A bronze statue that was looted from what is now Nigeria more than a century ago will be returned, Cambridge University in Britain said, as Nigeria's government announced a new campaign Thursday for the return of the West African nation's looted and smuggled artifacts from around the world.
The cockerel was taken in 1897 from the Court of Benin and given to the university several years later. The statue was removed from public view in 2016 after students protested, saying it represented a colonial narrative.
Nigeria's minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, welcomed the return of the cockerel, especially the role of the students in bringing about the repatriation of the bronze statue.
The latest Nigerian migration report released by the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has it that no fewer than 17,616 Nigerians were deported back to the country, from across the world in 2018. Also, 22,889 foreign nationals were denied entry into Nigeria for various reasons, even as 1,044 Nigerians were blocked from travelling overseas in the same year.
The statistics were made available in the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) Border Management Strategy (2019 – 2023) obtained by our correspondent in Abuja.
On the culmination of the Nigeria Tourism Investors Forum and Exhibition (NTIFE) 2019, held on the 19th & 20th November 2019 at Transcorp Hilton Hotel Abuja, organizers of the event, the Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN) hereby release the following Communique:
1. The Federal Ministry of Information & Culture should ensure effective coordination between the agencies of the Ministry and the Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria. This will reduce the incidence of Government and private tourism operators speaking at cross purposes in the administration and operation of the tourism industry.
The efforts to improve the tourism sector in Plateau State have received a boost as the State Governor, Simon Lalong has concluded plan to acquire two Rhinos from Kenya to increase the number of animals in the Jos Wild Life Park. It would be recalled that the Governor had been on a peer review tour of Kenya in the last one week to seek areas of collaborations in agriculture, tourism, entertainment, human capital development as well as tea and flower production.
The National Commission for Museums and Monuments has engaged a tech company, Opinow Media, to digitise museums, monument sites and buildings across Nigeria with virtual reality for tourist attraction.
The Acting Director-General of the commission, AbdulKareem Kadiri, disclosed this during the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the commission and Opinow Media on Thursday in Abuja.
Mr Kadiri said a partnership with individuals and artefact enthusiasts in improving this aspect of tourism is pivotal in the development of the tourism industry.