French Government Finally Agrees to Return Looted African Artefacts
The recent decision by the French government will see a Dahomey throne returned to Benin and a prized sword returned to Senegal, among several other stolen artifacts.
The French parliament voted in favor of returning looted artifacts to Benin and Senegal. The National Assembly had 48 votes in favor of the decision, none against and two abstentions, according to EuroNews.
Currently, there are Millions of stolen Africans Artifacts all over Europe and America.
Benin will reportedly receive a throne taken in 1892 from the palace of Behanzin, the last king of what was then Dahomey. Senegal will have a sword that belonged to a 19th century sheikh returned to the country.
Additionally, Benin will receive 26 pieces of the Treasure of Behanzin, including the throne of King Glele who ruled from 1858 until 1889. Senegal will reportedly have a 19th-century sword belonging to El Hadj Omar, a major political and military figure, returned. King Glele’s throne was the main attraction in France’s Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac museum in Paris.
France has admitted to hoarding over 300 000 artifacts from around the world, about a third of which belong to Africa.
But this seems to just be PR for the French Government because, In October, a French judge reportedly fined African activist Emery Mwazulu Diyabanza just over 1000 US dollars for allegedly removing a stolen sacred Chadian funeral statue from a French museum. The French judge claimed the hefty fine was to “discourage” such acts and suggested other ways of drawing the attention of politicians and the public to the issue of colonial cultural theft.
Meaning it is only the French to have the sole say on when Africa can get its Stolen Artifacts Back
The exact date of the return for Benin’s and Senegal’s artifacts has not been officially announced.