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London museum returns looted Benin bronzes to Nigeria

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 A small museum in south-east London has begun the official process of returning looted Benin bronzes to Nigeria.

The Horniman Museum, which houses a collection of 72 treasured items that were taken by force from Benin City in 1897, officially handed over ownership of the artifacts to the Nigerian government on Monday.

The Horniman described returning the looted objects as a “moral and appropriate” response after a request from Nigeria’s National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM).

There are still questions about whether thousands of items that were held at large institutions globally, including the British Museum, will ever be sent back.

However, the first six objects which were returned included two Benin Bronze plaques from the royal palace which were handed over to Nigerian officials at a ceremony marking the transfer of ownership of 72 looted items.

The items were taken from Benin City by British troops in February 1897.

Nick Merriman, chief executive of the Horniman Museum and Gardens, and prof. Abba Tijani, the NCMM’s director general, was asked by journalists ahead of the official handover if they were frustrated at the British Museum’s apparent reluctance to hand over the 900 objects it had held for more than a century.

Merriman, who said the Horniman had been an “excellent example” of leadership, stated that, “Journalists who ask me about the Benin return always want to ask me about the British Museum.”

“I would rather talk about what an excellent example the Horniman is rather than answer questions about the British Museum.”

The six objects selected in consultation with the NCMM as being representative of the collection of 72 items from the first wave of physical repatriation of Benin objects from the Horniman.

A new agreement between the NCMM and the Horniman will allow the remainder to stay in Britain on loan for now, with the second phase of physical repatriations to follow in due course.

Professor Tijani later explained that about 5,000 Benin bronzes were currently “scattered” around the world.

He said that he is hoping that talks with various institutions may result in deals that could herald the items being returned from places including Germany and the U.S.

– dpa

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Gum Arabic company wins Nigerian export awards

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 Gum Arabic company has won the most active company award at the maiden edition of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) Awards in Lagos.

Adaku Chidume-Okoro, the Managing Director of Gum Arabic Company, in a statement on Monday, said several others were also awarded.

Addressing the audience, during the award presentation, Ezra Yakusak, the Executive Director NEPC, said the awardees were selected from the monthly pre-shipment inspector’s report the NEPC received about all exports at the various departure points.

He said the awardees were outstanding in their shipments, the reason they were shortlisted at the NEPC week which ended on Nov. 26 with Award and Gala Nite.

According to him, the NEPC award is designed to encourage and stimulate hard work, innovation and overall high quality in non-oil export promotion in Nigeria.

The Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) is a Federal Government institution established to encourage the promotion, development and diversification of exports, especially non-oil exports which make up about 20 percent of national revenue.

Chidume-Okoro, who received the award on behalf of the firm, appreciated God and the organisers of the award as she said it had been a historic journey.

She said the award was a testament to the organisation’s hard work and above all, the grace of God.

” Gum Arabic Company of Nigeria wins Nigerian Export Promotion Council award, for non-oil export award for Most Active Women MSMES in the export value chain

” It is a journey to redefine how the hardworking, highly professional and dedicated people in Nigeria, are acknowledged and celebrated.

” I am proud to be part of this journey, non-oil exports in Nigeria,” she said.

Other winners of the awards included Karflex Fisheries Ltd, Dijmed Ventures Ltd, Twindynasty Global Ltd, The Coordinator, Yobe State Sheabutter Products Women Co-Operative and Achi Greems Farm Ltd., among other top exporters.

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LIGHTER MOOD: Dog enjoying Corn….!

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LIGHTER MOOD: Dog enjoying Corn....!

PLEASE VOTE WISELY OR IT WILL GET WORSE.

MY FIRST TIME SEEING A DOG EAT CORN. IT IS NOT FUNNY

*Nwachukwu

Marina, LAGOS 

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