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France to return 26 pieces of art to Benin as report recommends restitution of African artwork
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Politics and Society France to return 26 pieces of art to Benin as report recommends restitution of African artwork

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.

Cambridge’s Jesus College students vote to repatriate looted bronze cockerel to Nigeria
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Politics and Society Cambridge’s Jesus College students vote to repatriate looted bronze cockerel to Nigeria

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.