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Gender equality or Revolution as Sahle-Work Zewde elected Ethiopia’s first female president?

Gender equality or Revolution as Sahle-Work Zewde elected Ethiopia’s first female president?

Sahle-Work Zewde has been elected Ethiopia’s first female President by the country’s members of parliament, following the unexpected resignation of her predecessor, Mulatu Teshome. An experienced diplomat, Ms. Sahle-Work who, until her appointment, was the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and the UN representative at the African Union, has become Africa’s only female head of state. Her election came just a week after the reform-minded Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed created history by appointing 10 women to ministerial positions in his new cabinet. With the progressive cabinet formation, Ethiopia has become,...
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 Africa: Leadership and Developmental Priorities

 Africa: Leadership and Developmental Priorities

  Experts have argued that Africa has at least 200 billion dollars sustainable development investment potentials. Arguably, developments and poverty eradication in Africa have witnessed some progress in the last 60 years. According to the UNO, poverty has been reduced worldwide from about 40% to fewer than 20% in the last 30 years. While many countries in the world have made significant progress in the areas of health, education, infrastructure, living standard, etc. the majority of African countries with their different unique histories, still battle many unique challenges. Sadly, significant developmental...
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Africa: Equity and Equality for all?

Africa: Equity and Equality for all?

For a meaningful democracy to flourish anywhere, there must be equity, equality, and fairness. More often than not, the terms equity and equality are used interchangeably, even though they are different but related. While equity, aims at providing individuals with the necessities for a good, healthy and productive life, equality, on the other hand, ensures that equity is achieved under the same conditions for everyone. In that case, you could argue that fairness is the sine qua none to equality. However, the success of equality depends on the ability for...
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Nigeria: NFF officials granted bail in $9.5m FIFA grant fraud

Nigeria: NFF officials granted bail in $9.5m FIFA grant fraud

An FCT High Court in Maitama, Abuja has adjourned hearing in the case of three Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) officials dragged before the court on allegation of fraud by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to November 27. The court presided by Justice Peter Affen upheld the administrative bail granted to the three NFF officials, Christopher Andekin (Director of Administration and Finance), Reagan Zaka (Cashier) and Fadanari Mamza (Head, Finance and Account Department) who are accused of mishandling $9.5 million and $1.3 million by the EFCC. Before adjourning the...
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Statement of the ICC Chief Prosecutor Regarding the Situation in Palestine

Statement of the ICC Chief Prosecutor Regarding the Situation in Palestine

I have been following with concern the planned eviction of the Bedouin community of Khan al-Ahmar, in the West Bank.  Evacuation by force now appears imminent and with it the prospects for further escalation and violence. It bears recalling, as a general matter, that extensive destruction of property without military necessity and population transfers in an occupied territory constitute war crimes under the Rome Statute. I am similarly alarmed by the continued violence, perpetrated by actors on both sides, at the Gaza border with Israel. As Prosecutor seized of the...
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Nigerian Presidential Elections: The Emergence of Atiku and the Reason Behind Obasanjo’s Endorsement

Nigerian Presidential Elections: The Emergence of Atiku and the Reason Behind Obasanjo’s Endorsement

For those who are following the African political chase game diligently, to stay politically relevant and rich, what matters the most are shrewdness, selfishness and the survival of the fittest. The Nigerian political territory is no exception to this unwritten rule. Definitely, permanent enemies matter less than permanent interests in the Nigerian political zone. One could be forgiven to ask whether these social realities did in any way, influence the decision of the former President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria to “forgive” and “endorse” his former vice-President and arch-enemy Abubakar Atiku,...
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South Africa and Resignation of Finance Minister:  A South Africa or a slap on Ramaphosa’s Government?

South Africa and Resignation of Finance Minister: A South Africa or a slap on Ramaphosa’s Government?

When South African President Cyril Ramaphosa took over power from the corrupt-ridden former President Jacob Zuma, Mr. Ramaphosa promised a new South Africa and vowed to vigorously stamp out corruption amongst South African leaders. In view of this, the resignation of Nhlanhla Nene as the country’s finance minister amidst his alleged meetings with the infamous Gupta family has generated discussions, as well as different interpretations in the South African political arena. President Ramaphosa accepted Nhlanhla Nene’s resignation and replaced him with Tito Mboweni; a move, which has been applauded worldwide...
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Sierra Leone Cancels plans for China-funded airport

Sierra Leone Cancels plans for China-funded airport

Definitely, since Julius Maada Bio was sworn in as President of Sierra Leone on 12 May 2018, after defeating the Ernest Bai Koroma government, many political metamorphoses have been taking place in the country. It is no more business as usual. The latest decision by the Julius Bio led the government to cancel a $400m (3300m) contract with China to build a new airport, clearly shows that things are no more the same in Sierra Leone. According to the country’s aviation minister, Kabineh Kallon the new airport wasn’t necessary, instead,...
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ICC Prosecutor attends 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly

ICC Prosecutor attends 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly

  From the 24th to the 27th of September, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”), Mrs Fatou Bensouda, attended the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly (“UNGA”) held at the United Nations (‘‘UN’’) Headquarters in New York, to participate in a number of high-level side events and to hold bilateral meetings so as to highlight and advance the work of her Office and mandate under the Rome Statute. In the margins of the UNGA, the Prosecutor held productive meetings with, amongst others, H.E. Mr...
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A Good Reason to Welcome Melania Trump to Africa.

A Good Reason to Welcome Melania Trump to Africa.

One may bark, What the hell is the US First Lady Melania Trump, possibly doing in Africa? A continent once labeled a Sh.thole? Now in Ghana, does Melania Trump’s husband really know where his wife is? Or could she have lied and told him she was visiting Germany instead of Ghana? Germany – Ghana? Hum, sounds similar…? Similar? Never mind, all I wanted to say was that the two countries may “sound” similar, to some people. Yes, to someone, who is not a Geography wizard. After all, there is not...
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