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Blood Donation in Africa and Misconception

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” blood like water. Even a sachet of water is expensive now,...
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South Africa: Embattled Zuma Resigns and Perhaps Writes his Political Obituary

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 or face a vote of no confidence in the parliament. Although...
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Kiprotich, Herpha Win 2018 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon

Kiprotich, Herpha Win 2018 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon

Abraham Kiprotich has won the 2018 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon 42km race. The Frenchman won the pack for the third edition on a day rain opened up the day for runners. The Kenyan-born 32-year-old finished in 2:13:04hrs to emerge the winner on Saturday, carting away the grand prize of $50,000. Abraham’s time set a new Lagos Marathon record, three minutes better than the record set by his fellow compatriot, Abraham Kiptum in the second edition of tourney held last year. Kenyan duo of Ronny Kipkoech Kiboss and Benjamin Bitok...
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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 to secure the child’s future through the provision of adequate education,...
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Nigeria releases 2018 World Cup shirts

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 quoted the kit manufacturers Nike as saying they wanted to “tap...
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Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) As a Vote Enticer In Sierra Leone

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 by encouraging them to undergo female genital mutilation. These candidates woo...
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Zimbabwe: Morgan Tsvangirai’s critical Health Condition and The Future of Opposition

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 chubby leader of Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party, has deteriorated...
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The “#MeToo” Debate and the Vulnerability of Women

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 old as 20 years ago. The positive thing about the campaign...
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The Annual Grammy Awards:  The Epitome Of Sexism and Racism?

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 USA, all eyes were on the 2018 Grammy awards ceremony. The...
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Religion in Africa and That Bunch of Irony

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. More often than not, the interpretation serves the leaders’ selfish motives....
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