Bronze cockerel to be returned to Nigeria by Cambridge college | Education

A bronze cockerel taken by British colonial forces and donated to Jesus College Cambridge is to be returned to Nigeria in an unprecedented step that adds momentum to the growing repatriations movement. The Okukor, described by the college as a “royal ancestral heirloom”, will be one of the first Benin bronzes to be returned to Nigeria by a major British institution since the punitive expedition in 1897 when thousands of bronzes were stolen from Benin City by British forces. No…

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UK’s first black female history professor to research Bristol’s slavery links | Education

The University of Bristol has appointed a black history professor to explore the city’s involvement in the transatlantic slave trade. Olivette Otele will take up her role as professor of the history of slavery in January 2020. She will be based at the university’s history department and the Centre for Black Humanities, where she will work with staff, students and communities. Otele became the UK’s first female black history professor after being awarded a professorship and a chair in history…

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