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Monkey-Faced ‘christ’ Found Fame Online

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So bad it was brilliant: Botched fresco renovator answers.

Spanish town’s prayers for tourism boom was answered when monkey-faced ‘christ’ found fame online, and whole village has reaped the benefits.

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Though she became a laughing stock the world over a year ago for her botched attempt at restoring a fresco in a 16th-century Spanish church, it turns out there is no such thing as bad publicity for Cecilia Giménez.

As a devotee of the Misericordia Sanctuary in Borja, the once sleepy historical town of 5,000 about 300km north-east of Madrid, the amateur painter took pity on a flaking late 19th century fresco portraying Jesus Christ in a biblical scene known as Ecce Homo, or Behold the Man.

But the 81-year-old widow’s version was quickly nicknamed Ecce Mono – Behold the Monkey – when pictures of the fresco before and after her well-meaning but failed brushwork went global in August last year. At the time, local authorities muttered about possible legal action against Ms Giménez, but now, they are likely to be thanking her.

A year on, the Misericordia estimates 57,000 tourists from all over Europe, Latin America, Australia, China and Japan have been to see the fresco and between them dropped some $65080 in the collection box.

That compares with just 6,000 visits a year to the local religious art museum, one of more than 20 historical and cultural monuments in Borja. The donations have been used to employ attendants at the church and to fund the Sancti Spiritus foundation, which runs an old people’s home.

The visitors have also made cash registers sing in restaurants, cafés and cake shops, leading local businesses to see the very marketable brand on their hands. In October, a regional vineyard had launched a special Ecce Homo line of young wine from the recent harvest.

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“After all that has happened, on balance it has been positive. This picture has been visited by many people from every country in the world,” Mayor Francisco Arilla said. “We’ve had a spontaneous advertising campaign which has done us proud in making the town known.”

As for Ms Giménez, although she hasn’t seen a penny of the donations her work has brought about, she is expected to reach a copyright deal later this month. She has also opened an exhibition of her work – including an Ecce Homo commissioned by another local vineyard – and a neighbours’ association has launched an international painting prize which bears her name.

Giménez is close to reaching a copyright deal over her restoration job Giménez is close to reaching a copyright deal over her restoration job

“I haven’t wanted to make money or profit from what has happened,” Ms Giménez said, adding that she wanted 49 per cent of takings at the sanctuary to go towards people suffering from the same degenerative illness as her son.

“I couldn’t understand why everyone was talking about me. I only tried to stop the fresco succumbing to damp, as it so often had,” she added.

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Tinubu finally speaks on Lekki shooting, tells Buhari to find culprits

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Tinubu finally speaks on Lekki shooting, tells Buhari to find culprits

Former Governor of Lagos state and the All Progressives Congress (APC) Chieftain, Bola Ahmed Tinubu has commented on the Lekki toll gate shooting that left many dead and several others injured.

The Lagos politician who was interviewed via telephone by a Channels TV reporter, Olu Philips, shared his shock over the shooting and also revealed that he is ready to complain to the highest authorities.

Contrary to people’s predictions, Tinubu however denied ordering the shooting and also stated that he can only control his security guard. He again reiterated that he will never be part of any group that uses live ammunition against protesters.

Insisting that he has always been an activist, the APC Chieftain expressed sympathy for the victims of the incident and advised the federal government to “fish out whoever gave the order (for the shooting) and put them on trial”.

He then recalled how he was falsely accused of being behind #EndSARS protests. Tinubu who noted that he doesn’t believe that Buhari ordered the shooting, appealed for calm over the incident. He also denied having a stake in the Lekki toll gate or suffering a loss due to the continous blockage of the area by #EndSARS protesters.

He said,

“It is early hours of the morning, there’s no way I can talk to the authorities or wake them up now. I have tried to reach the NSA, I have tried to reach the head of the army.

“You don’t call the president at this hour, but I strongly condemn the act. There are other means of settling or dispersing protest. Why would they use live bullets? There are rubber bullets.

“I am not even sure yet they are Nigerian army, I am not sure how well the uniforms of the army are controlled. But that is not as critical as the bloodshed that has occurred.

“We have lost our sleep, we have lost our peace of mind, (and) we just have to deal with it.”

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Buhari Will Come Up With Solutions In Few Hours -Major General Babagana Monguno

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Buhari Will Come Up With Solutions In Few Hours -Major General Babagana Monguno

It has been reported that the National Security, Major General Babagana Monguno (retd), on Thursday said the President Muhammadu Buhari, would come up with solutions to the ongoing violence erupting in parts of the country ”in the next few hours”.

Babagana Monguno Says Buhari Is Coming Up With Solutions

According to Punch, May Babagana did not disclose the solutions, he said they would communicate to parties concerned.

Mongunu revealed this in an interview with State House correspondents at the end of a meeting of the National Security presided over the President.

The NSA also did not disclose whether the President will announce the solutions through a national broadcast.

He said,

“The President himself, I have just left his office, is also going to deal with these issues in a specific manner apart from what has just taken place in council.

I believe in the next couple of hours, Mr President will come up with certain solutions that will be agreeable to the entire federation.”

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Another Warehouse Loaded With COVID-19 Palliative Allegedly Uncovered In Lagos

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Another Warehouse Loaded With COVID-19 Palliative Allegedly Uncovered In Lagos

Lagos State residents have again uncovered another warehouse where COVID-19 palliatives are been stored.

The palliatives discovered on Thursday (today), October 22, were meant for residents of Festac-Okota but were secretly stored in the warehouse.

According to reports, at least four people have died at the warehouse due to the hundreds of people that gathered to cart away the food items which include rice, beans, yams, and others.

However, the individual or group of persons who stored up the food items believed to have been provisioned by the government to share for the masses to cushion the effect of COVID-19 are yet to be known as at the time this report is given.

The angry youths and some old-aged citizens in the area gain entrance into the warehouse with force and do away with food items of their choices.

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