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Ghanaians are happy about return of royal artefacts, but it’s only a loan – BBC reports

The return of looted artifacts from the Asante kingdom in Ghana, 150 years after they were taken by British colonizers, has been reported on by the BBC and other media outlets.

To welcome the 32 items back to Ghana, people gathered at the Manhyia Palace Museum in Kumasi, the Ashanti Region's capital. In its report, the BBC emphasized that these artifacts had been loaned to the Asanteman, which is accurate. Be that as it may, numerous who saw the report were disappointed with the BBC's inclusion.

The curios have been lent to Ghana for a long time under an arrangement between two English historical centers, the Victoria and Albert Exhibition hall (V&A) and the English Gallery, and the Asante lord, not the Ghanaian government. The Asantehene's kingdom is now a part of Ghana's modern democracy, despite the fact that he is a symbol of traditional authority. The British Museum lends 15 pieces, while the V&A lends 17.

The arrival of these antiquities corresponds with the silver celebration festivity of the Asantehene. During the Anglo-Ashanti Wars of the 19th Century, some of the items, like the gold harp (Sankuo), were stolen. In 1817, another item, the state sword, was given to a British diplomat.

This gold headpiece known as “krononkye” was used when royalty was grieving. Credit – BBC

The 12 PM blade (L) was utilized for secretive tasks. The soul washers of the king wore the gold badges (R). Credit - BBC.

Among the returned curios are the blade of state, gold harmony line, and gold identifications worn by authorities accused of purifying the spirit of the lord. The Asante people place a high value on the sword of state, also known as the "mpompomsuo sword," because paramount chiefs and the king himself swear the oath of office to the kingdom with it.

According to royal historian Osei-Bonsu Safo-Kantanka, who spoke to the BBC, the Asante were deprived of "a portion of our heart, our feeling, and our whole being" when the items were taken from them. The arrival of these ancient rarities is disputable and critical. Under UK regulation, public historical centers like the V&A and English Exhibition hall are precluded from forever returning challenged things in their assortments.

This kind of loan deal is seen as a way to let things go back to where they came from. Some nations that claim disputed artifacts are concerned that loans might imply that they accept ownership by the UK. Numerous Ghanaians accept the trimmings ought to remain for all time, however this new plan is a method for defeating English legitimate limitations.

The loan can be extended, but the British culture secretary must approve it.


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