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Africa And The Social – Political Hiccups

Africa is a continent blessed with enormous beauty, nature, and incredible opportunities. However, it is equally synonymous with ups and downs. It can be a place, where the word “surprise” means nothing because the everyday life of an average Africa is an epitome of surprises. More than that, Africa has become a continent of skepticism and distrust. The citizens hardly trust their elected leaders who constantly disappointed and lied to them for the personal aggrandizement of the leaders. That…

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Obesity in Africa and The Deadly Consequences

Overweight and obesity, which are abnormal or excessive fat accumulation in the body, are not only dangerous to the health; they have other social consequences.  Due to the recent increased intake of energy-dense foods, high in fat, globally, we expose ourselves to obesity. Worse still, with the latest technological advancement, human beings have become increasingly inactive. The changing modes of transportation and increasing urbanization do not help minimize obesity, as many rarely move physically. It complicates matters that many…

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Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) As a Vote Enticer In Sierra Leone

As Sierra Leone prepares for the forthcoming general elections, scheduled in March, female genital mutilation (FGM) has become, ironically, an enticing piece of meat to grab votes from the poor electorate. While many countries in the world and aid agencies are busy discouraging girls from undergoing female genital mutilation, which has been proved medically to have many dangerous health repercussions, some politicians in Sierra Leone – especially candidates in the upcoming elections – are in fact, buying voters’ votes…

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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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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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