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Blood Donation in Africa and Misconception

  In Africa, a lot of attention is paid to blood. In some African cultures, it is believed that blood is one’s identity. But more than that, medically speaking, blood is the engine of life. Life ceases without blood. It is therefore not a coincidence that the UNO and other aid agencies are actively trying to sensitize the world on the importance of blood donation. Ask an average African to donate blood, they would tell you they don’t “waste”…

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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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Nigeria releases 2018 World Cup shirts

The Nigeria Football Federation has released the Super Eagles home and away kits for the 2018 World Cup as the Eagles pay homage to their USA 1994 campaign. The home shirt released in the UK on Wednesday features a bright green-and-white zig-zag pattern spreading across the torso and the contrasting sleeves. Nigeria’s away shirt for the Russia World Cup is more understated and closer in resemblance to their more recent shirts with an all-over dark green design. The Mail…

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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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The “#MeToo” Debate and the Vulnerability of Women

The “#MeToo” debate, which started after one of the most powerful Hollywood juggernauts  Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexual harassments by a series of women, has been generating more discussions of recent. As well as claiming more victims. Many women have boldly come out of their cocoons to narrate their horrifying stories over sexual intimidation and – in some cases, violence – in the hands of powerful men. Interestingly, some of the alleged sexual harassments took place some as…

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The Annual Grammy Awards: The Epitome Of Sexism and Racism?

The 60th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony was held on January 28, 2018, at Madison Square Garden in New York City with James Corden as the host of the ceremony. The Grammy Awards festival, which recognizes annually the best brains in the field of music and film has long been accused of sexism, racism, and machoism in its selection. With the recent sexism revolution and the campaign against the male sexual aggression in the film and music industries in the…

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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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Google Honours Stephen Keshi With Doodle

Google today (Tuesday) celebrates Nigerian football icon Stephen Keshi, on the occasion of his 56th birthday. Born in Azare, Bauchi State, Nigeria, Keshi was a member of the famed St. Finbarrs College Football Academy of 1977. He was later called up and played for the Junior Eagles and the Super Eagles in preparation for the 1980 African Cup of Nations competition. Football took Keshi all over the world, as he played across Africa, Europe, and the USA. Known affectionately…

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The Smartest Way to Avoid the “S…hole” Derogation.

While President Donald Trump’s infamous “S… hole countries” stigmatization is still causing a political tsunami in the USA and beyond, opinions are divided on who to blame for the derogation. Surprisingly, most of the African victims of the derogatory remarks are not terribly mad at the Mr. Trump. Our latest opinion poll shows that many Africans believe that there are some elements of truth in Donald trump’s dehumanizing classification; although such bluntness may be undiplomatic and undesirable for a president, talk…

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THE SIMBA AND SEXUAL REVOLUTION IN HOLLYWOOD: MARK ROBERT MICHAEL WAHLBERG

Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg’s life story could indeed make a captivating money-yielding movie. As a talented and prolific actor, he is absolutely breaking the earning records with his talent. Clearly, Mr. Wahlberg’s journey to stardom is a typical case, and for that matter, a manifestation of an individual’s willingness and determination to take responsibility for their shortcomings and make a meaningful change in their life. At the same time, Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg’s work and success, to some, have…

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