Stolen Nigerian Artifacts Returned

A collaborative effort by the government and France have led to the repatriation of stolen artifacts back to Nigeria.

Nigerian Stolen Artifacts in Europe

PHOTO ESSAYS: Nigerian Stolen Artifacts in Europe

According to Wikipedia, the Nok culture appeared in Nigeria around 1000 BC and vanished under unknown circumstances around 500 AD in the region of ...

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  • Nigeria:  Nigerian, American Museums Lock Horns Over 'Stolen' Artefacts

    Leadership, 15 July 2012

    Thousands of Benin artefacts were illegally looted by the colonial masters and European troops during their invasion of the Benin Kingdom. CHIKA OKEKE writes that about 32 ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  Looted Benin Artefacts Donated to American Museum (analysis)

    Fahamu, 19 July 2012

    The people of Benin have tried for years to have their precious works of art returned to no avail. Now the artifacts have a new 'owner' in America. read more »

  • Nigeria:  Ancient Statues Smuggled From Nigeria Being Returned Home

    Daily Trust, 28 July 2012

    Who stole 2,000-year-old figurines made by Nok culture still under US investigation read more »

  • Nigeria:  Return of Our Stolen Artefacts

    Vanguard, 6 August 2012

    IN April 2010, French Customs officials stumbled upon a suspicious shipment of statues headed for the JFK Airport, New York. read more »

The terracotta figures are hollow, coil built, nearly life sized human heads and bodies that are depicted with highly stylized features, abundant jewellery, and varied postures.

  • Nigeria:  Nigeria Demands Return of Stolen Benin Artefacts From U.S.

    Daily Trust, 19 July 2012

    The National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM) is demanding the return of the thirty-two artefacts looted during the Benin Massacre of 1897 and donated to the Museum of ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  Nigeria's Antiquities Abroad Must Return - NCMM

    Daily Trust, 16 August 2012

    The Director General of the National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM), Yusuf Abdallah Usman, yesterday reiterated the resolve of the commission to return stolen ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  Intercepted Artefacts to Arrive Nigeria September

    Leadership, 19 August 2012

    The Director-general of National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM), Mallam Yusuf Abdallah Usman has disclosed that the commission would receive five Nok sculptures ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  Nigeria's Antiquities Abroad Must Return

    Daily Trust, 25 August 2012

    A very large number of Nigeria's priceless artefacts left Nigeria's shores long before the country came into being as an independent nation. The high point was the infamous assault ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  Recovering Country's Stolen Artefact

    Daily Trust, 9 September 2012

    A very large number of Nigeria's priceless artefacts left Nigeria's shores long before the country came into being as an independent nation. The high point was the infamous assault ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  A Tale of Unvalued Treasures

    This Day, 9 September 2012

    A negotiated settlement is the best solution to the looted artefacts imbroglio, a Lagos-based collector tells Okechukwu Uwaezuoke read more »