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Ivorian historical cultural festival, Boyé Gôh, seeks to promote peace, tourism, organizers say

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Organisers of the first edition of a historical cultural event in Ivory Coast known as Boyé Gôh, say the aim of the festival is to promote peace, tourism and the culture of the people of the Guiglo region of the country.

The event, according to one of the Organisers, Félix Le Kpahi Dehe, will
“celebrate the culture of Wés, a people living across western Ivory Coast and neighbouring Liberia.

“The Wés people speak their own languages and have a unique culture and that is what we are celebrating. Some of the unique languages of the Wés include numerous subgroups like Bété, Nyabwa, and Guéré,” Dehe said.

“They are believed to have been living in the region since the 13th century. The Boyé Gôh festival is a way to showcase the traditions, crafts and culture, promote peace and tourism of the people.

Explaining the culture and traditions of the Wés people, Dehe said:

“Wés are known for wearing traditional masks called Glaes. The Glaes are a secret society, they are spirits, they are our cultural values, and when we do events they have to come out.

“Their outings make it a crase in everything we do. And after them it’s joy and prosperity in the families, that’s why we love the Glaes very much,” he added.

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Kuti family fumes at Nigeria’s ruling party’s unauthorised use of Fela’s song for campaign

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The family of late Afrobeat creator and African music icon, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, has berated Nigeria’s ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) for its unauthorised use of one of the legend’s song for the political campaign of its presidential candidate in the upcoming 2023 elections.

The APC had reportedly used one of Fela’s popular songs, “Eko Ile”, as part of its campaign theme songs for their 2023 presidential election, which stirred a lot of condemnation among Fela’s teeming fans who blamed the family for allowing the party use the song amid speculations that the Kuti family had endorsed the APC.

But in a disclaimer posted on social media on Monday by Fela’s oldest son. Femi Kuti, said the family had not endorsed the APC nor authorised its use of the song for its campaign.

The post read:

“Disclaimer and notice of use without consent.

“We, the administrators of the estate of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti issue this disclaimer.

“We wish to state here for clarity, that the permission of the estate was not sought for the use of Fela’s music, “Eko Ile”, in the All Progressive Congress social media campaign currently making the rounds.

“We do not involve Fela’s music in any political campaign at home or abroad and choose to remain neutral.

“While we wish all candidates the best, we demand that the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria are abided by and intellectual property rights are duly respected. Signed the estate of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti.”

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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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