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Slumdog Tourism - Who Really Profits?


In Slumdog Millionaire, people around the world could learn about the harsh realities of growing up in the slums of Mumbai while safely cocooned in a cool, dark theater, popcorn and coke in hand. While some people were outraged by the social realities revealed in the movie, they may have been eventually mollified by its end in which love conquers all. And while the movie may just have jump-started a budding industry in which Westerners get a glimpse of the world's worst slums, parceled out an day at a time, Kennedy Odede, a junior at Wesleyan University originally from one of the largest slums in Africa, argues in this New York Times' op-ed piece that the new wave of slum tourism brought on by movies like Slumdog Millionaire are no help for the people who actually have to live there: "Slum tourism is a one-way street: They get photos; we lose a piece of our dignity."

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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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Sho Madjozi Drops New Upbeat Mixtape 'What A Life'

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