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Wide Sargasso Sea: Themes Of Colonialism And Patriarchy Our everyday discourse throws light on the nature of the human relationship and experience, and equally shows how deeply human beings are entangled in the web of the dominant ideologies, amongst them, sexism and racism. How does the past explain our present social relationship and give meaning and legitimacy to the everyday discourse?  As a counter-text to Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, published in 1847, Jean Rhys’ Wide Sargasso Sea  reveals “the…

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2019 SAG Awards: Black Panther wins top prize

Black Panther has once again demonstrated its popularity and confirmed its enviable position in the film industry after it won the top prize at the Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAGs). The Superhero film won the best ensemble cast award in a motion picture, which is almost equivalent to the SAG’s best film prize. The prize for the best action performance by a stunt ensemble equally went to Black Panther. Many in the film industry have always seen Black Panther…

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Patrice-Edouard Ngaïssona makes first appearance before the ICC

On 25 January 2019, Patrice-Edouard Ngaïssona appeared before Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”), at the seat of the ICC in The Hague (The Netherlands). Pre-Trial Chamber II is composed of Judge Antoine Kesia‐Mbe Mindua, Presiding, Judge Tomoko Akane and Judge Rosario Salvatore Aitala. The hearing was held in the presence of the Prosecutor and the Defence. Mr Ngaïssona was represented by his Counsel Mr Eric Plouvier. The Chamber verified the identity of the…

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Burkina Faso: “He who sups with the devil should have a long spoon”

The one thing I love about proverbs is that they challenge one’s thinking faculty and intellectual level, by prompting one to think deeply. Furthermore, in Africa, and I believe, in many other societies, as well, proverbs are used to test one’s degree of maturity, as you are expected, not only to grasp the latent meaning of proverbs, but to, equally, use them to understand your environment, its realities and tackle them wisely. Hence it is not uncommon to hear…

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Patrice-Edouard Ngaïssona transferred to ICC for alleged crimes against humanity and war crimes​

Today, 23 January 2019, Mr Patrice-Edouard Ngaïssona was transferred to the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”) in The Hague, The Netherlands, by the authorities of the French Republic pursuant to an ICC arrest warrant for crimes against humanity and war crimes allegedly committed in the Central African Republic (“CAR”). This transfer followed the completion of necessary national proceedings in France, where he was arrested on 12 December 2018. The ICC Registrar, Mr Peter Lewis, thanked the authorities of…

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Africa: Euphemism or Problem of Semantics?

One of the greatest challenges I face in Africa is the ability to understand clearly the difference between the use of euphemism and identifying a semantics problem. Yes, semantics problem; or if you like, the problem of meaning or definition. For the sake of clarity, I will start by defining both terms. Put is a simpler way, semantics is the study of meaning in language, programming languages, semiotic and formal logics, while euphemism is a soft, mild, indirect, or…

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Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé verdict: Statement of the ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda

In a decision this morning, two of the three Judges of Trial Chamber I of the Court in the case against Messrs Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé, decided to acquit them of crimes against humanity we allege they committed based on the evidence my Office collected through its independent and objective investigations. The Judges have made their decision. The Prosecution has the right to appeal this decision. This situation involved allegations of serious crimes under the Rome Statute…

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ICC acquits Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé from all charges

Today, 15 January 2019, Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”), by majority, Judge Herrera Carbuccia dissenting, acquitted Mr Laurent Gbagbo and Mr Charles Blé Goudé from all charges of crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Côte d’Ivoire in 2010 and 2011. A fully reasoned decision will be issued in writing in due course. The Prosecutor may appeal the decision after the full decision is filed. As a consequence, the Chamber ordered the release of…

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Gbagbo and Blé Goudé case: ICC gives verdict on requests for provisional release and No Case to Answer motions

The Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”) has scheduled a hearing in open court on Tuesday 15 January 2019 at 11:00 (The Hague local time) to deliver its decision on the ‘Requête de la Défense de Laurent Gbagbo afin qu’un jugement d’acquittement portant sur toutes les charges soit prononcé en faveur de Laurent Gbagbo et que sa mise en liberté immédiate soit ordonnée’, on the ‘Blé Goudé Defence No Case to Answer Motion’ as…

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Indiscipline: When Indecisiveness Destroys Your Future

When Indecisiveness on Indiscipline Destroys Your Future Laws are made and meant to be obeyed. The purpose of making laws is to bring some degree of sanity and coherence in our rather incoherent, chaotic environment. But that is not enough, sanity and coherency go beyond the environmental improvement; they equally affect every part of your life – and your future.  You don’t have to crack your brain further thinking how this is the case. I’ll help explain. Without sentiments,…

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Will You Live Up To Your Dreams and Responsibilities In the Year 2019?

2018 has come to an end. It is time to count your gains and losses. Time for a sober reflection. More than anything else, the end of the year means the end of a chapter in your life. While New Year comes with new life, it equally, brings one a step to their ultimate end. It means, logically speaking, that one does not have the luxury of time in this world. That calls for an economy of your time….

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Statement by the ICC Chief Prosecutor on the recent pre-election violence in the DRC

The Congolese people will be going to the polls to partake in the presidential, legislative and provincial elections. As they do, I am concerned by the growing tensions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (“DRC”) and the risk of escalating violence that could lead to the commission of grave crimes under the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (the “ICC” or the “Court”). The DRC is a State Party to the ICC. This Court was created to prosecute…

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