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Celebrated Kenyan Public Intellectual, Calestous Juma, Has Died

The internationally acclaimed educator and social critic was 64.

Calestous Juma, the Kenyan Harvard University professor who built a substantial social media following with his authoritative commentary on technology and sustainable development has died. He was 64.

Juma was the only Kenyan to be listed on the first-ever "Most Reputable People On Earth" list year, reports Daily Nation. He was named one of the most influential Africans by New African magazine for three consecutive years between 2012 and 2013.

His social media presence often provoked strong responses from folks online, making him one of the most active African academics on Twitter, with over 100,000 followers.

Since the news of his death surfaced, there's been an outpouring of reactions on social media from fellow academics, followers, and a number of state leaders, including Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta, and opposition party leader Raila Odinga as well as Rwanda's Paul Kagame.

Many are sending condolences and remembering his inedible impact on the African academic community.

Photo credit should read KELVIN IKPEA/AFP via Getty Images

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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