Wednesday, June 19, 2024
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The German government is returning valuable heritage artifacts known as the Benin bronzes to their original home in southern Nigeria. The bronzes, which include statues, idols, and jewelry, were taken from the ancient Kingdom of Benin by British troops in the late 19th century and sold to German buyers, eventually ending up in German museums.

German Foreign minister Annalena Baerbock traveled to Nigeria’s capital Abuja to personally hand over the objects, which include figureheads and other artifacts.

The sculptures, valued for both their aesthetic appeal and skilled craftsmanship, hold significant spiritual and historical value for the people of Nigeria. The theft of these sculptures continues to cause pain for the descendants of the ancient Benin kingdom.

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