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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

Retro 2019: Main events on the continent

The year 2019 has been a particularly busy one for the African continent, with major changes, decisions made and events that have affected all or most areas on the continent. We shall highlight four key events for which occurred in Africa through the course of 2019. The first is the operationalization of the continental free trade zone, which had drawn the attention of the people, the continent also recorded its first Africa Cup of Nations with 24 teams, its first Summit with Russia and finally several presidential elections took place, some in a calm and transparent manner and others in a climate of cheating and contestation that did not favour alternation of the regimes in power.
31 December 2019

Is the eco adopted by UEMOA the one thought by ECOWAS?

The enthusiasm of those who toasted a little too fast at the death of the FCFA in West Africa has been cooled off. Reasons being that, the currency reform announced on December 21, by Ivorian President, Alassane Ouattara and his French counterpart in Abidjan, is far from being unanimous in the ECOWAS region where it is the subject of an avalanche of criticism and even rejection by some opinions. Presented by some as a historic step forward in relations between France and Africa and by others as "smoke and mirrors", the Eco, which will come into effect in eight francophone West African countries by July 2020, is the result of a reform of the FCFA demanded by the French president and the heads of state of the WAEMU region.
29 December 2019

The rise of anti-French feelings or a systematic rejection of ”France-Afrique”?

The news is buzzing in West Africa, particularly among the former French colonies, in the wake of French President Macron accusing the intellectual class of spreading anti-French sentiments and campaigns. The situation obtaining on the ground seem not giving chance to the French Head of State since his last visit to Côte d'Ivoire. Despite the approval and slow paced implementation of a common currency - ECO currency - for all ECOWAS countries, the pill goes badly for West African nations as the French president distanced himself and his country for the use of the CFA Franc that has caused havoc to the ECOWAS countries’ financial sector. It remains questionable why Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara is still promoting the competitiveness and importance of the CFA Franc at a time when almost all Financial experts unanimously voiced the need to abandon this currency.
26 December 2019

Africa moves towards gender-equal government system

The continent in recent times has experienced a massive rise in women's political participation as compared to the past decades. Presently, the role of women in decision-making and their contribution to growth and development is constantly at the center of global discourse. In the past years, most countries in Africa did not value women's involvement and participation in politics. This can be buttressed by the fact that most African cultures restricted the rights of women and relegated them to the background. However, women have risen strongly to challenge this narrative and claim their role in decision making. This concept is gradually changing as African leaders are beginning to integrate women in top decision-making functions within their government.
23 December 2019

Experts’ opinion on the Political and social situation in Guinea

Several countries on the African continent are about to experience a major turning point in their history, come 2020. In West Africa more than anywhere else, all signals are red. Whether in Côte d'Ivoire or Guinea, the two countries that will have presidential elections next year, only one question fuels discussion: how far are the outgoing presidents of these two countries willing to go to be able to stand for re-election? The answer to this question, at this stage in the evolution of the political life in these two countries may bring into disrepute the imprecision of certain provisions of African constitutions. The stakes are higher Guinea’s case since the incumbent president, despite the existing constitutional barriers that formally prohibit him from standing for re-election for a third term has decided to use all the stratagems attached to his position to stay in power.
21 December 2019

The Problem of the High Circulation of Illegal Firearms in Africa

A major drama of armed conflict since the advent of independence, which has been the main landmark of traffic of all kinds in the continent of Africa continues to form all the attention on the security plan. Despite all the good measures put in place for the eradication of wars and the strengthening of the security of goods and people, the continent continues to mourn its men and children who have been smuggled and illegally armed. Far from basic trafficking, the weapons traffic that has made its nest is primarily to supply arms and ammunition to vague entities in violation of international or national regulations on arms sales. According to the UN, arms trafficking estimated at more than $ 1.5 trillion a year, is one of the four most lucrative illegal activities in the world with drug trafficking and prostitution.
20 December 2019

Is Nigeria losing its social values?

Africa and the global world, in general, are faced with many social glitches which are problematic in nature and are affecting the societal values in contemporary societies. Aspects like gender-based violence (GBV) are still a phenomenon that various governments are trying to tackle. Women have been regarded as the weaker sex and are often the more susceptible in times of emergencies or crisis. Efforts to curb violation of social values are facing resistance in some African countries including Nigeria. Africa's most populous and number one country in terms of economic growth has again come to the fore concerning the protection of social values. Since a baby factory was uncovered in Nigeria many years ago, the Federal government has been trying to contain the social problem with little success as the number of these illegal homes have surged over the years.
18 December 2019
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