Nigeria: Cologne returns original artefacts

Brussels 20.12.2022 Nigeria has taken back ownership of 92 bronze sculptures that make up the so-called Benin Bronzes from a museum in the German city of Cologne, following an agreement that was signed by the city’s Mayor. (Image: Cologne Museum)

The director general of Nigeria’s National Commission for Museums, Abba Isa Tijani, was in Cologne to sign the agreement with mayor Henriette Reker.

The transfer of the bronzes from the Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum is the most recent in an ongoing attempt to see the artwork looted by colonial powers returned to their the places of origin.

“This is a milestone in a difficult debate lasting decades about the restitution of looted art, with national and international significance,” Reker said.

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