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Untold democracy is taking root in Tunisia

The upcoming presidential vote in Tunisia is set to mark a great milestone in the country’s political history since it gained independence. Following the demise of President Beji Caid Essebsi, the North African country will head to the ballot earlier than expected as required by the law. The constitution requires presidential polls to be held within 90 days after the death of the incumbent. Before the death of President Beji Caid Essebsi, Tunisia’s Independent High Authority for Elections boss…

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Africa: When a dog is about to die, it no longer perceives the smell of poop.

There is an adage amongst the Igbo ethnic group of the South East of Nigeria, which says:  Onwu na egbu nwa nkita anaghi ekwe ya nuu isi nsi. Translated: When a dog is about to die, it no longer perceives the smell of shit. Explained further literally, often when caution is disregarded, one is exposed to irrational actions, unguarded statements which could lead to untold danger, destruction or ultimate end. This proverb throws light on one of the causes of human miseries…

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Sports in Africa: Monkey de work baboon de chop

The recent arrest of Aimable Habimana, the vice-president of the Burundian football association, FFB following the missing of players bonus, vividly reminds one of a typical saying in Africa. Have you heard of the African expression  “monkey de work baboon de chop,” which means “while the monkey is working, the baboon is eating?” Well, if the saying is foreign to you, you probably are indeed not conversant with African social, political and economic realities – and the sports domain…

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ICC Chief Prosecutor’s statement at opening of the confirmation of Charges hearing in the case against Al Hassan

ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, with her Prosecution team during opening statement at the Confirmation of Charges hearing of the case against Al Hassan Monsieur le Président, Monsieur le Juge, Madame la Juge, Tombouctou a vécu la longueur du temps et le temps de l’histoire. Pendant quasiment un an, d’avril 2012 à janvier 2013, Tombouctou a enduré l’occupation violente des groupes armés Ansar Dine et Al Qaeda au Maghreb Islamique. Tombouctou, la perle du désert, la ville aux 333 Saints,…

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Opening of the confirmation of charges hearing in Al Hassan case

Mr Al Hassan during the opening of the confirmation of charges hearing at the seat of the Court in The Hague (The Netherlands) on 8 July 2019 ©ICC-CPI Today, 8 July 2019, the confirmation of charges hearing in the case The Prosecutor v. Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud opened before Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC), composed of Judge Péter Kovács, Presiding Judge, Judge Marc Perrin de Brichambaut and Judge Reine Alapini-Gansou. The hearing is…

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African Traditional Wedding Attire

The marriage between a man and a woman is a special celebration of the natural continuity of life in every part of Africa. African weddings are unique and joyful; a huge family affair, and an undertaking everyone participates in. It also brings families together as well as enables people to reconnect with friends. Having said that, African wedding attires are magnificent outfits that make a wedding ceremony standout. The outfits are made of fabrics that are usually unique to…

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Child Marriage: culture, morality and future of society

When a nation turns a child into a bride, it turns its future into a hell. Irrespective of the differences in culture, language, ethnicity, religion and geographical position, child marriage has become a global problem, which is practised in different parts of the world. From Niger, Bangladesh to Iraq, child marriage is a common practice in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and even in Europe. While some might argue that child marriage is an integral part of…

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Child Marriage: Urgent need to act decisively

Just imagine a bit your childhood years. Do you remember those your childhood dreams, hopes, and aspirations? As a young innocent girl, you had the dreams of having a fulfilled life. You aspired to go to school, become well educated, have a wonderful profession; a rewarding job. You strived to build a beautiful, healthy family with someone you loved….. Suddenly – just unceremoniously – your dream is shattered. Your life aspirations are completely disoriented and forcefully altered in an…

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Mikel wants to lead Super Eagles in Egypt

Absentee Super Eagles captain Mikel Obi has confirmed he is available to return to the team for next month’s Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. The former Chelsea star last played for Nigeria at the 2018 World Cup in Russia and was not involved in the qualifying matches for Egypt 2019. “Mikel has met with coach (Gernot) Rohr in England and he has confirmed he will feature at the Nations Cup in Egypt,” said a top team official of…

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Statement to the United Nations Security Council on the Situation in Libya

Mr President, Your Excellencies, 1.         I welcome the opportunity to engage with this Council once again as I present my seventeenth report on the situation in Libya. Before I do so, allow me to congratulate Indonesia on assuming the presidency of this Council for the month of May, and to thank you for chairing this session. 2.         As I address you today, to my great regret, the fighting in Libya continues unabated. Over the past six months, violence has…

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Creating Indigenous Knowledge of Africa for Africans

For Africa and other so-called third world countries to progress, they must tell their own stories based on their indigenous knowledge and experience. Africans must create their own knowledge based on their own realities. You cannot develop people; people must develop themselves based on what they are used to. You cannot import and impose knowledge on a people; the people must develop from their own knowledge and experience, which must fit into the environment, where they live and where…

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Sudan’s mayhem: Teacher, don’t teach me nonsense

Imagine you were a teacher who taught what you did not practice. Envisage you did not lead by example as a teacher. What would you expect your students to learn from you? Have you ever heard of one pointing an accusing finger at someone else while the rest of the accuser’s fingers are ironically pointing at him/her? Human beings can be a bunch of hypocrites and sycophants, who would rather have no qualms trying to remove the log in…

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