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African Roundup April 18, 2019

When the world looked away, 800,000 were slaughtered Remembering the Rwandan Genocide   The resilience of the African continent is a consistent wonder.  In spite of all the encumbering factors that have constantly plagued her, Africa stands and lives to fight another day. In this edition, we remember one of the most horrific massacres in Africa, The Rwandan Genocide. On the night of 6 April 1994 a plane carrying then-President Juvenal Habyarimana, and his counterpart Cyprien Ntaryamira of Burundi – both Hutus – was shot down, killing everyone on board. Hutu extremists blamed the Rwandese Patriotic Front (RPF) consisting mostly …

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African Roundup April 8, 2019

    The Internet was on fire as a result of a statement made by Women’s rights activist and wife of former British Prime Minister, Cherie Blair. “Most African ladies’ first sexual experience is rape,” she is quoted as saying before a group of 100 students at a high school in London, UK. The reaction of Africans all around the world was one of outrage. Although rape is a serious problem many felt that the comment was irresponsible. Observers such as Dr. Tlaleng Mofokeng, a doctor and a sexual reproductive rights advocate in South Africa, say that a forced first …

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TAKING FLIGHT IN AFRICA, LESSONS FROM ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES

Ethiopian Airlines has a safety record spanning 70 years and has been hailed as Africa’s best aviation carrier. Winning many awards to this effect. In spite of the recent crash of flight 302, confidence in the airline has not dwindled with passengers still flying at record numbers, a testament to how the carrier has distinguished itself in terms of safety. Ethiopian Airlines perhaps is one of the best representations of potential in African aviation. The carrier has been consistently adding hubs all around Africa as well as to Asia, the United States and Canada. Presently, there are 731 airports and …

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THE JUNGLE PERSPECTIVE WHEN REPORTING ABOUT AFRICA

On Sunday February 24, a dead man was raised to life in South Africa. At least that’s what Pastor Lukau wanted parishioners to believe. It was obviously a stage-managed miracle. In Africa, these kinds of stunts happen here and there, where some pastors will pretend to heal people from diseases they didn’t have or make them stand from wheel chairs they weren’t confined to. While this is a menace what is an even bigger problem is how petty one off nuisances from Africa are told with such grandeur in the western media. When the news of the resurrection broke, various …

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Lingering Oppression

A BRIEF HISTORY OF EUROPE’S HAND ON AFRICA The traces of Europe’s heavy hand on Africa is still felt today in the continent. As we celebrate black history month, we must remember where it all begun. The motherland as we call it, Africa. “We was kings and queens,” a nauseating statement that we hear a lot during Black History Month. But the truth of the matter is, Africa was rising, at her own pace and in her own way until colonists came and demonized who she was, and monetized everything she has. The Slave Trade undermined the ‘Gold Coast’ economy …

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African Roundup Feb 7, 2019 -I don’t like Black Skin….

Lighter skinned women are considered more beautiful, more likely to succeed and most likely to be married. Light skin is the right skin. Black is closer to sin. Words that are likely to be heard in jest or sometimes with serious under-tones on the streets in almost every country across the African continent. That’s why in many parts of the continent, lighter skinned women are considered more beautiful, more likely to succeed and most likely to be married. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 77% of Nigerian women use skin-lightening products on a regular basis. They are followed by …

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Africa Roundup Jan 24, 2019

How  FRANCE UNDERDEVELOPed AFRICA Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio, recently criticized France’s policy in Africa in response to the migrant crisis in Europe. He is quoted as saying, “If we have people who are leaving Africa now it’s because some European countries, and France in particular, have never stopped colonizing Africa and its colonial-style policies in Africa are “impoverishing” Africans.” It could be assumed that the economic standing of France bothers Italy, as France is on one of the world super economies. Nonetheless comments France under developing its former colonies have been repeated for sometime and therefore beg …

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African Roundup Jan 10, 2019

GUINEA LEGALISES POLYGAMY According to the new Guinean civil code adopted by parliament on  December 29, 2018; “Marriage can be concluded either under the regime of monogamy; under the regime of polygamy limited to four women. If a person fails to subscribe to one of the options provided for in this article, the marriage is presumed to be under the regime of polygamy.” The legalisation of polygamy has provoked an outcry amongst the Guinean citizenry. Many of who feel that the practice undermines women’s dignity and increases the risks of diseases and poverty. Previously, polygamy was prohibited for civil marriages …

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African Roundup Dec 6, 2018

CANADA PLEDGES $50M TO SOUTH AFRICA’S EDUCATION FUND Canada will be donating $50 million to the late President Mandela’s Global legacy fund for children’s education and poverty alleviation. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the announcement via twitter to the host of the Global Citizen Festival, comedian Trevor Noah. “Hey @Trevornoah – thanks for everything you’re doing to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s legacy at the @GlblCtzn festival. Sorry I can’t be with you – but how about Canada pledges $50M to @EduCannotWait to support education for women & girls around the world? Work for you? Let’s do it,” Trudeau’s tweet read. The …

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African Roundup Nov 22, 2018

    FRANCE CONSIDERS RETURNING AFRICAN ART and Artifacts White museum curator: “ The work isn’t for sale” Killmonger: “How do you think your ancestors got these? Do you think they paid a fair price? Or did they take it… like they took everything else? For those who remember Marvel’s blockbuster film, Black Panther the villain Killmonger had a poignant exchange with a white museum curator, which alluded to the reality of Africa’s past. Ancient African artifacts that were pilfered and sent abroad. In what may seem to be a bid to right the past, French President, Emmanuel Macron has …

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