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Nigerian ‘witchcraft conference’ sparks outrage

A conference meant to discuss issues related to witchcraft in a Nigerian University has sparked outrage. The two-day event being organised by the University of Nigeria in Nsukka in the eastern state of Enugu has angered community members largely dominated by Christians. Protests were staged by religious groups mainly Christians and Muslims. It forced the academic conference to change the topic to a more attractive topic of “dimensions of human behaviour”. Witchcraft or what many in Africa refer to as “Juju” is abhorred by Christians and Muslims who consider it…

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Ghana’s plan to build national shrine stirs controversy

Ghana’s government has sparked controversy by announcing plans to build a national shrine. The country is already executing a plan to construct a national cathedral in fulfillment of an election pledge by its President Nana Akufo-Addo. That decision to build a national cathedral sparked controversy and protest but the government insisted on going ahead with the project. This week Ghana’s Minister of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Samuel Kofi Dzamesi announced that some traditional groups have been canvassing for a national shrine. Dzamesi said the government will explore the possibility of satisfying…

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Open Society pledges support for African cultural heritage restitution

The Open Society Foundations today announced a $15 million initiative to strengthen efforts to restore cultural objects looted from the African continent. Over four years, the initiative will support networks and organizations working to return Africa’s heritage to its rightful home. “The legacy of colonial violence has deep implications for the ways that racism and imbalances of power are perpetuated today. This isn’t just about returning pieces of art, but about restoring the very essence of these cultures,” said Patrick Gaspard, president of Open Society. “We are proud to support…

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#IAmUNLEARNING: Sparking new conversation on African masculinity

A project aimed at engaging African men on the issues of masculinity, power, love, loss and violence has been launched in Ghana’s capital Accra. The initiative which was unveiled on Tuesday, November 19 which also marks International Men’s Day will last for three years. In a statement lead team coordinating the project EEA Media Production said “For this first year, the project has produced a video featuring men revealing their experiences and lessons by answering questions and sharing their thoughts on power, women, respect, love, and being witness to gender…

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Ghanaian blind student dragged from Oxford chamber ‘feels worthless’

A Ghanaian visually impaired student who was violently removed from a chamber of a prestigious debating society has been cleared of any wrongdoing. Ebenezer Azamati, 25, was manhandled out of the Oxford Union debating chamber by his feet and ejected from the building. He was accosted by a security guard when he attempted to return to a seat he had earlier reserved for the October 17 debate. A Video footage of the incident shows distressed Azamati being forcibly removed from his chair after he resisted efforts to drag him out…

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Kenya census results on intersex persons and implications

The 2019 Kenya Population and Housing Census results has revealed that there are 1,524 intersex persons in the country. The census was conducted in August 2019 by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics and themed “Counting Our People for Sustainable Development and Devolution of Services.” Though the standard practice of population dada collection was followed in this year’s exercise, the country’s bold decision to include intersex as a gender category stood out, as the East African nation became the first in Africa to recognize intersex during a population count. While…

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Two catholic nuns got pregnant while working in Africa

The Catholic Church has launched an investigation after two missionary nuns became pregnant while working in Africa. The two women, who belonged to separate religious orders in Sicily, are expecting children despite their vows of chastity. One of them, a mother superior, found she was several weeks pregnant while the other woman discovered the news when she complained of stomach pain. Both nuns are now facing an uncertain future in their profession and the scandal has caused ‘consternation’ among the clergy. One of the women, aged 34, discovered her pregnancy…

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Ghana: Pastor’s comment on honouring God sparks outrage

A popular Ghanaian preacher, Bishop Dag Heward-Mills has left many fuming after he claimed Christians in recent times are honouring their families than God. He wrote on Twitter on Friday that “Today, Christians are honouring family more than they honour God. They do things to please wives and children more than to please God. Because of this, the mission field and harvest fields lack certain quality labourers. Lord help us!” But not everyone is taking the comment by the preacher lightly and literally. Some social media users have been outraged…

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Ghanaian town without girl high school graduate for 25 years

A community in Ghana has for the past 25 years been unable to have a female high school graduate due to child and forced marriages. The community called Sawoubea in the Wa East district of the upper west region has a very high level of child marriage, a trend that worries authorities. A regional education official in charge of girls’ education, Annacleta Viiru, was reported by Ghana’s News Agency as saying that the main school in the community, Sawoubea Junior High School is yet to have its first girl graduate.…

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US church clears $7.8m in medical debt for 6,000 families

An Indiana church helped pay off $7.8 million in medical debt for nearly 6,000 families across the state. Northview Church teamed up with RIP Medical Debt, a New York-based organization, and leveraged more than $40,000 in donations to wipe out the unpaid medical bills. RIP Medical Debt negotiates with hospitals, doctors and even investors to purchase debt at pennies on the dollar. “The debt is then paid off forever, with no adverse consequences to those who benefit,” Northview said in a statement. The church, which has seven campuses in Indiana, initially…

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