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Beauty in the cell: Murder suspect, Chidinma Ojukwu crowned in Nigeria’s prison

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A Nigerian young woman who is facing trial for the suspected murder of a CEO of a media house has been crowned Miss Cell 2022, at Kirikiri correctional facility in Lagos.

Chidinma Ojukwu, a 21-year-old student of the University of Lagos, who allegedly stabbed her victim to death in Lekki, Lagos in 2021, emerged Miss Cell 2022 in a beauty pageant organized at the prison centre to mark the 2022 International Women’s Day theme: “BreakingTheBias,” reported Nigeria’s DAILY POST Newspapers.

Furthermore, photos also showed other female inmates who contested in the pageant, all dressed in dinner gowns with sashes supposedly representing their prison wards, according to Nigerian online news publication Punch news.

According to a report by Sahara Reporters, the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS), formerly known as Nigerian Prison Service, has reacted to the public outrage that followed when pictures of Ojukwu, the alleged killer of Super TV CEO, Micheal Ataga, winning a beauty pageant in jail, surfaced on the internet.

In June 2021, Nigerian Police arrested Ojukwu, an undergraduate for the alleged murder of a businessman.

In an interview with Nigeria’s Vanguard Newspaper, Miss Ojukwu recounted how she killed the Super TV boss.

According to her, the 300-level Mass Communication student of UNILAG narrated that she first strangled Ataga before stabbing him to death.

Police detectives found a fake International Passport with No. B50010434, a fake Drivers’ license showing ‘Mary Johnson’ with the suspect’s photograph, an Access Bank statement of account slip.

Others are a National Identification Card bearing the suspect’s name, complimentary cards, a United Bank for Africa ATM debit card bearing the suspect’s name and a UNILAG identity card bearing the suspect’s name.

However, Lagos State Government in October charged the suspect to court for the murder of the Nigerian businessman.

Miss Ojukwu has been remanded to Kirikiri, Nigeria’s fiercest prison by the Lagos state high court since October.

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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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