The Reading / Listening - Benin Bronzes - Level 5

Germany will return artefacts that were stolen from Nigeria during the colonial era in the 19th century. The Benin Bronzes are currently in a museum in Leipzig. The Bronzes consist of more than a thousand plaques, sculptures and statues. The Edo people made them from the 13th century in what was the Kingdom of Benin. They decorated the royal palace in what is now Nigeria. British forces looted most of the objects in 1897. Two hundred pieces were taken to the British Museum, while others went to museums across Europe. Nigeria has tried for decades to get them returned.



Experts say the pieces being returned are among the most highly regarded works of African art. Many Nigerians welcome their return. The Institute for Benin Studies said Germany is, "leading in the global restitution movement" of former colonial powers returning looted treasures. It said other countries should acknowledge that the objects looted in 1897 belong to the Benin people. These countries should discuss the future of the objects. Some Nigerians believe the objects are safer in Europe. One man said: "With the insecurity now, the safety of those artefacts cannot be guaranteed."

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    Benin Bronzes - Level 4 or  Benin Bronzes - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.dw.com/en/nigeria-welcomes-germanys-decision-to-return-looted-benin-bronzes/a-57382591
  • https://www.thenationalnews.com/arts-culture/germany-to-return-looted-bronzes-to-nigeria-next-year-1.1213865
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benin_Bronzes


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. return artefacts that were
  2. during the colonial era
  3. a thousand plaques,
  4. in what was the
  5. They decorated
  6. British forces looted
  7. others went to museums
  8. Nigeria has tried for decades
  1. Kingdom of Benin
  2. most of the objects
  3. to get them returned
  4. sculptures and statues
  5. in the 19th century
  6. across Europe
  7. the royal palace
  8. stolen from Nigeria

Paragraph 2

  1. among the most highly regarded
  2. Many Nigerians
  3. the global restitution
  4. former colonial
  5. looted
  6. the objects
  7. the objects are
  8. the safety of those artefacts cannot
  1. safer in Europe
  2. movement
  3. treasures
  4. be guaranteed
  5. works of African art
  6. powers
  7. welcome their return
  8. looted in 1897

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Germany will (1) ___________________ were stolen from Nigeria during (2) ___________________ in the 19th century. The Benin Bronzes are currently in a museum in Leipzig. The Bronzes consist of more than a thousand plaques, (3) ___________________. The Edo people made them from the 13th century in what was the Kingdom of Benin. They (4) ___________________ palace in what is now Nigeria. British (5) ___________________ of the objects in 1897. Two hundred pieces were taken to the British Museum, while others went to museums across Europe. Nigeria has tried for (6) ___________________ them returned.

Experts say the pieces being returned are among the most (7) ___________________ of African art. Many Nigerians welcome their return. The Institute for Benin Studies said Germany is, "leading in the global restitution movement" of (8) ___________________ returning looted treasures. It said other countries should acknowledge that (9) ___________________ in 1897 belong to the Benin people. These countries should (10) ___________________ of the objects. Some Nigerians believe the objects are safer in Europe. One man said: "(11) ___________________ now, the safety of those artefacts (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

GermanywillreturnartefactsthatwerestolenfromNigeriaduringthecol
onialerainthe19thcentury.TheBeninBronzesarecurrentlyinamuseu
minLeipzig.TheBronzesconsistofmorethanathousandplaques,sculpt
uresandstatues.TheEdopeoplemadethemfromthe13thcenturyinwh
atwastheKingdomofBenin.Theydecoratedtheroyalpalaceinwhatisno
wNigeria.Britishforceslootedmostoftheobjectsin1897.Twohundredp
iecesweretakentotheBritishMuseum,whileotherswenttomuseumsac
rossEurope.Nigeriahastriedfordecadestogetthemreturned.Expertss
aythepiecesbeingreturnedareamongthemosthighlyregardedworkso
fAfricanart.ManyNigerianswelcometheirreturn.TheInstituteforBeni
nStudiessaidGermanyis,"leadingintheglobalrestitutionmovement"o
fformercolonialpowersreturninglootedtreasures.Itsaidothercountri
esshouldacknowledgethattheobjectslootedin1897belongtotheBeni
npeople.Thesecountriesshoulddiscussthefutureoftheobjects.Some
NigeriansbelievetheobjectsaresaferinEurope.Onemansaid:"Withth
einsecuritynow,thesafetyofthoseartefactscannotbeguaranteed."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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Free writing

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