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Mexican Government Returns Stolen Bronze Sculpture to Nigeria

Mexican customs officials thwarted an attempt to smuggle the ancient Yoruba sculpture into the country.

The Mexican government has recently returned a stolen bronze sculpture to Nigeria according to Vanguard.

The ancient sculpture was seized by customs officials at Mexico City Airport following an attempt to reportedly smuggle the artefact into the country.


The bronze sculpture itself is thought to be a 6th century relic from the southwestern Yoruba City of Ife and depicts a man in woven pants sitting cross legged and holding an instrument.

While it is still unclear how the artefact was obtained in the first place, Mexico's Deputy Secretary of Foreign Affairs Julián Ventura Valero says, "We oppose the illegal commercialisation of archaeological pieces, an important cause of the impoverishment of the cultural heritage of the nations of origin, since it undermines the integrity of cultures and, therefore, of humanity."

Several bronze artefacts ranging from a 19th-century cockerel from Benin City to an 18th-century Ethiopian crown have since been returned to their respective countries over the past few years. Often the result of looting during the colonial era, the governments of these African countries are now rightly demanding that these stolen pieces of significant cultural history be permanently returned to them and not offered on "long-term loans" as has often been the case.

However, thousands more of these invaluable artefacts from many African countries remain housed in museums across Europe. Revisit our interview with anthropologist and curator Niama Safia Sandy about the politics around the repatriation of African art here.

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The Rise of Stan Culture In Afrobeats

From Marlians to Wizkid FC, afrobeats fandoms are contributing to the globalization of the sound—even if some might consider them overly obsessive.

Last month, over half a million people, from 99 countries tuned into No Signal's livestream to join the "clash" between Wizkid and Vybz Kartel. The clash was the most legendary one that the No Signal team had hosted since they started their DJ clashes in April. Afrobeats and dancehall lovers were excited to watch this competition—choosing country affiliations in lighthearted fun. Though people had expected fierce competition, due to both artists being megastars with chart topping hits in their own lanes, no one had expected results like the polls reflected. There was an average of 72,000 votes per round and Wizkid won every round defeating Vybz 10 to nil.

Some people joked that the DJ behind Vybz Kartel's song choices was the reason for the loss; others attributed it to the population of Nigeria. What was clear, however, is that many people had underestimated Wizkid's fandom and Team WizKidFC's mobilization prior to the clash.

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Price to Pay: The Complicated Relationship Between Ambitiouz Entertainment and South Africa’s Music Scene

Through all the horror stories shared by artists, it's impossible to overlook Ambitiouz Entertainment's contribution to South African music.

One of the biggest South African songs at the moment boasts a lineup of artists that blend styles for a smooth collaboration. With verses for the heads and a catchy hook for the radio, "Price to Pay" by Miss Pru DJ features the duo Blaq Diamond and Lesotho-born rapper Malome Vector.

A quintessential Ambitiouz Entertainment song, "Price to Pay" feels like 2016/2017 all over again, even if it's for just above five minutes. When Ambitiouz started circa 2015, a majority of its hip-hop artists—Emtee, Saudi, Sjava, FiFi Cooper, and others—were doing trap rap, mostly in native languages. Even A-Reece, who raps almost exclusively in English now, threw a few SePitori phrases in his rhymes. Singles such as "Tshela" and "Smokolo" released by the rapper Priddy Ugly under Ambitiouz were his first experiments with adding native languages in his verses beyond hooks.

While streaming "Price to Pay" and other songs released by Ambitiouz Entertainment, however, one wonders if, years from now, Malome Vector and Blaq Diamond will be sharing horror stories of working with the label, just like many of its previous signings.

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South African Comedian Tyson Ngubeni Leads Star-Studded Cast in Chicken Licken's Viral Ad

This viral Chicken Licken ad is trending for all the right reasons.

South African fried chicken franchise Chicken Licken's new ad "Soul Food For A Soul Nation" features the talented comedian Tyson Ngubeni and other young brilliant creatives. The ad makes light of the ongoing national lockdown during the current Covid-19 pandemic and will have you chuckling endlessly.

READ: South African Comedian Tyson Ngubeni's Skits Shine Amid Lockdown

The ad aims to honour those ordinary South Africans who have kept themselves entertained during the lockdown.

The video shows all the events that have taken place during the lockdown including: the girlfriend that was snuck in by her boyfriend in the boot of his car, regulations around exercise during level-four of the lockdown and the viral skits by Kenyan social media sensation Elsa Majimbo.

In the video, phrases like "siyabangena", "Inswempu le makhethe" and President Cyril Ramaphosa's mask mischief during his infamous State of the Nation Address (SONA) allow South Africans to relive the moments that kept them sane and laughing out loud. Additionally, Max Hurrell's hilarious song "When People Zol"—a lighthearted mockery of Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma's ancient lingo around smoking—is perhaps one of the best parts of the ad itself.

Other personnel behind the ad are creative director and photographer Rea Chikane and director of Netflix's Queen Sono, Tebogo Malope, who took to Twitter to thank fans for being able to have the platform to make the nation laugh during these tough times.

Watch the "Soul Food For A Soul Nation" ad below:

Soul Food® For A Soul Nation. www.youtube.com

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Watch Davido's Performance on 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon'

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