Nubians gather more than 50 years after being displaced by the Aswan High Dam. /Courtesy of
Nubians gather more than 50 years after being displaced by the Aswan High Dam. /Courtesy of

Nubian Egyptians, descendants of the ancient African civilization of Kush known for their mighty “Black Pharaohs” and pyramids, recently launched a forceful protest against President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and his government.

The protest last weekend openly demanded Egypt’s president to return Nubian Egyptian historic homelands, forcibly taken away from them more than 50 years ago by the Aswan High Dam.

The nearly 200 demonstrators were from various villages seeking to reach Toshka, a region within the historic Nubian territory currently tied to a government agricultural development project.

Mohamed Azmy, head of the Nubian Union in Aswan, reiterated his right to protest.

“The state has reduced Nubian land by 110,000 feddan (acres) to sell it in the 1.5 million feddan national project,” Azmy said, reported. “This land was originally ours and this is our constitutional right and the state can’t sell us our land.”

A display of the latest South African version of the world-famous Monopoly board game /D. Taylor for VOA

South Africa Gets Revamped Version of Monopoly Game

Watch out — landing on South Africa’s Robben Island where former President Nelson Mandela was imprisoned could now cost a fortune.

From Durban’s Golden Mile to the Botanical Gardens in Cape Town, American toy company Hasbro has made sure to include all these sites and more in Mzansi, its new version of the classic board game Monopoly.

Mzansi, which means “monopoly” in South Africa, is the first version of the game to fully represent modern-day, democratic South Africa.

In South Africa, older versions of the game reflected a racially-segregated country, including apartheid-era streets and landmarks.

But now, families and children alike may amicably sit down, roll the dice and move along the board to buy various properties, building wealth while trying not to go bankrupt.

High couture jewelry inspired by African tradition /Courtesy of Maria Karas Vanity Fair

Student Launches High-End Jewelry Line

Creatively breaking barriers, 21-year-old Jameel Mohammad has launched a successful couture African jewelry line.

Based on cultures and beauties of the African Diaspora, Mohammad, a University of Pennsylvania student, looks to break embedded associations of high class and couture art with European or “white” with Khiry, his high-fashion Afrocentric luxury jewelry line.

The line will carry such items as sterling silver cuffs coated in leather and sloping earrings and bracelet chokers that mimic the curved horns of cattle herded by the Dinka tribe in Sudan.

Though the brand was only established this year, Mohammad has already found a fan in HBO star Issa Rae and looks to generate more A-list fans once his line debuts on Moda Operandi, an online luxury fashion retailer.

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