British museum agrees to return stolen Benin Bronzes to Nigeria

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A museum in London has decided to return a collection of treasures stolen in the 19th century to Nigeria.

The items, including the famous Benin Bronzes, were taken as European powers scrambled for colonial domination of Africa in the 19th century.

But as Western museums start to reckon with their colonial past, many are choosing to give back what is not rightfully theirs.

Al Jazeera’s Rory Challands reports from London.

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Benin, officially the Republic of Benin, is a country in West Africa. Formerly known as Dahomey, the country gained full independence from France in 1960.

It is bordered by Togo to the west, Nigeria to the east, Burkina Faso to the north-west, and Niger to the north-east. The majority of its population lives on the small southern coastline of the Bight of Benin, part of the Gulf of Guinea in the northernmost tropical portion of the Atlantic Ocean.

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The official language of Benin is French, with several indigenous languages such as Fon, Bariba, Yoruba and Dendi also being commonly spoken. The largest religious group in Benin is Roman Catholicism, followed closely by Islam, Vodun (commonly referred to as Voodoo outside the country) and Protestantism.

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