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Nigeria, Germany sign agreement on return of 1,130 Benin bronzes



Nigeria and Germany have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the repatriation of a whole bunch of Benin bronzes from 2022.

Nigeria is anticipating about 1,130 items of artifacts from the world energy.

On Wednesday, Data Minister, Lai Mohammed, acquired a German authorities delegation in Abuja.

Mohammed stated a staff of specialists will depart Nigeria quickly to have interaction with stakeholders in Germany on the return of the artifacts.

The minister stated although the nation acquired them by international buying and selling, it agreed to voluntarily relinquish them to additional strengthen bilateral ties.


“The return of the artifacts will additional cement
relationship between Nigeria and Germany. Tradition immediately has turn out to be one of many efficient instruments for delicate diplomacy,” he stated.

Director Normal for Tradition and Communication, German Federal Overseas Workplace, Dr. Andreas Gorgen stated the repatriation will contribute to therapeutic the wound inflicted by the looting.

Gorgen hailed Nigeria’s Nationwide Fee for Museums and Monuments for its efforts.

On the delegation had been Director of the Museum at Rothenbaum, Prof. Barbara Plankensteiner; President, Prussian Cultural Heritage Basis, Prof. Hermann Parzinger and German Ambassador to Nigeria, Birgitt Ory.

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