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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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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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The mother of my boyfriend has a strong influence on him, should I still go on with the Marriage?

Dear Aunt Silvia, I am a 28-year old lady in a six-year-old relationship with my boyfriend. We are about to get married, but I am sometimes terrified to take that next important step because I have the feeling that the mother of my boyfriend has a strong influence on him. She might have a negative influence on our marriage. I really love my boyfriend and want to spend the rest of my life with him, but that fear persists….

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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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Bullying at School, And how I Overcame it

My experience might not be something new to many kids out there, but I believe sharing my experience could help other kids face their tormentors and probably find a solution to this well-known problem at school. Some years ago, when I was 6 years, I was bullied by a group of children to the extent that I considered stopping going to school. Initially, it started with a boy, who always tried to provoke me. However, I and my siblings’…

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Rice and Beef with Fried Potatoes and Spinach

  Country: West Africa      Ingredients (for 4 people) 500g beef,  600g potatoes, 500g tomatoes, 1kgspinach, 400g rice, 2 onions, 5 tablespoons olive oil, 1 pepper, garlic, water, salt, 2 bouillon.               Preparation Time: 20 minutes       Cooking time: 45 minutes Preparation Method :   1: Cut the beef, wash and cook it for 30 minutes. In between, peel and cut both onions and garlic. Wash and cut the spinach, tomatoes, and…

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My marriage is in danger since I started earning more than my husband

Dear Aunt Sylvia, I am a 51-year old lady married to an educated man with three adorable children. Both my husband and I are working and I would say, we are financially ok. Some years ago, my husband became sick and he was advised by the doctor to work less. That drastically changed our income situation and made me earn more than my husband. Recently, I noticed that he is not the same man he used to be. He…

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CAR: Statement of ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, following Patrice-Edouard Ngaissona’s arrest

On Wednesday, 12 December, I welcomed the arrest of the second suspect resulting from our investigation in the Central African Republic (“CAR”) since August 2012. Mr Patrice-Edouard Ngaissona’s arrest follows Mr Alfred Yekatom’s arrest and surrender to the International Criminal Court (the “Court” or “ICC”) in November of this year.  I welcomed these arrests as important steps towards the fulfillment of my prosecutorial mandate to hold accountable those responsible for the gravest crimes in CAR no matter what side…

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Between Tradition and Gender Rights

While our present social advancement has yielded democratic dividends, amongst them,  freedom, human rights, including gender rights, ironically, the same positive social development has put a strong challenge to the culture. Instead of taking the cultural realities as a binding force, which creates some degree of coherency in the society, literacy has questioned the relevance of certain cultural entities. Yet, some have stubbornly and jealously held and looked up to the culture as an important shining light that can…

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Religion: The Need to Look at the Religion Urgently From Another Perspective

Have you ever asked yourself why you are willing and ready to insult, fight, die or kill others for the sake of religion, while you have no problems to worship or praise criminals who have stolen – and still steal –  your billions of dollars from the government with a  gun or a pen and effectively put your life and indeed that of your children and future generation in a miserable, dangerous, hopeless and precarious position? Why would you…

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Kata Kata’s Exclusive Interview With the ICC Chief Prosecutor Dr. Fatou Bensouda ( Part 3 )

Discusses amongst other issues:The President  Omar al-Bashir of Sudan case, refusal of South Africa to hand over President  Omar al-Bashir,  steps the Security Council must take in cases where the ICC member states fail to abide by its own resolutions, the alleged use of so-called “enhanced investigation tactics” or torture by the USA military in Afghanistan, prosecution of individuals from big and powerful countries like the USA, China, and Russia. Etc  Kata Kata: Some years ago, President  Omar al-Bashir of Sudan, a…

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