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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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Ethiopia: Hopes in Hopelessness

The recent dinner reception hosted last night by Ethiopia’s new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed for his country’s opposition leaders and his promise to listen to alternative views of the opposition is not only a welcome development in a country, where a direct meeting between the government and the opposition is rare. It is indeed a gallant step other African leaders must inculcate. For a country deeply polarised and currently in the deep political turbulence since February, which led to…

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Using Everyday “Reality” to Conceal Racism and Bigotry

We live in the world of dichotomy, where unnecessary attention is paid to issues like race, gender, religion and other ideological differences. More often than none, individuals create a “symbolic world,” which explains “realities” of our lives and why things are the way they are. To maintain power or dominance, we use this symbolic world as a presumed superior norm against which presumably inferior groups are tested and found lacking. The subsequent findings, then serve as an excuse for…

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The Need For a Historic Peace.

  Peace is the sine qua non to the interpersonal relationship and human co-existence. It is, indeed, a priceless, undeniable recipe for socio-political and cultural development and prosperity. Both on the personal and interpersonal levels, we hardly can achieve much without peace. On the other hand, conflicts can lead to unnecessary destruction – personally and internationally. However, some have equally argued that it takes conflicts, for example, war, to bring peace. Perhaps, that may be, in some cases, true,…

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South Sudan: The Epitome of Irony

South Sudan, since July 201, the newest independent country in the world, is an epitome of irony; and the leaders of the country are increasingly doing all within their powers to maintain that infamous status quo. Once upon a time, the Southern part of Sudan, habited by a majority Christian population of about 12 million, complained discriminated, marginalized and mistreated by the predominately Muslims (North) Sudan. While centuries of exploitation and slave-raiding by the “Arab” north against the “African”…

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Nigeria beat Uganda 102-86 in World Cup qualifier

Returnee Michael James Efevberha hit 20 points and gave 6 assists while Ike Diogu shot 19 points and grabbed 7 rebounds as Nigeria defeated Uganda 102-86 in FIBA Basketball World Cup qualifying match played in Bamako, Mali on Friday, Extrasportsnigeria.com reports. The Ugandans had started off very well winning the first quarter 17-11 before Nigeria recovered at 36-29 in the next quarter. D’Tigers would go on to win the remaining two quarters at 28-20 and 27-20 as the East…

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