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New museum in Nigeria raises hopes of resolution to Benin bronzes dispute
Artefacts held by British Museum and other western institutions were looted by British forces in 1897
Mark Brown Arts correspondent.
A new museum designed by Sir David Adjaye is to be built following the most extensive archaeological excavation ever undertaken in Benin City, Nigeria, raising hopes of a resolution to one of the world’s most controversial debates over looted museum artefacts.
The kingdom of Benin, in what is now southern Nigeria and not to be confused with the modern-day country of Benin, was one of the most important and powerful pre-colonial states of west Africa.
The Benin bronzes, some of Africa’s greatest treasures, were looted by British soldiers and sailors in 1897 and are mostly in western museums and private collections. The British Museum has more than 900 bronzes – arguably the most famous – and has long faced calls for them to be returned.
Details have been announced of important steps towards these treasures being loaned or given back with the creation of the Edo Museum of West African Art (EMOWAA), to be designed by Adjaye, the Tanzanian-born British architect of Ghanaian descent.
It is intended as a place for “the most comprehensive display in the world of Benin bronzes”, according to a statement.
The museum will be built on the site of a major excavation investigating the archaeology of the ancient kingdom of Benin – a partnership between the British Museum and partners in Nigeria including the Legacy Restoration Trust.
The museum said it hoped the project would create new opportunities to address “the painful history of the invasion and destruction of Benin City by British forces” in 1897.
Hartwig Fischer, the director of the British Museum, said its “main mission is to work in partnership with colleagues from around the world to develop our shared understanding of cultural heritage”.
He said the archaeology project provided the groundwork for EMOWAA, which “will surely become one of the most significant museum initiatives in the coming decades”.
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Adjaye was the recipient of the 2021 royal medal awarded annually by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). He said he was “humbled and deeply inspired” to design the new museum.
The archaeological project will begin in 2021 and continue for five years.
The most famous treasures ransacked by the British are the hundreds of brass plaques depicting narrative moments from life in the kingdom. They once decorated the pillars of buildings in the royal palace and are in the collection of the British Museum.
He said EMOWAA would be a “reteaching tool – a place for recalling lost collective memories of the past to instil an understanding of the magnitude and importance of these civilisations and cultures”.
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At Least 18 Dead As Cult War Escalates In Edo State.
The ongoing cult war in Edo State, has led to the death of at least 18 people after a recent escalation.
An Assistant Commissioner of Police and the two other policemen were shot on Friday in the Sokponba axis of Benin, after being caught in the crossfire.
According to eyewitnesses, the cultists are freely using AK-47 rifles, machetes, battle axes and other dangerous weapon.
Recall that during the End SARS protest in the State, protesters attacked the Maximum Correctional Centre (White House) and the Medium Correctional Centre to free about 1,993 inmates, mostly cultists.
In other news, two persons have been brutally killed following a renewed cult clash between two rival groups at the Federal Polytechnic Nekede in Umudibia Autonomous Community, Owerri West Council Area of Imo State.
According to reports, gunmen suspected to be cult members shot an unidentified man dead at the Federal Polytechnic Nekede junction on Wednesday, November 11, at 9 am, after they laid an ambush.
It was further gathered that another unidentified person was gunned down at the School’s Back Gate on Tuesday night, November 10, at 8 pm.
Police Confirms The Shooting Of Senior Police Officer By Gunmen In Edo
The shooting of a senior police officer in the line of duty by unknown gunmen have been confirmed by the Edo police command on Friday.
This confirmation was made by the command spokesman, Chidi Nwabuzor in Benin, the Edo capital.
Nwabuzor said the officer is an area commander.
According to Nwabuzor, the gunmen shot the policeman while responding to a distress call eventhough the name of the officer was not stated.
He, however, added that the wounded officer is receiving treatment at an undisclosed medical facility in Benin.
Sources told NAN that the incident occurred in the early hours of Friday at the popular Murtala Muhammed way, by the third east circular road junction in Benin.
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Godwin Obaseki, governor of Edo state, says he will not return to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The governor defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after he was disqualified from contesting in the governorship primary election for Edo by the APC.
Obaseki went on to win the election on the platform of the PDP.
He polled 307,955 votes to defeat Osagie Ize-Iyamu, candidate of the APC, who secured 223,619 votes.
Speaking with journalists after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at Aso Rock on Friday, the governor said leaving the PDP for the APC goes “against Buhari’s gospel of integrity”.
Obaseki said he should be dealt with if he attempts to become a “godfather” after his time in office.
According to him, godfatherism does not have a place in Edo.
The governor praised the president for his stance in the election despite being the leader of the country’s ruling party.
”So, this morning we are here in the villa to show our profound gratitude and appreciation for this, which on the surface will look normal but the implications are very far reaching. Because, this is a sitting president whose party’s was contesting an election and insisted that the right thing be done and a level playing field be created for contestants. By doing so, that singular action has deepened our democracy, far beyond what we can understand and imagine today,” he said.
”So, for that act alone, we felt we must come and say thank you. Mr President in his characteristic humorous manner, said he reluctantly congratulated me for beating his party. He also pointed that his role first we foremost as president of Nigeria, is to be president of all regardless of your party, race, tribe, creed. We couldn’t ask for more from Mr President, he really played the role of a statesman.”
On whether he will return to the APC, Obaseki said: ”Gleaning from the comments of Mr President, he said that he wants to leave a democracy that is built on integrity, accountability and hard work. Those were his words and I subscribe totally to that. It will not show integrity; it will not demonstrate somebody that has ethical or moral foundation to do what you asked about. I couldn’t have contested in one party, won on that party and then consider moving to another party. It is not the kind of thing to do, it’s not the right thing to do and I am sure you will not encourage me to do that.”
Responding to a question on whether he will become a godfather after his term in office, the governor said: ”In the case of godfathers in our politics, I have said in several fora that the whole concept of godfatherism is very dangerous to our democracy. And that is why when we came into the political fray 2006/2007, the mantra then was to get rid of godfathers from our political life.
”The reason is simple, the godfather has no constitutional responsibility, the godfather acts outside the constitution and controls people who are constitutional players. So, if we allow that sort of situation to continue, it will be worse than military rule. When people who have nothing at stake, no checks and balance, just arbitrarily decide that this is the way the constitution should be interpreted or constitutional players should operate, that’s why problems come in.
”God forbid I become a godfather, I should be dealt with accordingly because it’s dangerous to the concept of democracy.”
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Tinubu, Oshiomhole are Danger to Democracy, Says Obaseki
Edo State Governor and Governor-elect, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has extended a hand of fellowship to his opponents in last Saturday’s election, especially leaders and members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, to join hands with him to move the state forward.
However, he warned that there will be mercy for his predecessor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, if he creates problems in the state via negative remarks.
President Muhammadu Buhari and former President Olusegun Obasanjo had in their congratulatory messages to Obaseki, urged him to be magnanimous in victory and carry his opponents along to reduce passions in Edo.
Apparently heeding the advice, Obaseki, while receiving his certificate of return at the INEC office in Aduwawa, Benin City, yesterday, said the fight is over between him and the former chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole.
He called on the flagbearer of the APC, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, and other members to join in the administration of the state.
“I am using this opportunity to extend a hand of fellowship to my brother, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and other colleagues in the APC to join us and work with us so that we can move Edo forward.
“On a specific note, I want to use this opportunity to call on the former chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole that the fight is over and he should come and join in building the house where he was part of laying the foundation. We have no malice. The only thing we disagreed on is the approach in moving Edo State forward,” he said.
Obaseki added that both members of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP and APC are one family and cooperation is needed in moving Edo State forward.
“To our friends and brothers on the other side of the divide, we are one family in the pursuit to provide services and public goods for our citizens.
“Our citizens have decided that for now, they trust us more to provide the leadership. It does not mean that they do not have a role to play. It does not mean that they are not part of the family,” the governor stressed.
The electoral body had earlier issued certificates of return to Governor Obaseki, and his deputy, Phillip Shaibu at the INEC office in Benin City, the Edo State capital.
The National Commissioner, INEC in charge of Edo, Rivers, and Bayelsa, Mrs May Agbmuche-Mbu made the presentation and commended stakeholders including the security agencies for their role in the smooth conduct of the poll.
However, the governor while speaking on ARISE TV earlier in the day, said there would be no mercy for Oshiomhole if he creates problems for the state.
Obaseki spoke as the Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare II , and former Edo governor and APC chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, congratulated him on his victory.
Also, the Edo governorship election tribunal set up by the Court of Appeal President has opened its secretariat to receive petitions just as the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, commended Edo people for their conduct during the poll.
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