The Easel

Macron Promises To Return African Artefacts In French Museums: A New Era In African-European Relationships Or A Mirage?

A carefully worded offer by the French President to repatriate stolen cultural artifacts has highlighted African grievances on the topic. “Westerners are quick to argue that Africans have created nothing worthwhile but at the same time high-jack our cultural artefacts … the illicit traffic [in artifacts] exists because Western museums have been willing to buy objects they know must have been looted or stolen.”