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Africa and the Misplaced Priorities

Time and opportunities wait for no one. Life is full of risks and opportunities; you need to take the right steps and make the best decisions in order to achieve something tangible in life. Opportunities are, in fact, chances that not only come to us in life but are equally created for ourselves, following many years of hard work and sacrifices. Unfortunately, if you do not grab the chances or make the right choices and decisions in life, you…

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Statement to the UN Security Council on the Situation in Darfur.

Mr. President, 1. Thank you for your invitation. Allow me to begin by congratulating you on assuming the Council’s Presidency and wish you every success in steering the important work of this august body throughout the month of June. Mr. President, Your Excellencies, 2. It is over thirteen years since the Council referred the situation in Darfur to the International Criminal Court and directed me to report to it every six months on actions taken and progress made pursuant…

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Dictatorship: The Issue Of Financial Returns

Some critics have argued that Africa has been the birthplace of dictators. From “Field Marshal” Idi Amin of Uganda, “Emperor” Jean-Bedel Bokassa of Central African Republic, General Sani Abacha of Nigeria, Mobutu Sese Seko (DRC) to  Hissene Habre (Chad), the long list is endless. These and more African heartless dictators have – even though they may have been dead – milked, plundered, wretched their countries, and caused immense hardship to their subjects. The dictators systematically turned their various countries…

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Making a Breakthrough from Failures

It is an open secret that Africa is facing colossal challenges in different aspects of life. Some of these gargantuan problems are caused by massive corruption, which leads to other precarious menaces like poor education and healthcare, as well as social problems. To some individuals, these social challenges are part of the rat race, as such, one must learn to adapt and live with them; others, however, see the failures as a call for an urgent need to learn…

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ICC judges in Ongwen case visit northern Uganda

From 3 to 9 June 2018, the judges of Trial Chamber IX of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Judge Bertram Schmitt, Presiding Judge, Judge Péter Kovács, and Judge Raul C. Pangalangan, visited the Republic of Uganda. The Chamber, which is trying the case of The Prosecutor v. Dominic Ongwen, visited the charged attack sites in the case. The Chamber visited Pajule, Odek, Lukodi, and Abok. At the time of the alleged attacks, IDP camps were located at each of…

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Never Let Corruption Kill The Beautiful Game

  Corruption in sport is as old as sport itself. From the FIFA-Blatter scandal in Russia-doping, corruption in sport has many forms, faces, and dimension. It might take in the form of match-fixing by players, referees, and criminals. Or blood and urine lab officials demanding monster pay from athletes to influence results, club owners and administrators insisting on kickbacks for players’ transfers, government officials rigging bids for construction contracts. Money laundering in the form of purchase of clubs, players…

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When The Lie Detector Takes Over From The Police and Prosecutor

We hardly can discuss problems facing Africa without first talking about endemic and tenacious corruption. Sadly, the level of corruption in Africa has become so mountainous and yet common, that sometimes, many Africans hardly lose a night’s sleep over the cankerworm, which has effectively destroyed the continent and created increasingly a precarious future for young Africans. But accepting the infectious corruption as a way of life in Africa is hardly the best way to kill the giant monster sucking…

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Vote for  Mr Africa!

Often we hear that African leaders are corrupt, incompetent, selfish, visionless…. (continue counting till the day breaks…). While we question why those clueless Africans are elected or accepted by the masses, more questions come to mind. Could it be that the African masses share some blames for the incompetence and bad leadership of their leaders? Or can one argue that some Africans perhaps exhibit some characteristics of their leaders? The same leaders they criticise? Same genes? Hum! Isn’t time…

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The Brevity of Life and Opportunities

When we fully understand the brevity of life, its fleeting joys and unavoidable pains; when we accept the facts that all men and women are approaching an inevitable doom: the consciousness of it should make us more kindly and considerate of each other. This feeling should make men and women use their best efforts to help their fellow travellers on the road, to make the path brighter and easier as we journey on. It should bring a closer kinship,…

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Breastfeeding: A Source of Life or Embarrassment?

Breastfeeding is not only the best way to provide infants with the nutrients they need, it leads to sustainable growth in the society. World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that every woman starts breastfeeding within one hour after birth until her baby is 6 months old. In fact, if possible, breastfeeding should continue for up to 2 years or beyond together with nutritious complementary foods, according to the WHO advice. In view of the importance of breastfeeding, some women are…

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Are Human Beings Partly the Architects of Their Miserable Conditions?

Life is, basically, an apotheosis of metamorphosis. Every day, we are faced with different challenges, conditions, options, and indeed, opportunities – positive or negative. Interestingly, to some people, it is the unpredictability of life and opportunities that come with it that encourage and create the urge, goal and the desire to achieve much. Definitely, the fluctuation in life can trigger ambitions, as well as, the motivational drive to change one’s social situation. However, to others, it is just the opposite….

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Human Trafficking and New Wave Of African Prostitution in Europe

The new wave of migration to Europe has produced many serious social challenges, amongst them, human trafficking, prostitution, drug violence, modern day slavery. Trying to escape the intimidating political challenges in their various countries, coupled with the quest to survive the crushing economic situation in their countries, many Africans are stubbornly heading to the West at all odds. Despite all the dangers and hurdles facing them before they reach their final destination – for those who are lucky to…

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