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Europe’s ‘Discovery’ of African Art: The 125th anniversary of the British Punitive Expedition
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Arts, Culture and Sport Europe’s ‘Discovery’ of African Art: The 125th anniversary of the British Punitive Expedition

Despite Africans agitating for the return of looted artefacts, 90% of Africa’s cultural heritage is ‘housed’ in the West. This week marks the 125th anniversary of the British punitive expedition that destroyed Benin city and started Europe’s ‘discovery’ of African art.

Royal statues from Benin’s historic Kingdom of Dahomey to be restituted from France
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Arts, Culture and Sport Royal statues from Benin’s historic Kingdom of Dahomey to be restituted from France

A loan of 20 million euros ($22.5 million) from the French Development Agency will fund a new museum in Benin’s city of Abomey. The aim is to make the 47-hectare (116-acre) UNESCO World Heritage Site more attractive for visitors once France restitutes 26 royal statues taken by French troops over a century ago