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Egypt builds world’s largest museum

Egypt is building what, at completion, will be the world’s largest museum. Its location is not too far from the Great Pyramids of Giza. The project is expected to cost $1 billion, and could be known as the Grand Egyptian Museum

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Egypt is building what, at completion, will be the world’s largest museum. Its location is not too far from the Great Pyramids of Giza. The project is expected to cost $1 billion, and could be known as the Grand Egyptian Museum.

The new museum will house 100,000 artifacts – from Egypt’s prehistoric times to its Greek and Roman eras – making it the largest museum in the world dedicated to the heritage of a single civilization.

Almost 6,000 workers are involved in the construction of the museum on a daily basis, ahead of a scheduled soft opening in early 2019.

Museum officials hope it will help boost the country’s tourism, which suffered as a result of political turmoil and militant attacks that have targeted tourists. Recent government statistics show that the industry is slowly recovering.

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Kenyan Oscar-winning actress, Lupita Nyong’o, celebrates father as he wins governorship election

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Kenyan Oscar-winning actress, Lupita Nyong’o, has celebrated her father, Prof. Peter Anyang Nyong’o, after he was declared the winner of the governorship election for the Kisumu county for a second and final term.

Lupita’s father was announced winner on Wednesday following Kenya’s general elections held on Tuesday.

Following the announcement, the US-based multiple award winning actress took to her verified Twiter handle to congratulate her father, and also thanked the people of the Kisumu county for voting for him.

“ABICH MORO! Congratulations to my Daddy and THANK YOU to the people of Kisumu for their overwhelming support at the polls. @AnyangNyongo #5moro #TichTire,” she wrote.

Prof. Nyong’o was a former Senator representing Kisumu County from 2013 to 2017, before he contested and became the county’s governor on the ticket of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM).

He was also a Member of Parliament for Kisumu Rural constituency, having been elected on a NARC ticket in December 2002.

Prof. Nyongo’o began his political career in 1992 when he was first elected to parliament and served as a nominated MP from 1998 to 2002.

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How Tanzania star, Diamond Platnumz, pocketed $100,000 for 10-minute performance at Odinga’s rally in Kenya

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Tanzanian Bongo singer, Diamond Platinumz, is currently smiling to the bank after he was paid a whopping $100, 000 (KSh230 million Kenyan Shillings) for a 10-miute performance on Saturday to endorse presidential aspirant, Raila Odinga, ahead of Tuesday’s general election in the East African country.

Diamond Platinumz, (real name Nasibu Abdul Juma) who is unarguably the biggest artiste in the region, was contracted to appear at the final Azimio rally where he endorsed Odinga, which, according to The Citizen, has angered a lot of Kenyan artistes who felt they were overlooked.

“Many Kenyan artists are furious about the huge pay despite his electrifying performance at a fully packed stadium in Nairobi.

“They feel devalued since none of them could have earned that amount of cash at a political rally,” The Citizen noted.

“The Waah! hitmaker made most out of the event without wiping much of a sweat off his brow.

“Diamond made millions in perhaps one of the shortest ever performances of his life and was off the skies back to South Africa to celebrate his daughter’s birthday before the trolls began.

“The Tanzanian performance at a fully packed Moi Stadium in Kasarani left a number of Kenyan artists unimpressed, particularly rapper Juliani.

“An irked Juliani described the performance as distasteful, while comedian Eric Omondi used the situation again to brand Kenyan artistes lazy,” it said.

Another Kenyan entertainment tabloid, Daily Nation, in its report, said Diamond’s performance at the final campaign rally, was meant to be a surprise in a last attempt to woo youthful voters by Odinga in his fifth bid to become the president of Kenya.

“The singer wasn’t in the picture as preparations for the last rally geared up, until three weeks ago when he was contacted and the conversation began.

“As such he had to raise his rate card from the normal $70,000 he charges for an hour show outside Tanzania. Negotiations dragged a little bit and a fee of $100,000 was agreed and contract signed,” The Nation reported.

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