From Cotonou to Ouidah, passing through Porto-Novo, it is impossible to miss the posters that have popped up over the last few days along the main roads in the southern part of the country. The information has circulated everywhere: on the radio waves, television screens, the front pages of newspapers and even in schools. After 129 years in exile, the Beninese can finally admire the 26 works of art that the French general Alfred Dodds looted in 1892 from the kingdom of Abomey’s treasury.
The works, which France returned on 10 November last year after many years of bitter negotiations, are on display at the Marina Palace until 22 May. What better setting than the presidential palace for this event, which had to be worthy of this historic and symbolic moment?
Past and present meet
The exhibition space – which takes up more than 2,000 m2 of a building located at the heart of the head of
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