Sobukwe: The president South Africa never had

Round about this time 93 years ago, on 5 December 1924 to be precise, greatness was born out of the savage oppression of the Africans and out of that oppression it grew like a giant. Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe was one of the greatest leaders that the black race ever produced, especially considering the conditions and circumstances of his time. Like any other great fellow before him, he is simply known, in history, as Sobukwe The Great. As a president of the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania (PAC), he left a…

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Cameroon Escalates Military Crackdown on Anglophone Separatists

YAOUNDE (Reuters) – Cameroon’s government has ordered thousands of villagers to leave their homes in the Anglophone Southwest region as it deploys troops to root out armed separatists who have vowed to loosen President Paul Biya’s long grip on power. The deployment marks an escalation of Biya’s year-long crackdown on peaceful protests in the English-speaking Northwest and Southwest regions that has killed dozens of civilians and forced thousands to flee their homes in fear of reprisals. Now, the government is using force to confront an insurgency that has sprung up…

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Streamlining women’s rights in Liberia and Africa

    Monrovia – The overview of the gender situation in Liberia usually talks about the roles society has assigned to both male and female. According to Liberia’s former Tourism, Cultural Affairs Information Minister, Rev. J. Emmanuel Bowier, back in the day, before the 1940s in Liberia, women were not given equal opportunities and rights as men.  “They were not allowed to go to seek higher education, to have a decent job, or enjoy the right to own properties or even partake in politics. It was believed that a woman’s role…

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This only stores up worse trouble for Kenya’s future

Patrick Gathara is a strategic communications consultant, writer and award-winning political cartoonist in Kenya. This week Kenyans are going through a replay of their disastrous 2007 election, only in super-slow motion. A decade ago, the country endured a disputed election in which the incumbent president, Mwai Kibaki, was running for re-election against opposition leader Raila Odinga. Under intense pressure from the state and surrounded by armed paramilitary police, the head of the electoral commission declared Kibaki the president-elect. (The commissioner would later say that he did not know who had…

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Pres. Addo: Africans are not beggars, wants trade not aid

Africa should move beyond aid handouts that have failed to bring growth and prosperity and move to an era of mutual respect with Western countries, President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana said. Akufo-Addo made this known in a speech to the Royal African Society. He said aid to his nation from donor countries was unsustainable and harmful to both sides.”We do not want to remain the beggars of the world, we do not want to be dependent on charity,” he said in a speech in London, setting out a vision for…

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Miss Jamaica’s afro that brought the house down

Miss Jamaica, Davina Bennett may have been the second runner-up at this year’s Miss Universe pageant, but she might as well have taken home the first place win if Twitter has anything to say about it. And, oh, do they ever. The 23-year-old philanthropist and model wowed the crowd and viewers everywhere, not to mention sparked an instant conversation on social media, when she stepped out wearing an Afro. That’s right: Amidst the abundance of the all-too-expected blowouts and straight-hair looks, Bennett proudly wore her natural hair for the competition…

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Post colonial nationalism in Africa

Each African nation took a unique path toward independence. Some, such as Algeria, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe, took extreme measures like waging a guerilla war on the colonial state; most countries pursued nonviolent means and achieved a peaceful transfer of power. But there were varying degrees of success. Some countries, such as Ghana, became completely independent while others, such as Congo, continued to depend on Europe, and their independence was superficial rather than absolute. As the age of independence dawned, African leaders faced the daunting tasks of developing their vastly underdeveloped…

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Worldcup draw: Nigeria will meet nemesis Argentina

For the fifth time in six World Cup appearances, Nigeria have been drawn against Argentina in the group stage. The Super Eagles have lost all four previous World Cup meetings with La Albiceleste — in 1994, 2002, 2010, 2014 — albeit by slim scorelines. Although they showed great character in coming from behind to beat the Argentines 4-2 in a recent friendly match, it will require a tremendous performance to repeat the feat at the World Cup. Familiar foes aside, they will face new opposition in Croatia and Iceland, with…

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Appreciation: Edward Wilmont Blyden 1882-1912

    Edward Wilmot Blyden, widely known as the father of Pan-Africanism, was born on August 3, 1832 in Saint Thomas,… in what are now the U.S Virgin Islands. Blyden was the third of seven children and was born to Romeo and Judith Blyden, a tailor and schoolteacher, respectively. The family lived in a predominantly Jewish and English speaking community, and attended church at the integrated Dutch Reformed Church. Blyden’s parents were free and literate at a time when most blacks on the islands were enslaved and illiterate. In 1842,…

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Five ways to revive Zimbabwe’s economy

Current events in Zimbabwe show that while a week may be a long time in politics, it is really a very short blink of an eye in economics. Zimbabweans on the streets of Harare and Bulawayo may be hopeful for political change, but they are much more sanguine and realistic when it comes to improving the country’s economy. Presidents can be impeached in days or weeks. It takes years to wreck economies and usually even longer to repair them. So, will Emmerson Mnangagwa be able to take Zimbabwe’s economy off…

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