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How mushrooms could mean economic independence for Benin’s women
Some rural women could find a way through the challenges brought by climate crisis, inequality and conflict by cultivating fungi in the former Marxist state

Joshua Surtees in Toui-Kilibo

03, Jan, 2023 @6:30 AM

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Digital Benin project reunites bronzes looted by British soldiers
Comprehensive database of Benin bronzes held by museums raises questions about where they belong

Philip Oltermann in Berlin

10, Nov, 2022 @5:30 AM

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‘It’s been nearly a month and it’s still sold out’: The Woman King takes over Benin’s only cinema
The blockbuster retelling of Benin’s history of elite women warriors has transfixed audiences in the West African country. Our reporter joins the crowds

Joshua Surtees

01, Nov, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Megalopolis: how coastal west Africa will shape the coming century
The long read: By the end of the century, Africa will be home to 40% of the world’s population – and nowhere is this breakneck-pace development happening faster than this 600-mile stretch between Abidjan and Lagos

Howard W French

27, Oct, 2022 @5:00 AM

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‘I can change the way Black women are seen’: Viola Davis on stereotypes, success and playing a warrior
Raised in poverty, the actor has conquered Hollywood, winning an Oscar, an Emmy and two Tony awards. Now she has brought her passion project to the screen – The Woman King’s epic tale of an elite female fighting force

Ellen E Jones

10, Oct, 2022 @5:00 AM

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The Woman King review – Viola Davis leads the line in stirring warrior tale
Davis is the general of an elite team of female fighters, based on the Agojie of 19th-century west Africa, as colonialists seek to exploit tribal conflict

Peter Bradshaw

04, Oct, 2022 @12:00 PM

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Surrey stately home to discuss return of 19th-century carvings to New Zealand
Māori delegation to visit Clandon Park to discuss exchange of Hinemihi carvings for new works

Harriet Sherwood Arts and culture correspondent

18, Sep, 2022 @2:17 PM

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‘This is an old story of heroism, of feminism’: the truth behind The Woman King
The historical action epic, starring Viola Davis, tells the story of the Agojie, female African warriors who once reigned supreme

David Smith in Washington

17, Sep, 2022 @6:02 AM

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Star Feminine Band: In Paris review | Ammar Kalia's global album of the month
The prodigious performers from Benin showcase their astounding pace of musical development, having only picked up their instruments for the first time in 2016

Ammar Kalia

12, Aug, 2022 @8:00 AM

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London museum to return 72 Benin treasures to Nigeria
Horniman museum is first government-funded institution to hand back artefacts looted by British forces in 1897

Josh Halliday

07, Aug, 2022 @9:31 PM

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Tori and Lokita review – clarity of purpose in the Dardennes’ parable of the dispossessed
The new film from double Palme d’Or winners focusses on a pair of young immigrants to Belgium who find themselves working in dangerous situations

Peter Bradshaw

24, May, 2022 @4:58 PM

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Benin’s first female vice-president on women’s bodies, Amazon warriors and being called a feminist
For Mariam Chabi Talata, legalising abortion and educating girls are essential first steps in giving women control of their future

Jill Filipovic in Porto-Novo

15, Mar, 2022 @12:00 PM

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