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Africa’s new democratic road as Sudanese government thwarts alleged Bashir regime supporters’ coup attempt.

On Tuesday, Sudanese officials have thwarted a military coup d’etat attempt by alleged supporters of former Sudan’s president Omar Bashir.  According to three senior government and military sources. A senior government source revealed that about 40 officers close to the former president had been arrested while attempting to control the military general command and the state broadcaster’s television buildings. The government of Sudan has deployed a heavy military presence across the capital Khartoum to deter any form of insecurity…

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Okonjo-Iweala wants debt relief for low-income countries to boost trade

The newly appointed director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has recommended a multilateral debt relief for low-income countries, arguing that such a step will promote investment and trade world-wide. She made her appeal on Monday, 29 March, during a meeting with heads of state and government, which focused on International Debt Architecture and Liquidity. Supporting her recommendation, Dr Okonjo-Iweala, former Nigeria’s finance minister, narrated her country’s economy boomed between 2004 and 2005 when it enjoyed debt…

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Technology: Severe Restrictions loom for WhatsApp Users as May 15 Deadline Nears

Users of the instant messaging service WhatsApp may have reasons to worry as the May 15, 2021, deadline, a day the company set to roll out the new terms and privacy policies, approaches. Since the beginning of the year, the Facebook-owned company has been rallying the app users to accept the newly updated terms and conditions before the specified period to avoid any inconvenience. Initially, the new privacy policies supposed to come into force on February 8; the effective…

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COVID-19 Lockdown: Exposure of Inequality, Hypocrisy and Double Standard

It is more than one year since the novel corona conquered the entire wishy-washy world dauntlessly with its lethal, vicious virus. The deadly disease first erupted in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019 before spreading rapidly to other parts of the globe. According to the data published by Johns Hopkins University, more than 111 million people have contracted the virus, 86.4 million infected people were lucky to have survived the virus, and 2.4 million others have succumbed…

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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala named first female, African boss of WTO

Former Nigeria’s Finance Minister Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has been named as the new Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Donald Trump administration had vigorously tried to block the appointment of Dr Okonjo-Iweala, despite that most other WTO members favoured her to South Korean Yoo Myung-hee’s Yoo, whom Washington supported. Since the WTO decisions are made based on a consensus of its members, that opposition from the Trump administration effectively halted the selection process of Iweala as the WTO…

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Malawi’s president Chakwera fires head of Covid task force

The president of Malawi  Lazarus Chakwera has sacked the co-chair of a task force responsible for his country’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic, for allegedly misappropriating $7.7m. The President fired John Phuka, the co-chair of the task force, and James Chiusiwa, the head of disaster management “for showing a lack of toughness in demanding accountability,” according to the report. None of the affected persons has responded to the dismissal. President Chakwera also suspended 12 other members of the team…

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Human trafficking in Africa: the Multi-Billion Dollar Business Venture

“Maybe slavery has been with us for centuries because of the inclination to maintain economic systems geared more toward commodifying human existence than developing its spiritual, creative, or scientific potentials. Such commodification instantly erases any recognition of humanity as a priceless value unto itself and reduces individuals as well as entire races, or a specific gender, to a bargain-priced ‘other.” ― Aberjhani, Dreams of the Immortal City Savannah The United Nations Trafficking Protocol 2003 defines human trafficking as the recruitment, transportation,…

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World Sports: The untouchables and double standards

The rate of corruption in sports has become a matter of concern to the general public, especially the fans. Of late, graft allegations, embezzlements and other corrupt practices have rocked the International Federation of Association Football, better known in French as the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). The FIFA, the highest governing body of football controls football, beach soccer, efootball and futsal. Sadly, this sports body is not the lone swimmer in the ocean of corruption; the International Association of…

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Africa and the Coronavirus pandemic: A blessing in disguise for some

For several months governments across the globe have been working tirelessly to contain the Coronavirus pandemic, a crisis which has brought the entire world to a standstill.  To reduce the risk of transmission, countries have been urging their citizens to embrace the directives issued by the World Health Organization (WHO). Some of the measures in place are, wearing of masks in public places, keeping social distancing, regular washing of the hands and sanitizing of the hands using alcohol-based hand…

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Africa: Risky insurance coverage against prosecution

Looking at the African society and its social-political gridlock, some have classified the continent as arguably very unique and interesting. Yes, unique and interesting, in the sense that either most African leaders are too nimble-witted that they can easily indoctrinate, brainwash or proselytize an average African or the leaders’ voracious greed effectively blocks their thinking faculty. Whatever the case may be, the one undeniable fact is that the last item that seems to occupy the priority list of most…

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Frustrated Zimbabweans fleeing fragile economy

Thousands of Zimbabweans have been reported leaving the country to escape the crisis-ridden economy that is stinging the South African country, according to reports from Anadolu Agency, an international news agency headquartered in Turkey. Until now, more than 460,000 people have fled the country to look for greener pastures with their destinations being South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Mozambique. Deteriorating Zimbabwe’s economy is characterized by one of the worst annual inflations in the world. In a report released…

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Proverb of the week: That which eats at you is within you

Proverb: That which eats at you is within you. Swahili: Kikulacho Ki Nguoni Mwako Meaning: Often, our actions are borne out of our mistakes and flaws in our characters. Therefore, we should not always point an accusing finger at others. We should take the blame for the results of the actions we have taken. Take a look at the mess Africa is in. Start with South Sudan. Go to the Central African Republic. Follow me to the Democratic Republic of…

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