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Lai Mohammed Explains Why Repatriated 1,130 Benin Bronzes Important To Nigeria

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Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed

The Nigerian government’s recent agreement with Germany for the repatriation of 1,130 Benin bronzes which were looted from the ancient city of Benin kingdom in 1897, will help to stimulate domestic tourism in Nigeria.

This was disclosed by Lai Mohammed the Minister of Information during the inauguration of The Art Hotel in Lagos on Monday.

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Mohammed added that it will also be the single largest repatriation of looted works of art anywhere in the world.

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Speaking at the event, the Minister stated, “There is no doubt that the return of the most coveted Benin bronzes to Nigeria will help to stimulate domestic tourism in our country.

“Let me restate our commitment to recovering our priceless works of art which were looted from our country.

“Our efforts in this regard have started to yield fruits. Last week, in Berlin, Germany, we signed the agreement for the repatriation of 1,130 Benin bronzes which were looted from the ancient city of Benin kingdom in 1897.

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“This number represents the single largest repatriation of looted works of art anywhere in the world” he added.

Hammed Tajudeen is the Editor-In-Chief of Blaze Newz Nigeria, graduated from Osun State Polytechnic, Iree with Higher National Diploma (HND) in Mass Communication.

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