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British Auctioneer Sells Igbo Statues Allegedly Stolen During Nigerian Civil War For N85.6m

British Auctioneer Sells Igbo Statues Allegedly Stolen During Nigerian Civil War For N85.6m

The British auction company, Christie’s, has just sold two life-sized wooden statues with its roots from Nigerian for the sum of N85.6 million ($238,000) on an online auction on Monday, June 29, 2020.

The statues, which was labelled “A Couple of Igbo Figures Attributed to The Akwa Master”, were both sold to an online bidder on Monday in spite the controversy which is surrounding how the company gained possession of them.

A Professor of African and American Diaspora Art, Chika Okeke-Agulu, had started a spirited campaign in the past few weeks in order to stop the sale of these statues.

He had maintained that these statues were two out of dozens of other local artifacts which were stolen from the southeast region where they were made while the Igbo natives of the region were in a deadly civil war with the Nigerian government between the year 1967 and 1970.

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