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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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King of Lesotho visits International Criminal Court

Left to right: ICC Registrar Peter Lewis, ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, His Majesty Letsie III King of Lesotho, ICC President Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji, ICC Deputy Prosecutor James Stewart, ICC First Vice President Judge Robert Fremr, and ICC Second Vice President Judge Marc Perrin de Brichambaut ©ICC-CPI On 17 June 2019, His Majesty Letsie III, King of Lesotho, visited the International Criminal Court (ICC) to meet with high-level officials. The King was decorated with the title of ‘Distinguished Honorary Fellow…

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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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South Africans wait for salvation, as Ramaphosa appoints gender-balanced cabinet

Following the 8 May election victory of the African National Congress party  (ANC), President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced a new gender-balanced cabinet, with half of the members, women. This is the first time in the history that South Africa has a gender-balanced cabinet. In another surprise move, the President appointed a woman from the opposition party for a ministerial post. Patricia de Lille, the opposition politician, former Cape Town Mayor has been appointed the minister of infrastructure development. Ms…

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Proverb of the Week: A small house will hold a hundred friends ((Duruma, Kenya)

Chumba chidide chinaidima kuphenya atu mirongo kumi. (Duruma) Chumba kidogo huweza kuwa na marafiki mia moja. (Swahili) Une seule maison peut avoir cent amis. (French) A small house will hold a hundred friends. (English) Although this proverb of the Duruma, the Mijikenda ethnic groups of the Kenyan coastal region along the Nairobi-Mombasa, might sound a bit confusing and contradictory or even ironic, it is definitely true if you think about it deeply. Traditionally, a typical Duruma homestead is not…

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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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South Africa: Washing the Corruption-soaked clothes with Omo Detergent

That the South African ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC) won the recently concluded national elections in South Africa is not news. Rather, it is the fact that the party’s victory margin has never been so abominably low. It is a historic loss. The meagre performance in the poll can be attributed to three major reasons: chronic corruption within the ANC ruling cadre, skyrocketed unemployment, unabridged inequality. Sadly, these social problems have given birth to other dangerous and…

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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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Proverb of the week: The word of a friend makes you cry; the word of an enemy makes you laugh

This proverb, which might sound ironic and contradictory to many, is typical of the Tuaregs, a nomadic tribe predominantly found in the central and western Sahara and along the middle of Niger, stretching from Tombouctou to Nigeria. This tribe is present in Niger, Mali, Algeria, Burkina Faso and Mauritania. Amongst the Tuaregs, interpersonal and close relationships are very important, hence the importance of this proverb, which teaches the value of friendship and the need to appreciate the advice from…

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Proverb of the Week

The old woman looks after the child to grow its teeth and the young one in turn looks after the old woman when she loses her teeth. (English) Aberewa hwe abofra ma ofifir se nna abofra so hwe aberewa ma nese tutu. (Akan)  Bibi ukuza mtoto akiona meno, yanakua, mtoto pia ushudia bibiye meno yakingooka. (Swahili) La vieille dame veille a l’enfant grandit ses dents, et l’enfant a son tour veille a cette derniere perd les siennes. (French) The…

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Female genital mutilation and gender-based crimes against women in Africa

Often in many African countries, for a great number of women, being born a woman seems sometimes not only like a crime; it can be a great misfortune as well. Even though, being seen as a sex object can itself be a bitter traumatic experience, justifying such a perception with violent treatment of women and in some cases, being killed for not living up to that patriarchal sex-role stereotype and expectations, can indeed be a nightmare no sane woman…

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