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Ivory Coast: The Right Time To Do the Right Thing

Personally, the thought of the West African country Ivory Coast invokes conflicting images of nostalgia, quintessence, lawlessness, precariousness and uncertainty. There was once a country. Peaceful, self-reliant and economic giant a nation its citizens dreamt about. Not anymore. Greed, power drunkenness, nepotism, disregard for the rule of law, insensitive to the citizens’ plights have turned the once restful Ivory Coast into a land of instability, chaos and political uncertainty and systematically rekindled the social cognition of an average Ivorian…

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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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Kata Kata Village Celebrates International Women’s Day In A Special Way.

As we join the rest of the world in celebrating International Women’s Day today, we must accept that women are an indispensable part of social development. Their contribution is enormous. Empowering women means recognising and tapping their potentials for the socio-economic transformation of society. Join the Kata Kata Village to achieve this target. Read the free cartoon story:https://katakata.org/2018-edition-vol-5-issue-17-digital/

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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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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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Travel & Destination: African Countries Often Overlooked by Tourists

Africa is the second-largest continent in the world after Asia, and it is one of the most diverse places, thanks to its cultures and expansive geographic. The continent boasts a warm tropical climate, friendly people and exotic wildlife. It is also one of the most multilingual continents on the planet, with over 2,000 languages. Arabic is the most spoken language, mostly in Muslim African countries. For instance, Nigeria and Cameroon alone have more than 500 and 200 languages respectively….

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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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Bride Price in Africa: He Who Pays The Piper Calls The Tune

Dowry, a payment made by the family of the groom in the form of money, presents, or a mixture of both, to their future in-laws at the start of their marriage, to enable the groom to marry the bride, has endured the strong wave of westernization in the Africa continent. The long-standing customary practice is shared across the societies from Egypt to South Africa, down to Ghana and Rwanda. On the other hand, in the Hindu culture, the bride’s…

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Nigeria and SARS: Beat a Child, Forbid it from Crying

It is said in Igbo proverb (South East of Nigeria) that “Ebulu Ozu onye Ozo, odika ebu ukwu Nku.” Translated: “when another person’s corpse is carried, it seems as if it is a bunch of firewood.” The proverb seems to summarise the above reaction of the Nigerian government amid social unrest from Nigerians. They are demanding an end to police brutality and other social ills, amongst them, unemployment, poor education and housing, decayed health system, miserable infrastructures, endemic corruption,…

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Fighting Gender Inequality in Africa: The Botswana Model

Discrimination against women and girls is one of the biggest challenges the world is facing. Just like elsewhere in the world, women and girls in Africa had gone through thick and thin due to gender inequality on the continent. And the menace is hardly far from being eradicated in modern African society. Gender inequality, which is a by-product of the sexist ideology, which maintains that the female is inferior to the male, persists through the enaction and (re)enforcement of…

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Food: Ways of Reducing Food Waste

Imagine a world with less hunger and enough food for everyone. Would you believe that a greater percentage of people worldwide is often very afraid to wake up the next day, not because they don’t want to live, but simply out of fear and uncertainty of putting a plate of food on their tables? Such a dicey situation can be very scary although, but it is indeed more disheartening to know that much of the food that is desperately…

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