Cambridge University removes Benin bronze cockerel statue from display following protests – By Osaretin Evbuomwan
– By Lucky Akhimien
A statue that was stolen from Benin by Britain in 1897 has been removed from display at Cambridge University where it had been displayed for about 100 years over a protest against racism, Urhokpota Reporters report.
The bronze cockerel – known as the Okhokho, mispelled by the British as ‘Okukor’ – which was on show at Jesus College has been taken out of the college’s dining hall amid a discovery by the students of its sordid past, being a stolen property from Benin city.
In February, Jesus College’s student union passed a motion and insisted that the statue should be returned to present day Nigeria after the claimed British troops ‘looted’ it in 1897 during a “punitive expedition” in Benin City – the cradle of civilisation.
“Considering the moral case and the positive benefits outlined in the proposal, the time is now right to repatriate the cockerel to the Royal Palace of Benin Kingdom in line with existing protocol,” the motion said.