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London's Horniman Museum May Return Nigeria's Looted Benin Bronzes

The Horniman Museum in London is considering repatriating a number of Benin Bronze artefacts which were stolen from the Benin Kingdom during the colonial era.

London's Horniman Museum is reportedly considering the repatriation of a number of Benin Bronze artefacts to the Nigerian government. The museum's collection currently houses a number of plaques, figures as well as a ceremonial paddle which were all looted during the colonial era from the Kingdom of Benin (now southern Nigeria) in 1897. The recent move comes amid continued pressure from various African governments and activist groups for colonial institutions to return to African countries the millions of cultural and religious artefacts that were looted during colonisation.

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French Government Votes in Favour of Returning Looted African Artefacts

The decision by the French government will see a Dahomey throne returned to Benin and a prized sword returned to Senegal, among several other artefacts.