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Do They Know We Know They Know It's Christmas?

Okayafrica's take on Bob Geldof's Band Aid campaign to end hunger in Ethiopia, 'Do They Know It's Christmas?'


It's that time of the year when the side eye with the longest glance (29 years strong) makes its seasonal return. Ah yes, it was back in '84 that Bob Geldof's well intentioned but incredibly patronizing anthem was released through the Band Aid campaign to raise money on behalf of the famine that raged in Ethiopia from 1983-1985. Inspired by Michael Buerk's BBC report on the famine in Ethiopia, Geldof gathered a who's-who of 80s pop do-gooders including humanitarian aid's own Bono, Sting, Boy George, Paul Simon, and George Michael to London's Sarm West Studios to deftly point out that in Africa (where "nothing ever grows") folks might have no idea it's Christmas (since there's no snow to remind them). Above we offer our take on super-charity-hit "Do They Know It's Christmas," which U 2 can side eye below.

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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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