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Gender Earthquake in Namibia: Can Other African Countries Borrow a Leaf?

Call it a gender revolution; or if you wish, a gender earthquake. Regardless, one cannot deny the fact that Namibia has recently been going through socio-political metamorphosis aimed at bridging the gender gap in the country. Recently, the ruling party in Namibia, SWAPO has re-affirmed its commitment to addressing the gender imbalance in the society, by recommending the kind of gender revolution hardly seen anywhere in the world. To prove its seriousness and commitment to gender equality in Namibia,…

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From Female Circumcision to Circumvention and Dehumanization

 Even though one might rightly argue that the rights of women are far more protected in our present 21st century than they were some centuries ago, it becomes a matter of utmost concern and dehumanization to learn that female circumcision, a cruel cultural practice of the past years, against women, is sadly still predominant in the cultures of our present societies. Female circumcision, otherwise known as female genital mutilation (FGM), is still a common practice in many African countries….

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Zimbabwe: Tsvangirai and Biti Battle for the MDC Leadership

Zimbabwe’s opposition Movement for Democratic Change is in the throes of a fierce struggle over the leadership, with battle lines spreading and deepening. Earlier this year, the age-old rivalry between Morgan Tsvangirai, the leader of Zimbabwe’s opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), and Tendai Biti, the party’s secretary-general, bubbled to the surface in dramatic fashion. The MDC’s two leading figures had long held together an alliance at the heart of the party, but this arrangement shattered spectacularly two months…

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Nigeria Withdraws Money Laundering Charges Against Mohammed Abacha

The Attorney- General and Minister of Justice of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Mohammed Bello Adoke, SAN, yesterday, withdrew the money laundering charge preferred against the eldest son of the late military dictator, Mohammed Abacha. Mohammed was accused of concealing the sum of N446.3 billion (2.7 billion US$)  allegedly stolen from the national treasury between 1995 and 1998. He was said to have received the stolen money from his late father, General Sani Abacha, and hid same. On two…

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$19.5m fraud: at last, UK court convicts Ketan Somaia

  The man at the centre of the Goldenberg scandal in Kenya during the 1990s has been found guilty of fraud at a trial at the Old Bailey in London. Ketan Somaia, who is now based in London, presided over the collapse of the Delphis bank and is best known for his involvement in the Goldenberg affair, a corruption scandal that helped wreck Kenya’s economy and implicated former President Daniel arap Moi. He was found guilty of a multi-million…

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Who owns Swaziland – King Mswati or Swazis?

Imagine a country where almost 70 percent of the 1.3 million population lives miserably on less than $1 a day. In this country, 40 percent of the population is unemployed. Worse still, the average life expectancy in this country is the lowest in the world at 33 years! Terrible, as it might sound, but it is even horrendous to imagine that this very country is being ruled by one of the richest kings in Africa. Welcome to Swaziland. Say…

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Women as Victims of Rape, Sexual Violence in the DRC

Rape and other forms of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are not limited to the war zones in the eastern parts of the country – women detained miles away from conflict are suffering in similar ways to those in the east. This sad truth is demonstrated in the new report on the use of rape as torture published today by Freedom from Torture, which features the voices of torture survivors organized in the OUT! Network….

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Reckless Use of Academic Titles In Africa

“Hello, you are speaking with professor, doctor, architect, engineer, psychologist,   barrister Dan Fodio. Who is on the line?“  “I am emeritus professor, doctor, pharmacist, senior pastor, apostle, solicitor, sir, judge, chief justice, engineer, Agric officer, vet doctor“¦“¦ Hello, Are you still there“¦“¦?” Welcome to Africa. Tell me your titles, I show you the degree of respect accorded to you. Recently, the indiscriminate use of academic titles by unqualified people has reached alarmingly an apex height. The situation is…

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Chibok Gate: President Jonathan’s Political Resurrection

  Have you ever heard of the expression a blessing in disguise? Are you amongst the doubting Thomases who wanted to crucify Kata kata for predicting that the Chibok Gate could be President Jonathan`s political ascension from a near political oblivion?  Yes, political ascension ““ or resurrection ““ if you are too Unreligious to know what “Ascension Day“ is. Eeee! You still look at me doubtfully? Ok, read our exclusive interview with President Jonathan. However, before you read the…

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“BRING BACK OUR GIRLS” CAMPAIGN IN AMSTERDAM

Many Nigerians and other activists took part in the “Bring Back Our Girls“ campaign, which took place yesterday in front of the municipal council center at Waterlooplein in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The campagin was an attempt by Nigerians in the country to show their support and create awareness for the plight of 230 innocent girls abducted from Chibok Secondary, in the North East of Nigeria, by Boko Haram, a terrorist group active in that area of the country. The militant…

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New Era Of Racism In The USA

If you have never heard of a man called Cliven Bundy, you don`t have to worry for he is one of those none entities you are better off not knowing. He was not even known anywhere outside his small village in the state of Nevada, that is, until recently when he singlehandedly challenged the might of the U.S. federal government   –   and won, even if it is a pyrrhic victory! Bundy`s story is that he has been…

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Nigerian Actress & Human Rights Activist Stella Damasus Challenges Nigerian Government

Nigerian actress cum human rights activists, Stella Damasus has strongly challenged the Nigerian government on the abducted school girls.  Is she right or wrong by insisting that the Nigerian government is not doing enough to free the abducted school girls? Please click on the link and share your views: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14aIPhZUytA    

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