Returning looted artworks in Africa: Bringing back the continent’s heritage through digital

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In our series of Letters from African Writers, Nigerian novelist Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani highlights a new initiative to recover artworks looted from Africa by colonial powers.

What if Africans could reach the museums of the Western world and collect all the artworks looted on their lands during the colonial era and bring them back home?

This is what a young Nigerian is trying to do. But instead of actually going into museums and pulling out artwork, he wants to bring them back digitally.

“This is the first digital repatriation of stolen artwork,” said Chedi, 34, a Nigerian designer and founder of Looty, who declined to give his last name because, he says, he wants people to focus on his project rather than his person.

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