Two Benin bronzes were returned on Saturday to a traditional palace in Nigeria, more than a century after they were pillaged by British troops, raising hopes that thousands more artefacts could finally be returned to their ancestral home. Reuters reports that the artefacts were stolen by explorers and colonisers from the once mighty Benin Kingdom, now southwestern Nigeria, and are among Africa’s most significant heritage objects. The return is another milestone in the years-long fight by African countries to recover looted works, as numerous European institutions are grappling with the cultural legacies of colonialism. Some 90% of Africa’s cultural heritage is believed to be in Europe, French art historians estimate. The Musée du quai Branly–Jacques Chirac in Paris alone holds around 70 000 African objects and London’s British Museum tens of thousands more.