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Mozambique: Old man escapes death over alleged sorcery

A 70-year-old man in Dombe, central of Mozambique, narrowly escaped death after villagers angrily pounded on him with blows and kicks over allegedly practising of sorcery. The irked Dombe residents destroyed the property of the old man after accusing him of keeping crocodiles and snakes in River Lucite for sorcery. The River Lucite runs through Dombe and the villager claimed the accused’s alleged diabolic activities with the animals cause the animals to become a danger to the community. According…

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Malawi: Muslims and Christians clash over hijab

Two people were severely injured and scores sustained minor wounds in Mangochi area, Southern region of Malawi after two opposing groups sparred on Monday over the alleged refusal by the Anglican Church to allow Muslim girls learning in its primary school in the area to put on a Hijab. Several properties, including schools, a church and a mosque were damaged in retaliatory attacks as the fracas spread to door to door fights. Businesses were brought to a standstill and…

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Homosexuality in Ghana: Speaker condemned cultural imposition by the West

Ghana’s government has said it will, under no circumstance, give in to pressure from the international lobbies, calling for the decriminalization of homosexuality in the West African country. Parliament speaker Prof. Mike Aaron Oquaye on Wednesday asked Ghanaians to evade Western cultures imposed on them, saying legalizing same-sex marriage is “corruption of public morals. Prof. Oquaye was speaking during Speaker’s Prayer Breakfast in Parliament that brought together legislators, National Coalition for Proper Human Rights and Family Values, an advocacy…

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PlatAfrica announces 2019 winners

PlatAfrica on Wednesday night unveiled the 2019 winners in jewellery design and manufacturing competition in South Africa. Winners both professional and student categories were crowned in a beautiful ceremony graced by experts in the platinum industry. The competition held yearly provides a platform to the upcoming and established South African jewellery designers to display their creativity in platinum. It is sponsored by Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) in partnership with Platinum Guild International India and Metal concentrators (South African industry)….

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A cow’s horn does not kill its calf. (Nandi, Kenya)

Mabarei kuinetab teta moitanyi. (Nandi) Pembe ya ng’ombe haiui ndama wake. (Swahili) La corne d’une vache ne tue pas son veau. (French) A cow’s horn does not kill its calf. (English) This proverb from the Nandi community, which is part of the Kalenjin ethnic group in Kenya, emphasizes the importance of discipline, responsibility and punishing of children when they have done something wrong. Such strict measures aim to ensure that children are trained to grow up responsibly, to enable…

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Title: The Dark Well

Chapter 1: Jeremy and Jeremiah love football Jeremy and Jeremiah were playing with their friends Jack and Louis in the grass in the evening. They were using a ball rolled out of banana fibres collected from their banana plantation. They liked to play football every evening with their friends. Jeremy was 6 years old and Jeremiah was 7 years old. Jack and Louise were also 7 years old and went to the same school called Masanafu Primary school. When…

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ICC and Al Hassan case: Charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity confirmed and suspect committed to trial

Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC), unanimously, issued a confidential decision on 30 September 2019, confirming the charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity brought by the Prosecutor against Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud (« Al Hassan ») and committed him to trial before a Trial Chamber. A redacted version of this decision will be published later. Pre-Trial Chamber I, composed of Judge Péter Kovács, Presiding Judge, Judge Marc Perrin de Brichambaut and…

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The ugly face of tribalism in Africa

There is no other continent which is marred with inter and intra-rift like Africa. We pretend to love one another, but the truth is that in reality, we often hate one another to the inner core. We live a life of denial feigning we are a united continent, but most of the time, our actions speak louder than words. An outsider who happens to grace any Independence Day in any of the African countries may feel inspired by the…

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Rwandese urged to use family planning methods

Amid the rise of the number of people in Rwanda, parents, especially those in rural areas, are being implored to use the modern family planning methods to control the rising population. Speaking over the weekend at Ngagatare in Eastern Province of Rwanda, speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Donatile Mukabalisa said it is high time parents embraced family planning programmes to control high birth rate. She urged dads and mums to only sire the number of children they can…

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Masquerading Kenyan gospel artists

Masquerading Kenyan gospel artists Kenya is a country marred with controversies from the top leadership to the grassroots. It is hard to separate Kenyans from polemic. The two are like a person and his shadow, which are inseparable. This article is mainly focusing on the rot in the gospel industry. Gospel songs are no longer noble and upright the way they used to be instead they have become disreputable and shameful. The industry has been hijacked by wolves in…

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Ethiopia: Using ethnic unrest to deter reform and cause anarchy

The latest failed coup attempt in the Amhara region of Ethiopia has raised serious security concerns in the country and equally posed undeniable challenges to the bold reforms of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. More than that, the ethnic unrest poses a serious existential threat to the country. The aborted coup a few days ago, which claimed the lives of Ethiopia’s army chief Gen Seare Mekonnen and Mr Ambachew Mekonnen, the governor of the Amhara region was orchestrated by Brig-Gen…

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African Traditional Wedding Attire

The marriage between a man and a woman is a special celebration of the natural continuity of life in every part of Africa. African weddings are unique and joyful; a huge family affair, and an undertaking everyone participates in. It also brings families together as well as enables people to reconnect with friends. Having said that, African wedding attires are magnificent outfits that make a wedding ceremony standout. The outfits are made of fabrics that are usually unique to…

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