The Black Panther, the Marvel mega block buster set in the fictional African country Wakanda, put the thorny issue of the colonial-era appropriation back on the debate block.

In the film, the character Eric “Killmonger” Stevens – played by Michael B Jordan – steals an African war hammer from the British Museum, but not before asking the curator how she thought her ancestors had come by the object. Had it been bought, or taken “like they took everything else?”

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