President Emmanuel Macron announced Friday that France would return 26 works of art to Benin, hours after he was presented with a report calling for thousands of African artworks in French museums and taken during the colonial period to be returned.
Benin holds its annual voodoo festival -- an event that lures an influx of visitors to the capital Porto-Novo and underscores voodoo's comeback in the country of its birth. Voodoo, more often called "vodun" in West Africa, has a hierarchy of deities and tribal spirits of nature and sees revered ancestors living alongside the living.
The joint border patrol team set up by Nigeria, Benin and Niger republic to tackle smuggling will hold their first meeting on the 25th and 26th of this month. CEO of Multimix Group, Obiora Madu joins CNBC Africa to discuss developments around Nigeria's closed borders.
Benin launches a new Constitution in a sign the political crisis that has shaken Benin for six months is calming. Changes to electoral law are among the reforms, as well as an amnesty for "criminal, delinquent and contraventional offences" as a result of post-election unrest.
After invading the Benin kingdom in 1897 and stealing about 4,000 artifacts belonging to Nigeria, Britain has agreed to loan us back a few of our bronze plaques for a space of three years. The Edo state government and the Benin royal court are planning to build a museum in Benin in preparation of having our treasures come back to its roots.