A group of academics, activists, and students, LSWP was created this year to establish the college’s historical ties with the slave trade. Members have held discussions with a member of the Benin Dialogue Group over the last three years to determine the origin of the artifact.
The statue was donated to the English college by a student’s father in 1905.
In 2016, the bronze, known as Okukor, was removed from the college hall after students called for it to be returned to Nigeria.
The decision to return the stolen cockerel was not an attempt to “erase history” but became necessary following the diligent work of the legacy group, which had recommended its return, said Jesus College Master Sonita Alleyne.
After thorough investigation and diligent work by LSWP into the bronze’s origin, the college had to find the “best way forward,” Alleyne added.
The college did not give an exact date and the process for the return.
Plaques forming part of the Benin Bronzes on displayed at the British Museum, which has agreed to loan the plaques to a new museum in Benin City, Nigeria. Credit: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images Europe