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NEWS UPDATE: Cambridge University returns stolen Benin bronze cockerel ‘Okukur’ to Nigeria

NEWS UPDATE: Cambridge University returns stolen Benin bronze cockerel ‘Okukur’ to Nigeria

A Cambridge University College has given back a taken bronze cockerel named ‘Okukur’ to Nigeria.

Okukur was taken by British pilgrim powers in 1897 and given to Jesus College in 1905 by the dad of a student.

BBC reports that the choice to return it was made in 2019 after a lively mission by students.

“It’s enormously huge. It’s a groundbreaking event”, said Sonita Alleyne, expert of Jesus College.

The official focused on that returning the antiquity was the “best thing to do”.

Okukur is a piece of “social and profound importance to individuals of Nigeria. It’s essential for their genealogical legacy”, Alleyne added.

The Nigerian government would choose how and when to move Okukur eliminated from show at the school in 2016.

The bronze sculpture will be given to National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM).

In 2019, the school’s Legacy of Slavery Working Party concurred that the cockerel “has a place with the current Oba at the Court of Benin”.

The occupant, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Ewuare II, communicated trust that nations and foundations would offer back relics taken from Benin.

The ruler encouraged them to “speed up the arrival of our fine arts, which by and large are of strict significance to us”.





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