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Terrorism: UEMOA (West African Economic and Monetary Union) plans troop mobilization

In the face of the underfunding of the Sahel G5, a multinational counter-terrorism force in the region, and the absence of adequate counter-attacks to eradicate groups linked to al-Qaeda and those of the Islamic State, it is of utmost importance to find parallel solutions to counter terrorism has. Starting from the claims of the Burkinabé President Roch Marc Christian Kabore to the claims of Nigerian President Mahamadou Issoufou, it emerged that the efforts to fight terrorism in West Africa are so far still insufficient. Antonio Guteres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, speaking on the issue at the last UN summit in New York, said the problem of insecurity in the region must be a matter of serious concern for all the world class, since recently; the zone has contrary to forecast, experienced an increase in jihadist violence.
12 November 2019

Democracy: a blessing and woe to Africa

According to Freedom House’s Freedom of the World report, nations in the world are in three states of liberty or freedom as a country they are completely free, partly free, or not free this is evaluated according to the extent to which political rights and civil liberties are enjoyed by citizens of a country and how these elements are upheld by the state. Democracy is equated to freedom of a state, however, countries in Africa do not look like they are truly free.
The reports further highlight that there are just eleven African countries who are listed under the Freedom Index. These countries include Namibia, Tunisia, South Africa, Cape Verde, Ghana, Benin, Nigeria, Mauritius, Botswana, Sao Tome and Principe and Senegal. Out of fifty-four countries, just eleven are free. That leaves the continent open for a huge question. What kind of freedom or democracy then operates in the rest forty-three countries?
11 November 2019

The American Carl Wilkens: New winner of the Pact of the Protectors of Friendship Award

Small East African country, which shares its borders with Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, and even the DRC, Rwanda; nicknamed the "Country of the Thousand Hills", has in its history known dark hours between April and July 1994 with the genocide of Tutsis. That summer, following the death of Hutu President Juvénal Habyarimana, along with his Burundian counterpart Cyprien Ntaryamira, Rwanda became bogged down in the civil war.
9 November 2019

Nigeria: Border closure extended, impact on transborder trade

The Federal Republic of Nigeria under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari has taken another controversial step to push to a later date the border closure effected some months back. President Muhammadu Buhari on November 1, 2019, signed an official document paving the way for its Land borders to remain closed to neighbouring nations including Benin, Ghana, Chad, and Cameroon among others. The border obscurity period will run till January 31, 2020. This was made public by Victor Dimka, the Comptroller of Customs in charge of Enforcement, Investigation and Inspectorate, and addressed to Sector Coordinators of the Joint Border Operation Drill - Sectors 1, 2, 3, and 4. Sheikh Mohammed, a Muslim cleric has however argued that shutting borders by the Buhari led government was an unnecessary and radical decision, coming just three months after signing the historic African Continental Free Trade Agreement, AfCFTA to promote Intra Africa trade. The Muslim cleric has however, cast doubt on whether Africa is ready to trade with itself.
8 November 2019

Ethnicity – a curse or a blessing

Modern day African states are made up of people of different ethnic origin who by history through assimilation or raids were co-opted into already existing territories. Despite the popular belief that Africa is just one big continent of a single ethnic group, there are over 3 000 different ethnic groups speaking more than 2100 different languages in all of Africa. Ethnicity is more than just skin colour or physical characteristics, more than language, song, and dance. It is the embodiment of values, institutions, and patterns of behaviour, a composite whole representing a people’s historical experience, aspirations and a world view.
6 November 2019

Wisdom from the rich African culture, heritage and ethics.

Africa is widely regarded by outsiders as a continent of daft, primitive people with no sound morals, selfish and uncultured people. An African is thus seen by many as nothing more than a confused person, with no proper identity often wishing to be another person in speech, dress, and lifestyle. But that is only a compromised version of some modern Africans who have lost the true African identity of the forefathers hence the improper stereotype. A brief cross section of the diverse African tribes, their languages and value system will help to show that Africa's unadulterated cultures and ethics are immensely rich and full of profound wisdom that many people do not understand including many of Africans themselves. The following is an attempt to tell the world what it means to be an African through the long-established ethics, wisdom reflected in the languages, heritage and values of the African people.
2 November 2019

Religion, a greater weapon for development.

Religion is a complicated element in African society. Although, it is complicated it is very flourishing in almost all the regions. Religion is the way of life on the continent, which comprises Christianity, which is 50.9%, Islam, which is 43.3%, and other religions which is also 5.8%. Africa’s population is expected to grow at a faster pace than in any other region. The number would have doubled by 2050 from 823 million in 2010 to 1.9 billion by 2050. Due to this the two leading religions, Christianity and Islam are also bound to rise in numbers too.
1 November 2019

Coffee Market: Africa’s Special Role

Despite the special popularity of an uplifting drink (coffee), and the global presence in the life of a modern person, the coffee market remains quite archaic. This is due both to its “colonial” origin and to the peculiarities of competition in the market, where a small number of manufacturers and traders dictate to producers, and partly consumers, their ideas about the quality of the product. Despite the absence in the list of the largest coffee producers, African countries remain the recognized homeland of coffee and coffee grown in Africa, highly appreciated by real gourmets of coffee.
1 November 2019

Abu Bakr-al-Baghdadi’s demise

The United States of America’s foreign policy has been that of dealing with what they dubbed the war on terror with a crusade against terrorist leaders and their groups. Osama Bin Laden was one such victim who went into hiding for a while until he was eventually apprehended and dealt with. Bin Laden was the founder of the Islamist terrorist group called Al-Qaeda and was killed in Pakistan in 2011 by United States Navy Seals. His crimes were planning and coordinating terror attacks around the world thus posing a threat to world peace.
31 October 2019
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