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Grand Egyptian Museum to open ‘Golden King Tutankhamun’ exhibition

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The Grand Egyptian Museum will on November 21 open an exhibition of the Ancient Golden King, Tutankhamun to commemorate the 101-year anniversary of the discovery of his tomb.

Tagged the “Tutankhamun – Immersive Exhibition”, the unveiling is designed to be a “one of a kind exhibition which will present King Tut’s unique story in a whole new way through state-of-the-art digital projections,” according to the Egyptian Ministry of Culture.

“The exhibition visitors will experience history like never before as they will be transported to ancient Egypt, immersing themselves in the splendor of Tutankhamun’s reign and the mysteries that have captivated generations,” the ministry said in a statement.

“For the first time in Egypt, the GEM will host the highly acclaimed “Tutankhamun – The Immersive Exhibition” in partnership with Madrid Artes Digitales.

“Scheduled to open its doors in November, coinciding with the very month when King Tu-tankhamun’s tomb was discovered over a century ago, the exhibition will provide a novel and creative storytelling experience , making it a one-of-a-kind opportunity to rediscover King Tutankhamun’s story in an entirely new way”, it added.

According to Egyptian historians, King Tutankhamun, colloquially known as King Tut, was the 12th Pharaoh of the 18th Egyptian dynasty, in power from approximately 1332 to 1323 B.C.E. He was famed for his opulent tomb discovered intact in 1922 with his mask and mummy in his original sarcophagus.

During his reign, Tutankhamun accomplished little but his powerful advisers restored the traditional Egyptian religion which had been set aside by his father, Akhenaten, who led the “Amarna Revolution.”

After his death at age 19, King Tut disappeared from history until the discovery of his tomb in 1922. Since then, studies of his tomb and remains have revealed much information about his life and times, making Tutankhamun one of the best known ancient Egyptian kings.

King Tut was the son of the powerful Akhenaten, also known as Amenhotep IV, while his mother was probably one of Akhenaten’s sisters.

At the time of his birth, ancient Egypt was going through great social and political upheaval. Tutankhaten’s father had forbidden the worship of many gods in favour of worshiping one, Aten, the sun disk. For this, he is known as the “heretic king.”

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Owners of South Africa bar where teenagers died in 2022 to pay fine or go to jail

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The owners of a South African bar where 21 teenagers died after drinking contaminated alcohol during a party in 2022 have each been ordered to pay a fine or be sent to jail for 100 days.

The couple, who owned the Enyobeni Tavern in the Eastern Cape province, were found guilty of selling alcohol to under-18-year-olds.

The children had attended a party to celebrate the end of mid-year exams at the Tavern where they met their untimely deaths.

Their deaths of the teenagers who were all under the age of 18 with the youngest only 13 years old girl, had caused outrage in the country with many calling for the legal drinking age to be increased.

A toxicology report had, however, revealed that the victims died from suffocation due to overcrowding but further investigations and test later emerged that traces of the poisonous chemical, methanol, were found in their bodies.

The toxicology report is yet to be concluded, but forensic pathologists have suggested their deaths were caused by something they inhaled or ingested.

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Ugandan TikToker remanded in prison for insulting President Museveni, traditional ruler

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Popular Ugandan TikToker, Ibrahim Musana, also known as “Pressure 247”, has been remanded in prison for allegedly insulting President Yoweri Museveni as well as “using abusive and demeaning remarks he made against the Kingdom of Buganda and the Kabaka” deemed to be hate speech.

According to media reports, “Pressure 247” was sent to the Luzira Prison where he will be cooling his feet till March 7, where his bail application will be heard.

The remand order was given when he appeared before the Buganda Road Court on eight counts under the Computer Misuse Act (2021), following complaints from the Buganda Kingdom.

The 27-year-old entertainer was charged with allegedly promoting hate speech and spreading malicious information via his TikTok videos following complaints filed by the Buganda Kingdom.

According to prosecutors, Musana allegedly shared content on his TikTok account between August 2023 and February 2024 that disparaged and incited hostility towards four Ugandan leaders, Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II, President Yoweri Museveni, Speaker of Parliament Anita Among, and State Minister for ICT Joyce Naboosa Ssebugwawo.

Musana who pleaded not guilty to the charges, asserted that he was unaware that his actions constituted an offense. He also told the court that he was suffering from psychological challenges and had been receiving treatment at the Butabika Mental Hospital.

He further explained that he felt a spiritual obligation inspired by past Buganda Kings to restore their tombs but lacked the necessary financial resources, and pleaded for forgiveness and leniency.

Despite Musana’s plea for forgiveness and promise to refrain from attacking leaders and removing the contentious content from his TikTok account, the Magistrate rejected his plea and ruled that he should remanded in prison pending his bail application.

His oral bail request was also denied due to insufficient documentation from his sureties.

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