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Ma’di a erwa ni Ma’di. (Ma`di, Sudan / Uganda) The cure of the Ma’di is Ma’di. (English) Often when we have problems, we must first seek solutions to them within before we see outside help (Meaning) Traditional or culturally, when there is a problem amongst the Ma`di group of Sudan and Uganda, they first try to settle it internally before they seek outside help. If there is a crime or marital problem in the village, the affected village tries…

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Burundi: Anarchy and Regional Instability?

Since President Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi was sworn in for his controversial third term, which many consider unconstitutional, the country has not been the same. Many Burundians have been demonstrating on the street to voice out their opposition to the third term project. On the other hands, the government is responding with a high degree of repression. In a typical carrot and stick approach, President Pierre Nkurunziza had first warned the demonstrators – whom he linked to the enemies…

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Africa: Is Polygamy Universally Harmful?

The result of a recent research has indicated that polygamy might not be as totally terrible as one might think, after all. Polygamy? Yes, exactly! The practice of having more than one wife. In African and far beyond, polygamy is the order of the day. According to the statistics released by the Tanzanian government, for example, one in every four married women in the rural areas of the country has at least one co-wife. Many rights groups, including the…

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Zimbabwe: A Choice Between President Mugabe And Civil War?

Looking at the political reality of Zimbabwe, the wisest thing Zimbabweans must do to avoid a fierce civil war in their country is to pray that President Robert Mugabe wakes up every morning. It might sound mental to say, but what happens when even the fiercest critics and archetypal enemies of Uncle Mugabe think same? For those who complain that President Mugabe has overstayed in power or some of us who want him to leave the political arena or…

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The International Criminal Court: The Myth and Reality

Recently, we wrote some articles, which directly or indirectly touch the ICC and its activities. As usual, readers were invited to share their opinions over the articles. Interestingly, the reactions of the readers do not only reveal their interest in the work of the ICC and the African political climate in general, their opinions equally affirm the shocking reality on the ground – general ignorance or misconceptions about the ICC`s modus operandi and legal limitations. Our most recent article…

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South Africa Wants More Time From ICC On President Al-Bashir Saga

The South African government has appealed to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for more time to enable the country respond to the court`s request regarding the visit of Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir to South Africa. Citing limited time as the reason for the extension request, the government of South Africa insisted that it needs more time to clarify the legalities regarding granting immunity from arrest of leaders of countries which are not signatory to the Rome Convention. During his…

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Worrisome Crime Increase in South Africa

Undoubtedly, South Africa is one of the most beautiful countries in Africa with its terrific panoramic landscapes, seductive beaches and architectural masterpiece. It is a nostalgic destination for many Western (and even African) tourists. However, despite the beauty and captivating qualities of South Africa, violent crime has become one of the country`s challenges and indeed nightmares. Since its first universal elections in 1994, which brought in the ANC government into power, South Africa has been struggling to curtail the…

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Reasons Behind General Diendere’s Coup in Burkina Faso

The recent coup in Burkina Faso, led by General Gilbert Diendere and the Regiment of Presidential Security (RSP) is clearly a big blow to the fragile attempt by the country to return to the democratic road. Definitely, no one with a good knowledge of the Burkina Faso politics, would doubt where the loyalty of General Gilbert Diendere lies. As a long-time aide to the deposed President Blaise Compaore, and the commander of the Regiment of Presidential Security (RSP) during…

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World Suicide Prevention Day: Nza Wants to Commit Suicide

As the United Nations Organization celebrates the World Suicide Prevention day on 10th September, efforts are being made to create awareness of the danger of suicide, the third leading cause of death among people of the productive age of 14 to 44 years. With more than 800,000 suicide deaths globally, WHO encourages people to offer support to combat suicide. Amongst others, showing care and concern to suicide-vulnerable individuals and taking their problems seriously could do much to prevent losing…

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Kata Kata Cartoon Magazine in a partnership With Piksy

Kata Kata African Cartoon Magazine and Piksy, the hugely talented most popular artist in Malawi have today announced a historic collaboration, whereby Piksy (born Evance Zangazanga) will work as Kata Kata “˜s AMBASSADOR in Africa. As one of the most promising artists in Africa, who has worked tirelessly towards addressing social problems in the continent, the mutual collaboration with Kata Kata, the authentic African Magazine with both online and printed versions, cannot come at a better time. Using cartoon…

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Cost-metics And Identity Crisis Amongst African Women

More often than not, the colour of one`s skin plays a significant role in the assessment of their beauty in Africa. The issue of skin colour is, to some in Africa, synonymous with one`s identity. Lighter skin colour is often associated with beauty and glamour as well as accorded much respect in many African cultures. Suffice is to say, therefore, that many Africans, especially women, are leaving no stone unturned – including spending a fortune on toning creams, despite…

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Nigeria: to Probe or Not to Probe Past Administrations

Accountability is, from governance and ethics perspective, answerability or liability. It is an integral part of democracy and the rule of law. In leadership roles, accountability is the acknowledgement and assumption of responsibility for actions, decisions or policies. Accountability is therefore, sine quo non for good governance. With this in mind, it must be seen as a natural welcome step when accountability is demanded from the government or individuals. The decision, therefore, of the newly elected president of Nigeria,…

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