Cambridge University college returning looted bronze cockerel to Nigeria

A Cambridge University college is to return a bronze cockerel, looted by British colonial forces in 1897, to Nigeria

10/28/2021 1:41:00 AM

A Cambridge University college is to return a bronze cockerel, looted by British colonial forces in 1897, to Nigeria

The statue, known as the Okukur, will be given back to Nigeria after it was looted by British colonial forces in 1897 and given to Jesus College by a student's father.

Wednesday 27 October 2021 18:30, UKImage:Master of Jesus College Sonita Alleyne (left) with Director General of Nigeria's National Commission for Museums and Monuments, Professor Abba Isa TijaniWhy you can trust Sky NewsA Cambridge University college will return a looted bronze cockerel to Nigeria.

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The statue, known as the Okukur, was looted by British colonial forces in 1897 and given to Jesus College in 1905 by the father of a student.Students campaigned for the artefact to be returned, and the college's Legacy of Slavery Working Party concluded in 2019 that it"belongs with the current Oba at the Court of Benin".

The Oba of Benin is head of the historic Eweka dynasty of the Benin Empire, centred on Benin City in modern-day Nigeria.Image:The looted Benin bronze cockerel, known as the Okukur

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