BLACK PANTHER MOVIE: Featured Zuri Holding The Ceremonial Chieftain Sword of The Kingdom of Benin

Forest Whitaker played the character Zuri in the Black Panther movie. Zuri was the attendant to the former King of Wakanda, T’Chaka. I couldn’t help but notice that the head of his staff was fashioned to look like the traditional sword of my tribal chieftains Continue reading


BLACK PANTHER MOVIE: Featured The Ivory Mask of The Great Benin Empire’s Queen Mother

The BLACK PANTHER movie amidst controversy succeeded in bringing to life fragments of African history. Before seeing this movie I perceived it as a bit spiteful, but my view of it changed.

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My judgment changed as a result of their detailed strategy in exposing the African heritage, they achieved this by using beautifully plotted scenes from a robust storyline. For instance, it showed a replica of my tribal mask (a carved ivory portrait of Queen Mother Idia), which was carted away alongside other traditional Bini artifacts during the Great Benin Expedition in 1897.

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I am so impressed with this movie!

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A couple years ago, my high school* history teacher mentioned that our former King the Oba of Benin made efforts to reclaim these artifacts but to no avail. Recently, his son the new Oba after his recent coronation is doing the same. He wishes to see them displayed in the Benin Museum.

* I attended high school in Benin City, Nigeria

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There are three of these ivory masks scattered in the Western world.

Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (United States)


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British Museum in London (United Kingdom)

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Linden Museum in Stuttgart (Germany)

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Wikipedia (Benin Ivory Mask)


Vanguard Nigeria

The Kingdom of Benin (Khan Academy)