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Ugandan MPs earn higher salaries than those in EU states

Politicians live like kings among poverty-stricken constituents GODREY OLUKYA Ian Clarke wondered in one of his columns in a Ugandan newspaper how the country could afford to pay higher salaries to MPs than those in Ireland from where he hails. He said that apart from earning very high salaries, Uganda’s parliament is also unnecessarily big. […]

NATO Studying ‘Options’ to Bolster Africa Anti-Jihadi Force, UN Says

NATO is studying options to bolster support for the multinational G5 Sahel Joint Force in the troubled three-borders region of Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso, where a surge in jihadis violence has cost thousands of lives, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a letter seen by AFP on Thursday October 7. The North Atlantic Treaty […]

Homosexuality, sex and politics in Ghana

The center stage of Ghanaian political debate has shifted to the issue of homosexuality inflaming passions, angering many and confusing Ghanaians about the legality and otherwise of the homosexual act. What is now dubbed LGBTQ+ whatever it means has now become a fad being bandied about with jest in some circles and with utter rejection […]

Woman plans to help fellow Rwandan amputees get prosthetics

PHILIP MARCELO She was orphaned during Rwanda’s genocide and lost much of one of her legs to childhood cancer, but Claudine Humure has dreams of giving back to her once war-torn homeland. First, though, she needed a new leg to propel her on the next part of her journey. The 29-year-old, who spent some of […]

Michael Jackson memorabilia will pay for Covid shots in Equatorial Guinea

NIMI PRINCEWILL Nearly $27 million seized from the Vice President of Equatorial Guinea Teodorin Nguema Obiang Mangue will be spent on Covid-19 vaccines for the country, the US Department of Justice said in a statement Monday September 20, 2021. Assets confiscated include luxury vehicles and a pair of $275,000 jewel-encrusted gloves belonging to Michael Jackson. […]

UK travel curbs hurt vaccine drive: Africa CDC

* For most of the world, and all of Africa, Britain will not recognise locally-administered vaccines – even if the jabs came from Britain The African Union’s health watchdog on Thursday September 23 warned that Britain’s pandemic travel restrictions could make people across the continent more reluctant to get vaccinated. Under the restrictions, Britain only […]

The State of Democracy in Africa – 2

We concluded in our editorial comment in the last issue that as human as western democracy is, we would prefer that to military coups on the continent. Our contention is based on its inherent fairness and equity. It allows free expression of ideas, religion and, most of all, economic democracy that stimulates development. We reiterate, […]

Victor Uwaifo recorded many firsts: Buhari says in tribute

President Muhammadu Buhari poured encomiums on the departed legendary musician and teacher Victor Uwaifo, saying he recorded many firsts in his lifetime. “Uwaifo lived for many firsts”, Buhari said in a condolence message sent to the family. These “include invitation to the State House by four presidents and Heads of State, and winner of a […]

Black Lives Are Celebrated in Bisa Butler’s Extraordinary, Technicolor Quilts

CHERYL CORLEY At the top of the Grand Staircase at the Art Institute of Chicago hang massive, colorful banners announcing the art work of Bisa Butler. Butler’s specialty is fabric, specifically quilts. And the bold images of Black people she stitches together, using textiles like paint in an explosion of color, is quilting transformed. “I […]

Adorable viral video shows monkey trying to wear a face mask

A monkey has been filmed trying its best to comply with coronavirus safety protocols – by wearing a face mask BROOKE ROLFE Coronavirus safety protocols haven’t just become second nature to most people, they seem to be rubbing off on the local wildlife too. It was a classic case of “monkey see, monkey do” in […]