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Historic Homecoming: Oba of Benin Welcomes Return of Stolen Ancestral Stools

The Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, was engulfed in joy, dance, and celebration as two looted royal stools were ceremoniously returned to the palace, marking a significant moment in the restitution of Nigeria’s cultural heritage.

The revered monarch took custody of the artefacts, which were looted from the Benin Palace during the punitive expedition in 1897, during a heartfelt presentation at the palace in Benin City. The Director-General of the National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM), Mr. Olugbile Holloway, represented the Nigerian government during the event.

Addressing the Benin Throne, Mr. Holloway pledged the commitment of the NCMM to collaborate closely with the Benin Royal Court in preserving and showcasing Edo heritage. He emphasized the importance of returning these artefacts to their rightful home, acknowledging the significance of Benin’s cultural legacy not only to the region but to Nigeria as a whole.

In a symbolic gesture of gratitude, the Oba of Benin danced joyfully alongside his chiefs and members of the Royal family to traditional Benin rhythms, expressing his overwhelming appreciation for the repatriation efforts. He offered prayers to the Almighty and his ancestors, acknowledging the contributions of the German government, the Federal Government, and the NCMM in facilitating the return of the stolen artefacts.

In a historic moment, Oba Ewuare II personally presented a symbol of peace and blessings to Mr. Holloway, symbolizing the unity and goodwill between the Benin Kingdom and the Nigerian government in the preservation of cultural heritage.

As the drums resonated with the heartbeat of Benin culture, the event served as a poignant reminder of the resilience and enduring spirit of the Benin people, reclaiming their stolen legacy and celebrating their rich cultural heritage for generations to come.

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Efecha Gold
Efecha Gold
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