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African music legend, Angélique Kidjo says she is from Nigeria

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African music legend and multiple Grammy Award winner, Angélique Kidjo, has confirmed that she is actually from Nigeria despite being born and raised in Benin Republic, which made many to believe she is from the tiny West African country.

The music icon who made the revelation on Thursday in an interview with a radio station in Lagos. said her mother revealed to her that she is a Nigerian from Iseyin, a town in Oyo State in western Nigeria.

The 61-year-old Kidjo revealed that though she was born in Benin Republic, her mother told her she is originally from Nigeria and that she has lots of relatives in Nigeria even though she doesn’t visit them often.

“My Mum told me that I am from Iseyin in Oyo State, Nigeria, because when my grandfather’s great great great great father came back from Brazil, they found their roots in Iseyin,” she said.

“From my mother’s side, we have always been from Nigeria. So we have families in Abeokuta, Ibadan, Lagos, everywhere. I have cousins I haven’t seen a million years that I miss a lot, ” she added.

Also speaking about her music, Kidjo said she was not only interested in singing about the beauty of the African continent, but also in demonstrating the joy that Africans exude.

“It’s just that I love to sing. I love to bring Africa to the world. The beauty of Africa, not the music that people are very content about seeing and talking about.”

“Africa is not about that because I grew up in a country that is poor, but people were very happy.”

“I also want the world to see how powerful African women are. The women of Africa are the backbone of this continent and they are beautiful. So, I want the world to see that,” Kidjo stated.

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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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