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  • Africa:True Cost of a Plate of Food Around the World #WorldFoodDay
    [IPS] Geneva -How much would you expect to pay for the most basic plate of food? The kind of thing you might whip up at home - nothing fancy, just enough to fill you up and meet a third of today's calorie needs. A soup, maybe, or a simple stew - some beans or lentils, a handful of rice, bread, or corn?
  • Uganda:MP Chased From Burial Ceremony Over Mobile Money Tax Vote
    [Monitor] Butaleja -Angry mourners on Monday chased away Bunyole West Member of Parliament, James Waluswaka, from the burial ceremony of one of his constituents over his views on the recently approved Mobile Money tax.
  • Ethiopia:These Are the Women in Ethiopia's Downsized Cabinet
    [Addis Standard] Addis Abeba -For the second time since becoming Ethiopia's Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed formed a new cabinet today. But unlike the first one, PM Abiy has downsized the number of ministers from 28 to 20 and equalized the gender composition to 50% women and 50% men; he also gave key positions, such as minister of peace and defense, to women ministers, a move applauded by many.

Kanye West  and Kim Kardashian is in Uganda!



Kanye West and his wife, Kim Kardashian West, met with the President of Uganda, Yoweri K Museveni, during their trip to the country in East Africa.   Museveni detailed the meeting with the power couple in a tweet on Monday, revealing that the 41-year-old rapper gifted him white sneakers amid talks of improving tourism. The president also shared photos from the meeting where he’s greeting the couple, posing with the sneakers and having discussions in an ornately decorated room.


President of Uganda said, “I welcome American entertainment stars Kanye West and @KimKardashian to Uganda,” Museveni wrote on Twitter. “I held fruitful discussions with the duo on how to promote Uganda's tourism and the arts. I thank Kanye for the gift of white sneakers. Enjoy your time in Uganda. It is the true Pearl of Africa.”


The mis-education of Africans is substantially profound and it has become a stumbling block, even detrimental to psychological liberation of Africa. Take for instance, in Nigeria and most African nations, the visiting Lebanese, Chinese and Indians are referred as ‘White people’ and accorded with first class treatment that cannot be given to Nigerian and African citizens.



Growing up in Nigeria we were taught in the social studies that Mungo Park, a Scottish explorer discovered River Niger.  None of our so-called educators and leaders have the common sense to question this lingering brainwash and mind engineering.




Now this takes me to Malawi. This is an east African country with a population of 18-19 million people with a GDP of slightly above $22 billion as of 2017 fiscal year.


In Malawi’s commercial capital of Blantyre a foundation has already been fabricated to construct a statute of the Indian social justice icon Mahatma Gandhi, a leader of Indian struggle for independent from Britain. 


Why this out of place statute in Malawi?  With due respect to Gandhi contribution to non-violent movement for social justice, Gandhi is an Indian hero and has no business in Malawi.  



“It is a condition from the Indian government through its high commission in the capital Lilongwe that if they are to invest in the construction of an arts conference center in Gandhi's name. The conference center is pegged at $10 Million (€8.6 million) with plans to be replicated in nine other African Countries.”




Mahatma Gandhi’s legacy  of recent has been controversial not because of social justice views but for his racist baggage that was unearthed by some Indian historians.   In the article written by Christina Okello, she delved into the racist view held by Gandhi against Blacks in South Africa where he resided before he went back to India:



"Gandhi, who lived in South Africa for 21 years, has long been a controversial figure. In 2015, the book The South African Gandhi: Stretcher-Bearer of Empire by scholars Ashwin Desai and Goolam Vahed revealed the extent of Gandhi's anti-Black racism. It argued that the independence leader's fight for the rights of Indians in colonial South Africa was spurred by his belief that Indians were innately superior to Black South Africans and that he advocated further segregation."



“Indeed, when Gandhi began his stay in South Africa as a 24-year-old lawyer, he used to refer to Blacks as "Kaffirs", a term used to denigrate Africans during colonial times.”


“Later, he would get rid of these notions however, even asking for greater equality between Indians and Africans with the Europeans, says Chanda, pointing out that the independence leader underwent "a mental and psychological evolution."



Gandhi probably did have a change of mind on his racial stand against Blacks but his social justice movement took place in India and not in Malawi or Africa. Therefore the compulsive move by India government to compel Malawi to erect Gandhi statute is a prototypical  colonialistic mentality perpetuated by a developing nation that once suffered the burden of British colonialism.


Africa has become repository and Petri dish for exploitative experiments by foreign invaders. Subsequently, Africans have been conditioned to assimilate foreign influences without question.  Africans having Arabic and European first names have been accepted as normality, but hardly can you see an European or Arab with African names.



In age of imperialism, Africa was overwhelmed with slavery and colonialism. But steadily and gradually modern Africa with rising energetic intellectualism is rejecting mental slavery and neo-colonialism.



For instance, University of Ghana has banished the statue of Gandhi in the school campus and in Malawi a group of activists  named ‘Gandhi Must Fall’ have  collected more than 3,000 signed petition to block the planned stature.



“Mahatma Gandhi has never contributed anything to Malawi’s struggle for independence and freedom," a statement from the ‘Gandhi Must Fall’ group said. "We therefore feel that the statue is being forced upon the people of Malawi and is the work of a foreign power aiming at promoting its image and dominion on the unsuspecting people of Malawi.”



A committed India trying to build a sustainable civic relationship with Africa, should start by addressing ugly face of racism in their country where Black Africans are attacked by Indian natives because of the color of their skin.




Emeka  Chiakwelu, Principal Policy Strategist at AFRIPOL. His works have appeared in Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Forbes and many other important journals around the world. His writings have also been cited in many economic books, publications and many institutions of higher learning including Harvard Education and Oxford University. Africa Political & Economic Strategic Center (AFRIPOL) is foremost a public policy center whose fundamental objective is to broaden the parameters of public policy debates in Africa. To advocate, promote and encourage free enterprise, democracy, sustainable green environment, human rights, conflict resolutions, transparency and probity in Africa. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



Abubakar Atiku having become the flag bearer of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) must now make the tough and important decision of picking his vice president.  The man or woman he picked with reveal to Nigerians especially voters the type of the government he desires to run if elected. 



At the interim, Nigeria is in a dire economic straits and Atiku needs a pro-growth economic advocate as his running mate. It is not a secret that Nigeria’s economic growth is anemic and in some cases decelerating with itinerant and runaway inflation. Unemployment is becoming the sinkhole of the nation.  With the annual population growth rate at 2.6 percent, the economic growth of less than 1 percent stood below the population growth.  This debacle scenario is an explosive catastrophic that will eventually threaten peace and stability of a nation.




Providing jobs to Nigerian youths must be the cornerstone of his economic policy.  The greatest resource of Nigeria is not oil but human capital from the youthful energy that must be harnessed to create a stable and prosperous nation.




Nigeria’s economy contracted by 1.6 percent in 2016 with total annual negative growth of -1.5 percent and became the worst annual slump in 25 years.  The economy went into recession due to two consecutive quarters of negative growths in 2016.  Finally, the country came out from recession with anemic growth of less than 1 percent. To be precise the recorded GDP growth was 0.83 percent in 2017 according to indices that came from National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).



The level of unemployment is alarming especially among the youths.  Job Statistics published in 2017 by “Nigeria's National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) pegs the unemployment rate at 14.2% in the last quarter of 2016, up from 13.9% in the preceding quarter. It's the ninth consecutive quarter that the unemployment rate in Nigeria has increased.”  And it is not getting better with the latest recorded unemployment of 18.8 percent. If we must be frank with each other, the true unemployment rate is way bigger than the official rate.




The recommendation is for Atiku to pick those that have been tested and gone through crucible of economic realities.  With interest rate at 14 percent and inflation rate 16.5 percent, an economic expert is needed to deploy fiscal policy that will compliment the daunting monetary policy in order to stimulate growth, attract investors and create jobs. 




Image result for peter obiPeter Obi, a former Anambra State governor and a business man needs no introduction because his accomplishment in socioeconomic speaks for him.  Obi is an apostle of financial discipline and economic growth.




Image result for ngozi okonjo-iwealaThis goes for Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, although she is not a politician but a respected technocrat. Notwithstanding, she has been in halls of government in Nigeria and understands the tools and bolts of the polity. Her global standing as an astute economist and money manager will attract foreign investors and her oversee of the economy will bring discipline and transparency in that sector. 




Image result for chukwuma soludoChukwuma Soludo was one of most successful executive governors of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). He is a financial intellectual with pragmatic bent especially in tilting to pro-growth policy. Soludo was the leader in consolidating Nigerian banks and thereby raised their global profile. He has excellent credentials in managing monetary policy especially in stabilizing price, taming inflation with optimum interest rates. 



Image result for emeka chiakweluEmeka  Chiakwelu, Principal Policy Strategist at AFRIPOL. His works have appeared in Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Forbes and many other important journals around the world. His writings have also been cited in many economic books, publications and many institutions of higher learning including Harvard Education and Oxford University. Africa Political & Economic Strategic Center (AFRIPOL) is foremost a public policy center whose fundamental objective is to broaden the parameters of public policy debates in Africa. To advocate, promote and encourage free enterprise, democracy, sustainable green environment, human rights, conflict resolutions, transparency and probity in Africa. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 

Atiku defeated other  13 other candidates including Senate President, Bukola Saraki and tSokoto state Governor, Aminu Tambuwal to emerge as Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate.

The winner Atiku thank the delegates for choosing him, “thank you for choosing me. This is a victory for all of us. The task to get Nigeria working again starts now.”

The former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar  will be challenging President Buhari for the office of Nigeria's presidency in  Feburary 2019.


The complete PDP primary result:


Atiku Abubakar 1500+ votes


Jonah Jang scored 19 votes


Datti Baba 5 votes


Ahmed 5 Votes


David Mark is 35 votes


Tanumu Turaki 65 votes


Sule Lamido 96 votes


Attahiru Bafarawa 48 votes


Ibrahim Dankwambo 111 votes


Ahmed Makarfi 74 votes


Rabiu Kwankwanso 158 votes



Bukola Saraki 317 votes


Aminu Tambuwal 693 votes


Voided votes- 68

 

Dr. Mukwege, Nadia Murad Win 2018 Nobel Peace Prize For Efforts To End Sexual Violence


The Congolese doctor and Yazidi activist won for their work to eliminate the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war. The Nobel Peace Prize on Friday was awarded to a Congolese doctor and a Yazidi former captive of the Islamic State group for their work to highlight and eliminate the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war.



Nobel Peace Prize winners Nadia Murad, left, and Denis Mukwege. 



Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad “have made a crucial contribution to focusing attention on, and combating, such war crimes,” the Norwegian Nobel Committee said in its announcement. “Denis Mukwege is the helper who has devoted his life to defending these victims. Nadia Murad is the witness who tells of the abuses perpetrated against herself and other.” The 2018 prize is worth 9 million Swedish kronor ($1.01 million). Last year’s Nobel Peace Prize winner was the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.


Mukengere Mukwege  is a Congolese gynecologist and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. He founded and works in Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, where he specializes in the treatment of women who have been gang-raped by rebel forces.[  He has treated thousands of women who were victims of gang wartime rape since the Second Congo War, some of them more than once, performing up to ten surgeries a day during his 18-hour working days. According to the The Globe and Mail, Mukwege is "likely the world's leading expert on repairing injuries of rape."  In 2018, he and Nadia Murad were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for "their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict."[

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Mukwege was the third of nine children born to a Pentecostal minister and his wife. He studied medicine because he wanted to heal the sick people for whom his father prayed, after seeing the complications of childbirth experienced by women in the Congo who had no access to specialist healthcare.[5] Upon graduating from medical school in Burundi, Mukwege started working as a paediatrician in a rural Lemera Hospital near Bukavu, but seeing women patients who due to the absence of proper care often suffered pain and genital lesions after giving birth, he decided to travel to France to study gynaecology and obstetrics at the University of Angers.

 

credits AP, Wikipedia

Nigeria – A testament Derailed 
(Poem for Independent Anniversary@58)
By Emeka Chiakwelu



Chaffs of blown rice scattered on the plain
The requisite joy of the moment derailed
The wind blowing could not stop
Therefore the chaffs flowing in the wind propagate




Once a dream bored out of sweat of the framers
Illusion of reality was the celebration
Yet a distance journey to the desired land
The nature and its rules eclipse the reality
It was dream handed with pale leprous hand
Therefore infection of mind looted in the wind
Seeds of hope overrun by shrubs of the bush




Deceived in the beginning with a promise of greatness
It was just nothing but a pledge
The fainted mind misunderstood a mirage
Tumultuous winding funnel of mirage
That was not a reality – it’s a figment of imagination
Buried in the scales of thought yet to hatch 
Rasped in the rapidity of the moment




Just an infant of mediocre residing in fantasy
When are you going to grow up?
You think that a promise is guarantee
Only a fool thinks he is flying without wings
O the sweat that flowing through your wrinkled face
A merchant of dreams refuse to reconcile a reality of wisdom




What is the reality- tell the perfect thought
That’s the problem again
Nothing, nothing is perfect in the mundane earth
Therefore go on dreaming and refuse to wake from sleeping
Noise of greatness was the snoring from deep sleep
O rivers and streams are great too when left a virgin





The sun rises from the east but sets in the west
Too difficult for a simpleton to comprehend
Boiling winds of destruction have compassed 
The tolerance of thought hindered
Tell us how to be free when mind is empty
Stars are no bright enough to see
Darkness have engulfed the land
The blind and those with perfect sight wondered in darkness.
That’s the blind spot of progress
Reposted and crystallized in the hour of darkness





Can the water be drink?
Where is the water to be drink?
How come you do not listen?
The chaffs covered the drinking water
The episodic sorrow of lost enveloped 
Freedom is what the craving is all about 
To the huts Oh’ Nigerians.





Emeka  Chiakwelu, Principal Policy Strategist at AFRIPOL. His works have appeared in Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Forbes and many other important journals around the world. His writings have also been cited in many economic books, publications and many institutions of higher learning including Harvard Education and Oxford University. Africa Political & Economic Strategic Center (AFRIPOL) is foremost a public policy center whose fundamental objective is to broaden the parameters of public policy debates in Africa. To advocate, promote and encourage free enterprise, democracy, sustainable green environment, human rights, conflict resolutions, transparency and probity in Africa. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

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