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12 Oct
Nigeria will loan seven Benin Bronzes to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art (NMAfA) out of the 29 repatriated artifacts for the next five years.
12 Oct
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has commended the United States for the repatriation to Nigeria of 23 Benin Bronzes, part of the thousands of artefacts that were looted by the British during their invasion of Benin Kingdom in 1897.
8 May
Nigeria Ambassador to Germany, Yusuf Tuggar, has urged the German authorities to fast track the process of returning 96 pieces from the Benin cultural properties forcibly taken by British Colonial forces 125 years ago to their rightful home.
9 Jan
The year 2021 started with hope of COVID-19 ending, as life-saving vaccines were rolled out to around 60 per cent of the world’s population, however, it drew to a close with the pandemic entering its third year.
14 Oct 2021
Nigeria has finally reached an agreement with Germany government on the return of Benin bronzes. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on museum cooperation was signed on Wednesday in Abuja between the Director General, National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM), Professor Abba Isa Tijani, and the German Director General, Culture and Communication of the German…
22 Sep 2021
A Nigerian group of artists has offered to donate artworks to the British Museum in London to encourage it to return the priceless Benin Bronzes that were looted from the city's royal court by British troops in 1897. The Ahiamwen Guild of artists and bronze casters said that it wants to change the terms of…
17 Jul 2021
The Federal Government says, in line with operative conventions and laws, it will take possession of the 1,130 looted Benin bronzes being expected from Germany. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed disclosed this on Saturday in Lagos at a news conference on the efforts by the federal government to repatriate looted smuggled…
11 Jul 2021
Efforts by Governor Godwin Obaseki to get the looted ‘Benin Bronzes’ returned to the country after 124 years of being away may have received ‘psychological bashing’ on Friday, July 9, 2021...
30 Apr 2021
Germany will start returning Benin bronzes to Nigeria in 2022, the country’s foreign and culture ministries said on Friday.
8 Apr 2021
The Church of England has promised to return two Benin Bronzes, given as gifts to former Archbishop of Canterbury Robert Runcie almost 40 years ago, to Nigeria. “We have recently been contacted by the Digital Benin project at the MARKK (Hamburg) who enquired about our collection of gifts at Lambeth Palace and if we had…
6 Apr 2021
Much has been written and said of late about the Benin Bronzes and Africa’s struggle for restitution of its stolen cultural properties in general. As one of the interlocutors who has helped to revitalise this longstanding issue ....
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In 1979, the same year Moonraker - the twelfth movie in the James Bond series - was released, another spy thriller premiered at the Commonwealth Institute in Kensington and National Arts Theatre in London and Lagos respectively.

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