BY A STAFF REPORTER: In a recent development, the United Kingdom's two national museums are set to return looted royal Ghana assets that were looted during military combat operations in the 19th century.
At least 32 looted Ghana regalias which were entirely gilded in gold will be returned after almost 150 years as per an agreement signed by the UK's British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum. The UK museums settled terms with Ghana's Manhyia Palace Museum in Kumasi which was the capital of the Asante Empire (Ashanti Empire).
The Asante Empire during its reign controlled major trade routes and gold was their major source of wealth. Subsequently, the empire's downfall started due to challenges posed by European powers, mainly the British. The British eventually established full control of the region in the 20th century.