It was an historic moment at the Oba of Benin Palace as two Bronzes looted from the royal home 125 years ago were returned.

The Uhun-Ilao (Bronze head Hurts of the Oba of Benin) and the Okpa (Cockerel) from Cambridge University in the UK and University of Aberdeen, Scotland; were officially handed over to the Benin Monarch by the Federal Government of Nigeria, represented by the Nigerian High commissioner to Britain Ambassador Sarafa Tunji Ishola, after the deed of transfer was signed at the Palace of the Oba of Benin on the 13th of December, 2021.

The historical event was attended by dignitaries from all works of life, all present to be a part of the occasion.

Over ten thausand Benin Bronzes, plagues, Ivory and other artifacts where looted from the Palace of the Oba of Benin; after a British military expedition led by Admiral Sir Harry Rawson invaded, ransacked and looted valuables from the Palace of the Oba of Benin many years ago.

High point of the event was the official handing over of the Bronzes from the Federal Government of Nigeria to the Benin Monarch, as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari; Grand Commander of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (GCFR).

The Oba later proceeded to the Oguarioba quarters of the Palace to present the Bronzes to the ancestors, and offered thanks to them for the successful return of the Bronzes under his reign.

The Benin Monarch in a speech made by Prince Aghatise Erediauwa said that the military expedition by the British was but a retaliation for the killing of some British soldiers—as most literary works would have us believe—citing that there was a calculated and deliberately conceived plan to attack Benin for its territorial dominance and also for her treasures.

4 thoughts on “Oba Of Benin Receives Two Looted Benin Bronzes After 125 Years Abroad”
  1. The Edo state Governor Obaseki or his Deputy Phillips was supposed to be present at the Oba’s Palace. Respect.

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