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Using Everyday “Reality” to Conceal Racism and Bigotry

We live in the world of dichotomy, where unnecessary attention is paid to issues like race, gender, religion and other ideological differences. More often than none, individuals create a “symbolic world,” which explains “realities” of our lives and why things are the way they are. To maintain power or dominance, we use this symbolic world as a presumed superior norm against which presumably inferior groups are tested and found lacking. The subsequent findings, then serve as an excuse for…

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The Need For a Historic Peace.

  Peace is the sine qua non to the interpersonal relationship and human co-existence. It is, indeed, a priceless, undeniable recipe for socio-political and cultural development and prosperity. Both on the personal and interpersonal levels, we hardly can achieve much without peace. On the other hand, conflicts can lead to unnecessary destruction – personally and internationally. However, some have equally argued that it takes conflicts, for example, war, to bring peace. Perhaps, that may be, in some cases, true,…

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Africa And The Social – Political Hiccups

Africa is a continent blessed with enormous beauty, nature, and incredible opportunities. However, it is equally synonymous with ups and downs. It can be a place, where the word “surprise” means nothing because the everyday life of an average Africa is an epitome of surprises. More than that, Africa has become a continent of skepticism and distrust. The citizens hardly trust their elected leaders who constantly disappointed and lied to them for the personal aggrandizement of the leaders. That…

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Usain Bolt Signs For Football Club as Mamelodi Sundown Claim Deal

The 100-meter world record holder, Usain Bolt, says he has signed for a football club, with South African team Mamelodi Sundowns hinting at an announcement to come on Tuesday. Bolt, 31, retired from athletics last summer after a glittering career in which he won eight Olympic gold medals. He has always spoken of his desire to play football once his sprinting career was over, and on Sunday he tweeted to say “I’ve signed for a football team! Find out…

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Cassper Nyovest  Records Official 2018 World Cup Song

South African superstar, Cassper Nyovest inked a major global deal to work with the corporate giant, Coca-Cola to record the official world cup song Colours with American Artist Jason Derulo. The duo was pictured at the Coca-Cola office putting pen to paper the official collaboration; a big plus for South African music and Africa as a continent. Jason Derulo added: “I was honoured to work with Coca-Cola to create an anthem celebrating every team and their fans. ‘Colours’ represents the different…

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South Africa: Embattled Zuma Resigns and Perhaps Writes his Political Obituary

After enormous pressure from many disgruntled South Africans and his ANC party alike, President Jacob Zuma of South Africa bowed to pressure and resigned on Thursday. In a televised statement, the embattled and scandal-ridden President said he was quitting with immediate effect as the President, even though he totally disagreed with his party’s decision to sack him as their leader. The ruling party, The African National Congress (ANC) had taken an unprecedented move and told him to step down…

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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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Zimbabwe: Morgan Tsvangirai’s critical Health Condition and The Future of Opposition

Reports from South Africa have intimated that Zimbabwe’s main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai is critically ill. The 65-year-old former prime minister, who is suffering from colon cancer is being treated in a South African hospital. Morgan Tsvangirai was rushed to South Africa for treatment in June last year, but he returned to Zimbabwe after receiving treatments. However, latest reports say that he is suffering from weight loss, muscle thinning and exhaustion. Sadly, the health of Mr. Tsvangirai, the once…

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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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Taxi Buffet

Most times we get hungry and honestly, who wouldn’t want to interrupt their daily chores for food! I guess we all do that, but how do we program ourselves with our meals and venues – especially with strangers around? It was 4 O’clock in the afternoon, I was in a Matatu (public bus), heading home from work after a tedious day. There was this beautiful woman sitting next to me and of course, I could not resist greeting her….

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