NEW YORK — Nigeria is expected to receive over 7,000 artifacts plundered from the Benin Kingdom.
These artifacts are to be repatriated by Germany to Nigeria before October according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Permanent Secretary, Gabriel Aduda, disclosed this at the Inaugural Nigerian Cultural Show held at the Cultural Centre, Nigeria House, New York.
He noted that the repatriation of the artifacts will be used to build an ultramodern museum in Edo and also for the training of some curators.
“We are working with relevant MDAs, we have had several high-level meetings with the Republic of Germany and we are at the stage where thousands of artworks are to be returned to Nigeria.
“There are over 7,000 different pieces of artifacts that the Republic of Germany wants to give back to Nigeria,’’ he said.
“We have talked deep into this that the reparation is not only at giving back, but they are coming to put a modern-day museum in Edo State and they are training 25 curators that will man the museum for sustainability.
“We have gone far and we are thinking that this will be concluded in October this year.
“We are hoping it will be a window to reach out to other European countries to return to us what was taken from us years back,” he said.
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