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Gold Models of Nelson Mandela's Hands Just Sold For $10 Million in Bitcoin

Did Nelson Mandela's "golden hands" end up in the right ones?

Arbitrade, a Canadian cryptocurrency agency, has purchased four gold casts of Nelson Mandela's hands from a South African businessman for $10 million in bitcoin, with the plans of creating a "Global Hands of Mandela" tour to educate young people on the late revolutionary's life, reports BBC Africa.

The solid casts weigh close to 20 pounds and include imprints of Mandela's hand, palm, and fist. They are thought to be the only of their kind in the world and are meant to symbolize Mandela's time at Robben Island.

The hands were originally bought by Malcolm Duncan, who purchased them from the mining group Harmony Gold in 2002 for around $31,000. Half of the profits were supposed to go to charity, though the donation was never confirmed.


The selling of Mandela relics has sparked controversy over the years. According to the Bloomberg, Mandela himself had several pieces destroyed following various scandals surrounding the sale of such artifacts.

Questions remain around Arbitrade's possession of the artifacts, their intent, and around the acquisition of African art by Western buyers as a whole. Should these items be the property of shadowy companies simply because they have the money to acquire them? We're not so sure.

Read the full story via the Bloomberg.

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Sarkodie Is Not Feeling Any Pressure

The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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