The German museum where most of Benin’s looted artefacts will come from

In April, Germany announced that they will be returning 1,130 looted artefacts to Benin, Edo State from the beginning of 2022.

This good news was revealed during a meeting between German and Nigerian government officials including the German Minister of State for Culture, Prof. Moniker Grutters and Nigeria Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed.

Some Benin artefacts looted by the British in 1897 to be returned from Germany from 2022. Source: Unknown

One reason Germany decided to come forward with the artefacts was acknowledged by Grütters “in agreement that addressing Germany’s colonial past is an important issue for the whole of society and a core task for cultural policy” and “reaffirmed their willingness in principle to make substantial returns” to Nigeria.

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Edo State 2017 budget estimates: key allocations and the imaginary promises

Many governors have come and gone with empty promises to make Edo State – at least Benin City – a great place to be, yet the area has been left in worse condition than before under some leaderships.

We had another newly elected governor in November 2016 – APC’s Godwin Obaseki – who presented his faithful ‘Budget of Consolidation and Prosperity’ to all Edo people.

Here are the key budget and promises made by the Governor on the 20th December 2016:

The Budget:

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