Channel 4 News published this video item, entitled “Nigeria sends formal letter to British Museum demanding return of looted Benin Bronzes” – below is their description.
The fate of the Benin Bronzes, a historic collection of thousands of artifacts looted by British forces more than a hundred years ago, is being discussed by a high-level delegation at the British Museum in London where many are on display.
Nigeria has handed over a formal letter demanding that the bronzes be returned.
Most of the artifacts are housed in museums and collections around the world. Some have now agreed to send them back, including in France and Germany – putting the pressure on places like the British Museum, to do the same.
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In This Story: Benin
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.
The capital of Benin is Porto-Novo, but the seat of government is in Cotonou, the country’s largest city and economic capital. Benin covers an area of 114,763 square kilometres (44,310 sq mi) and its population in 2018 was estimated to be approximately 11.49 million.
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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