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Museum of Black Civilisations opens in Senegal

LAUNCH: The Museum of Black Civilisations will open on Thursday in Dakar (Photo credit: Museum of African Civilisations)

SENEGAL is launching the Museum of Black Civilisations - the largest of its kind in the world.

The museum, the idea of which was first broached more than 50 years ago, has been made possible as a result of $20 million (£16 million) of Chinese investment, and received an inauguration from Senegalese President Macky Sall in the capital of Dakar.

The Museum of Black Civilisation includes works and artifacts from artists across Africa including Mali and Burkina Faso and follows calls from several African nations for France to return art looted during the colonial era.

This retrieval of artworks stolen by European countries has been an ongoing mission from African nations. Most recently, French President Emmanuel Macron announced that his country will return 26 artifacts taken from Benin in 1892. Additionally, The British Museum also confirmed they’ll be returning a collection of artefacts to Nigeria after they were looted from the country during the colonisation.

With the museum expected to open to the public in the coming weeks, it will be rival the National Museum of African American History in Washington, due to having close to 14,000 square metres of floor space and capacity for 18,000 exhibits.

Speaking to BBC Africa Senegalese arts journalist Amadou Moustapha Dieng said: "This museum is a step forward for us. I know there are important relics which I'm not able to see unless I go abroad, but now [with] this space, we can get back the relics and Africans can come here now and see this was their history."

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