Two Benin Bronzes taken from Nigeria 40 years ago will now be returned to the country by the Church of England.
According to UK-based Evening Standard, the bronze statues were gifted to the Archbishop of Canterbury by the former governor of the defunct Bendel State, Ambrose Alli, and the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) in 1982.
Lambeth Palace said in a statement that the two bronze busts will be donated to Digital Benin, an international project to digitally network the globally dispersed works of art from the former Kingdom of Benin plundered by British troops in 1897.
The busts are expected to eventually make their way back to Edo State through the Digital Benin project set to launch in 2022.
The bronze sculpture depicting an Oba of Benin was acquired by the university in 1957, decades after it was looted.
There have been calls over recent years to have African artifacts transported abroad via colonial exploitation or illegal looting returned to the continent, but success has been rare.