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Benin takes delivery of treasures surrendered by France

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Benin’s President Patrice Talon and the country’s culture minister travelled on Tuesday to Paris to bring home the 26 artefacts, part of France’s President Emmanuel Macron’s bid to restore African heritage.

The plane carrying the royal treasures landed Wednesday afternoon at Cotonou airport, the economic capital of Benin, where hundreds of people gathered to pay homage, dance and celebrate.

“I came to convince myself that these artefacts really returned to the country. I am moved to tears,” said Ousmane Agbegbindin on the road between the airport and the presidency, where the works will be transported by truck.

“We cannot see the objects, but the mere fact of knowing that the thrones of our ancestors, their shoes, racks and other objects are in these trucks has an effect on me that I cannot describe.”

Along the road, many Beninese mostly dressed in loincloths and traditional dress, were waiting on the sidewalk to the sound of drums and fanfare.

Martine Vignon Agoli-Agbo, a resident of northern Benin, travelled with her two daughters more than 500 kilometres (310 miles) to see the moment.

“We have been in Cotonou for 24 hours, just to experience the arrival of these treasures. It is so moving,” she told AFP.

“I did not want to be told about this moment. And if my children are with me, it is so that one day they will be able to tell their own children.”

Large-scale restitution

The return of the artefacts taken from Abomey palace, which also include three totemic statues, comes as calls mount in Africa for Western countries to return colonial spoils.

In France, most are held by the Quai Branly museum, which has begun a review of its collection to identify works some say were acquired through violence or coercion.

French lawmakers last year passed a bill allowing Paris to return artefacts to both Benin and Senegal, another former French colony.

Talon had said he saw Tuesday’s handover as just the first step in a large-scale restitution.

In Benin, they will be exhibited at several sites, including a former Portuguese fort in Ouidah, while awaiting the completion of a museum in Abomey.

Experts estimate that 85 to 90 percent of African cultural artefacts were taken from the continent.

Some were seized by colonial administrators, troops or doctors and passed down to descendants who in turn donated them to museums in Europe and the United States.

But others were gifts to missionaries or acquired by African art collectors at the start of the 20th century or discovered by scientific expeditions.

An expert report commissioned by Macron counted some 90,000 African works in French museums, 70,000 of them at the Quai Branly alone.

Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany have also received requests from African countries to return lost treasures.

Nigeria said last month it had agreed with Germany on the return of hundreds of so-called Benin Bronzes — metal plaques and sculptures from the 16th to 18th centuries that were stolen from the palace of the ancient Benin Kingdom in present-day Nigeria.

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Watch| Man Begs For Mercy After he Was Busted With a Married Woman in her Matrimonial Bed

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There was drama after a man was busted by an aggrieved husband ‘chewing’ his wife in their matrimonial bed.

The thirsty ‘mzee’ threw caution to the wind and went to the married woman’s matrimonial home to enjoy the ‘forbidden fruit’.

However, the ‘party’ was spoilt after the woman’s husband came back home announced and caught them in the act.

A video shared online shows the poor man begging for mercy like a toddler as the aggrieved husband confronts him.

Sleeping with a married woman in her matrimonial bed is among the thousand ways to die… Lol.

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Man to wed his two pregnant lovers on the same day (See Photos)

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NIGERIA – Social media has been flooded by story of Nigeria man who is set to marry his two pregnant girlfriends on the same day

The man, John Erere Nana will be wedding his two pregnant lovers on Saturday, 4 December in what he termed as a never seen before event.

According to the man, he is ready for the wedding and he has invited everyone to the wedding ceremony.

Reports indicate that the ladies agreed that to the arrangement and they did not see any problem with it since the man assist them equally.

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Nigeria Upcoming Video Vixen,Brenda Otieno Complains About Her Big Nyash [Watch]

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Brenda Otieno is an upcoming video vixen who has impressed music fans after she displayed her killer moves in Bahati’s Adhiambo video.

Bahati’s latest music video for ‘Adhiambo’ became the number one song on YouTube on the very first day it got released.

The song that features Ohangla and Rhumba maestro Prince Indah is hands down the number 1 song in Kenya having amassed 1 million video views on YouTube in three days it was uploaded on Bahati’s channel.

What has people talking about in the music video isn’t only the guest came appearance from top celebrities and politicians in the video but also.

One video vixen stood out from the rest, she’s giving both Corazon Kwamboka and Vera Sidika a run for their money with her derriere.

She is called Brenda Otieno and she’s a natural. She hasn’t done anything on and/or to her body to achieve the curvaceousness that has made people curious about her after watching her in the ‘Adhiambo’ music video

She teased followers on social media with video flaunting her heavy ‘load’ and captioned it “My ‘nyash’ is bringing me problems. Should I give it back to my momma?”

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