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Shipwreck Museum in Cape Verde reopens 2 years after Covid-19 shut down

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Following the shutting down of most businesses across the world during the heart of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, the Museu dos Náufragos (Shipwreck Museum), on the island of Boa Vista in Cape Verde, which was also shut has reopened two years after the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The museum, which was opened in 2019 is the first private structure of anthropological and artistic interest in Cape Verde.

It was founded and developed by the Association Dos Náufragos, it was built with materials found on the island with a particular attention to recycling.

A permanent exhibition which presents the culture of Cape Verde in the different rooms, as well as its art and history through different approaches, bringing the relevance and uniqueness of Creole culture to the attention of the visitors.

Italian archaeologists said the condition of castaway is not a thing of the past, it is a condition that anyone can still experience.

“Shipwrecked is a condition in which every man lives throughout his life. It is a person who is lost in the sea of life without finding an island that can save his soul and his existence. This is a three-storey museum that starts in the darkest part of history, of the soul, piracy, which was a big problem on this island, and slavery.” Rossi remarked.

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Rema’s ‘Calm Down’ breaks US record with one billion streams

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Nigerian Afrobeats sensation, Divine Ikubor, popularly known as Rema, has broken another music record after his hit song, “Calm Down”, became the first African song to earn one billion on-demand streams in the United States.

According to American Music Stats Company, Chart Data, “Calm Down” earned over one billion on-demand streams in the US in a new compilation of streams on different musical genres.

Since its release in 2022, the single has garnered attention even with its remixx featuring Selena Gomez, soaring to number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, a feat rarely seen for Afrobeats tracks.

The single was also the first Afrobeats song to top the American radio chart, making it the first song in its category to achieve this and in turn, making Rema the first African artiste to achieve such feat.

“This is phenomenal for the Afrobeats community and Africa at large,” Chart Data wrote on X.

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UK returns looted historic Ugandan artifacts on a three-year loan

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The University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom has agreed to return 39 traditional Ugandan artefacts which were looted from the country over a century ago.

However, the return of the artifacts would be for an initial loan period of three years, similar to a deal the UK government struck with Ghana.

The objects to be returned include tribal regalia, delicate pottery and abstract carvings the Ugandan people once held in high esteem.

Speaking on the return of the historical objects, Mark Elliot, the senior curator at Cambridge University said:

“These objects have been away from home for so long, now is the time that they come back and it’s the time to research the history of these objects, to research their contemporary significance and to help make decisions about their future.

“Really importantly, this is research that could be done in Cambridge but it shouldn’t be done in Cambridge, it should be done here and it should be led by Ugandan people.”

The Cambridge University had acquired most Ugandan artifacts as donations from private collections, and many were given by an Anglican missionary active in Uganda after the nation was made a British protectorate in 1894.

“There was a lot of plundering Africa and so Africa being plundered, it’s not that they only took gold,” Jackline Nyiracyiza, Ugandan Government Commissioner in charge of Museums and Monuments said on the return of the artifacts.

“They took gold and associated heritage and so a part of the gold, I would say, that they removed from Africa, is the cultural heritage because they were spreading the gospel of Christ and so they did not want anything associated with traditions.”

Nyiracyiza added that Uganda’s agreement with Cambridge is renewable, allowing for the possibility of a permanent loan and perhaps local ownership.

“We have a variety of objects that have been brought from Buganda (Bantu kingdom within Uganda) and I have seen and I would be seeing these objects, most especially. I shouldn’t say it. Most especially ‘Omulamula’ (or) ‘Ddamula (a traditional stick or sceptre handed to the Kingdom’s prime minister by the King) for the Katikiro (Buganda Kingdom’s prime minister), that is the most fascinating object I have seen,” Nyiracyiza explained.

“These items represent a small fraction of about 1,500 Ugandan ethnographic objects that the British University owns.

“The African Union aims to have a common policy on the return of looted cultural property,” the Minister said.

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