Baptism Deaths Nigeria OP-ED 

African Baptism Deaths: Where Was the Christian God?

In 2018, two cases where people died in the course of baptism should serve as some food for thought to African believers. In fact, the two incidents should get Africans to rethink their faith in God, at least in the Christian god. Let’s examine these cases. The first case happened in Ethiopia. According to a BBC report, a crocodile jumped and attacked a pastor while he was performing a baptism in a lake. The pastor was bitten on his legs, on the back and hands. He later died as a result…

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Hisbah Nigeria OP-ED 

Hisbah: Between Sharia Implementation or State-based Islamic Terrorism

 By Leo Igwe The Nigerian nation-state is under assault from jihadist groups on two main fronts. First, on the non-state axis, this onslaught is embodied in the activities of Boko Haram and other extremist organizations, that are campaigning to impose their own version of sharia law and the Islamic state. Then on the state front, Islamic extremism is typified in the activities of Hisbah or the sharia police. This is the body that enforces sharia law in the Muslim majority states in Northern Nigeria. Incidentally, there has been a lot…

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The Parliament of Morocco North Africa OP-ED 

A Moment of Reckoning for Decentralisation in Morocco

by Yossef Ben-Meir Marrakech Morocco’s parliament, at this moment, is deciding the nation’s Decentralisation Charter. Since its working draft is not currently made public, we can only hope that every parliamentarian realises that the human development course of the nation and the relationships between public, civil and private institutions depend upon the creation of a meaningful charter. Its conception and implementation will also determine the extent to which Morocco can inspire its neighbours towards a hopeful, modern and yet historic approach to empowering people to achieve their best life’s course.…

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Human Rights Nigeria OP-ED 

Rethinking Apostasy and Religious Others in Nigeria

By Leo Igwe Humanists are meeting in Abuja in early January. The objective of the meeting is to discuss apostasy and the associated risks and challenges. This meeting is special because it is happening at a time when extreme religious beliefs are ravaging the world and wreaking havoc in many places including Nigeria. The event is taking place at a time that the forces of religious fanaticism and bigotry are seeking to shut down the voices of dissent, freethought, and expression. This humanist gathering is happening at a moment in…

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The Rise of Smartphones in Africa Africa OP-ED 

How can the use of Smartphone’s affect human health?

By Dr. Mehenou Amouzou  Africa needs technologies to develop its resources and meet the needs of today and its growth. The harmony of this development can be achieved if it does not rest on the real value of Africa. This value existed before the appearance of religion. We are not against religion but religion has led to the disappearance of African identity in favor of the total submission and obedience of the foreign religion. Its main function is to dominate. To the economic and social partners, their main idea is…

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Helen Akluli Africa OP-ED 

Building an Africa Where #SheDecides

By Nimi Princewill Notable for attracting a remarkable chunk of political goodwill; and of course, its accompanying ‘nuisance value’ in rigid communities, feminist activism is getting louder in Africa. As many more African women jump on the bandwagon to entangle their daily speech with the language of feminism, the more fluent they become in demanding gender equality. Championing this cause in Southern Africa, is Robin Gorna (Prominent UK feminist, activist and Support Unit Lead for SheDecides). Robin is an expert on Sexual and reproductive health and rights, AIDS, international development,…

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Muhammadu Buhari Nigeria OP-ED 

Buhari: Stop the Killing and Persecution of Shiites in Nigeria

By Leo Igwe It is time to call the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, to order over the mindless slaughter and persecution of the members of the Shi’a Islamic organization in the country. It is time to get Buhari to end the slaughtering of innocent citizens. The Nigerian president must end this state-orchestrated bloodshed that has led to massive loss of lives and the forced disappearance of many Shiites in the country. Since Buhari became the president in 2015, he has not hidden his hateful and hostile disposition towards this minority religious organization.…

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Paul Kagame Africa OP-ED 

African leadership should have spoken out at the UN

“It is … disheartening to observe that not even one of the African leaders in attendance [at the 73rd General Assembly of the United Nations] plucked up the courage to speak poignant truths to the superpowers…,” writes Afam Nkemdiche. “From the destabilizing unidirectional flow of global wealth and the 2008 global financial collapse … [to] the rising threat of climate change, there exist many a bitter truth from which the African leaders could have chosen to address the leadership of the UN…. Contemporary African leaders must now climb out of…

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Kwame Nkrumah Africa OP-ED 

AFRICAN DIASPORA CULTURES

African Diaspora may be a new term for many people. We don’t hear it used very often in conversation or writing. African Diaspora is the term commonly used to describe the mass dispersion of peoples from Africa during the Transatlantic Slave Trades, from the 1500s to the 1800s. This Diaspora took millions of people from Western and Central Africa to different regions throughout the Americas and the Caribbean. These African ancestors landed in regions that featured different local foods and cuisines, as well as other cultural influences, that shaped their…

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Kwame Nkrumah Africa OP-ED 

Africa Has Failed Africans; Western Enemy Has Become a Friend While We Turn Against Ourselves

Where is that love our ancestors had for Africa? If you differed with Kamuzu Banda in the late 1960s to 70s Tanzania’s Kambarage Julius Nyerere would welcome you. If you argued with Robert Mugabe then Joshua Mkomo and his followers could be welcome in Botswana. If you could not agree with fellow Africans elsewhere there was always a place to run to and someone to listen to you. This is where most of our founding fathers survived to come back home and liberate Africa.The fact that Africa is free from…

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