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I’m Nigerian. I’m Vaccinated. Europe Won’t Let Me In

IFEANYI NSOFOR I’m fully vaccinated. I want to travel to Europe. And fully vaccinated visitors are welcome. But I can’t get in. That’s because the vaccine I received is not on Europe’s list of four approved vaccines: Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson and Oxford-AstraZeneca, but only the version manufactured in the United Kingdom or Europe […]

Turkson – the Son of a Turkey

It was Saturday morning so as usual I trekked to one of the most patronized African stores looking for a flyer that announces an evening event. I had three flyers – all free events – to choose from. I quickly dismissed the first one. It was an imported funeral. Someone was organizing a funeral for […]

Reverend who went back to African religious roots

For a man who claims to have renounced his faith in the Christian religion, the Rev Kamau wa Macharia sure knows his Bible. He does not have many positive things to say about Islam either, the other major religion imposed on Africans. Instead, he embraces the African Traditional Religion which has been deliberately suppressed by […]

West Africa’s Eco currency plan remains a pipe dream

ISAAC MUGABI The launch of West Africa’s single currency has failed on several attempts. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, observers say member countries should focus on economic recovery rather than untenable projects like the Eco. Since its conception in 2003, leaders of the fifteen-member Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have postponed the launch of […]

Africa’s last kingdom is using modern methods to silence dissent

TAWANDA KAROMBO With the internet shut down and under the cover of darkness, government forces went after protestors in Africa’s last absolute monarchy of Eswatini. All this while Eswatini’s dominant neighbor, South Africa, remained silent in the midst of former president Zuma’s court sentencing trials. The shutdown of the internet in Eswatini was confirmed in […]

South Africa’s ex-president Zuma is jailed after landmark ruling

SUSAN NJANJI Jacob Zuma on Thursday July 8, began a 15-month sentence for contempt of court, becoming post-apartheid South Africa’s first president to be jailed after a drama that campaigners said ended in a victory for rule of law. Zuma, 79, reported to prison early Thursday after mounting a last-ditch legal bid and stoking defiance […]

Ethiopia resumes filling Nile mega-dam reservoir, angering downstream nations

Ethiopia has started the second phase of filling the reservoir of its mega-dam on the upper Blue Nile, Egypt and Sudan said, raising tensions Tuesday ahead of an upcoming UN Security Council meeting on the divisive project. Both Cairo and Khartoum said they had been notified by Addis Ababa that the second phase of filling […]

Zimbabwe Villagers Fight Chinese Coal Mining Project

COLUMBUS MAVHUNGA Conservationists in Zimbabwe are trying to rally opposition to a Chinese coal mining project planned in a district within the country’s biggest national park. Critics say locals and wildlife will be affected and are urging authorities to move away from coal production toward renewable energies. Most Dinde villagers in Hwange district say they […]

Business is starting to trump morality in Africa’s cannabis industry

STEPHEN KAFEERO The prospect of legalized cannabis in Africa, unimaginable less than a decade ago, is accelerating, driven by the potential for much-needed revenue and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Generations of Africans have faced the wrath of colonial era and morality laws surrounding cannabis use, with many involved in cultivating and selling the […]

The World Needs Genuine Cooperation to rid itself of COVID 19

Like all documented pandemics in our contemporary world, the appearance of coronavirus less than two years ago threatened the world order and placed it in a jittery and uncertain situation and future. The scientific world and researchers responded in kind and within a short time came up with antidotes to the debilitating virus. In an […]