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Israel bans easy entry for Ethiopian Christians this Easter

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Israel has reportedly placed a ban on Ethiopian Christians to control the influx of pilgrimages at the coming Easter celebration.

Local media reports travel and tour companies have received a letter from Israel’s Population and Immigration Authority stating that any Ethiopian traveller who wants to visit Israel will need to contact the authority personally and receive permission to enter.

Tourists from other countries do not have to follow this same protocol; tour companies can generally submit a group application for tourists travelling as a group.

The authority’s letter noted that the move was out of concern that “these tourists will not head back” due to the ongoing civil war in their country, according to local media reports.

Israel’s Population and Immigration Authority said the policy was necessary because in the past Ethiopian tourists have overstayed.

The head of the Israel Incoming Tour Operators Association is quoted by the Times of Israel as saying it was “severely discriminatory” as it only applied to Ethiopians.

A spokesperson for Ethiopia’s foreign ministry says that he was not aware of the decision by Israel.

Ethiopia’s tourism sector has also been hit hard by the fighting, as many of the country’s most-celebrated destinations are unreachable.

One tour operator in Addis Ababa, which works with counterparts in Israel to arrange the pilgrimages, says that the decision was bad news for his business already suffering from the war and pandemic-related restrictions.

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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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