'Racist' Cambridge cockerel taken down after university bows to pressure from students


Jesus College has judged it will consider re triating the piece of art after students argued exhibiting it is a celebration of colonialism.

The statue, known as the okukor, is one of 2,000 which sit in museums and valuable collections around the globe.

But in their west African homeland, there are purely 50 of the Nigerian Benin Bronze statues after looting in the 19th century.

A weigh over the stolen cockerel followed the Rhodes Must Fall Development which spread from South Africa to Oxford’s Oriel College when followers demanded a statue of white supremacist colonialist Cecil Rhodes be removed.

The college initially offered a long consultation but kept the statue after being accused of “re-writing rsum”.

However, students at Jesus College have seen more good fortune with the piece already being taken off display.

The college judged it was a “complex” matter which must be discussed, to help decide where in every respect the statue belongs.

The cockerel was bequeathed in 1903 to the college by George William Neville, man army captain whose son attended the college.

A contend last month was opened by Amatey Doky, a Ghanaian student who communicated the okukor was stolen on a punitive expedition in reprisal for the killing of British brokers in which the city was destroyed and 3,000 pieces of art stolen.

Another observer, Ore Ogunbiyi told the meeting: “We spoke to a bronze re triation trained who said grown men cried after the return of pieces in 2014.”

Yesterday, a utterance from Jesus College said: “Jesus College recognizes the contribution made by students in raising the import an but complex question of the legal location of its Benin Bronze, in response to which it has permanently removed the okukor from its convention hall.

“The college commits to work actively with the wider university and to guarantee resources to new initiatives with Nigerian heritage and museum authorities to thrash out and determine the best future for the okukor including the question of re triation.”

The college’s basic emblem was the five wounds of Jesus, but in the 16th century that had become a mark of rebellions protesting at the suppression of monasteries. It is believed to have been supplanted in 1575 by a shield with the personal coat of arms of John Alcock the bishop and architect who devised the college.

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