuguese? when will they return theirs.
Re: Germany To Start Returning Benin Bronzes From 2022 by unmask: 6:28pm On Apr 30
Better they keep it..... it's useless to us.....Either someone steals it or it rots away.

Besides the country is too insecure for tourists.

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Re: Germany To Start Returning Benin Bronzes From 2022 by yrex01(m): 6:29pm On Apr 30
Please keep it
Re: Germany To Start Returning Benin Bronzes From 2022 by PissfulProtester: 6:29pm On Apr 30
SmartProf:
Watch how our govt officials will host the German delegation that will return those stolen artefacts to a red carpet reception as though the items being returned weren't stolen in the first place or acquired illegally.
So you want them to kill him? why do you guys love to rant unnecessarily like this.

Mehn, this shit is getting really annoying on this forum

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Re: Germany To Start Returning Benin Bronzes From 2022 by Sunkyapogee(m): 6:29pm On Apr 30
2022...return to Nigeria or Biafra?
Re: Germany To Start Returning Benin Bronzes From 2022 by konny1(m): 6:30pm On Apr 30
Great
Re: Germany To Start Returning Benin Bronzes From 2022 by Cmanforall: 6:30pm On Apr 30
Hope Nigeria and Bini people can maintain the history behind these artifacts

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Re: Germany To Start Returning Benin Bronzes From 2022 by victorazy(m): 6:31pm On Apr 30
Even in Germany too

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Re: Germany To Start Returning Benin Bronzes From 2022 by victorazy(m): 6:32pm On Apr 30
femi4:
The carry our ancestors go....yet the gods didn't visit them

Na here them they get power to hinder their young men not to prosper.

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Re: Germany To Start Returning Benin Bronzes From 2022 by gbami(m): 6:33pm On Apr 30
That's a good idea. It should have been sooner.
https://africhistory.com/stolen-african-artefacts/

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Re: Germany To Start Returning Benin Bronzes From 2022 by tayooluwole: 6:34pm On Apr 30
ZeroWorries:
What about all the revenue generated using the stolen artefacts? Won't they return the money?

Yahoo boy don collect ham and them still they collect ham self
Re: Germany To Start Returning Benin Bronzes From 2022 by UGBE634: 6:34pm On Apr 30
EDORODION!!

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Re: Germany To Start Returning Benin Bronzes From 2022 by ecomalchemist(m): 6:36pm On Apr 30
Thanks
Re: Germany To Start Returning Benin Bronzes From 2022 by Shokoloko(f): 6:38pm On Apr 30
Liposure:

https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/top-news/458638-germany-to-start-returning-benin-bronzes-from-2022.html

Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
!!!!!

Lots of things can happen between the time it lands Nigeria and gets into the hands of the Oba undecided undecided undecided undecided

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Re: Germany To Start Returning Benin Bronzes From 2022 by Reelmii: 6:39pm On Apr 30
ZeroWorries:
What about all the revenue generated using the stolen artefacts? Won't they return the money?
is it ur money
Re: Germany To Start Returning Benin Bronzes From 2022 by Shellsploit: 6:40pm On Apr 30
The spirits living inside don dey show them shege...

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Re: Germany To Start Returning Benin Bronzes From 2022 by mcmbonu: 6:40pm On Apr 30
For what
Re: Germany To Start Returning Benin Bronzes From 2022 by OkCornel(m): 6:41pm On Apr 30
Good news.

I have great respect for the ancient kingdom of Benin.

Evidence that the black race was never backward. cool

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