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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.

Listen to WurlD's New 'Love Is Contagious' EP

A sound that connects to the quintessential Afropolitan mind.

Nigerian-American singer WurlD drops his new 9-song EP, Love Is Contagious.

The new release, which is led by popular singles like "Show You Off" featuring Walshy Fire & Shizzi and "Contagious," sees the blue-haired WurlD blending elements of Nigerian juju music with pop and R&B;, making for a captivating and energetic fusion.

"Love is Contagious is a conversation about love, from the infatuation stage to drowning in the emotion to the commitment stage," mentions WurlD. "This EP is something everyone can relate to at some point in their lives. It has always been my goal to add a different range to the conversation and Love is Contagious does that, taking my fans and family on the journey a man goes through finding himself in love."

WurlD's creates "a sound that connects to the quintessential Afropolitan mind," wrote our contributor Joey Akan in an exclusive interview piece with the Lagos-born singer.

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Social Media Is Doodling On Pictures of Burundi's President In Support of Arrested Schoolgirls

Folks online are using the hashtag #FreeOurGirls to remind Burundi's president that scribbling is not a crime.

Last week, three Burundian schoolgirls were taken into custody after doodling on a picture of President Pierre Nkurunziza in their textbooks. The girls, all under the age of 18, face up to five years in prison for the act.

Now folks on social media are rallying behind the girls, using the hashtag #FreeOurGirls. People are not only voicing their unwavering support for the young girls against the heavy hand of the president, they're also using it as an opportunity to share pictures of the president with their own doodles.

In true elementary form, some images show the president with playfully drawn-on mustaches, hats and hair. One of the more creative doodles shows the president with a curled mustached and a short blue wig on.

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Nasty C. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Nasty C Says The EP He’s Working on With NO I.D. Will Sound “Close to Home”

Nasty C says the songs on the EP he's working on with No I.D. "will sound so close to home, it will feel like they should be our gospel songs."

By now you should know Nasty C is working on some music with No I.D.. Ever since images of the South African rapper and producer in studio with No I.D. and Big Sean hit the internet about a month ago, we've all been kept guessing.

However, Nasty recently shared some new details about the project. While talking to Slikour in an interview that was published on Slikour On Life, the Durban rapper shared what the response to his sophomore album Strings and Bling (2018) meant to him.

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