Tension In Nigeria's Seat Of Power As Irish Govt Returns A 122yr-old Map Of Ancient Biafran Empire
14th June 14, 2016
The Irish Ambassador to Nigeria, Sean Hoy, Saturday 11, made a presentation of three route maps of Calabar and other Niger Delta terrains in the defunct Biafra to the Director General of theme National Commission for Museums and Monuments, (NCMMs) Alhaji Yusuf Usman at the Commission’s head office in Abuja. This was contained in their twitter account @IrlEmbNigeria
The maps were designed by the late Roger Casement who served as Consul General in Nigeria and were lithographed at the Intelligence Division War Office (IDWO) in 1894.
Hoy said: “This year marks the centenary of the death of Roger Casement and presents us with an opportunity to celebrate his work as a humanitarian in Africa. Casement began his diplomatic career in Nigeria when he served as a young officer in Calabar.”
Roger Casement designed the map
He said work with his British colleagues made it possible to retrieve the maps and return them to Nigeria.
Hoy who said: “It is a great honour for me and for the British High Commissioner to present copies of these maps to you,” also said, “they are some of the earliest attempts to map the Calabar region.”
In his response, Alhaji Usman who thanked the envoy and his team said: “The maps will help tell the story of the Niger Delta, encourage map-making and landscaping.
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