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Egypt unveils statue of King Mentuhotep II, founder of Ancient Middle Kingdom

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The Egyptian National Museum on Sunday, unveiled the statue of one of its legendary figures, King Mentuhotep II, who is credited with founding the Ancient Middle Kingdom.

The unveiling of the statue of the Theban king who, according to history, was able to unify Egypt for the second time after King Narmer, was done at one of Egypt’s largest international museums in Tahrir, with over 50,000 artifacts on display.

According to Egyptian historians, the body of the statue which is painted black, with its arms crossed on the chest, is associated with the deity Osiris, the god of death, fertility and rebirth in ancient Egypt.

The statue dates back to the Middle Kingdom, the 11th Dynasty, the era of King Mentuhotep II, around 2055-2004 BC.

During the unveiling, the museum curator said an archeologist, Howard Carter, stumbled upon the statue in 1900 when his horse stumbled in the outer courtyard of the king’s mortuary temple at Deir el-Bahari, west of Luxor.

Upon inspection, Carter found a well leading to a small room in which the statue was found wrapped in linen.

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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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