Hundreds of thousands of historical artworks from Africa remain outside the continent, including (clockwise from top left): an Oduduwa helmet mask made of bronze from Benin City in Nigeria, housed at the British Museum in London; the “Royal Seat of the Kingdom of Dahomey” from Benin Republic, at the Quai Branly Museum in Paris; an ivory receptacle with figurative relief and stopper from the Loango coast, part of modern-day Republic of Congo, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; a Central African power figure from the coast of Congo and Angola, now at the Met; a Mbangu mask from southern Bandundu, Democratic Republic of the Congo, housed at the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren, Belgium; a head of a royal ancestor from the former Benin Kingdom, a part of modern-day Nigeria, displayed at the Quai Branly; and a carved ivory pendant mask of Queen Idia, inlaid with iron and bronze, from Benin Kingdom, now at the British Museum.

Is It Time to Repatriate Africa’s Looted Art?

Protests have strengthened calls for Western institutions to repatriate priceless cultural artifacts. Museums in Africa are ready to receive them.

A woman carries a "Black Lives Matter" sign past U.S. National Guard troops in the Fairfax District of Los Angeles, which was damaged during unrest after George Floyd, a black man, was killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis.

Explaining America to the World

How U.S.-based foreign correspondents are covering the Black Lives Matter protests for their audiences back home.

Kenya Face Shields

If African Governments Won’t Act, the People Will

With frustration rising over haphazard responses to the coronavirus, community networks are filling the void across the continent.

Two French army armored personnel carriers patrol a rural area during the Bourgou IV operation in northern Burkina Faso on Nov. 14, 2019, as part of a joint effort with the multinational force of the G5 Sahel.

West Africa Is Increasingly Vulnerable to Terrorist Groups

By working collectively and innovatively, the region can prevent the next security and humanitarian disaster.

A road snakes through the Atewa forest in Ghana on Sept. 5, 2019. The road was built by the Ghanaian government to allow researchers to sample soil ahead of the start of mining operations.

Ghana’s Bauxite Boom

Chinese investment has led to a crush of infrastructure development in Ghana’s tropical forests—and not everyone is happy about it.

President of Cameroon Paul Biya (L) walks with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari (R) following his arrival at the airport in Yaoundé, Cameroon, on July 29, 2015.

No Continent for Old Men

Africa has the world’s youngest population and its oldest leaders. If the next generation wants change, young Africans must abandon dreams of private-sector success and enter the political arena.


The Presidential Transition Is Going Smoothly. In Ghana.

How Ghana silenced the haters and losers by holding free, fair elections and transitioning power peacefully.


Elections in Ghana Marred by Attempt to Hack Website and Calls for the President to Concede

Ghana's elections seemed to be going smoothly. Then the results started coming in.


Has Ghana’s Electoral Commission Undermined Its Own Elections?

Some watching West Africa are worried about Ghana's presidential elections.


The Weekend Behind, The Week Ahead: Castro Is Dead, The Recount Lives

Here's what happened in the world this weekend as you were eating your leftover Thanksgiving turkey.

Ghana - Fuveme - During the high tide the ocean level reaches the same level as the land causing regular floods in the village.

Nestled between the ocean and the Volta river estuary, the village of Fuvemeh has seen its territory reduced from several kilometers to few hundred meters. Nowadays, the villages sits on a narrow strip of land which separates the coastline from the adjacent lagoon. Haunted by coastal erosion, its 1,000 inhabitants have literally nowhere to move.

The Waves Will Take Us Away

Climate change is destroying thousands of miles of West Africa's coastline. It's only a matter of time before it knocks out the region's economy, too.

Ghana - Fuveme - A villager carries the roof of his house on his shoulder as the high tide has started and the waves are quickly entering the village and destroying houses on its way.

Nestled between the ocean and the Volta river estuary, the village of Fuvemeh has seen its territory reduced from several kilometers to few hundred meters. Nowadays, the villages sits on a narrow strip of land which separates the coastline from the adjacent lagoon. Haunted by coastal erosion, its 1,000 inhabitants have literally nowhere to move.

West Africa Is Being Swallowed by the Sea

Encroaching waters off the coast of Togo, Ghana, Mauritania, and others are destroying homes, schools, fish, and a way of life.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 11:  Activists in orange jump suit participate in a rally in front of the White House to demand the closure of Guantanamo Bay detention camp January 11, 2016 in Washington, DC. Activists staged the rally to call on President Barack Obama to keep his promise to shut down the detention site in Cuba.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

President of Ghana: Car Accidents Are More Dangerous Than Gitmo Detainees

On Tuesday, Ghana defended its choice to accept detainees from Guantánamo who were never charged with crimes.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter looks on as fake dollar notes fly around him, thrown by a British comedian during a press conference at the FIFA world-body headquarter's on July 20, 2015 in Zurich. The 79-year-old Swiss official looked shaken as the notes thrown by Simon Brodkin, stagename Lee Nelson, fluttered around him in a conference hall at the FIFA headquarters. Brodkin was taken away in a Swiss police car after the stunt. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP / FABRICE COFFRINI        (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

The Worst Corruption Scandals of 2015

A number of corruption scandals exploded in 2015. FP looks back at some of the most egregious.

The presidential candidate of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) Nana Akufo-Addo dances during the final rally of the party in Accra on December 5, 2012. Thousands converged on Ghana's capital as the country's two main political parties held final rallies ahead of presidential polls expected to be tight in the new oil-producing nation. The country will be seeking to live up to its potential in the election on December 7, 2012 as an example of stable democracy in West Africa, an often turbulent region that has seen more than its share of military coups and rigged votes. AFP PHOTO/PIUS UTOMI EKPEI        (Photo credit should read PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images)

Ghanaian Opposition Leader Fears Election Fraud Could Create ‘Combustible Cocktail’

Ghana has long been considered Africa's most stable democracy. Now, opposition leaders say they have reason to fear those days are over.

Islamic State Parade

In Ghana, Student’s Radicalization Prompts Fears ISIS Is Infiltrating Universities

Ghana is situated in a turbulent neighborhood, but has managed to stay free from signs of extremist behavior -- until this week, when officials confirmed at least two citizens have joined the Islamic State.

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