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Africa And Birth Control: From Boom To Doom

Lack of Family planning is one of the biggest challenges facing Africa today. It leads to socio-economic doom. So are the health problems associated with lack of family planning enormous. Ironically, Africans are so much emotionally attached to children, but sadly, the worst thing you can do to a child is to bring them into the world without taking good and proper care of them. Every child deserves the unconditional love of the parents and that includes being able…

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Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) As a Vote Enticer In Sierra Leone

As Sierra Leone prepares for the forthcoming general elections, scheduled in March, female genital mutilation (FGM) has become, ironically, an enticing piece of meat to grab votes from the poor electorate. While many countries in the world and aid agencies are busy discouraging girls from undergoing female genital mutilation, which has been proved medically to have many dangerous health repercussions, some politicians in Sierra Leone – especially candidates in the upcoming elections – are in fact, buying voters’ votes…

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Zimbabwe: Morgan Tsvangirai’s critical Health Condition and The Future of Opposition

Reports from South Africa have intimated that Zimbabwe’s main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai is critically ill. The 65-year-old former prime minister, who is suffering from colon cancer is being treated in a South African hospital. Morgan Tsvangirai was rushed to South Africa for treatment in June last year, but he returned to Zimbabwe after receiving treatments. However, latest reports say that he is suffering from weight loss, muscle thinning and exhaustion. Sadly, the health of Mr. Tsvangirai, the once…

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African Social Problems and the Religion Business

When Karl Marx, the German philosopher, and respected economist described religion as “the opium of the masses” in his book  A Contribution to the Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right, published  in 1843, he meant that religion had certain practical functions in society similar to the function of opium administered to a sick or injured person. The opium helps to minimize the immediate pain and suffering of the patient and provides them with pleasant illusions. At the same time,…

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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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The Smartest Way to Avoid the “S…hole” Derogation.

While President Donald Trump’s infamous “S… hole countries” stigmatization is still causing a political tsunami in the USA and beyond, opinions are divided on who to blame for the derogation. Surprisingly, most of the African victims of the derogatory remarks are not terribly mad at the Mr. Trump. Our latest opinion poll shows that many Africans believe that there are some elements of truth in Donald trump’s dehumanizing classification; although such bluntness may be undiplomatic and undesirable for a president, talk…

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The “S…hole Countries” Stigmatization and the Multiplicity of Semantics.

Even though some Africans have taken President Trump’s “S…hole Countries” stigmatization in good faith and rather challenged their African leaders to prove Mr. Trump or white extremists wrong through good governance, others, especially Americans, have in fact argued that President Donald Trump and those who voted for him are indeed the real “S…holes.” Really? Hum! Can you see how meaning and identity operate? Meaning can be multiple and it can only be derived contextually. That brings one back to…

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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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Are AIDS And Ebola Epidemics Medical Genocides?

Some have called AIDS the most devastating epidemic in the history of the mankind while others have named Ebola virus one of the most deadly viruses ever. Since the discovery of the ruthless AIDS, as many as 35 million people have died of HIV virus, which causes aids, and more than 70 million people have been infected globally with the virus. In 2016 alone, an estimated 1.8 million individuals worldwide were newly infected with HIV; it is believed meanwhile,…

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Zimbabwe: New Wine in an Old Bottle and Old Wine in a New Bottle

The political metamorphosis in Zimbabwe took place unexpectedly. No single bullet was fired. No loss of life. Zimbabweans who had got used to, and for that matter, lived to accept the 37 years of the former President Robert Mugabe’s near-absolute rule,  woke up to a new political reality. Robert Mugabe had been shown the political backdoor. On the other hand, his former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was forced into an exile in South Africa emerged as the new President…

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Angola’s New President Shakes the dos Santos’ Dynasty

If the recent political moves by Angola’s new President, João Lourenço are anything to go by, they clearly show that the new President is, in fact, not a puppet as many had believed. Single-handedly hand-picked by the former President Eduardo dos Santos, after 38 years in near absolute power, however, just five months after taking over the mantle of leadership from former President dos Santos, the actions of President João Lourenço have caused fear amongst the once untouchable Angolans,…

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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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