16 Dec Nigeria requests return of Benin bronzes from Germany
A new museum-cum-exhibition space is opening in Berlin today. But the Humboldt Forum, as it’s called, is already proving controversial. On display will be some of the famous Benin bronzes, stolen by British soldiers in the nineteenth century from the Kingdom of Benin in what is now modern day Nigeria. Nigeria has formally made a request to Germany for them to be returned. Nigeria’s Ambassador to Germany is Yusuf Tuggar.