Germany to return 1,130 stolen Benin Bronzes to Nigeria

The Nigerian government on Friday in Berlin signed a declaration that will see the return of 1,130 Benin Bronzes from Germany.

According to a press release by the Nigerian Ministry of Information and Communication, the historic joint declaration will pave the way for the return of bronzes 125 years after they were looted from the ancient Benin Kingdom during the Benin Expedition of 1897.

Speaking at the signing event, Nigeria’s minister of information and communication, Lai Mohammed, described the planned return as the ”single largest repatriation of artefacts anywhere in the world.”

According to Mr Mohammed, Germany has taken the lead in correcting the wrongs of the past by agreeing to return the looted artefacts.

He said though Nigeria was never a German colony, many of the artefacts seen in German public institutions got there via trade and donations.

“I have no doubt in my mind that this pace-setting action by the Federal Government of…

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