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Tanzanian music star Diamond Platnumz hints at buying private jet

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Tanzanian music star, Diamond Platinumz, on Thursday, hinted that he could be the next African music icon to purchase a private jet this year.

The Bongo Flava star took to his social media platforms to announce the imminent purchase of a private jet while flaunting the Rolls Royce he bought in 2021.

“We bought a 2021 Rolls Roys Black Bedge Zero kilometer last Year.

“And we’re buying a private jet this year. That’s the definition of the best management, ” he wrote.

If he achieves the feat, Diamond will be the first Tanzanian artist to own a private jet and will join a select few African stars like Nigerian superstar, Davido, to own their personal jets.

However, this is not the first time the Mtasubiri singer has bragged about buying himself a jet as a reward for his hard work and overwhelming success

In 2020, Diamond who is the most successful Tanzanian artiste in recent times, had posted a cryptic message on Instagram revealing plans to buy a private jet he said would cost him around $4 million.

Speaking about his plans to purchase the jet at the time, the Wasafi boss noted that he was due to acquire it in 2020, but his plans were hampered by the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Besides ranking among the most popular musicians in East Africa, Diamond is also the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Tanzanian-based entities Wasafi Record Label and Wasafi Media.

The African Lion crooner is known to live large, with houses in Tanzania, Kenya, and South Africa, plus a fleet of cars including the 2021 Rolls-Royce Cullinan, BMW X6, Cadillac Escalade Black Edition, Cadillac Escalade Sky Captain Edition, Toyota Land cruiser V8 and Toyota Land cruiser TX.

Just last week, the newly released musical video of the music star titled ‘Mtasubiri’ was banned by the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) from all media outlets including the social media for allegedly containing some blasphemous scenes which angered Christians in the East African country but it seems he has moved on from that disappointment.

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First ever African Fashion exhibition debuts in the UK Saturday

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The first ever African Fashion exhibition which has been touted to be UK’s most extensive exhibition of African fashion artistry is set to debut in London on Saturday, July 2, according to the show organisers.

The epoch making African Fashion event which is aimed at showcasing designers from the black continent, as well as exoose Africa’s diverse heritage and cultures, which will open at London’s prestigious Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum, is also the country’s first exhibition dedicated to the medium.

Apart from the fashion show, there will also be an exhibition are African objects, sketches, photos and film from across the continent, starting from the African liberation years in the 1950s to 1980s to up-and-coming contemporary designers, according to the event organizers.

The project curator, Elisabeth Murray, in a statement, said the scene is set with a section on “African Cultural Renaissance”, highlighting protest posters and literature from independence movements that developed in conjunction with fashion.

“The Vanguard is the central attraction, displaying iconic works by well-known African designers including Niger’s Alphadi, Nigeria’s Shade Thomas-Fahm and Kofi Ansah of Ghana.

“Over 250 objects are on display for the African Fashion exhibition, with approximately half of these drawn from the museum’s collection, including 70 new acquisitions.

“Many of the garments on show are from the personal archives of a selection of iconic mid-twentieth century African designers with one of the highlight being the centre-piece made by Moroccan fashion designer Artsi Ifrach, called “A Dialogue Between Cultures” which was Inspired by the British trench coat and headscarf,” Murray said.

“The conversations and collaborations that have shaped the making of the Africa Fashion exhibition are a testbed for new equitable ways of working together that allow us to imagine and call into being the V&A of the future,” she added.

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Germany to return prized artefacts stolen from Africa during colonial rule

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The German government has agreed to return prized artefacts stolen from Aftican countries, particularly from Cameroon, Namibia and Tanzania, during the colonial times over 120 years ago, the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, said in a statement on Tuesday.

The priceless artefacts which were looted by the German colonial government officials during the colonial era will be permanently returned to their original countries, the Foundation officials said.

The Berlin-based Heritage Foundation which manages museums based in the German capital said it had entered into negotiations on the returns of artefacts to their countries of origin.

According to the Heritage Foundation, some of the artefacts to be returned are a shell-studded statue of a mother goddess named Ngonnso, which holds “great spiritual significance for the Nso’ people of northwest Cameroon.”

The statue, according to the Foundation, has been part of the collection of Berlin’s Ethnological Museum since 1903, after a German colonial officer who had taken it by force from the Nso tribe ‘donated’ it to the government.

The board also approved the permanent return of 23 artefacts including jewellery, tools and fashion items, to Namibia, the statement noted.

The artefacts which were stolen from Namibia during the colonial period from 1884 to 1919, were sent to the southern African country in May for research purposes and will now remain there.

The statement further said the Foundation’s President, Hermann Parzinger, has also been authorised to sign an agreement on the return of objects Germany looted from Tanzania during the Maji Maji Rebellion and other conflicts during its early 20th-century colonial rule.

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