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A Stolen Ancient Egyptian Artifact Has Been Returned from a UK Auction Hall

Officials from Egypt's ministry of antiquities say it's unclear how this relic was smuggled out of the country.

A relic dating back to ancient Egypt has been recovered after being smuggled out of the country, BBC reports.


The artifact, a cartouche of King Amenhotep I, has been returned after being put on auction in London. Shaaban Abul Gawad, general supervisor for the retrievied antiquities department in the ministry of antiquities tells Egypt Today that it was recovered after tracking it down on international auction websites. They then took the necessary steps to stop the sale and have the listing be removed.

It's unclear how or when this relic was taken out of Egypt, as it was previously displayed at the Temple of Karnak in Luxor—a frequently visited tourist site.

The cartouche of King Amenhotep I was previously displayed at the Temple of Karnak in Luxor, Egypt, pictured above.Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

In an effort to stop the smuggling of its most prized treasures as of late, the ministry collaborated with the country's foreign ministry, the embassy in London and British authorities to track down the relic. The embassy initially received it this past September.

Egypt is another African country making a statement on the repatriation of art and artifacts that belong to them. The country says that it will no co-operate with foreign museums on ancient Egypt unless smuggled art has been returned, BBC adds.

The only casing stone from the Great Pyramid of Giza to be exhibited outside of Egypt will be at the National Museum of Scotland, opening February 8. This is the first time it will be open to the public for viewing since 1872.

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The 10 Best Ghanaian Songs of the Month (July)

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July featured an array of incredible releases from East Africa's pop royalty as well as promising newbies.

Follow our East African Grooves playlist on Spotify and Apple Music.

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Interview

A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

We talk to the Nigerian stars about the hardest lessons they've learned, best advice they've ever been given and what Nigeria means to them.

Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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