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Angela Merkel resigns as party leader, steps down as German chancellor in 2021

Germany’s Angela Merkel has resigned her position as the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) leader with immediate effect and promised to step down as chancellor in 2021, following recent election setbacks. Her decision seems to herald the beginning of the end of her 13-year political journey and dominance of European politics. Angela Merkel has been the leader of her CDU party since 2000, making her one of the longest-serving CDU party leaders. Her decision to step down as the party…

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 Africa: Leadership and Developmental Priorities

  Experts have argued that Africa has at least 200 billion dollars sustainable development investment potentials. Arguably, developments and poverty eradication in Africa have witnessed some progress in the last 60 years. According to the UNO, poverty has been reduced worldwide from about 40% to fewer than 20% in the last 30 years. While many countries in the world have made significant progress in the areas of health, education, infrastructure, living standard, etc. the majority of African countries with their…

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Africa: Equity and Equality for all?

For a meaningful democracy to flourish anywhere, there must be equity, equality, and fairness. More often than not, the terms equity and equality are used interchangeably, even though they are different but related. While equity, aims at providing individuals with the necessities for a good, healthy and productive life, equality, on the other hand, ensures that equity is achieved under the same conditions for everyone. In that case, you could argue that fairness is the sine qua none to…

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Nigerian Presidential Elections: The Emergence of Atiku and the Reason Behind Obasanjo’s Endorsement

For those who are following the African political chase game diligently, to stay politically relevant and rich, what matters the most are shrewdness, selfishness and the survival of the fittest. The Nigerian political territory is no exception to this unwritten rule. Definitely, permanent enemies matter less than permanent interests in the Nigerian political zone. One could be forgiven to ask whether these social realities did in any way, influence the decision of the former President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria…

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South Africa and Resignation of Finance Minister: A South Africa or a slap on Ramaphosa’s Government?

When South African President Cyril Ramaphosa took over power from the corrupt-ridden former President Jacob Zuma, Mr. Ramaphosa promised a new South Africa and vowed to vigorously stamp out corruption amongst South African leaders. In view of this, the resignation of Nhlanhla Nene as the country’s finance minister amidst his alleged meetings with the infamous Gupta family has generated discussions, as well as different interpretations in the South African political arena. President Ramaphosa accepted Nhlanhla Nene’s resignation and replaced…

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Sierra Leone Cancels plans for China-funded airport

Definitely, since Julius Maada Bio was sworn in as President of Sierra Leone on 12 May 2018, after defeating the Ernest Bai Koroma government, many political metamorphoses have been taking place in the country. It is no more business as usual. The latest decision by the Julius Bio led the government to cancel a $400m (3300m) contract with China to build a new airport, clearly shows that things are no more the same in Sierra Leone. According to the…

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Is the Wind of Change Blowing Towards Angola and Liberia?

When the former Defence Minister of Angola Joao Lourenco became the country’s President last year and vowed to eradicate nepotism and corruption in his country, very few people believed his seriousness. Not that Joao Lourenco is considered a liar. Not necessarily so. The fact is that many Africans have grown used to and indeed tired and fed up of sweet-mouthed African leaders, who promise paradise to their subjects only to give them hell on earth. That is the typical…

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South Sudan doctor wins UN award For Humanitarian Work

The mere mentioning of South Sudan invokes the images of war, pandemonium, refugee crisis, hunger and starvation, and a near-failed State. However, sometimes, hopes can spring out of hopelessness. Happily, this is a typical case, as South Sudanese surgeon Dr. Evan Atar was named as the winner of the Nansen Refugee Award by the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). The award, which is bestowed on an individual who goes beyond the call of duty to help save lives, is a…

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South Africa and Land Redistribution: Justice or Victimisation?

Although the apartheid rule has officially ended in South Africa 24 years ago, following the country’s independence and the release of the former President Nelson Mandela, the global symbol of peace and moral authority from prison, white South Africans, who make up just 9% of the country’s population, still own 72% of the farmland held by individuals, according to the government’s statistics. This economic disequilibrium has given rise to calls for a fair and equitable land redistribution. While many…

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To ban or encourage the second-hand clothes trade?

Worldwide the second-hand clothes trade has generated about $3.67 billion in revenue, according to the 2016 estimate. From this figure, Africa has a 35% total value of the trade, while Europe, Asia and the Americas and others have 27%, 26%, and 12% respectively. The lives of many Africans have been positively changed due to the income from this business; many Africans have either ventured into the business or benefited indirectly from it. More than that, with the quality advantage…

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Leaving The Political Arena Fearlessly And With Integrity Intact

Ideally, the aim of occupying a political position is to use it to bring about meaningful and positive changes in the lives of others, including, but not limited to providing much needed social services to the populace. Sadly, many a leader in Africa and other places, have rather used their political position to not only enrich themselves but cause unimaginable hardship to others. The result is that, in most cases, when these leaders have left the political territory, their…

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The Western Conspiracy, Short-sightedness and the Recent Refugee Crises

“Europe will be invaded by thousands of immigrants from Libya. There will be no one to stop them anymore. The Mediterranean will become a sea of chaos if I am toppled from power.”  This is not a prophecy from God, rather it was a warning from no other person than the former Libyan President Colonel Muammar Gaddafi to the ex-Prime Minister of the UK Tony Blair during a telephone conversation with him on 25 February 2011. While the Western…

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