Manhyia Palace To Recieve Gold And Crown Jewels Looted From Asante Kingdom By The British

Manhyia Palace To Recieve Gold And Crown Jewels Looted From Asante Kingdom By The British

  • The UK is set to loan some of Ghana's crown jewels, which were looted from the Asante kingdom 150 years ago, to the West African country
  • The items made up of gold and silver will be displayed at the Manhyia Palace museum in Kumasi later in 2024
  • The items are being returned in an agreement between the Victoria & Albert Museum, the British Museum, and the Manhyia Palace museum

The UK is returning crown jewels looted from the Asante kingdom 150 years ago to Ghana as part of a loan deal.

The BBC reported that a gold peace pipe is among 32 items being loaned back to Ghana for three years.

UK returns Asante gold
Otumfuo Osei Tutu II and King Charles (L). Source: Getty Images
Source: Getty Images

The items also include a sword of state and gold badges worn by officials.

There is an option to extend the loan agreement for another three years.

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The agreement is with the Asantehene, Otumfo Osei Tutu II, and not the state.

The items are being lent by the Victoria & Albert Museum and the British Museum after collaborating with the Manhyia Palace Museum.

Some national museums in the UK are restricted permanently from giving back such items.

In May 2023, on a visit to the UK, the Asantehene told the British Museum to return gold items looted from the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi.

At the time, aside from meeting King Charles, he also met the director of the British Museum for discussions on how the items could be returned to Ghana.

This was after the UK had returned a collection of Benin Bronzes to Nigeria.

The items being loaned were mostly taken during past wars between the Asante and British during colonial times.

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The collections will form part of an exhibition planned to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of the Asantehene.

The return is also to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 1873-4 Anglo-Asante war and the 100th anniversary of the return of the Asantehene Prempeh I from exile in the Seychelles.

Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park's monthly revenue rises earlier reported that the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park has increased its monthly revenues to GH¢1.1 million.

The minister of tourism and creative arts said the park was making GH¢3,000 per month initially.

The park officially reopened commercially on July 11, 2023, after being commissioned by President Akufo-Addo.

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