Category archives for: Op-Ed

COVID-19 policies need to be inclusive of undocumented people

European countries have not done enough to ensure safe access to vaccines and certificates for undocumented migrants. ALYNA C SMITH In July 2021, the European Union implemented a COVID-19 vaccination certificate mandate for intra-EU travel. Subsequently, a growing number of countries across Europe have adopted COVID-19 certificates as passes granting access to a host of […]

Rule of Law and ‘Africanization’ of Terrorism

The changing tide in the fight against bandits in Nigeria UCHENNA EKWO As recent security challenges demonstrate, fragile states and conflict-regions of the world are increasingly becoming safe havens for terrorists and transnational organized crimes. In Africa, terrorism is shrinking the continent’s investment space, and, in some cases, certain African countries are losing ground in their […]

A very American riot

It is time for the world to see through the American claims of exceptionalism. PATRICK GATHARA If the past four years of the Donald Trump presidency had dented America’s carefully cultivated – if inaccurate – reputation as a bastion of democracy, the November 2020 election, its aftermath and, especially the events of January 6 have […]

Africa must unite to demand stolen art’s return

African nations need to work together to pressure Europe to return looted art held in its museums, such as Germany’s newly opened Humboldt Forum, says DW’s Harrison Mwilima. Among the priceless works held by Germany’s new Humboldt Forum museum, a massive cultural complex in Berlin, are 75,000 African artifacts. It’s not clear how some of […]

When Africa was a German laboratory

Western scientists transformed Africa into a living laboratory during the sleeping sickness epidemics of the early 20th century. They should not be allowed to do the same now. At the turn of the 20th century, epidemics of trypanosomiasis, or “sleeping sickness” as it is more commonly known, started to appear across Africa. A vector-borne parasitic […]


Benjamin Afrifa Unquestionably, the world is dealing with a planetary disaster. The virulent force of COVID-19 pandemic continues unabated. The physical and psychological impact of COVID-19 has been heart-breaking with multiple deaths, acute hospitalizations and the economic impact that is yet to be assessed. The onslaught of the virus caught governments off-guard. The virological threat […]

Prosecute them all

Published reports from Ghana’s Auditor General’s Department indicate that some members of Ghana’s Parliament have been trooping to the office of the Auditor General’s to plead on behalf of corrupt state officials under investigation. This, we believe, is abuse of power and criminal. The announcement, which came out at a forum organized by Parliament’s Constitutional, […]

Nigeria needs to start talking about the horrors of the Biafra war, fifty years on

by Chika Oduah In 2014, the Nigerian National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) flagged the widely publicized film adaptation of Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s bestselling novel, “Half of a Yellow Sun” to ensure that it would not undermine national security. While people around the world watched the film, in Nigeria, its release had […]

Reform discovery process to ensure fundamental rights

By Melissa Mark-Viverito and Seymour W. James Jr. In September 2016, Aaron Cedres was arrested for gang assault, accused of beating a patron outside a Bronx nightclub he worked at as a bouncer. Surveillance video supposedly captured the assault, and when the case was presented to the grand jury, defense lawyers asked to see the […]

Bawumia sneezes and the NDC catches cold

by Kwabena Opong Following NPP vice presidential candidate Mahamudu Bawumia’s latest lecture on the Ghanaian economy on Thursday, September 8, the ruling NDC party has subjected the economics academic to a barrage of verbal attacks. Among those leading the attack on Alhaji Bawumia is Vice President Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur who instead of rebutting what Dr. […]