Germany, Nigeria Sign Accord for Return of Benin Bronzes

Germany and Nigeria signed an agreement paving the way for the return of hundreds of artifacts known as the Benin Bronzes that were taken from Africa more than 120 years ago.

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From left, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, Minister of Information and Culture of Nigeria Lai Mohammed, Nigerian Minister of State of Foreign Affairs Zubairo Dada and German Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media Claudia Roth pose for the media near two Benin Bronze sculptures after signing an agreement in Berlin, Germany, Friday, July 1, 2022. Germany and Nigeria signed an agreement in Berlin Friday paving the way for the return of centuries-old sculptures known as the Benin Bronzes that were taken from Africa in the 19th century and displayed in German museums and elsewhere. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
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BERLIN (AP) — Germany and Nigeria on Friday signed an agreement paving the way for the return of hundreds of artifacts known as the Benin Bronzes that were taken from Africa more than 120 years ago — an accord that Nigerian officials hope will prompt other countries to follow suit. Governments and museums in Europe and North America have increasingly sought to resolve ownership disputes over objects that were looted during colonial times. A British…

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