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The man who returned his grandfather’s looted art

The Oba of Benin Ovonramwen in 1897. Exiled to Calabar in south-eastern Nigeria, after a British court acquitted him of the killings of seven british emissaries that sparked retaiiatry british attacks. But by the time the monarchy was restored in 1914, the independent kingdom of Benin no longer existed - it had become part of Nigeria, which was then a British colony.

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Evening Dress, Norman Hartnell: 1956, silk, heavily-looped metallic embroidery. Worn [by HRH Queen Elizabeth II] for a visit to the House of Representatives in Lagos during the Royal Tour of Nigeria, February 1956.

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The Queen of style: The beautiful gowns and precious jewellery that have made the Queen the very image of royalty

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Believed to be the head of an Ooni, a ruler from the West African kingdom of Ife Circa AD 1000 to 1500. I think the Ife sculptors were some of the greatest portraitists that have ever lived. Collection of the British Museum.

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Africa | Chief Nana Olomu (also spelled Olumu)(1852–1916) was an Itsekiri chief and merchant from the Niger Delta region of southern Nigeria. || The title of 'Governor of Benin River' was given to Nana Olomu by the British in 1884. He exerted immense political power through a network of armed traders in palm oil working along the upper reaches of the river and he built a town in the mangrove swamps defended by flintlock guns and brass cannon.

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Africa | Oba Ademuwagun Adesida II, the Deji (ruler) of Akure, in courtyard of Akure palace. Nigeria. 1959. | © Eliot Elisofon.

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