The representatives of the Benin monarch, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare II, and other collectors and fine art enthusiasts are being billed to attend the second opening of the Humboldt Forum in Berlin, Germany.

The Humboldt Forum, a museum of art and culture, will also host researchers from around the world during the exhibition

The museum houses non-European collections, including thousands of artifacts looted from the palace of the Kingdom of Benin during the invasion of the kingdom in 1897 known in history as the Benin massacre of 1897, in which the then reigning Oba Ovonramwen Nogbaisis was exiled to Calabar.

The artifacts, which have been at the center of the disagreement between the Benin Palace and the Edo State government led by Governor Godwin Obaseki over who should be given custody of the artworks to be returned from the foreign museums, will be displayed during the celebration. on display. and inauguration of the last part of the opening of Humboldt Forum.

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Tribune Online concluded that Oba Ewuare II’s representatives at the exhibition would be led by his brother, His Royal Highness, Prince Aghatise Erediuwa.

According to the letter of invitation made available to journalists in Benin about the event and jointly approved by Professor Hartmut Dorgerloh, General Director, Humboldt and Professor Lars – Christian Koch, Director of the Ethnological Museum, the exhibition is expected to take place on September 16, 2022 , and it would also house friends, partners and colleagues

The delegation of the German Ethnological Museum led by Professor Koch in April 2022, spoke with the Benin monarch about the planned return and restitution of historical Benin artifacts.

Mr. Solomon Okuduwa, who provided technical support, had led the German ethnologists to the historic Igun Streets, where they also met the Association of Bronze Founders.

Located in the heart of Berlin, the Forum is a hub of exhibitions that attract researchers and art lovers and strives to be a cultural destination compared to London’s museum.

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The museum had announced plans to continue talks with Nigerian officials about the repatriation of the Benin Bronzes in its collections and promised to repatriate Benin Bronzes in its collections.

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