BET Awards 2011 "Best International Act: Africa" Nominations

This year's BET Awards nominations are in and the lineup for Best International Act: Africa includes a nice variety of styles and countries.  Nigeria is represented by two nominees, R&B stars 2Face Idibia and D'Banj, who you might recognize from his recent collaboration with Snoop Dogg. Another nominee, D-Black is repping Ghana, while Fally Ipupa was nominated out of the Democratic Republic of Congo.  Rounding out the 6 member nomination list are Angélique Kidjo of Benin (the only woman on the list) and Teargas, a 3-member group out of South Africa.  The show will air live on Sunday June 26th so tune in to see who wins! Get some more info on the nominees and the awards show here.

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The Netherlands Returns Nigeria's Centuries-Old Stolen Artefact

The Netherlands has returned to Nigeria a 600-year-old stolen artefact, the Ife Terracotta, which has been received by Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

According to The Guardian Nigeria, the Netherlands has returned a 600-year-old artefact to Nigeria. This comes after the artefact was reportedly smuggled using fraudulent papers through Ghana to the Dutch country. Netherlands ambassador to Nigeria, Harry van Dijk, handed over the Ife Terracotta to Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture. The repatriation of the small but "priceless" Ife Terracotta has been a long journey considering it was reportedly smuggled out of Nigeria in 2019.

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