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AFRICA NOW: Ghana President Accused of Plagiarizing Clinton, Bush Speeches

Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo is under fire for his Jan. 7 inaugural address, in which he is accused of aping speeches from other world leaders.

The passages in question, reportedly plagiarized from speeches by U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, experienced heavy backlash on social and national media outlets, where the former opposition leader was suspected of purposely attempting to draw attention away from his auspicious triumph after twice losing battles for the presidency.

Two parts of Akufo-Addo’s speech virtually mirrored lines from Clinton’s inaugural speech in 1993 and Bush’s inaugural address in 2001:

“I ask you to be citizens, citizens not spectators, citizens not subjects, responsible citizens building your communities and our nation. Though our challenges are fearsome, so are our strengths. Ghanaians have ever been a restless, questing, hopeful people and we must bring to our task today the vision and will of those who came before us.”

Clinton in 1993:

“Though our challenges are fearsome, so are our strengths. And Americans have ever been a restless, questing, hopeful people. We must bring to our task today the vision and will of those who came before us.”

Akufo-Addo later added:

“I ask you to be citizens: citizens, not spectators; citizens, not subjects; responsible citizens building your communities and our nation.”

Compared to Bush’s speech:

“I ask you to be citizens: Citizens, not spectators; citizens, not subjects; responsible citizens building communities of service and a nation of character.”

Fetus Inside Mummy Amazes Scientists

After a comprehensive computerized tomography scan, U.K. scientists were shocked to find a baby fetus inside of a very tiny mummy.

If scientists find that the mummy, which is at least 2,300 years old, did in fact miscarry a child, this will be one of the youngest human mummies recorded anywhere in the world, said Samantha Harris, collections manager at Maidstone Museum in the U.K.

Additional studies have revealed that mummy more than likely died somewhere in her mid-20s. Some scientists have speculated that the fetus may have been a love child of a pharaoh; however, there are no forms of concrete evidence to yet support such a theory.

British Hairstylist Pays Homage to African Roots

In tribute to women empowerment and modern African culture, award-winning hairstylist Lisa Farrall has released shots of her latest collection, Armour.

The collection, which won in three categories at the Black Hair Awards and was a finalist in the famous British Hair Awards of 2016, features intricate hairstyles evoking the shapes, patterns and colors of Africa.

Known for working with celebrities and music artists including Steve Aoki and Busted, Farrall continues to push boundaries and inspire what many are calling a revolution in the hair industry.

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Lauren M. Poteat

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