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Shocking!!! British Auctioneer Sells Igbo Statues ‘Stolen’ During Civil War

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British auctioneer sells Igbo sculptures allegedly stolen during Nigerian civil war for N85.6m.

Sacred statues were sold despite experts’ pleas that they were stolen during Nigerian civil war. British auction company, Christie’s, sold two life-sized wooden statues with Nigerian roots for N85.6 million ($238,000) in an online auction on Monday, June 29, 2020.⁣

⁣The statues, labelled “A Couple of Igbo Figures Attributed to The Akwa Master“, were sold to an online bidder on Monday despite controversy surrounding how the company gained possession of them.⁣

The igbo sculptures, allegedly taken during the 1960s civil war, has gone viral with the term that “it was stolen” but the Christie’s auctioneer rejected the claim that the sculptures were stolen, saying that they were removed during the 1960s Biafran civil war.

A Professor of African and American Diaspora Art, Chika Okeke-Agulu, had launched a spirited campaign over the pass few weeks to stop the sale of the statues; Igbo Alusi figures.⁣

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

“These artworks are stained with the blood of Biafra’s children,” Okeke-Agulu wrote in an Instagram post on June 6.⁣

However, Christie’s said it doesn’t believe the statues were acquired illegally by Jacques Kerchache, the French collector that owned them.⁣

Okeke-Agulu later wrote a lengthy post on his instagram page, he said;

Dear Christie’s inc, I have been getting calls and texts asking me to respond to your claim that the Igbo alusi figures you plan to sell on Monday June 29, 2020 were legitimately collected from Awka, in today’s Anambra State, Nigeria in 1968-69. I ask you again, what is your definition of “legitimate” collecting of important art and cultural heritage from a war zone? Or, are you now a Biafran War Denier? And why on earth did UNESCO find it necessary to establish “The Hague Convention on Protection of Cultural Property in the Even of Armed Conflict of 1954”? Your claim is an insult to the memory of the millions that died in that Biafran War (1967-70). I have no problem with the auction business as such; but you cannot twist history, even change terminologies in “African art”, just because you want to make dirty money out of cultural heritage from a part of the world you don’t think matters that much. But, just to be clear, my story, these stories of looted Igbo, Nigerian, and African art and cultural heritage will not end with your planned sale of these two alusi figures. This is just the beginning.
#christiesinc #lootedart #alusi #bloodart #biafranwar

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Dear Christie’s inc, I have been getting calls and texts asking me to respond to your claim that the Igbo alusi figures you plan to sell on Monday June 29, 2020 were legitimately collected from Awka, in today’s Anambra State, Nigeria in 1968-69. I ask you again, what is your definition of “legitimate” collecting of important art and cultural heritage from a war zone? Or, are you now a Biafran War Denier? And why on earth did UNESCO find it necessary to establish “The Hague Convention on Protection of Cultural Property in the Even of Armed Conflict of 1954”? Your claim is an insult to the memory of the millions that died in that Biafran War (1967-70). I have no problem with the auction business as such; but you cannot twist history, even change terminologies in “African art”, just because you want to make dirty money out of cultural heritage from a part of the world you don’t think matters that much. But, just to be clear, my story, these stories of looted Igbo, Nigerian, and African art and cultural heritage will not end with your planned sale of these two alusi figures. This is just the beginning. #christiesinc #lootedart #alusi #bloodart #biafranwar

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TikTok CEO Zhang Yiming Resign (See Why)

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The CEO of TikTok, Zhang Yiming has recently resign to read book and daydream.

The CEO of video-sharing social network, TikTok who is currently the 30th richest person in the world made a decision to resign as the CEO.

He stated that, he wants to spend more time to reading of books and daydreaming also.

According to reporters, Zhang with a net worth of $44 billion announced on Monday, May 24, in an official letter to his employees, said he lacked some skills that’d make him an ideal manager.

“The truth is, I lack some of the skills that make an ideal manager. Similarly, I’m not very social, preferring solitary activities like being online, reading, listening to music, and daydreaming about what may be possible.,” he said.

Yiming will step down at the end of the year to focus on long-term strategy.

 

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OMG!! Brekete’s President, Ahmad Isah Arrested


Brekete’s Ordinary President, Ahmad Isah has been arrested by the Police officials in Abuja for assaulting an accused woman.

The popular family show host, Ahmad Isah was clearly seen in a video trending online hitting a BBC Africa Eye documentary interviewee.

The woman made a confession, where she said admit to have poured kerosene on her brother’s daughter and set the child on fire after accusing her of witchcraft.

The family show host, was much aggrieved by all her statement and probably lack of remorse, slapped her twice after he wasn’t able to control his temper.

Ahmad Isah later apologies for his actions after he has receive so much backlash for his actions.

Brekete radio on Tuesday morning, disclose via their official Twitter handler that Ahmed Isah has been arrested.

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Nigerian Girl Shows Dollar Bills Online (video)

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A Nigerian girl was recently seen online as she shows dollar bills while bragging.

The video was seen on YouTube, where the said lady was flaunting some dollar bills, amidst everything happening in the country currently.

It’s really strange to see people flaunt money online with the current situation now, instead of keeping a low profile now.

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