French President Emmanuel Macron says France will return 26 pieces of art to Benin, after receiving a report calling for African artefacts housed in French museums to be returned. The report recommends restitution of objects taken from Africa during “scientific expeditions” and “objects seized within the military contexts”. There are at least 90,000 objects originating from sub-Saharan Africa currently in French Public Collections.
A new report on the status of African artefacts held in various French museums will recommend the president to return the pieces which were stolen or taken “without consent” during the colonial period. The report recommends full restitution not the long-term loan of such objects.
An ambitious fashion start-up business is producing high-quality sleepwear and loungewear in Africa and exporting it to Europe.
The chickens are coming home to roost as students at Cambridge University’s Jesus College voted that a bronze cockerel known as “okukor” looted from the Benin Empire in the 19th century be repatriated to Nigeria. The Benin Bronze, taken from the palace at Oba in 1897 has been at the college since 1930.
Africa is full of amazing landmarks such as the magnificent Royal Palaces of Abomey in the West African country of Benin
Angélique Kidjo didn’t mince her words in an interview with Al Jazeera.