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Kenyan-Based Artist Cyrus Kabiru Brings His Afrofuturist Glasses & Bicycles To Cape Town

Kenyan-based artist Cyrus Kabiru's Afrofuturist C-Stunners glasses and bikes are on view at SMAC Art Gallery in Cape Town 29 Jan - 14 March.

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Self-taught Kenyan-based sculptor/painter/eyewear designer Cyrus Kabiru is a key player in Nairobi's Afrofuturist scene who we first caught up with to talk his inventive bifocals in October 2012. This month, Kabiru, who makes sculptural art from recycled materials he finds throughout Nairobi, is bringing his fantastical creations to Cape Town for his very first South African solo exhibition. C-Stunners & Black Mamba, which runs at SMAC Art Gallery in Woodstock through 14 March, sees the arrival of Kabiru's beloved spectacles (which he says in a clip from Afripedia are inspired by his love of boobs), along with the introduction of a new series of re-imagined fixed gear bicycle sculptures. The End of the Black Mamba is a memorial of sorts to Kenya's fixed gear "Black Mamba" bicycles, which are becoming increasingly rare as scooters and motorbikes become more affordable in Kenya. Kabiru's C-Stunners & Black Mamba sculptures and photos are on view now through 14 March at SMAC Art Gallery in Cape Town (145 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock).

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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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