Post by Tukuler al~Takruri on Nov 18, 2019 14:29:47 GMT -5
In November 2018, a report commissioned by the French President, Emmanuel Macron recommended that art plundered from sub-Saharan Africa during the colonial era be returned through permanent restitution.
According to the report, French museums house at least 90,000 pieces originally from sub-Saharan Africa with at least 70,000 works in Paris' Quai Branly museum alone. [/quoted]
Returning looted artifacts will finally restore heritage to the brilliant cultures that made them. Macron told a packed auditorium at the University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, in November 2018 that within the next few years, mechanisms to return artworks of cultural heritage will be returned to Africa.
Faced with mounting pressure from African governments, there is a wave of stolen artifacts being returned by European countries to their original countries.
In May, Germany announced that it would return a 15th Century high navigation landmark it took from Nambia known as the Stone Cross.
The British Museum in London also struck a deal with Nigeria in 2018, where it agreed to return Benin Bronzes looted by British soldiers to Nigeria.