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Nigerian actor, Mr Ibu cries out for help

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Nigerian actor, John Okafor, popularly known as Mr Ibu, has cried out for help from kindhearted fans.

He is seeking financial help to enable him settle his medical bills or he could lose his leg to amputation.

Mr Ibu, who has been hospitalised for a while now, says he is requesting financial aid from Nigerians to settle his medical bills which have gone beyond his means.

In a video he posted on his Instagram page on Wednesday, October 18, the ailing comic actor is seen on the hospital bed explaining that he had been ill for weeks and not responding to treatment.

“While I am hoping for prayers and assistance, as I speak to you I am still lying down in the hospital. The medical director of this hospital said that in case his new idea does not work, the next idea is to cut off my leg. Just see me, if they cut off my leg where would I go? Pray for me, I don’t want my leg to be cut off, thank you so much, God, bless you,” the actor cried out.

His wife and daughter were also seen in the video calling on Nigerians to put them in their prayers and lend financial assistance where necessary.

His daughter noted that she had been shouldering the bills for as long as the actor had been ill, stressing that the family would prefer to fly him out of the country for more treatment if they had the financial means.

“I’ve been the one handling the bills and I am financially drained, we can’t do it alone. He’s not getting better, some days it looks like he is and other days it looks like he is getting worse”, she says.

“We are still at the hospital and they want to transfer him to another hospital because he is not getting better. We want to appeal to Nigerian individuals or organisations to please fly daddy abroad for better treatment. This is not the first time daddy is down like this.”

The actor celebrated his 62nd birthday in his hospital room surrounded by family on October 17, and in another video posted to his social media pages, Okafor displayed signs of pain while struggling to sit up and cut his cake, with the affected leg seriously swollen.

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UK returns looted historic Ugandan artifacts on a three-year loan

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The University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom has agreed to return 39 traditional Ugandan artefacts which were looted from the country over a century ago.

However, the return of the artifacts would be for an initial loan period of three years, similar to a deal the UK government struck with Ghana.

The objects to be returned include tribal regalia, delicate pottery and abstract carvings the Ugandan people once held in high esteem.

Speaking on the return of the historical objects, Mark Elliot, the senior curator at Cambridge University said:

“These objects have been away from home for so long, now is the time that they come back and it’s the time to research the history of these objects, to research their contemporary significance and to help make decisions about their future.

“Really importantly, this is research that could be done in Cambridge but it shouldn’t be done in Cambridge, it should be done here and it should be led by Ugandan people.”

The Cambridge University had acquired most Ugandan artifacts as donations from private collections, and many were given by an Anglican missionary active in Uganda after the nation was made a British protectorate in 1894.

“There was a lot of plundering Africa and so Africa being plundered, it’s not that they only took gold,” Jackline Nyiracyiza, Ugandan Government Commissioner in charge of Museums and Monuments said on the return of the artifacts.

“They took gold and associated heritage and so a part of the gold, I would say, that they removed from Africa, is the cultural heritage because they were spreading the gospel of Christ and so they did not want anything associated with traditions.”

Nyiracyiza added that Uganda’s agreement with Cambridge is renewable, allowing for the possibility of a permanent loan and perhaps local ownership.

“We have a variety of objects that have been brought from Buganda (Bantu kingdom within Uganda) and I have seen and I would be seeing these objects, most especially. I shouldn’t say it. Most especially ‘Omulamula’ (or) ‘Ddamula (a traditional stick or sceptre handed to the Kingdom’s prime minister by the King) for the Katikiro (Buganda Kingdom’s prime minister), that is the most fascinating object I have seen,” Nyiracyiza explained.

“These items represent a small fraction of about 1,500 Ugandan ethnographic objects that the British University owns.

“The African Union aims to have a common policy on the return of looted cultural property,” the Minister said.

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Talented South African siblings wow judges at ‘America’s Got Talent’ audition (Video)

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Talented Johannesburg, South Africa sibling singing group, Biko’s Manna, we’re the cynosure of all eyes at the audition of the 19th America Got Talent show on Thursday with all four judges giving them a resounding “Yes”.

The young group, made up of Biko (17), guitar player Manna (14) and Mfundo (9), popularly known as “Biko’s Manna”, were so good that they received a standing ovation from the crowd and judges including the ever-critical Simon Cowell could be heard saying, “I love them”.

The trio who performed Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry Be Happy”, for their audition, stole the show and got a very positive response from the judges and audience.

The young siblings became viral sensation on TikTok where they have garnered millions of likes along with a lot of engagement on other platforms and were invited to audition on Season 19 of the show due to their popularity.

After their performance, Cowell said:

“Within 10 seconds, it’s like I know exactly the kind of music you want to make. You found your lane, it was beautifully simple.”

Another judge, Heidi Klum had this to say:

“It was worth the trip coming all the way from South Africa… We love reggae, we don’t hear it enough… It puts us in a great mood I love the three of you.”

Judge Howie Mandell said:

“You are young and talented… It’s early in the competition, but I think there’s a good chance that you’re going to walk out of here with a million dollars.”

On her appraisal, Judge Sofia Vergara said:

“You guys are amazing, you guys are happy. We can tell that you’re a family that love each other and I really think the best thing you ever did was come to AGT.”

The talented South African kids are currently touring and performing gigs on different stages across the United States. Last month, they made their second appearance on the Emmy-nominated ‘Jennifer Hudson Show’.

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