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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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W’Cup qualifiers: Ivory Coast beat Nigeria 76-42

Nigeria’s national basketball team D’Tigers lost their unbeaten run in the 2019 World Cup qualifiers after they were beaten 76-42 by Ivory Coast Friday night. The China 2019 qualifying match was played in the Ivorian capital of Abidjan. Ivory Coast dominated and an early lead to keep the scores at 28-19 at the break. And with 4:26 minutes more to play, D’Tigers were trailing the hosts at 65-35. At that point Nigerian fans only hoped for a respectable end…

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Interior: Let the Kitchen do the Talking

If you had to list some of your most favourite rooms in your home the kitchen is definitely amongst the top, but it might not be getting the exact attention it deserves simply because it is something that is often taken for granted or overlooked. This should not be the case because the kitchen is one of the most important parts of every house; hence a good reason to get it right while choosing your kitchen. Kitchens serve as…

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ICC Pre-Trial Chamber II joins Yekatom and Ngaïssona cases

On 20 February 2019, Pre-Trial Chamber II decided to join the cases of The Prosecutor v. Alfred Yekatom and The Prosecutor v. Patrice-Edouard Ngaïssona.  In the Chamber’s view, joint proceedings against Mr Yekatom and Mr Ngaïssona will serve to enhance the fairness and expeditiousness of the proceedings by avoiding the duplication of evidence, inconsistency in the presentation and assessment of evidence, undue impact on witnesses and victims, and unnecessary expense. In joint cases, each suspect shall be accorded the same…

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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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Statement of the ICC Prosecutor following the conditional release of Mr Gbagbo and Mr Blé Goudé

We note the decision of the Appeals Chamber.  The Prosecution’s position was that we would be amenable to release with a set of conditions attached. These conditions would be to ensure that Messrs Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé would be available before the Court should the trial proceedings against them continue. The Prosecution still has the right to appeal the January 15 decision to acquit Mr Gbagbo and Mr Blé Goudé the serious charges against them.  At this…

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The Gbagbo and Blé Goudé case

The Chief Prosecutor of the ICC appeals the dismissal of the Gbagbo and Blé Goudé case by the International Criminal Court (ICC). Background: The ICC Appeals Chamber is holding a hearing to hear further submissions on the Prosecution’s Appeal against the decision of ICC Trial Chamber I in relation to the release of Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé following their acquittal. Below is audio-visual footage of the first 15 minutes of today’s Appeals Chamber hearing in the Gbagbo and Blé Goudé case…

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NEW: PROVOCATIVE BOOK!!!!!!!

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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Patrice-Edouard Ngaïssona makes first appearance before the ICC

On 25 January 2019, Patrice-Edouard Ngaïssona appeared before Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”), at the seat of the ICC in The Hague (The Netherlands). Pre-Trial Chamber II is composed of Judge Antoine Kesia‐Mbe Mindua, Presiding, Judge Tomoko Akane and Judge Rosario Salvatore Aitala. The hearing was held in the presence of the Prosecutor and the Defence. Mr Ngaïssona was represented by his Counsel Mr Eric Plouvier. The Chamber verified the identity of the…

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Burkina Faso: “He who sups with the devil should have a long spoon”

The one thing I love about proverbs is that they challenge one’s thinking faculty and intellectual level, by prompting one to think deeply. Furthermore, in Africa, and I believe, in many other societies, as well, proverbs are used to test one’s degree of maturity, as you are expected, not only to grasp the latent meaning of proverbs, but to, equally, use them to understand your environment, its realities and tackle them wisely. Hence it is not uncommon to hear…

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