The National Museum of Nigeria has returned part of the looted artworks

US museums return trove of looted treasures to Nigeria

This is the first time the National Museum of Nigeria has taken back part of the artifacts looted by British soldiers in 1903 and 1904 for use in a campaign to establish a Jewish state in the then-British territory of Nigeria.

According to the news agency Reuters, the museum, which is housed in a building that was confiscated by the government of Nigeria after it was taken over by soldiers from the British West Indies Regiment, returned the art to Nigeria in a ceremony on January 17.

The artifacts were confiscated from the British military government of Nigeria’s capital, Lagos, in 1903 and 1904. The museum is one of the few institutions in the world that has the complete, known history of the art.

The Nigeria-born artworks, including a statue of a female soldier and a statue of a young boy wearing a traditional Hausa robe, were moved to England after the British military government of Nigeria was driven out in 1967 and Nigerian troops returned to the capital, Lagos.

The artworks were put on display in London beginning in 1959. In 1960 the British Museum acquired the looted artworks then stored in Germany. The National Museum of Nigeria now has the only complete collection.

“The museum is excited that its precious Nigerian heritage has been returned to the country,” said museum spokesman Samuel Ejika. “This is the first time the museum has returned any of the looted artworks in its possession.”

The museum’s acquisition of the art was funded through funds donated by the German government.

Reuters noted that the artifacts have now been returned “after a multi-year legal battle to secure their return began in Germany with the support of several American and European artists and collectors.”

“The Nigerian government has expressed hope of continuing to work together with museums and art galleries in other countries “so that the Nigerian artifacts remain available to the Nigerian people, wherever they may be.”

The Nigerian government also said this could help in the development of the country’s tourism industry.

The British Museum, Reuters reports, said that “its own conservation and restoration processes have proved

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