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The British Museum Negotiating With Nigeria On Framework For Returning The Stolen Benin Bronzes. Will Loan Them To Nigeria Initially

Nigeria is building a new " Benin Royal Museum" in Edo State next to the Royal Palace that once housed many of its iconic bronzes. The bronzes were stolen from Nigeria by the British Expedition to Nigeria in 1897. The British, and European museums are helping Nigeria in building a suitable museum to house the valuable artifacts. The museums have all agreed to lend the artifacts to the Benin Royal Museum once completed, but on a rotating basis.

They are also working with Nigeria on developing a legal framework for the display of the artifacts in the new planned museum.


The British Museum in London holds around 700 pieces of the Nigerian bronzes.


European Museums hold more than 1,000 Nigeria bronzes that were looted from Nigeria, with the most valuable collection being held at the British Museum in London. Nigeria struck an agreement last month that will see some of the most iconic pieces in the collection returned on a temporary basis to the new museum within three years. Nigerian has been seeking their return since the country gained independence in 1960.

The Benin Dialogue Group (BDG) meeting was held in October, where Nigerian officials presented plans for the Museum to European museum officials. The dialog group includes representatives of several European museums, Nigeria's National Commission for Museums and Monuments, and the Royal Court of Benin, Edo State Government .


The British Museum said European museums would play an active role in developing a museum in Nigeria suitable for housing the artifacts. The Benin pieces are considered to be some of  the greatest, and most expensive African sculptures and artworks.

















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