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Cassper Nyovest  Records Official 2018 World Cup Song

South African superstar, Cassper Nyovest inked a major global deal to work with the corporate giant, Coca-Cola to record the official world cup song Colours with American Artist Jason Derulo. The duo was pictured at the Coca-Cola office putting pen to paper the official collaboration; a big plus for South African music and Africa as a continent. Jason Derulo added: “I was honoured to work with Coca-Cola to create an anthem celebrating every team and their fans. ‘Colours’ represents the different…

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South Africa: Embattled Zuma Resigns and Perhaps Writes his Political Obituary

After enormous pressure from many disgruntled South Africans and his ANC party alike, President Jacob Zuma of South Africa bowed to pressure and resigned on Thursday. In a televised statement, the embattled and scandal-ridden President said he was quitting with immediate effect as the President, even though he totally disagreed with his party’s decision to sack him as their leader. The ruling party, The African National Congress (ANC) had taken an unprecedented move and told him to step down…

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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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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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Religion in Africa and That Bunch of Irony

Africa is a continent of irony; religious practices are, indeed not far from this social reality. They are often simply entangled in the web of deceit and sarcasm. While the Western world brought Christianity to Africa, Africans are far more fanatical, zealous  – and ironically, rigid –  about religion than their Western counterparts. In most cases, African religious leaders interpret religious texts in such a shallow way that they do not give one a room for an alternative interpretation….

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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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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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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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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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