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Stolen Benin Bronzes, Oba of Benin Addresses World Press

 

His Royal Majesty, Omo N’Oba N’Edo, Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare II, Oba of Benin has addressed a special and  an unprecedented  World Press Conference in Benin City of Nigeria today .

The Stolen artefacts of Benin Kingdom origin, which are being expected to the Country from Germany and United Kingdom that have turned out to be an issue of controversy between the Palace of Oba of Benin and Governor Obaseki of Edo State made Oba Ewuare II to address the World Press Conference today, Friday, 9th July,2021.

The controversy brewing up is about who is to be the custodian of the Artifacts when they are returned to the country. The Oba Benin in the conference called for transparency in Governor Obaseki proposal of tripartite management of the Artifacts known as Benin Bronze.

Oba Ewuare II in his Palace in Benin

Obaseki is suggesting management of the Artifacts jointly done by Federal, State and a Management body for the Palace while the  Benin Palace is said to be suggesting building of a Museum  in the Palace or elsewhere and to be managed by the Palace as the custodian of the artefacts .

Oba Ewuare addressed the Royal Family members, Palace Chiefs and Benin people in Benin language to let them know the position of the Palace and later addressed the World Press Conference in English  after which he took questions from journalists. The World conference addressed by the Oba was first of type.

At Oba of Benin World Press Briefing in Binin,Nigeria
People pay homage to Oba Ewuare II in his Palace before the Press Briefing

Oba Ewuare thanked both Federal and State governments in their efforts resulting to the present stage. The Royal Majesty also congratulated the stakeholders in the journey so far, especially the Benin people and specially prayed for Governor Obaseki.