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The white saviour complex

At the hearing of the phrase 'White Saviour Complex', one gets a lot of imaginations. Firstly, living in a world of different races, there is no doubt about the existence of some sort of superiority complex or racism. Some find themselves richer, better, greater and more important persons than others. The complex mostly ranges between the white-skinned and black-skinned. The white race has always believed to be superior back from the days of colonialism and it continues in the form of neo-colonialism today. Whiles some look at the notion from a religious perspective with Christ Jesus being the White Saviour.Often than not misinterpreted, 'White Saviour Complex' is actually a notion which refers to a white person who acts to help non-white people, with the help in some context being perceived as self-serving. Many a time, we notice white celebrities who visit African countries and portray the pitiable side of it by taking shots with poor looking African kids or even exposing the ill conditions in which some people live. By so doing, they act as sympathizers or ''saviours'' to such situations by extending a helping hand. But then, the real motives of their acts are for selfish gains
15 January 2020

African Education System – Progressive or otherwise?

Every child is born an artist, the problem is how to still be an artist once they grow up, these are the words of Pablo Picasso. The most-watched the TED talk of all time, given by Sir Ken Robinson highlights that “schools kill creativity”, he argued that “we don’t grow into creativity, we grow out of it. Or rather we get educated out of it”. Quite sad, yet a reality in the African education system, our schools, where students develop the literacy skills on which all further learning depends, often zoom out on creativity especially in the classroom.
Creativity is as crucial as literacy knowledge offered in schools, particularly in this global and modernized era.
13 January 2020

The death of the CFA Franc is imminent but is the ECO its rebirth?

When Sékou Touré of Guinea decided to end French colonial rule over his country in 1958 by opting for independence for his country, the French colonial elite in Paris whose pride was hurt decided to embark on scorched earth tactics. They chose to destroy everything in Guinea which represented what they called the “benefits from French colonization”.
Approximately three thousand French left the country, taking all their property and destroying anything that could not be moved: schools, nurseries, public administration buildings were crumbled; cars, books, medicine, research institute instruments, tractors were crushed and sabotaged; horses, cows in the farms were killed, and food in warehouses were burned or poisoned.
The purpose of these acts of spite and retribution were to send a clear message to all other colonies that the consequences for rejecting France would be very high. Fear consequently spread through the African elite, and none after the Guinea events ever found the courage to follow the example of Sékou Touré, whose slogan was "We prefer freedom in poverty to opulence in slavery”, did not live to see his country freed from French domination.
11 January 2020

2019, the year of black power in beauty competitions.

2019 was the year of black power in major beauty contests. Far from the usual, young black women have successfully taken part in prestigious competitions such as Miss World and Miss Universe. At a country level, Miss France, Miss Algeria, Miss America, Miss United States and Miss teen USA were added to the list of contests by young black women who have stolen the show by being crowned the beauty contest winner for their respective countries. In a rapidly changing world, these competitions are full of lessons, in particular - the skin colour barrier which seems to have fallen for the Miss competitions. This new wave of having black women topping the list is a new phenomenon and evidence the dynamics at play in this field. Back then, in the 1920s, women of colour had challenges participating in such contests.
7 January 2020

African Music- Our Integration and Bond for tradition

African music is more than an aesthetic expression and poetic melodies. It is a total form of art which is closely linked with lifestyle, people and beliefs; an integral part of Africa’s culture. From different folklore to instrumental sounds and dirges, music serves as a converging and melting point for the African people. It somehow unites the land. Music in Africa is varied owing to the continent’s diverse regions, ethnic groups and cultures.
2 January 2020

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Is Africa ready for a single passport?

The issue of a single Passport for Africa has been on the negotiation table of African leaders for a while, but its realization still remains problematic. In 2016, African leaders in Rwanda launched the single African Passport. While handing the passports to then AU Chair and Chadian President Idris Deby Itno and his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame, then AUC Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma said the innovation was a “steady step toward the objective of creating a strong, prosperous and integrated Africa, driven by its own citizens’’
26 March 2019

Can you get out of prostitution and still start a home?

Prostitution as a survival strategy is one of the means used by young women in street situations. Canadian studies on the subject estimate between 12% and 32% the number of young women living on the street engaged in prostitution. These young women do it either by themselves or by relatives: relatives, friends, and even partners in love (Damant et al., 2006). These as emphasized by Messervier, 1999 may also have an important role in the process of exit from prostitution.
9 January 2019

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AFRIC, Honorable guest of the International Conference From Inequality to Justice

On December 10, the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation hosted the international conference “From Inequality to Justice: World Experience and Solutions for Russia”. AFRIC was represented at the conference by its strategist Clifton Ellis and its honorary expert Nathalie Yamb.
Members of the Civic Chamber and foreign participants discussed various aspects of inequality − economic, social and environmental, as well as societies’ demand for equal opportunities in healthcare and education as well as the reasons behind the high level of inequality in society and ways to reduce it using the world’s best practices.
13 December 2019

AFRIC Expert Report: Vision of the Future “Africa 2040”

The Berlin Foresight "Africa 2040" sessions were organised by the Association of Free Research and Interational Cooperation (AFRIC). It was held on the 29th and 30th of July, 2019 at the Hilton Hotel, Berlin, Germany to provide the opportunity to discuss Africa’s political and economical emergence as the continent approaches 2040. The Foresight sessions gave the attendees made up of diplomats, journalists, policy maker, educators and expert professionals the platform to envision pragmatic scenarios that Africa could find itself, along with methods to achieve these goals. The outcomes of expert work were presented at the Russia-Africa Summit in Sochi on October 24, 2019.
29 November 2019