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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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Restaurant owned by Nigerian named among top 200 in South Africa

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A restaurant owned by a Nigerian entrepreneur, Ken Ayere, in South Africa, Hombaze African Cuisine, has been named in the top 200 best outlets in the country by the prestigious Restuarants Association of South Africa (RASA)/Rosetta Award committee.

Hombaze African Cuisine which serves African and finger-licking Nigerian meals prepared by Ayere and his wife, was nominated on Thursday from more than 85,000 outlets spread across the former apartheid enclave.

RASA, the organisers of the awards, in a letter of nomination delivered to Ayere, said Hombaze was nominated as a finalist for striving for service excellence and contribution to the uplift of the restaurant industry.

Part of the nomination letter reads:

“It is a recognition of the highest honours for service excellence and overall contribution to the innovation and upliftment of the industry.

“Your participation and involvement in the restaurant industry is valued and we thank you for the contributions you make to ensure its ongoing success,” the letter said.

The association also paid tributes to the management and members of staff of Hombaze for their passion, dedication and hardwork.

“As a token of acknowledgement, we recognise your passion, talents, dedication, commitment and hardwork for food and service of the highest standard.

“RASA is proud to be associated with restaurants of your calibre to be recognised and celebrated,” it said.

Ayere who has been residing in South Africa since 1996, has been described by many patrons of his restaurant as a worthy ambassador for his country who mentors other Nigerians in the country on decent living and entrepreneurship.

Ayere operates three restaurants in South Africa, including the flagship outlet situated in high-brow Sandton mall at the Nelson Mandela Square, and another in Pretoria.

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Nigerian music star, D’Banj, arrested, detained by anti-corruption agency

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Top Nigerian music star, songwriter and singer, Oladapo Oyebanji, popularly known worldwide as D’banj, has been arrested by an anti-corruption agency, the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, (ICPC).

The music icon who held sway in the early 2000s was reportedly arrested and detained on Tuesday by operatives of the agency after he honoured an invitation to visit the agency’s headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

According to an exclusive report by an authoritative Nigerian newspaper, Premium Times, the ICPC had placed D’banj on their watch list after he had dodged summons for weeks, claiming to be outside the country for scheduled concerts each time he was invited to appear for interrogation over fraud allegations.

According to sources in the agency, D’Banj’s travails started after he was accused of fraudulently diverting millions of naira earmarked by the Nigerian government for an empowerment programme set up by the government in 2016 to address youth unemployment and increase social development.

The ICPC had alleged that D’banj colluded with some compromised government officials to introduce ghost beneficiaries into the payroll of the scheme known as N-Power project.

According to the allegations, the pop star and the corrupt officials ended up diverting stipends paid to the phantom beneficiaries into accounts linked to him.

It was learnt that after the musician failed to show up for interrogation despite multiple invitations, the ICPC moved to arrest him anywhere in Nigeria and abroad, forcing him to show up at the commission’s office on Tuesday.

On arrival, he was said to have been subjected to a prolonged interrogation session after which he was detained while his plea for administrative bail was rejected by officials who said he could not be trusted to attend a trial if released on bail.

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