Post link 25 June 2014, 16:36
Benin — The return of two Bronze works looted from the Oba Ovonramwen palace during the British invasion of Benin in 1897 on Friday, set the Benin Palace agog. great grandson of Capt. Philip Walker, one of the soldiers who participated in the invasion, Dr. Adrian Mark Walker, returned the bronze works to Oba Erediauwa, whose great grandfather, Oba Ovonramwen was the Oba of Benin during the British invasion.

Oba Erediauwa who was overwhelmed with joy while receiving the items, described Walker's gesture in returning them as the best birthday gift he has ever received, as the historic event was just a few days to his birthday.

The Benin monarch however, called on Britain and others still in possession of Benin looted bronze works to emulate Dr. Walker and return them to Benin, their home of origin. Walker who spoke later at a reception held for him and members of his entourage, while revealing his decision to return the bronze works, said, "I have no idea it would cause so much excitement. Seeing this, I feel this is the right thing to do".

Edo state Governor, Adams Oshiomhole while commending Dr. Walker for having a heart of gold in returning the bronze works, expressed joy that the historic event was taking place during his time as governor.

The Minister of Culture and Tourism and officials of the National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM) expected at the event, were absent.

There had earlier been disagreement between NCMM and the palace of the Oba of Benin over arrangements for the return of the items, with the commission insisting that they be presented at Abuja, but Dr. Walker was said to have preferred presenting them in Benin, the original home of the items.

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