Britain Returns Some Stolen Artifacts To Benin, Nigeria After 117 Years
The Palace of the Benin Monarch Omo N'Oba N'Edo, Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Erediauwa was in jubilation last friday following the return of two pieces of bronze works of art that was stolen by the British soldiers when they ransacked the city of Benin, Edo State, Nigeria in 1897.
The artworks was delivered by Dr Adrian Mark Walker, great grandson of the Captain Philip Walker- who was one of the soldiers that participated in the invasion 117 years ago.
The present Oba (King) Erediauwa's great grandfather, Oba Ovonramwen was the Oba of Benin during the British invasion.
Excited Oba Erediauwa thanked Dr Walker for his kind gesture which he described as the best birthday gifts he has ever received. He also urged the UK and others to kindly return all stolen artifacts to the west african country.
At a dinner held for Dr Walker and his entourage, Dr Walker said he was surprised at the way the people of Benin jubilated over the returned item. He added that he felt returning them was "the right thing to do" and that he did not want to be described as the child of a racist.
The Edo State Governor, Adam Oshiomole also thanked Dr Walker and his team for the returned artifacts.
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