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Africa and Identity Crisis

The worst injustice you can do to yourself is to allow others to define you. No doubt about it. The Ewe tribe of Benin, Ghana, Togo, Ivory Coast and Nigeria has a proverb, which says: “Until the lion has his or her own storyteller, the hunter will always have the best part of the story” As a child, I was encouraged by my parents to not allow people to speak for me. Unfortunately, I neither understood nor appreciated the main…

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Taxi Buffet

Most times we get hungry and honestly, who wouldn’t want to interrupt their daily chores for food! I guess we all do that, but how do we program ourselves with our meals and venues – especially with strangers around? It was 4 O’clock in the afternoon, I was in a Matatu (public bus), heading home from work after a tedious day. There was this beautiful woman sitting next to me and of course, I could not resist greeting her….

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Quadri, Meshref to Defend Titles in Nairobi

Aruna Quadri of Nigeria and Dina Meshref of Egypt will be defending their titles at this year’s ITTF Africa Top 16 Cup holding in Nairobi, Kenya. Quadri defeated Omar Assar of Egypt 4-2 to win the tournament in 2016 in Khartoum, Sudan, while Meshref also beat Edem Offiong of Nigeria and this year they will be aiming to retain their laurels when the championship serves off on March 1 in Kasarani Gymnasium of Moi International Stadium in Nairobi. The…

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The Assertion Of African Political Relevance After Trump’s “S***hole Countries” Remarks.

Following his inglorious “s***hole countries” remarks, all 54 African ambassadors to the United Nations have on Friday anonymously demanded an unconditional apology from the USA President Donald Trump. A rare, strong and clear message to the USA. In an unusual sign of solidarity never seen before amongst African countries, the African ambassadors insisted that Donald Trump must withdraw his remarks, which many – both Africans and non-Africans – consider racist, xenophobic and incredibly un-Presidential to say the least. During…

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Consequences of Making a Wrong Diagnosis of African Problems

Still on migration problems. While we all must commend African leaders for taking the initiative – after much pressure from the Western countries, although – to bring back home, stranded African migrants from the slave camps in Libya, the worrisome question still remains. Is that initiative the best decision? Perhaps, it might be the best decision for now; but is it really the solution to the current migration crises, which has clearly led to a modern-day slavery? Many people…

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2018: The Year For Good Governance

As an African, look around you. Reflect on your past. Ask yourself two simple but straightforward questions. Are you satisfied with your life? Did your government fulfill even just two of your ten expectations in the year 2017? Regardless of what your answers to those questions are, all Africans must aspire towards one thing: good governance. Good governance does not come on a platter of gold. You must fight for it. Africans must demand nothing less than good governance…

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Slavery and Inhumanity in Libya: The Masking of the Western Hypocrisy

Some call it migration; others prefer the word human trafficking. Yet, the term, slavery has been constantly used of recent – especially amongst the West. Regardless, the miserable situation faced by migrants in Libya, who are determined to cross over to Europe,  is not only inhumane, it is definitely a modern day slavery, to say the least. However, the question is, has the West the moral authority to condemn the slavery in Libya? In their attempt to migrate to…

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Egypt’s Salah beats Moses to BBC African footballer

Egypt and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah has been voted BBC African Footballer of the Year for 2017. The Liverpool star was named following a record number of votes ahead of Nigeria’s Victor Moses, Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Guinean Naby Keita and Sadio Mane of Senegal, according to the BBC. Many Nigerians were hopeful Moses could win after the 2004 edition won by his compatriot Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha. “I am very happy to win this award,” the 25-year-old told BBC Sport. “It’s…

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Women and Sexual Politics

We live in the world where human beings and their lives, identities, and social expectations are carefully and socially defined, articulated and reinforced according to their sexes, using discourse and other social tools and apparatus. Has it ever occurred to you why male and female bodies are judged differently? Why would the two bodies carry different connotations? Why would people frown at a topless woman, while a half-naked man walking next to her with a short only is hardly…

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Morocco, Tunisia complete African teams to World Cup.

Morocco qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia with a 2-0 victory away to Ivory Coast, who missed out on a fourth consecutive appearance at the finals. The Moroccans joined Nigeria, Egypt, Senegal and Tunisia who had qualified earlier on. In Abidjan, goals from defenders Nabil Dirar and Medhi Benatia in Abidjan ensured that Morocco would finish as Group C winners. Morocco needed only a draw in their last group game to finish top of the standings ahead…

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