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UK museum agrees to return looted bronze artefacts to Nigerian Kingdom

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A museum in the United Kingdom has entered into an agreement with Nigeria to repatriate bronze artefacts looted by British soldiers from the Benin Kingdom during an invasion in the late 19th century.

The Horniman Museum and Gardens in southeast London, on Sunday, said that it would transfer a collection of 72 pieces of prized Benin Bronzes to the Nigerian government

The agreement was reached between the Chairperson of the museum’s Board of Trustees, Eve Salomon, and the Nigeria National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM), which made a formal request for the artifacts to be returned earlier this year.

“The evidence is very clear that these objects were acquired through force, and external consultation supported our view that it is both moral and appropriate to return their ownership to Nigeria,” Salomon said in a statement.

“The Horniman is pleased to be able to take this step, and we look forward to working with the NCMM to secure longer term care for these precious artifacts,” she added.

It is on record that during the infamous invasion of the Benin Kingdom in 1897, between 3,000 to 5,000 artifacts stolen by British soldiers who attacked and occupied Benin City as Britain expanded its empire in West Africa.

As it stands today, museums in the UK alone holds more than 900 of those objects while the Scotland National Museum has another 74. The rest are held in museums in Europe and around the world.

The artifacts made from pure and unadulterated ivory, coral, wood and other rare materials include plaques, animal, human figures, and items of royal regalia made by specially selected artists who worked for the royal court of the Benin Kingdom.

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Kenya prohibits LGBTQ+ movies from streaming platforms

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The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) has banned movies containing LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) contents from streaming platforms in the country.

The Chief Executive Officer of the KFCB, Christopher Wambua, who made the announcement at a press conference on Thursday, insisted that movies that contain same-sex contents are prohibited in the Kenyan Constitution, hence the board will continue its crackdown on such contents in the mainstream media.

“The country’s laws do not allow LGBTQ+ content or even relationships. Even as we rate and classify content, we also consider other applicable laws,” Wambua said.

Describing some films as “explicit portrayal of homosexuality-related scenes,” Wambua said such movies have already been barred from broadcast in the country.

The censor board CEO particularly referred to the Netflix streaming site saying that talks were underway with the US-based company to ensure that future access to homosexual content was restricted.

“Because of our discussions with Netflix, they are curating their classification system that is very aligned with our laws with the view of ensuring that in future once we sign the agreement, some of this content is not visible at all within the republic,” he said.

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(VIDEO) Nigerian Afrobeat star, Burna Boy locks down South Africa as over 100,000 attend ‘DSTV Delicious Festival 2022’

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Nigerian Afrobeats star, Burna Boy, on Saturday night, showed, yet again, why he is the undisputed “African Giant” when he brought down the roof at the DSTV Delicious Festival 2022 held at the Kylami Grand Prix Circuit in Midrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

The much anticipated event, which brought over 100,000 fans to see the Nigerian singer who gave a sterling performance, saw the crowd rocking along with the ‘Last Last’ crooner throughout the duration of his performance at the concert.

And Burna Boy did not disappoint the mammoth crowd as he churned out hit after hit to the delight of the fans who kept yelling for more.

The highlight of the night came when South African rapper and Burna Boy’s sworn enemy, AKA, got on the stage and the duo performed a duet from Burna’s “All Eyez On Me” track, which got the crowd almost bringing down the roof of the arena.

Burna and AKA who were hitherto close friend fell out in 2019 following a series of xenophobic attacks targeting Nigerians in Johannesburg which the Nigerian star condemned vehemently.

In a Twitter post, Burna had called on Nigerians and other black foreigners living in South Africa to “defend and protect themselves” against their attackers.

The tweet did not go down well with AKA whose response further angered the Nigerian, leading to the two acts engaging each other in a bitter war of words.

It got so bad they resorted to issuing threats to each other, with Burna Boy threatening to beat up AKA if he dared come into Nigeria.

Though there has been no record of the two stars publicly reconciling, it was a delight to see them perform together for the first time in years on his first return to South Africa after the fallout.

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