| Africatime
Sunday 30 April 2017
(Reuters (Eng) 04/20/17)
Egypt has unveiled a massive granite statue of Ramses II, the most powerful and celebrated of the ancient Pharaohs, after completing its restoration. Standing 11 meters (36 feet) tall and weighing 75 tons, the statue was presented in a floodlit ceremony at the Luxor Temple on the banks of the Nile on Tuesday evening. When the statue was discovered between 1958 and 1960, it was in 57 pieces. Ramses II, also known as Ramses the Great or Ozymandias, reigned more than 3,000 years ago. He led several military expeditions and expanded the Egyptian empire to stretch from Syria in the north to Nubia in the south. The statue was displayed just hours after archaeologists unveiled...
(AFP (eng) 04/18/17)
Egyptian archaeologists have unearthed several mummies, colourful wooden sarcophagi and more than 1,000 funerary statues in a 3,500-year-old tomb near the city of Luxor, hailing an "important discovery". The 18th Dynasty tomb containing at least eight mummies was discovered in the Draa Abul Nagaa necropolis near the famed Valley of the Kings, the antiquities ministry said in a Tuesday statement. It belonged to a nobleman named Userhat who worked as the city judge. It was opened to add more mummies during the 21st Dynasty, about 3,000 years ago, to protect them during a period when tomb-robbing was common, Mostafa Waziri, the head of the archaeological mission, said at the site. "It was a surprise how much was being displayed inside,"...
(Xinhuanet 04/18/17)
Egypt's antiquities ministry announced Tuesday the unearthing of a funerary collection of a New Kingdom tomb, including mummies and Ushabti figurines, in upper Egypt's Luxor governorate. "An Egyptian archaeological mission working in the Draa Abul Nagaa necropolis on Luxor's west bank unearthed the funerary collection of a New Kingdom tomb of Userhat, the city juror," Dr. Mostafa Waziri, head of the archaeological mission told Xinhua. The new tomb's opening comes as the world celebrates the annual April 18 World Heritage...
(Xinhuanet 04/18/17)
Africa's diaspora is playing a big role in the economic transformation of the continent, the UN said on Tuesday. UN Population Fund (UNFPA) Regional Director Dr Julitta Onabanjo told Xinhua in Nairobi that remittances are important source of income for many African families. "The diaspora therefore complements government efforts to lift many families out of poverty," Onabanjo said on the sidelines of the First Africa-China Conference on Population and Development. Onabanjo said that Africans in the diaspora also bring back...
(AFP (eng) 04/03/17)
The remains of an Egyptian pyramid built around 3,700 years ago have been discovered near the well-known bent pyramid of King Snefru, the antiquities ministry announced Monday. The pyramid from the 13th dynasty was found in Dahshur's royal necropolis, 30 kilometres (20 miles) south of Cairo, it said. "An alabaster... block engraved with 10 vertical hieroglyphic lines" was among the finds, the ministry said, citing Adel Okasha, director general at the necropolis. It said "granite lintel and stoney blocks showing...
(The Guardian 03/31/17)
A supportive documentary about the anti-Mubarak TV satirist Bassem Youssef, whose career followed the same trajectory as the Arab spring. Bassem Youssef is the Egyptian surgeon turned TV satirist who in 2011 became a YouTube celebrity with his homemade broadcasts about Cairo’s Tahrir Square and the anti-Mubarak revolution. This film shows how his career rose and fell with the Arab spring, initially endorsed by the west until the issue became clouded by Islamist insurgency. Youssef is a TV natural: his...
(Middle East Monitor 03/30/17)
Egyptian artist Bahia Shehab and French-Tunisian artist eL Seed have been awarded the UNESCO-Sharjah prize for Arab culture for their innovative use of Arabic calligraphy in street art. Shehab, who is the first woman in the region to receive the award, has said that art can be a tool for change that can encourage people to engage for justice. Her work “No, A Thousand Times No” began with the compilation of 1,000 “nos” as they had been depicted on anything...
(CBS News 03/23/17)
About $50 million worth of artifacts and antiques were shipped from both Egypt and Turkey to the United States in 2016 — the highest annual value from each of those countries in at least 20 years, according to U.S. Census Bureau documents. The artifacts, totaling about $100 million between the two countries, were imported “for consumption” and not for temporary display in a museum, the documents say. Most of the artifacts were shipped to New York City, where numerous antiquities...
(Xinhuanet 03/16/17)
The Egyptian authorities moved on early Thursday morning the recently unearthed three-milennia-old statue believed to be of ancient King Ramses II to the Egyptian Museum in downtown Cairo, official MENA news agency reported. The report said that the 8.5-ton colossus was moved by the armed forces in cooperation with the ministry of antiquities to be initially reassembled and restored at the Cairo museum before being transferred to its final destination at the Grand Egyptian Museum near the Great Pyramids of...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/10/17)
Archaeologists have found an eight-metre statue submerged in ground water in a Cairo slum that they say probably depicts revered Pharaoh Ramses II, who ruled Egypt more than 3,000 years ago. The discovery, hailed by the Antiquities Ministry as one of the most important ever, was made near the ruins of Ramses II's temple in the ancient city of Heliopolis, located in the eastern part of modern-day Cairo. "Last Tuesday they called me to announce the big discovery of a...
(AFP (eng) 03/02/17)
A film raging against colonialism and the exploitation of Africa wowed viewers at the continent's top cinema festival Wednesday, winning shouts of approval at a screening packed to bursting point. "The African Storm" tells the story of an African president who nationalises businesses run by racist, cynical Western executives. Directed and produced by its Beninese star Sylvestre Amoussou, it tackles several hot-button issues including an exit from the CFA franc currency, closer ties with Russia and China as opposed to...
(AFP (eng) 02/27/17)
An African road movie about four women wowed its audience Sunday as it kicked off the Panafrican cinema and television festival (Fespaco), a showcase for the continent's burgeoning film industry. "Borders" ("Frontieres") directed by Apolline Traore, a Fespaco laureate in 2013, sweeps across Africa as its protagonists journey through Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso and Benin on their way to Nigeria. Along the way the women -- Ivorian, Senegalese, Burkinabe and Nigerian actresses -- are spared nothing as they are beset...
(The Independent 02/14/17)
Hundreds of burial chambers in the north Sudanese desert reveal a hidden history. Sudan has more than twice the number of pyramids you’ll find in Egypt. I know – I couldn’t believe it either. Which is why I had to see for myself. Sure, mention Sudan and most travellers will admit to dismissing it as a war-torn stretch of bland desert – plagued by the genocide and refugee crisis in Darfur, and the ongoing civil war in the new Republic...
(The Telegraph 01/20/17)
Egypt's Museum of Islamic Art will reopen today three years after it was badly damaged by a car bomb that blew up outside a nearby police headquarters. The museum, which is home to one of the world’s most important collections of Muslim art, has been closed since January 2014 when the explosion ripped into the building. The blast damaged 179 artifacts but the museum said its experts had been able to repair all but ten of them. The restored objects...
(AL Jazeera 12/29/16)
Creation of council with authority to strip broadcasting rights comes amid rising concerns over press freedom. Egypt's president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, has ratified a new media law that critics say is a blow to pluralism and press freedom in the country. The new law, approved by parliament and signed into law by Sisi on Monday, will see the creation of a Supreme Council for the Administration of the Media, a body that can revoke licences to foreign media and fine or suspend publications and broadcasters. The council, whose chairman will be picked by Sisi, will create a list of penalties and sue media organisations that violate its regulations
(International Business Times 12/22/16)
A joint University of Birmingham-Egypt Exploration Society Research Project has revealed a hidden wall below a visitors' pathway. Archaeologists working in the elite cemetery of Qubbet el-Hawa, near the Egyptian city of Aswan, have uncovered the remains of an ancient wall hidden beneath a sandy footpath. The first analyses of its structure provide compelling evidence that new graves may soon be discovered in its vicinity. Qubbet el-Hawa cemetery is a valuable archaeological site, because it contains impressive rock cut tombs...
(CNN 12/06/16)
In 1896, several exclusive venues in Alexandria and Cairo hosted some of the earliest known screenings of the world's first movies, directed by the Lumiere Brothers. Egypt went on to establish a dominant position as the capital of the Arab film world. The "Hollywood on the Nile" enjoyed a sustained Golden Age in the mid-20th century, powered by the mighty Studio Misr and international stars such as Omar Sharif and Faten Hamama. But the glory days could not last, and...
(AFP (eng) 11/24/16)
Archaeologists have uncovered an ancient Egyptian city and graveyard dating back to around 5300 BC, the antiquities ministry said on Wednesday. The city and cemetery -- likely home to senior functionaries and grave builders -- was discovered about 400 metres (1300 feet) from the Temple of Seti I in the ancient city of Abydos in southern Egypt, said antiquities minister Mahmoud Afifi. It is believed to date back to 5316 BC. Excavators found huts, pottery and stone instruments, Afifi said...
(AFP (eng) 11/23/16)
At a club in downtown Cairo, Ahmed Saleh pumps electronic beats from his laptop as Abdullah Miniawy chants to a cheering crowd, the duo part of a wave of new talent on Egypt's underground music scene. Emerging artists are creating an eclectic selection of hip-hop, dubstep, electronic and rock music, with some influenced by traditional Egyptian sounds. The movement began in the mid-2000s as musicians bypassed record labels to reach their listeners directly via the web. It was boosted by...

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