With the approach of the 170th birthday of the Rev. Samuel Johnson (Ayinla Ogun) in 2016 – he was born in 1846 – and the loss of the original manuscript of his History of the Yorubas which this blog once made a public appeal for information on what exactly happened to it still unresolved, one cannot but be heartened by the return of those massive brass works which are related to the Ifẹ Brass works.
Although this momentous event happened last year, one of this blog’s regular readers and contributors shared this with me this week, and I’m sharing it further as there must be many people not in the know.
Nigeria’s House of Representatives started an effort to get the British Government to assist in getting back those stolen art that still remain in private hands in the United Kingdom.
Mark Walker, grandson of Capt. Herbert Walker, outside the palace of the Oba (king) of Benin, now in Edo State, Nigeria. In 2014 he returned bronzes looted during the 1897 Benin Punitive Expedition [Picture from facebook.com]
Thanks, Dear Rẹmi, for sending this. – Tola.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2015. 8:05 [GMT]