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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: A funeral offers the opportunity for reconciliation.

Akavia kakhuanyisivyanga mumasika. (Nyala, Kenya) Mazishi hutoa nafasi ya Upatanisho. (Kiswahili) Le deuil est une occasion de réconciliation. (French) A funeral offers the opportunity for reconciliation. (English) The proverb, which is used amongst the Abanyala group in Kenya, teaches the importance of peace and reconciliation amongst people, which leads to social progress.  Abanyala is one of the dialects of the Luhya (also called Luyia or Abaluyia) ethnic group, which made up about 16% of Kenya’s total population of 38.5…

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Unintended pregnancy in Africa

Unintended pregnancy has become a very serious world problem, which, if not paid any attention to, could turn into a menacing threat to the world population as well as the health of mothers and children. Globally, more than 214 million women who do not want to get pregnant do not use any form of contraceptives such as pills, implants, and condoms, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) recent statistics. Furthermore, more than 21.6 million women have unsafe abortions…

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Humor Factory: “Eeee! Not Even Poverty Save Me From Criminals” – Useni

Useni has always believed that kidnapping, armed robbery hostage-taking, ransom demands, and other social problems are exclusive headaches of the rich; not until Agama convinced him otherwise. “You can’ look for money inside house of a man who no get cent.” Useni once told Agama. The dialogue continues: AGAMA: I am not sure I understand what you mean USENI: You see, sometimes, me, I happy I poor… AGAMA: You are happy you are poor? Has you brain engine gone…

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Africa: Just Do Like others And Remain Where You Are

Aside from corruption, one of the greatest problems facing Africa today is the desire to copy from others, instead of being authentic. Innovation is the mother of creativity. There is nothing terrible about getting ideas from existing concepts and modifying them to fit one’s situation, environment or needs. But copying an existing concept, which is developed to fit a particular environment and using it in a completely different setting only leads to mediocrity because what works for, say, the…

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Africa and Prison Reform: Using jail to save money and avoid loneliness.

The former anti-apartheid icon and one of the most respected leaders in this century, Nelson Mandela, who spent 27 years of his life in the maximum security prison on the Robben Island, South Africa, once said:  “No one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.” How true is this about Africa and how does the statement reflect African…

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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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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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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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Breast Cancer Misdiagnosis

Breast cancer has been a deadly cause of millions of deaths globally. It is estimated that there will be 18.1 million new cases and 9.6 million cancer deaths worldwide in 2018. Breast cancer, which is the major cause of morbidity and mortality among women globally, is believed to be the second most common cancer worldwide after lung cancer. In 2018, there are 2,093,876 cases of Lung cancer against 2,088,849 Breast cancer cases. In the U.S. in 2018, there will…

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Religion: (Mis)Interpretations and Reformations

  Last year (2017) marked exactly 500 ago since the Reformation took place in Germany, which gave birth to the Protestant Church. The Reformation in the church started after German Monk, Martin Luther tried to challenge certain things in the Catholic Church, which he believed were contrary to the doctrine and original message of Christianity. It all began after Luther criticised what he considered the misinterpretation of the Church doctrine and what he perceived as the corruption within the…

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