Kevin Hart buys amateur Nigerian artwork
American comedian Kevin Hart has bought a hyperrealistic portrait of himself by an unknown Nigerian artist.
Eli Waduba Yusuf, the artist based in Nigeria’s north central Kaduna State, tweeted photos of the work and asked for retweets until Hart was made aware.
His plan was successful and Hart contacted Yusuf to buy the painting and even commission three more.
“I also want to support you and your amazing talent by giving you a fee to do a pencil drawing of three of my celebrity friends that I can gift it to. DM your info and let’s get to work!” he said.
Gabon’s clone president Ali Bongo, Gabon’s President, is facing an unusual public relations battle by struggling to convince his population that he is actually alive and has not been replaced by a clone.
Since falling ill with a stroke in 2018, he has only returned to Gabon twice – spending most of his time in Morocco receiving medical treatment.
Rumours have been building since then that the President recruited a lookalike to replace him, leading the Offi ce of the President to issue numerous statements denying his death.
“The President of the Republic was here in the flesh, a number of people saw him. He went around the city,” said Ike Ngouoni, the Presidential spokesman.
“Some of them were able to approach him, observe him, see him. It is totally a hoax. I admire the level of creativity, especially on the internet, and their persistence in these rumours.”
Earlier in the year the Gabonese capital of Libreville witnessed a failed coup attempt in which rogue members of the army announced they had ousted the President.
Africa itself is home to many ageing and ailing presidents, with Muhammadu Buhari fighting off similar Nigerian claims that he has not been replaced by a doppelganger.