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Two sisters die after undergoing FGM in Somalia

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Two sisters have died in Somalia from complications that arose after undergoing female genital mutilation, according to Hawa Aden Mohamed, who campaigns against the procedure.

Ten-year-old Aasiyo Abdi Warsame and her sister, Khadijo, 11, died a day after they were subjected to the procedure in the remote village of Arawda in Puntland State on September 11, said Aden Mohamed, director of the Somalia’s women’s rights group Galkayo Education Center for Peace and Development.

According to Aden Mohammed, the sisters were cut the same day by a local circumciser.

They continued bleeding 24 hours after the procedure, and died while their mother was taking them to a health center, Aden Mohamed said.

“Unfortunately, they never made it to the hospital as they all died on the way,” said Aden Mohamed, who has been calling for legislation banning the practice commonly done on young girls in Somalia.

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The sisters’ death comes two months after Somalia’s government vowed to pursue a landmark prosecution in the case of a 10-year-old girl who died after female genital mutilation, a practice that is legal in the country.

“It is another sad story coming even before the dust settles and action is taken in the Deeqa case. Yet there seems to be reluctance in discussing and passing the anti-FGM law,” she said.

“We hope that this will serve as a wake-up call for those responsible to see the need to have the law in place to protect girls from this heinous practice,” Aden Mohamed added.

In Somalia, 98% of women between the ages of 15 and 49 have been cut, the highest rate in the world, according to United Nations statistics.

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Nigerian singer, Mr. Eazi, expands business empire, buys shares in South African basketball team

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Nigerian singer, Mr. Eazi, has expanded his fledgling business empire after he announced that he is now a shareholder in a South African basketball team, Cape Town Tigers, based in Gugulethu in Cape Town.

Mr. Eazi who has carved a niche for himself in the business world as a serial entrepreneur with a creative and business vision, revealed his new business interest on Friday via his Twitter handle where he posted that he opted to purchase the shares in order to follow in the footsteps of his mentor, Jay Z.

The “I Surrender” crooner who is also the co-founder of emPawa Africa, a ground-breaking talent incubator program that funds and mentors emerging African artists, said he decided to buy into the basketball team in his effort to further reinforce his role as a changemaker on the continent by pushing the African narrative forward.

Mr. Eazi who is currently in South Africa on business, wrote:

“I read that Jay’z got shares in a NYC basketball team! So I had to do my own to ff my mentor!!

“Happy to announce I am now a shareholder of @CapeTownTigers, the best basketball team in Africa from now going forward! See you at the next game! Honoured to be part of The family,” he posted.

The Cape Town Tigers Basketball team which was founded in 2019, is currently the reigning title holder of the South African National Championship having won two consecutive titles in 2021 and 2022.

The singer who is a Forbes Under 30 alumni, is one of Africa’s entertainers with hands in different business pies and has been featured by the CNN, Rolling Stone, Billboard and Forbes Africa for his forward-thinking approach to business.

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Egyptian archaeologists unearth world’s oldest complete mummy

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Egyptian archeologists have unearthed another “Pharaonic” tomb containing the oldest and “most complete” mummy yet to be discovered in the country, the Ministry of Tourism said in a statement on Friday.

The 4,300-year-old mummy was found at the bottom of a 15-metre shaft in a recently uncovered group of fifth and sixth dynasty tombs near the Step Pyramid at Saqqara, the director of the team, Zahi Hawass, told reporters at a press conference in Cairo.

According to Hawass, the mummy of a man named Hekashepes, was discovered in a limestone sarcophagus that had been sealed in mortar.

This mummy may be the oldest and most complete mummy found in Egypt to date,” Hawass, said in the statement.

“Among other tombs found was one belonging to Khnumdjedef, an inspector of officials, a supervisor of nobles and a priest during the reign of Unas, last pharaoh of the fifth dynasty. It was decorated with scenes of daily life.

“Another tomb belonged to Meri, the keeper of the secrets and assistant to the great leader of the palace,” he said.

“Numerous statues were found among the tombs, including one representing a man and his wife and several servants,” the statement added.

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