Colonial Art: Cambridge Hands over Looted Bronze to Nigeria

Jesus College is the first U.K. institution to give back one of the artifacts known as the Benin Bronzes.

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Master of Jesus College Sonita Alleyne, left and Director General of Nigeria's National Commission for Museums and Monuments Professor Abba Isa Tijani pose for a photo ahead of a ceremony at Jesus College Cambridge, where the looted bronze cockerel, known as the Okukur, will be returned to Nigeria, in Cambridge, England, Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. Jesus College announced in 2019 that it would return the Okukor, a statue that was taken from the Court of Benin in what is now Nigeria by British colonial forces in 1897. (Joe Giddens/PA via AP)
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LONDON (AP) — A Cambridge University college handed over a bronze cockerel looted from Africa in the 19th century to Nigerian authorities on Wednesday, as part of a modest but growing effort in some European countries to return African art taken by colonial powers. Jesus College is the first U.K. institution to give back one of the artifacts known as the Benin Bronzes. Speaking ahead of Wednesday’s ceremony, college master Sonita Alleyne called it a…

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