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A school in Lagos, Nigeria, Morit International School (MIS), is accepting plastic bottles in exchange for payment of student’s school fees. The school’s proprietor, Patrick Nbamarah thought up the idea when he realised that children were been withdrawn from school due to their parent’s inability to pay their fees. “My passion is to see children of all ages in school and because I do not want them roaming the streets during school hours. I sat down to think of an alternative way of meeting up with school fees because we also need money, however little, to run the school,” said Nbamarah.

Nbamarah contacted African Clean-Up Initiative (ACI) and WeCyclers and together they launched the Recycles Pay Education project to lessen the financial burden on parents, keep children in school and simultaneously promote a green environment. Situated in Ajegunle, one of the poorest neighbourhoods in Lagos, MIS was established five years ago to provide affordable education for children of low-income earners, still, parents struggle to meet up with payments.

The school’s fee ranges from N7,200 ($20) to N8,200 ($22) per term for nursery and primary sections respectively, and each plastic sells for N1. Therefore 7,200 plastics make up the fee for a nursery pupil while a primary school pupil needs to bring 8,200 empty plastic bottles. The plastics are submitted on designated days with the recycling company present to purchase them. The money is then paid into the school account.

Sometimes, the plastics are submitted in bits until the required quantity is met. Other times, parents are allowed to balance up the plastics with cash if they cannot submit the required quantity. So far, the response has been great, so much so that parents are asking the school to become some form of financial institution. The parents are enjoying the programme … They want the school to collect plastic wastes in exchange for cash to enable them to attend other needs,” Nbamarah said.

To rid the environment of more waste, the school is working on a project where empty water sachets will be the form of payment. “This will remove plastic and nylon wastes from gutters, drainages and canals,” he said. Nbamarah has appealed to environmentalists and the government to partner with the school on the Recycles Pay Education project by providing a larger space for the storage of plastic bottles.

Nbamarah’s unconventional initiative was first launched by a couple in India, Parmita Sarma and Mazin Mukhtar, founders of Akshar Forum, a school for underprivileged students in Assam where the only form of payment is plastic. Like Nbamarah is doing here in Lagos, Akshar Forum is making education affordable while building an intersection between education and sustainability. These innovative initiatives are timely as the world battles the harmful proliferation of plastic wastes, seeking ways to decrease it.

According to a report by National Geographic, there are 6.3 billion metric tons of plastic waste and only nine percent of that has been recycled. The vast majority of that is accumulating in landfills or sloughing off in the natural environment as litter. “If present trends continue, by 2050, there will be 12 billion metric tons of plastic in landfills. That amount is 35,000 times as heavy as the Empire State Building,” Laura Parker writes.

Source: Ventures Africa

In the fall of 1859, the abolitionist and former slave, Frederick Douglass, authored an essay in which he outlined the ​Contradictions in American Civilization. ​By the mid 19th century, America had crowned itself first place in the race to civilization on nearly every material measure. However, on a different and far more consequential measure, namely the human measure, America in 1859 was hardly an infant civilization. Why? Because, as Douglass pointed out, the line between a civilized nation and a brute nation is drawn not by the number of railroads but by ``the value attached to human life, and the protection given to it by [​civilized society],​`` and as late as 1859, the American economy was still supported by proceeds from the sale of Black human flesh.

Germany today is no America of 1859 or even America of today in many regards. But events over the last ten and half years and most pertinently the death of William Tonou Mbobda at the hands of rogue handlers guised as security officers at the psychiatric clinic of the Universitätklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) in April 2019, and the ensuing nonchalant response by the hospital, has not only evoked a feeling of outrage in many quarters but has also casted doubt on whether Black African life is worthy of equal respect and protection in this society. This is not an attempt to over-dramatize a sad and shameful condition but to instead reflect on a tragedy long in the making, one that began on the Gulf of Guinea in Central Africa.

When William moved to Germany in 2008 and specifically to Hamburg in 2009 from Cameroon he was just 24 years of age. At that time, his home country had a population of just about 20 million and the average person lived no longer than 55 years. By 2014, nearly 4 in 10 people in Cameroon lived below the national poverty line. One of the few ways most people make it out of poverty in the place where William came from is through education, and like so many of his kind in the diaspora, William came to Germany as an educated migrant after having started his tertiary education at the University of Cameroon. Traveling to Germany was an opportunity for young William to climb higher on the educational ladder and be exposed to a much larger world. It was also an opportunity for him to support his family. Having lost his father at a very young age and his only brother eight years ago, William had been the only male in his nuclear family. He took his role as the proverbial man of the house very seriously and played was a central figure in every decision affecting the welfare of his family. According to close friends, he was instrumental in his younger sister`s educational career including helping her complete her undergraduate studies in Cameroon and subsequently helping to bring her to Germany just two years so she too could further her studies.
But for William, life abroad had long been difficult before it was tragic. Like any other immigrant group, many Black African migrants are compelled to leave home sometimes for safety reasons but mostly for economic reasons. The choice of a destination is informed by a host of factors including peace and security in the country of destination, the rule of law, language, family or friendship ties. However, by and large most pilgrims take what they could get. And since economic prospects are better nearly everywhere in the West than they are back home, the average Black African from Gambia, Ghana or Cameroon is unlikely to forgo a chance to come to Europe on the basis of factors like differences in language, culture, the absence of a shared history or some vague notion of racial prejudice. But it is essentially these less-considered factors that not only hinder their chances of economic and social mobility but also threaten their very happiness, dignity, safety and sometimes their lives.

Western immigration policies have historically been about keeping a category of people out. Factors such as place of origin, religious and cultural differences play varying roles depending on the level of sensitivity of voters. But the most important and most consistent factor is class. The gates of Europe and the United States are always open to a millionaire from any part of the globe including the most dangerous places on earth. However, in the dance between class and access, race plays a part. Since poverty and backwardness are largely associated with the so-called third-world, Black and Brown people, who make up the bulk of the third-world population, are most especially kept out of Western borders.william
Thus, a Greek janitor in possession of nothing but transportation tickets could travel to Germany today, Great-Britain tomorrow and the United States the day after without requiring a single trip to their embassies while a doctor from a so-called third-world country like Ghana must confess everything from his religion to the last cent in his bank account to a consular before the idea of admitting him into Germany, Great-Britain or the United States is even entertained. And while a European citizen would require a visa to travel to Ghana, a thousand thousand janitors of German nationality would be let into Ghana before a single university graduate from the latter is granted entry into Germany. And the few that are allowed entry are constantly made to feel that while they were admitted on the basis of what they could do, their entry is more a reflection of the good-hearted nature of their host than any envious desire for their cultural, ideological or technical contributions.
But compared to other immigrant groups, who enjoy varying degrees of respect and admiration, Black Africans are the least dignified and least respected group on the face of the earth.
Practically nowhere on earth, not even in the African continent, is anything Black and African, including Black African life, valued equally or above anything European. To be respected and recognized as a modern individual, the Black African must exchange his thoughts, manners, religion and language for the thoughts, manners, religion and language of the new world. To stay in the new world, he must dare not fail to live up to the expectations of him by proving his worth and the size of his wallet constantly. He must be a model citizen with an unblemished record, for a mere scuffle with a drunk on the street, like William once had, could risk his deportation.

The physical toll of living up to expectations as a Black African immigrant can be very severe. These days, it manifests itself most commonly in the form of illnesses like high blood pressure, diabetes and rheumatism most especially among Black African womenfolk who, after decades of cleaning people's homes and attending to the old and the sick, still cannot afford a life of dignity for themselves here or back home. The psychological toll of feeling unwanted and unimportant, of feeling inferior, of feeling like a burden, of constantly being treated like a guest in your own home is as severe as the physical toll. And if conditions at school or work or family life back home do not improve, it could lead to a feeling of failure, of aimlessness, of loss in the world and ultimately of depression.
Exactly what William was feeling when he visited the psychiatric clinic on April 17​ ​may never be known. But what is known is that he had struggled for years to secure a residence permit that would have allowed him to stay in Germany for more than three to six months at a time; it is also known that long before his visit to the psychiatric clinic he had only to make do with under-the-table jobs because he could not secure a reliable work permit; and what is really known is that he lost his life at the very place he went to get it back.

Nearly everyone is of the view that it is impossible to win a case against a hospital. But this is not about winning. This is about restoring dignity and respect to human life, specifically Black African life. It is about ensuring that Black African life is given the same care and protection that are given to others. The idea that nothing can be done about what happened to William cheapens his life. Hospitals should be protected so they could save lives, not so they could take it away in such a fashion. This incident took place far outside the hospital bedroom: a man voluntarily submits himself to the care of a clinic and is suffocated to death while smoking cigarette outside because he did not want to take medicine?
 Understandably, many have since concluded that what happened was an act of racism. This conclusion is troubling but not because racism does not exist in this society; racially motivated actions are common and real and if they cannot be called out for what they are, then the term racist will cease to be useful. Equally, if every incident involving a Black victim and a White victimizer is labeled racist, then the term will have no effective meaning. People working in hospitals and psychiatric clinics, in particular, do a very difficult job. In essence, they do what most of us can`t or won`t do and this fact should not be lost on us even when we are at our most passionate. Being open to more than one explanation is not just the right thing to do but it is also the necessary thing to do. If tragedies of this sort are to be prevented from ever happening again, the motives of the perpetrators cannot be grossly misdiagnosed.

If it is found that those responsible were driven by negligence and insensitivity, then a holistic training that incorporates proper communication methods and cultural competency training with safe restraint tactics would be a more fitting policy response. The presence of a trained professional who is culturally competent or relatable could make a difference in the future. After all, it only takes one person to say ​let me talk to him t​ o avert a physical confrontation​. ​And of course, if it is found that this tragedy was long in the making and that the rogue officers involved or the companies they represent have had a history of being disrespectful and disregarding of the lives and welfares of racial minorities, then such finding must elicit the strongest punishment possible and the values of the institutions and of those who represent them must be aligned with the values of a civilized society. At a very least, the death of a human being deserves more than a casual press statement the size of a tweet and the suspension of those responsible for just a matter of days.

But preventing tragedies of this nature from ever happening again would require more than punishing those responsible or a few marches on the street. It would also require work of a far less conspicuous nature like reaching out to a newcomer or a refugee to help them learn German or English or do their homework, guide them through the numerous bureaucracies, help them find a job or make them feel important and at home by introducing them to your friends. Running for office, becoming a school teacher, doctor, nurse, psychologist or a lawyer are also among the ways to help by enacting more inclusive policies, changing the narrative, educating and healing. Only those who love and want to be a part of a society can change it. The necessity of now is to channel the passions and energies of the present, sad moment into the ever gratifying work of creating a society where all life, including Black African life, can thrive in dignity.
By Mohammed Adawulai

Recently, I witnessed in dismay a tirade by a white man in the first class cabin of a mid-size airplane, admonishing another first class passenger, a Ghanaian male, for “begging” for his seat.

What is wrong with you Africans? All you do is beg, beg, beg for everything!! You can beg all you want; I am not going to give you my seat.

Tempers finally cooled down, and the aircraft took off.

Unfortunately, I was sitting next to this white man who, a few minutes ago, had insulted my whole race.

With nothing else to do, I turned and asked him “what was all that about”?

Apparently, the Ghanaian man was travelling with his “wife”; they had been seated in 1st class on separate rows, and apart.

The man had asked this white man to exchange his seat, so the couple could be close.

The white man had refused, but the Ghanaian man had persisted with numerous “I beg you”; which eventually took the white man to his boiling point.

“So what would it have cost you to exchange your seat?” I asked.

His response, the essence of this article was this:

“I booked my flight the last minute, and got the last 1st class seat available, this one. This means it was also available to this man, if only he had asked to be seated close to his wife. He did not, but now comes “begging” for what WAS DUE HIM in the first place.”

“That still shouldn't get your collar up”, I said.

“You may be right; unfortunately, I have just finished a month long negotiations with your ministers and government officials over your God-given mineral rights, and what my gold mining company should pay.

I come to your country, see all this poverty everywhere, with wealth right under your feet.

Your own government gives only foreign companies the rights and privileges to rape and steal your country blind.

For a few thousand dollars, your government officials allow these foreign companies to walk away with:

(a) Perpetual tax holidays

(b) Duty free imports

(c) Bloated capital and operational investment costs

(d) under-declared mineral output

(e) minimum wages for local employees doing all the work, but FAT salaries and expense accounts for foreigners who do almost nothing

(f) exaggerated cost of shoddy school blocks and boreholes instead of meaningful royalty to local land owners and communities

(g) destruction of local farm lands with pitiful resettlement payments

(h) pollution of local drinking water

(i) destruction of local infrastructure, etc.

My bosses had counseled me at a briefing before my departure. I was asked to read your Osageyefo's “Neo-Colonialism”. Then I was told: “be prepared, and the first, to offer the negotiating team:

(a) a few thousand dollars each

(b) a center, or a 6-room school block, or a few bore holes for the community; and there will be no mention of the usual above 10% royalties, or an actual government oversight of our operations, or adequate resettlement compensations, etc.”

I did not believe my bosses since I, a mere high school graduate, was coming to deal with officials with masters and doctorate degrees.

Imagine my shock and disappointment when these officials, instead of demanding what is INTERNATIONALLY ACCEPTABLE COMPENSATIONS AND ROYALTIES for their country and communities, only accepted the 3% royalties, and with ALL KINDS OF GIVEAWAYS, and then came to me later BEGGING me to deposit “something” in their foreign accounts (numbers written on pieces of paper). I do not want to hear the phrase “I beg you” again.

The irony here is that these so called educated people, after negotiating away the countries wealth, and depositing their “something”s into foreign banks, turn round to go and BORROW their own money from the IMF, World Bank, or “Donor” countries/ “Development Partners”.

Do you remember the number of PhD beneficiaries, and the destinations of the Mabey & Johnson kickbacks?

It amazes me that your intelligentsia, ministers and presidents, who have studied, or have travelled overseas, still don't get the idea that “THERE IS NO FREE LUNCH”. THERE ARE NO “DONOR COUNTRIES” OR “DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS”. THE FOREIGN MINING COMPANIES TAKE YOUR MINERALS FOR NEXT TO NOTHING, DEPOSIT THEIR HAUL INTO THEIR BANKS, AND THEN TURN ROUND TO LOAN THE SAME TO OUR GOVERNMENTS, AGAIN WITH RIDICULOUS CONDITIONS SUCH AS “NO SUBSIDIZED” BASIC EDUCATION.

Surely, companies like Anglogold and Newmont are contributing to our economy, I offered.

“At what price? Have you been to Obuasi recently to see the devastation and destruction of once a beautiful city? Newmont has over 740 sq. km concession in Ahafo; what did the Ahafo's get in return for Newmont's ANNUAL revenues of over $750,000,000? Almost NOTHING!!

This is exactly what your first President was talking about in “Neo-Colonialism“. Have you read that book? He asked me.

I was ashamed to answer “No”.

“I don't blame you; none of your “educated” officials at the negotiating table had read it.

That book ought to be a must-read textbook in your schools and colleges, so that you can understand how foreign companies and governments strive to rob you blind, just as before. Only this time, their methods are cloaked in one-sided “agreements” with the connivance of your “Educated” Managing Directors, Ministers, and Presidents.

“How can you accuse our officials of complicity?” I asked defensively.

Has your media asked why the MD's of the Ghana Chamber of mines keep defending the mining companies, or how a Ghanaian, working for a Ghanaian/British joint company in Ghana earned the “Order of the British Empire (Sir)”?

Can you imagine these foreign companies, under the watchful eyes of your govt. officials, paying the indigene 5 pesewa (GhC 0.05) ground rent for their acre of concessional land after they have hauled away GhC 1,000,000 from the same acre?

THE BIG COMPANIES, NEWMONT AND ANGLOGOLD ARE NOT EVEN ASHAMED TO CONNIVE WITH YOUR GOVT OFFICIALS TO SIDESTEP PAYING THE INCREASED 5% ROYALTY. THEY ARE PAYING THE 5% BASED ON ANCIENT GOLD PRICE OF $300.00/OZ INSTEAD OF THE CURRENT WORLDWIDE PRICE OF $1500.00/OZ., SHORTCHANGING YOUR PEOPLE $75,000,000 in the process.

Unfortunately, your negotiating officials are happy to giggle to the foreign banks with their thousands, accompanied in some cases by “Dr”s and “Sir”s.

Even the Chinese are getting in on the act, albeit ILLEGALLY.

They are threatening communities with guns and firepower, AND YOUR MILITARY LOOKS ON UNCONCERNED.

Your media is just as bad. With buffet lunches or dinners and a few Cedis in their pockets, your print media become the propaganda machines of these mining companies.

They tout the few boreholes and the 6-room schools, but leave out the callous treatment of local employees and residents, and the destruction of the environment.

The airwaves are SILENT on all this. WACAM IS THE LONE VOICE FOR THE PEOPLE.

Why don't your media SUPPORT WACAM by broadcasting and educating the masses, especially the officials that:

(a) THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT APPROVE OF FOREIGN COMPANIES ROBBING THE INDEGENES FULL BENEFITS OF THEIR GOD GIVEN MINERAL AND OIL DEPOSITS.

(b) Before Rawlings, foreign mining companies in Ghana could not hold more than 40% interest in their partnership with the government; now the Ghana govt. holds ZERO percent, while they hold 100%,; and therefore do not account to any authority.

A 50% annual return on investment (ROI) for the first 7 years, is generally considered EXCELLENT.

Foreign mining/ oil companies in Ghana and the rest of Africa, are PERPETUALLY hauling away over 400% return on their investments, without any regard to the plight of the indigenes.

I feigned sleep, so he stopped talking. I was actually reflecting on all that he had said. I realized that YES, we had become too “give me, give me”; “I beg”, “I beg you”; “My Christmas box”; “Give us something for water”.

I am reminded by this my brother's analogy. His cat will “meow” for some food, usually crumbs, in his bowl outside. The bowl of food will attract the resident mice. One would think the cat would opt for the juicy mice, NOO!!!

He would lay there and watch the mouse eat all his food, and then come back “meowing” for more crumbs.

WE WATCH OUR OFFICIALS GIVE AWAY OUR GOLD, OIL, BAUXITE, DIAMOND, ETC FOR THEIR MEAGRE KICKBACKS, WHILE WE WALLOW IN POVERTY.

IT IS TIME WE WAKE UP FROM OUR SLUMBER, AND TAKE WHAT IS RIGHTFULLY OURS AT THE NEGOTIATING TABLE.

Source: Social Media

Hamburg. Erst Europa, dann Hamburg: Nach der Europawahl werden seit Montagmorgen auch die Bezirkswahlen in Hamburg ausgezählt. Wie die Parteien in den sieben Hamburger Bezirken abschneiden, gilt auch als Stimmungstest für die Bürgerschaftswahlen im kommenden Jahr.

Allein in der Barclaycard Arena, wo der Bezirk Altona ausgezählt wird, sind 900 Helfer im Einsatz. Nach dem historisch hohen Wahlsieg der Grünen bei der Europawahl in Hamburg erwarten Beobachter, dass sich der Erfolgstrend der Grünen auch hier fortsetzt und sie der SPD Verluste zufügen. Das Ergebnis der Bezirkswahlen wird am Abend erwartet.

Seit 10.15 Uhr werden Ergebnisse veröffentlicht:

Altona:

Das Ergebnis aus 86 der insgesamt 244 Wahllokale liegt vor: Die Grünen liegen mit großem Abstand vor der SPD, CDU und Linke liegen mit geringem Abstand zueinander dahinter. FDP und und AfD mit schwachen Ergebnissen.

Bergedorf:

Bisher liegt das Ergebnis aus 79 von 126 Wahllokalen vor: Die SPD bleibt bisher stärkste Kraft büßt aber viele Stimmen ein. Auch die CDU mit Stimmenverlusten, derzeit aber noch knapp vor den Grünen, die deutlich hinzu gewinnen. Linke und AfD dahinter, die FDP abgeschlagen.

Eimsbüttel:

Von den insgesamt 262 Wahllokalen sind bisher 108 ausgezählt: Die Grünen liegen derzeit nach deutlichen Stimmengewinnen klar vorn. Die SPD mit deutlichem Abstand in beide Richtungen dahinter, vor der CDU, die ebenso wie die Sozialdemokraten deutliche Verluste hinnehmen muss. Die Linke kann sich mit einem stabilen Ergebnis klar vor FDP und AfD positionieren.

Hamburg-Mitte:

Nach Auszählung von 126 der insgesamt 239 Wahllokale liegt die SPD trotz deutlicher Verluste vorn, die Grünen kommen nach großen Zugewinnen knapp dahinter auf den zweiten Platz. Die Linke profitiert von den Verlusten der CDU und verdrängt diese vom dritten Platz, die AfD beansprucht deutlich mehr Stimmen als die FDP.

Hamburg-Nord:

Aus 84 der insgesamt 319 Wahllokale liegen Ergebnisse vor: In diesen sind die Grünen mit deutlichem Abstand stärkste Kraft, die SPD fällt drastisch zurück, bleibt aber stärker als die CDU, da diese ebenfalls Stimmen einbüßt. Die Linke auf dem vierten Platz, dahinter FDP und AfD.

Harburg:

87 der 148 Wahllokale sind bisher ausgezählt: Grüne und SPD liegen mit nahezu identischem Ergebnis gleichauf. Während die Grünen wie fast überall in Hamburg massive Stimmgewinne verzeichnen, muss die SPD auch hier deutliche Verluste hinnehmen. Die CDU kann nicht von der Schwäche der Sozialdemokraten profitieren und verliert ebenfalls Stimmen. AfD und Linke dahinter auf den Plätzen vier und fünf, die FDP abgeschlagen.

Wandsbek:

Von den insgesamt 402 Wahllokalen im bevölkerungsreichsten Bezirk Hamburg liegen bisher die Ergebnisse aus 148 vor: Die Grünen überholen die SPD, die CDU mit Abstand auf dem dritten Platz. AfD, Linke und FDP mit großem Abstand zu den anderen dreien dahinter.

SPD bei Bezirkswahlen unter Druck

Schon bei den letzten Bezirksversammlungswahlen 2014 hatten die Sozialdemokraten hamburgweit knapp 10 Prozentpunkte eingebüßt, waren aber mit durchschnittlich gut 35 Prozent in allen sieben Bezirksversammlungen stärkste Kraft geblieben. Die Grünen kamen auf 18,2 Prozent. Diesmal ist die SPD durch die Rolling-Stones-Freikarten-Affäre zusätzlich belastet, das zeigt sich auch in den vorläufigen Ergebnissen.

Insgesamt sind 13 Parteien, eine Wählervereinigung und vier Einzelkandidaten bei den Bezirkswahlen angetreten, neben den sechs in der Bürgerschaft vertretenen Parteien, die in allen Bezirken zur Wahl standen auch sieben weitere, die zum Teil nur in einem, zum Teil auch in mehreren Bezirken antraten.

  • SPD
  • CDU
  • Die Linke
  • Grüne
  • FDP
  • AfD
  • Die Partei
  • Piraten
  • Bündnis für Innovation und Gerechtigkeit
  • Neue Liberale - Die Sozialliberalen
  • Die Konservativen
  • V-Partei3
  • NPD
  • Freie Wähler

Historische Ergebnisse bei den Wahlen am Sonntag

Bei den Europawahlen in Hamburg wurden die Grünen klar stärkste Kraft (31,2 %; +14,0 %). Die SPD verfehlte nach einem drastischen Einbruch die 20-Prozent-Hürde und kam laut vorläufigem amtlichen Endergebnis auf nur noch 19,8 % (-14,0 %). Auch die CDU verlor Stimmen und wurde drittstärkste Kraft (17,7 %; -6,9 %). Aus Hamburg werden weder die SPD noch die CDU einen Abgeordneten ins Europaparlament entsenden.

Die Wahlbeteiligung lag auf einem historischen Höchststand: 61,7 Prozent der Wahlberechtigten beteiligten sich, ein höherer Anteil wurde in Hamburg nur 1979 bei den ersten Wahlen zum Europaparlament erreicht.

Die Hamburger Ergebnisse der Europawahl in einer interaktiven Karte

I am Still Questioning Myself if Indeed Black Men are Capable of Managing their Own Affairs

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I don’t mean any insult to anyone let alone, the entirety of the Black race. However, I am asking an honest question for which I demand a genuine answer. Concluding from how Black Africans behave, mostly conducting themselves irresponsibly, I wonder if we are capable of managing our own affairs as any rational being will expect of a human being conceived by a woman for nine months, and given birth to by a woman.

For argument sake, I shall restrict myself to the behaviour of Ghanaians. In Ghana, it is an indisputable fact that we venerate rich people regardless of how they have earned their riches. They could be known criminals, known politicians and traditional leaders who by the abuse of their positions, have acquired their wealth yet, we prostrate or kowtow to them. They can be false pastors and prophets as their actions have made them too obvious even to the physically blind persons yet, we still hold them in high esteem. What sort of persons are we, if I may ask?

Many a Ghanaian complains about some flaws in the nation’s governing Constitution, sections of which have been entrenched to give immunity to some corrupt leaders who superintended the writing of the Constitution; which Articles, Sections or Subsections lawfully, but in fact appearing criminally, to give them immunity from arrest and prosecution even if they embezzle State funds and assets. However, the subsequent governments with the needed majority in parliament to call for amendments through referendum/referenda, are never interested to do anything about them because they too stand to profit in future from those silly Constitutional clauses. This is the root cause of the ramifying official or institutional corruption in Ghana that has hindered the economic development of the nation as the money needed for carrying out projects to give jobs to the unemployed and reward to the government through taxes is embezzled by say, the presidents with impunity because of the immunity so granted them by the Constitution.

Examine the following case references to see why some countries that were once colonized same as Ghana and had their independence around the same time as Ghana have developed to the extent that it will take Ghana a century, or never be able, to catch up with them economically, all because of our fondness for stealing from the public coffers and demanding money for every service rendered to one another of which you are although employed and earn monthly wages or salary for.

In Malaysia the former Malaysian PM Najib was arrested in 2018 in $4.5bn 1MDB probe.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/03/former-malaysian-leader-najib-arrested-in-45bn-graft-probe

In Thailand, Yingluck Shinawatra: ex-Thai PM sentenced to five years in jail.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/27/yingluck-shinawatra-ex-thai-pm-sentenced-to-five-years-in-jail#img-1

In Brazil, "A Brazilian court has sentenced former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva to a further 12 years and 11 months in prison for corruption"

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-47151645

In South Korea, "The former South Korean president Lee Myung-bak has been sentenced to 15 years in prison, becoming the country’s fourth ex-leader convicted of corruption"

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/oct/05/south-korean-president-jailed-15-years-corruption-lee-myung-bak

From the few cases cited, is there any wonder that these once third world countries have become 2nddeveloped nations? Are they not better in terms of economic development, better standard of living for their citizens than in Ghana? This is because they deal with their corrupt leaders to deter other would-be corrupt leaders from engaging in same or similar nefarious activities that cost the nations millions of their currencies that could have been invested for the collective benefit of their citizens and nations.

Do you think their countries have written absurd indemnity clauses into their Constitutions? If they had, they could never arrest let alone, prosecute and convict their leaders to prison terms. Are their actions not a better deterrence to cow many non-hardened criminals or government officials from misappropriating government funds?

In Ghana on the other hand, we are scared shitless even to arrest Members of Parliament criminally taking double-salary for almost two years let alone, prosecuting them. No wonder that corruption has permeated every fabric of the Ghanaian society with our leaders masterminding and orchestrating it.

A "King" is able to claim that he is bigger than Ghana laws, can do what he wants when he wants, and has the nation’s elected leaders bowing to him in obeisance. What nonsense is that? Is Ghana a republic or a total monarchy like the Arabian Gulf States?

If the successive civilian governments cannot amend the unhelpful clauses entrenched in the Constitution because they themselves want to enjoy from them, then it should take the same "Abongo Boys" who made that Constitution to come back to change them as they are not helping Ghana at all.

Remember, former American President Barack Obama advised us when he came to Ghana that we need stronger institutions than having stronger persons. How far have we imbibed his advice that has the potential to advance Ghana socio-economically?

The Office of the Special Prosecutor is becoming dormant. It seems it was dead on the day of the announcement of its creation. If it were not so, then Hon Martin Amidu should prove me wrong by starting to prosecute people as there are many corrupt officials in Ghana.

The Ghanaian as a black man, is so far unable to manage their own affairs. We always look up to our white contemporaries for everything hence allowing the Chinese to flock into Ghana to indirectly take us for slaves in our own land. Shame!

The Ghanaian leadership is aware of how the "Asante Overlord" is illegally involved in the ongoing Kumawu chieftaincy dispute yet, they are helping him rather than dissuading him from carrying on with his reprehensible attitude. With such despicable attitude, how can Ghana develop or the Ghanaian, by extension the black man, manage their own affairs like human beings?

With God, we are victorious!

Rockson Adofo
Source: ModernGhana

‘It’s not just about my experience and my sympathy, it is about the community who needs a voice at the local assembly, we must therefore do everything necessary to be part of the political dispensation’.

Irene was a guest on the Effiya Ephya Show in the studios of Radio TopAfric. The interview was about the upcoming European and Hamburg district elections ‘Bezirksversammlungswahl’. The elections are taking place on Sunday, 26 May 2019.

Born and bred in Hamburg-Billstedt, Irene Appiah is a mother and works with the Hamburg Ministry of Education ‘Schulbehörde’. The seasonal politician is a member of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) and is of African heritage, born in 1976 to Ghanaian parents.

She is contesting the Hamburg-Mitte local assembly elections and is seeking the assistance and support of the community to make it.

Question: Who can vote?

Irene:

Persons who are 16 years and above.

Persons who are registered in Hamburg-Mitte for at least six months. 

Persons who hold an EU and/or German passport. 

Question: Do you have what it takes to represent your people?

Irene: 
Yes, long before I entered into politics, I have been a community activist, representing my people, helping with complex bureaucratic issues. My background as a solicitor has been very useful. Besides it is no longer about me, but about us. We have the numbers and must therefore use it to our advantage.

If we are able to mobilise our people well, we can make it. I will then be in a better position to help create educational opportunities for children of African heritage, help establish extra classes, continue with the African Community Centre, which we have already started. Remember most of our people are facing accommodation problems; we can help address this properly.

Question: How can one vote for you?

Irene:
The postal voting system ‘Brierfwahl’ is the most ideal and comfortable way of voting, all eligible voters have been sent voting documents. Those who have not received them could apply at their various district assemblies ‘Bezirksamt – Wahldienstelle’. In my case Bezirksamt Hamburg-Mitte.

The documents include two voting sheets
1. Pink sheet, you can locate my name (Irene Appiah) on position six. Please, cross all five positions in front of my name.
2. Yellow sheet, my name (Appiah Irene) is placed at position 10, cross all five boxes for me. I will appreciate it most if people could take advantage of the postal voting.

Question: What should one do on the actual poll date?

Irene:
On Sunday, the polling stations are open from 8.00 am till 18.00. Eligible voters are encouraged to go and cast their votes. As stated earlier, residents of Hamburg-Mitte, which comprises of the following townships:

Billbrook, Billstedt, Borgfelde, Finkenwerder, HafenCity, Hamburg-Altstadt, Hamm, Hammerbrook, Horn, Kleiner Grasbrook, Neustadt, Neuwerk, Rothenburgsort, St. Georg, St. Pauli, Steinwerder, Veddel, Waltershof and Wilhelmsburg, can vote for me.

In addition, those in Billstedt can also use the pink sheet to vote for me.

Question: What message do you have for your people?

Irene:
I have been serving and representing the interests of the African community and will continue to do so. We have the numbers; we have the people and the competence to be relevant in Germany. Let’s be politically active and participate in taking decisions that concern us. If we refuse and fail to exercise our voting rights, others will decide for us.

I am confident we won’t allow this opportunity to escape us, go and vote, and vote for me.

One can reach Irene as follows:
t: 040 246989
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w: www.spd-hh-mitte.de

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Pastor Gives Members Dettol and Jik Bleach

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Ugandans serve as guinea pigs for toxic chemical treatment peddled by a self proclaimed American pastor

“America and Europe have much stricter laws so you are not as free to treat people because it is so controlled by the FDA. That’s why I work in developing countries,” Robert Baldwin of the Global Healing Christian Mission said of his alleged healing outreach in Uganda where thousands of people including infants are being treated with toxic industrial bleach.

52-year-old Baldwin, an American based in New Jersey, poses as a pastor to effectively and extensively peddle this fraudulent treatment also known as “miracle mineral solution/supplement” or MMS as it is popularly called by about 50,000 Ugandans. MMS is, in fact, chlorine dioxide, a powerful chemical made by mixing sodium chlorite and citric acid, often used in the textile industry.

The Guardian reports that Baldwin, who imports bulk shipments of the chemical from China, has trained over a thousand Ugandan pastors on how to administer MMS to their congregation, an activity that often takes place after Sunday service. The 52-year-old gives smartphones to these committed pastors as incentives for helping him spread his ‘miracle cure’ which he claims heals different diseases including malaria, cancer and HIV/AIDS.

Baldwin said he set up a church so he could distribute MMS under the radar without drawing the attention of the government or drug companies. “When you draw attention to MMS you run the risk of getting in trouble with the government or drug companies. You have to do it low key. That’s why I set it up through the church,” he told Fiona O’Leary, a campaigner against fake medicine who posed as a journalist to interview him.

MMS has been banned in several countries around the world for use as a medical treatment. In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a public warning asking people to stop consuming MMS. Consumers of MMS have turned up with really bad symptoms that can be life-threatening.

Baldwin runs his fraudulent ministry alongside a 25-year-old Briton named Sam Little. Little told the Guardian that he was using his savings to help fund the distribution of MMS in Uganda with a donation of $10,000. He has also invested $30,000 into building an orphanage for about 20 homeless Ugandan children.

Little claims MMS cured a family member of cancer and that made him travel to Africa to conduct more research. A video online shows the 25-year-old conducting a test in a village hospital in Uganda where he was on a mission to prove that malaria could be cured with chlorine dioxide within two hours. Little is also repeating the study on HIV/AIDS patients in Uganda as well.

Like Baldwin, he admitted that such field studies would not be allowed in the UK or US. However, he denied using poor Ugandans as guinea pigs. “It’s not using people as guinea pigs for trials. It’s helping them. We’ve cured loads of people not just for malaria, cancer, HIV, all sorts of things,” he said.

Both the Uganda Ministry of health and the Ugandan ministry of gender and social development, which only recently got wind of the nefarious activities conducted by Baldwin and Little, has begun an investigation into the MMS scandal as well as Little’s planned orphanage. “We are investigating these people’s activities. In the medical profession, you don’t do advertising when you heal people,” a spokesman for the ministry said with regards to Little’s video. An official also stated that they were unaware of any plans for an orphanage.

Source: Ventures Africa

The government of Ghana has reached a final agreement with Ethiopian Airlines that will see to the establishment of a new national airline in Accra, Ghana. The partnership is in line with Ghana’s increasing efforts to revamp its aviation sector, and Ethiopia’s continuous quest to expand its footprints across the continent’s aviation space.

Under the agreement, Ethiopian Airlines will send several Dash 8-400s aircraft to Accra later in 2019. However, Ghana will hold a majority stake of 51 percent in the new airline while Ethiopia will hold a minority stake of 49 percent.

The final agreement was reportedly signed on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at the headquarters of Ethiopian Airlines in Addis Ababa by Minister Joseph Kofi Adda, Ghanaian Aviation Minister representing the government of Ghana and Tewolde Gebremariam, Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO. This sealed an initial Memorandum of Agreement (MoU) that was signed between the two entities in December 2018.

The collaboration, which seeks to explore the economic potentials in Ghana’s aviation sector comes nearly one decade after the state-run Ghana International Airlines ceased operations amid poor management and huge debt.

Emphasis is placed on the participation of African countries in the continent’s aviation market, where African airlines hold only about 20 percent market shares. This is mainly because countries like Ghana and Nigeria do not currently have an operational national carrier.

In recent times, however, Ghana has made significant changes at its airports which include a new terminal at Kumasi, and one at Accra’s Kotoka International Airport. There have also been some expansions and development at Take me, Wa and Ho airports.

The proposed state-owned airline in Accra is expected to operate domestic, regional, and international flights. Although, there is no disclosure yet about the name of the airline.

The deal with Ethiopia to relaunch a national airline indicates that the Ghanaian government is looking to position itself in the continent’s growing competitive aviation trend, where non-African airlines now control the highest passenger traffic.

For Ethiopia, the deal is yet another strategic move to expand its presence in the African aviation space, where it currently holds large market shares in state-owned airlines through acquisition. These include a 49 percent stake in Malawian Airlines, Malawi’s national carrier and 45 percent stake Zambia’snational airline.

Until 2004, the government of Ghana held a 60 percent stake in the then state-run airline, Ghana Airways, which subsequently relaunched as Ghana International Airways following mismanagement and huge debt amounting to $160 million. The Ghanaian government retained a 70 percent stake in the new airline, which finally ceased operating in 2010 due to poor management.

It appears that the Ghanaian government has learnt from past mistakes and is now ready for a new national carrier under a better structure. Consequently, after Ethiopia’s 49 percent controlling stake, the government of Ghana intends to retain only about 10 percent stake while the private sector will take the remaining 41 percent.

Source:Ventures Africa

 

For White People Who Compare Black Lives Matter to White Supremacy theroot.com

Opinion

On the last day of Passover a lone gunman opened fire on the congregation at Chabad of Poway’s Synagogue in San Diego, USA.

The attack left three wounded, and one dead. Lori Kaye was murdered after she took a bullet for the Rabbi.

San Diego is the latest in a series of crimes committed in the name of ‘white supremacy’. It occurred just six weeks after the mass shooting at a Mosque in New Zealand and seven months after the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting. And yet, there is still little talk of what white supremacy is; how it operates; and what it means for our communities.

Furthermore, white supremacy has gone transnational.

The San Diego mosque shooter, like many other white supremacy terrorists, was radicalised through online networks.

And yet, the media and politicians have been reticent to identify white supremacy as a threat. Whilst Muslims are openly viewed as a target group of radicalisation, white people are not. The gunmen are viewed as lone rangers and bad apples. But, this is problematic. We should be taking white supremacists seriously. We should be targeting them with the same level of scrutiny that has been used to deal with Islamic radicalisation. To not treat them seriously puts our communities at risk. This would mean identifying the links between what has been painted as fairly disparate attacks since 2011 – including Charlottesville, Charleston and the Murder of British MP Jo Cox, (the Guardian has created a time-line of these events).

There is a clear pattern, white supremacists see the Other (Jews, Muslims, black people) as an existential threat to the white race. Yet, little solidarity is promoted in the mainstream between these communities. In a time where identifying as Jewish can be so negatively scrutinised because of Israel’s politics, the Left (and by extension anti-racist solidarity networks) do have a hard time seeing anti-semitism.

It is not just disappointing that there is little understanding of anti-semitism, but as we can now see this is also dangerous. To keep our communities safe we need to take the threat that white supremacist fanatics pose seriously. And we need to create stronger networks of solidarity by resisting mainstream media that does a good job of polarising the communities affected by racism.

Source: SOAS

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Uganda will be selling marijuana to North America and Europe later this year in deals worth $160 million. This comes after the government reached agreements to export the product for medicinal purposes.

Presently, there are orders for the psychoactive drug from at least 20,000 pharmacies in Canada and Germany, a Director at Industrial Hemp (U) Ltd in Uganda, which is in partnership with Israeli firm Together Pharma Ltd, Benjamin Cadet said.

“We signed annual supply contracts with pharmacies in Canada to a tune of $100m and €58m for Germany… the current contracts run for 10 years but along the way, we shall expand to satisfy future demand,” Cadet revealed.

This is not the first time Uganda will be exporting cannabis products. Another external market for Kampala’s raw cannabis flower is South Africa, where the National Analytical Forensic Services made an order worth $10,000 in 2017, according to the Daily Monitor.

A controversial drug with health benefits

Although it is often abused, Marijuana has great potential for healthcare and is used to relieve pain that comes with several illnesses like cancer.

Cadet explained that “People are using morphine, the main component of opium as an analgesic for cancer pain. Opium is an Opioid and more addictive and with side effects yet Cannabinol (CBD) from medical marijuana is the best option for such patients.”  

Despite having scientists and technology to explore the many benefits of medical marijuana, there are no regulations in place to allow cannabis drugs manufactured for domestic consumption in Uganda. Thus, cancer patients in the country are forced to use CBD illegally.

The subject of using medical marijuana has been a quite controversial one in the East African nation, with supporting and opposing parties airing their respective views. Recently, a five-member sub-committee from the Cabinet met to discuss the dangers and benefits of the drug.

More so, there have been applications for licenses to Ugandan Ministry of Health from 14 companies, to get approval for cultivating, extracting and exporting of the cannabis plant for medical purposes.

Proponents of its use hinge their argument on the fact that its chemicals are used to treat a number of different health conditions – appetite loss, cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, eating disorders, among others. While Uganda’s First Lady Janet Museveni has openly denounced its use, referring to the drug as “satanic.”

Source: Ventures Africa

Rwanda Genocide – The Israeli Connection | Veterans Today | Military Foreign Affairs Policy Journal for Clandestine Services

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Western propaganda about the Rwandan Genocide has been so triumphant that a Rwandan Hutu on trial in the West faces inevitable jury bias.

“Teganya’s trial became a de facto trial for genocide crime.”

Last week a jury in Boston Federal Court convicted Rwandan asylum seeker Jean Leonard Teganya of fraud and perjury for lying on his immigration papers about his involvement in the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. In other words, yet another racist, chauvinist, Western court convicted yet another African of participating in mass violence that the US and its Western allies engineeredin order to expand their imperial influence in East and Central Africa at the expense of France. Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. 

In July 1994, Teganya crossed from Rwanda into Congo with millions of other Rwandans, mostly Hutus, who were fleeing the advancing Tutsi army led by General Paul Kagame. Teganya later used a false Zimbabwean passport to enter Canada, where he reunited with his Rwandan girlfriend, married, started a family, and applied for political asylum. Canada repeatedly denied him asylum on the grounds that he had committed crimes during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, which he in turn denied. Fearing for his life if deported to Rwanda, he went into hiding in Canada, then illegally crossed the Canadian border into the State of Maine to apply for US political asylum in 2014. His trial became a de facto trial for genocide crime because the prosecution had to prove that he was guilty of that to prove that he had lied on his asylum application.

“There is no hard evidence of what happened inside Butare Hospital.”

In 1994, Teganya was a third-year medical student at the National University of Rwanda in Butare. He testified that when the understaffed hospital was overwhelmed by wounded patients, he volunteered cleaning wounds and administering intravenous fluids in the emergency room. Former teachers and fellow students from both Rwanda and the Rwandan diaspora came to confirm his story and testify to his character, while prosecution witnesses from Rwanda accused him of rape and murder. 

The jurors’ verdict was based wholly on their conclusions about the credibility of witnesses. There is no hard evidence of what happened inside Butare Hospital after General Paul Kagame and his army assassinated the Hutu presidents of both Rwanda and Burundi, then launched their final military offensive to seize power in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali. One former medical student and witness for the defense testified that in the ensuing chaos, violence, and social collapse, he and his friends at the university in Butare protected themselves by staying close to one another and concentrating on how they might eat from one day to the next. He said that trucks and jeeps full of soldiers or civilian militias would drive by from time to time, but that he and his friends could never be sure who they were or where they were going.

US broke its promise not to penalize refugees for illegal entry 

The United States and Canada are both signatories to the 1967  Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees , by which they promised not to impose penalties for illegal entry on refugees coming directly from a territory where their life or freedom was threatened. The Protocol expanded the rights guaranteed by the 1951  Convention and Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees to refugees fleeing because of events that occurred after 1951:

Article 31
REFUGEES UNLAWFULLY IN THE COUNTRY OF REFUGE

“1. The Contracting States shall not impose penalties, on account of their illegal entry or presence, on refugees who, coming directly from a territory where their life or freedom was threatened in the sense of Article 1, enter or are present in their territory without authorization, provided they present themselves without delay to the authorities, and show good cause for their illegal entry or presence.

“2. The Contracting States shall not apply to the movements of such refugees restrictions other than those which are necessary and such restrictions shall only be applied until their status in the country is regularized or they obtain admission into another country. The Contracting States shall allow such refugees a reasonable period and all the necessary facilities to obtain admission into another country.”

Nevertheless, the prosecution built much of its case on the fact that Teganya had entered Canada on a false document and then crossed into the United States illegally. They even asked the defendant on the witness stand why he walked into Congo, which was then Zaire, without a visa, even though he was fleeing Kagame’s army with millions of other refugees. This was all meant to evidence that Teganya was not an honest man, that he had already lied and broken the law to enter Canada and the US, and that it was therefore reasonable to believe that he had lied to gain refugee status.

One jury member told the Boston Globe that he voted to convict primarily because the defendant had used a fake African passport to enter Canada and because he said on the stand that he would do anything not to go back to Rwanda with its current government. 

A priori assumption that only Hutus committed genocide

None of the premises about what actually happened in Rwanda in 1994 were questioned during the trial. As at the International Criminal Tribunal on Rwanda, the court’s a priori assumptions were that Hutu extremists massacred Tutsis from April to July in 1994—which did happen. However, they also assumed that only Hutus had committed crimes, and therefore only Hutus should be prosecuted. 

Sticking to the particulars of what happened at Butare Hospital in the course of a week, the defense did not introduce the body of evidence that the Tutsi army also committed genocide against Hutu people. 

This is not to say that Teganye’s federal public defender erred by sticking to the particulars of the case. Murder is against the law regardless of its political context, so the defense had little choice but to argue the particulars as evidenced by witness testimony. However, Western propaganda about the Rwandan Genocide has been so triumphant that a Rwandan Hutu on trial in the West faces inevitable jury bias. In “Enduring Lies, Rwanda in the Propaganda System 20 Years Later ,” Edward S. Herman and David Peterson wrote that: 

“According to the widely accepted history of the 1994 ‘Rwandan genocide,’ there existed a plan or conspiracy among members of Rwanda’s Hutu majority to exterminate the country’s minority Tutsi population. This plan, the story goes, was hatched some time prior to the April 6, 1994 assassination of Rwandan President Juvénal Habyarimana, who died when his Falcon 50 jet was shot-down as it approached the airport of the capital city of Kigali. The killers allegedly responsible for this crime were ‘Hutu Power’ extremists in positions of authority at the time. Although Habyarimana was Hutu, the story continues, he was also more moderate and accommodative toward the Tutsi than ‘Hutu Power’ extremists could tolerate; they were therefore forced to physically eliminate him in order to carry out their plan to exterminate the Tutsi. The mass killings of Tutsi and ‘moderate Hutu’ swiftly followed over the next 100 days, with perhaps 800,000 or as many as 1.1 million deaths. The ‘Rwandan genocide’ came to an end only when the armed forces of Paul Kagame’s Rwandan Patriotic Front drove the ‘génocidaires’ from power, and liberated the country.

 “We refer to the above-version of the events that transpired in Rwanda 1994 as the standard model of the Rwandan genocide. And we note, up front, that we believe that this model is a complex of interwoven lies which, when examined closely, unravels in toto. 

“This model is a complex of interwoven lies.”

“Nevertheless, its Truth has been entered into the establishment history books and promulgated within the field of genocide studies, in documentaries, in the official history at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and even proclaimed from on-high by the UN Security Council in April 2014.

 “The institutionalization of the ‘Rwandan genocide’ has been the remarkable achievement of a propaganda system sustained by both public and private power, with the crucial assistance of a related cadre of intellectual enforcers. The favorite weapons of these enforcers are reciting the institutionalized untruths as gospel while portraying critics of the standard model as ‘genocide deniers,’ dark figures who lurk at the same moral level as child molesters, to be condemned and even outlawed. But we will show that this is not only crude name-calling, it also deflects attention away from those figures who bear the greatest responsibility for the bulk of the killings in Rwanda 1994, and for the even larger-scale killings in Zaire and the Democratic Republic of Congo thereafter.”

Ann Garrison is an independent journalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2014, she received the Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza Democracy and Peace Prize for her reporting on conflict in the African Great Lakes region. She can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Source:Black Agenda Report

Oranto Petroleum Limited, in partnership with South Sudan’s Ministry of Petroleum, is set to fund an educational program in the country. The program is geared at improving the educational sector and overall socio-economic development in the war-torn African nation.

The program involves the provision of quality training for 25 teachers and 60,000 children across 30 villages in the Eastern Lakes state and would last for a period of 5 years.

“For South Sudan to reach its true place in Africa, we have to invest in education and great students are the result of great teachers and it is, therefore, essential to empower and support teaching professionals throughout this country,” Minister of Petroleum of the Republic of South Sudan, Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth said.

The educational program organized by Oranto may be targeted at refugees returning to the country, in a bid to support and pave way for more economic advancement and considerable impact for individuals and local communities.

South Sudan has been faced with severe economic challenges including economic instability and poor infrastructure. The country’s educational system for children has deteriorated greatly as a result of conflict and other forms of emergencies, the United Nations International Children Education Fund (UNICEF) revealed.

Since the outbreak of the deadly civil war in 2013, it has experienced a massive migration of over two million citizens to neighbouring countries such as Ethiopia, Uganda and the Central African Republic (CAR). Recently, some of the refugees have returned after a peace deal was signed between President Salva Kiir Mayardit and his ex-deputy, Riek Machar.

“I am thankful to Oranto Petroleum and implore on other oil companies in the country to do the same”, the Minister added.

In line with Oranto’s policy of significantly engaging local human and material resources in all its activities in South Sudan while promoting the development of social infrastructure, the company also plans to fund the construction of two primary schools in two villages.

Oranto Petroleum Limited is one of Nigeria’s privately owned and managed oil companies. It is involved in oil production and exploration, with over 22 oil and gas license in 12 countries.

 

Source:Ventures Africa

A new discovery could explain why obese people are more likely to develop cancer, scientists say. A type of cell the body uses to destroy cancerous tissue gets clogged by fat and stops working, the team, from Trinity College Dublin, found.

Obesity is the biggest preventable cause of cancer in the UK after smoking, Cancer Research UK says.  And more than one in 20 cancer cases - about 22,800 cases each year in the UK - are caused by excess body weight.  Experts already suspected fat sent signals to the body that could both damage cells, leading to cancer, and increase the number of them.

Now, the Trinity scientists have been able to show, in Nature Immunology journal, how the body's cancer-fighting cells get clogged by fat. And they hope to be able to find drug treatments that could restore these "natural killer" cells' fighting abilities.

'Lose some weight'

Prof Lydia Lynch said: "A compound that can block the fat uptake by natural killer cells might help.  "We tried it in the lab and found it allowed them to kill again.

"But arguably a better way would be to lose some weight - because that is healthier for you anyway." Dr Leo Carlin, from the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute, said: "Although we know that obesity increases the risk of 13 different types of cancer, we still don't fully understand the mechanisms underlying the link.

"This study reveals how fat molecules prevent immune cells from properly positioning their tumour-killing machinery, and provides new avenues to investigate treatments. "A lot of research focuses on how tumours grow in order to find metabolic targets to stop them, so this is a reminder that we should consider the metabolism of immune cells too."

Four years ago a publication was made Ghanaians living in Hamburg, Germany demanding answers from authorities about the rampant death of their countrymen. Years have passed but the toll of such deaths has neither ceased nor decreased. It is clear that death is inevitable but the frequency and circumstance is what is worrying.

It is upon this back drop that a discussion on that topic was held on the health show hosted by Effya on TopAfric radio and was covered by the NDR Das. This could be a huge step to drawing the attention of the right authorities to come to the aid of the Ghanaian community.

Within the public sphere the theory such as doctors intentionally killing their victims is purported to be one of the causes of such deaths.

During the radio discussion the following factors were enumerated to be possibly contributing to such premature death; Irresponsible self medication, unhealthy and sedentary life styles, physical inactivity, under utilisation of the health care system, religious and cultural beliefs and practices, ignorance and lack of information, double and quadruple jobs to cater for families and acquisitions of properties back home, genetics, environment etc. 

Recommendations to counteracting the problem will be to negate the above enumerated possible causes.

 As public Health scientists we see the issue as public health emergency which threatens the human security within the Ghanaian community in Hamburg. An anecdotal evidence of the issue at stake could be true but not enough deal with the problem.

To a achieve the desired result, a holistic approach is needed hence an urgent need for scientific research that encompasses needs assessments , data collection, analysis  and findings to draw and implement a comprehensive public health intervention which is participatory and culturally tailored to mitigate the problem.

The negative impacts of the continuous premature death of Ghanaians cannot be overemphasised. It affects the families and society at large as well as the economy here in Germany and Ghana. For this reason we would like to call on stakeholders to support the worthy course by funding such project. We are looking up to the Ghana Embassy, German Health ministry and other such interested institutions to heed to this call so as to ensure that such premature deaths would be a thing of the past through the implementation of public health interventions.
Ghanaians dying premature in Hamburg!!!

Aileen Ashe (Public Health scientist and language and culture mediator)
Ursula D’Almeida (pharmacist and  Public Health Scientist)

There is hardly anything that contributes to a better mood or offers more fun than one of the most beautiful pastimes in the world. But the importance of a healthy and regular sex life really is often underestimated.

Here are eight good reasons why you should not neglect your sex life. Because this is what happens to your body when you stop having sex:
Why a healthy sex life not only ensures a good mood

1. You get sick more often

If you don’t have sex for a long time, your immune system becomes significantly weaker. Germs then have an easier job of spreading in your body and you can catch a cold or get the flu more easily. So, just by having more sex, you can help keep your herbal remedy teas in the closet!

2. Your stress levels increase

Sex is a great way to reduce your stress levels. Regular sex reduces the amount of stress hormones and makes you feel more relaxed in everyday life. Without this important balance, you could become a ticking time bomb!

3. It’s harder for you to get aroused

It’s hard to believe, but true: If you don’t regularly “practice,” it’s difficult for a lot of people to become aroused. Men can experience problems having erections and it can be harder for women to have an orgasm. So, you have to stay on top of things to make sure the “switch” always remains on.

4. Your dreams change
Some people suddenly notice that they have strange dreams when their sex life is suffering. It can mean that you unexpectedly start dreaming about sex or have orgasms in your sleep.

5. Over time you lose your desire to have sex

If your body notices that you’re having a prolonged dry spell in the sexual sense, the production of sex hormones reduces. You feel less like having sex if you have been abstinent for a while. In addition, your libido will eventually feel different. And this is all due to the fact that your sex hormones are slowly vanishing.

6. You’ll feel more distance between your partner and yourself

When a couple in a relationship only rarely sleep together, their interpersonal distance becomes greater. You may start to have feelings of uncertainty related to your partner and other people will seem more attractive to you.

7. It lowers your feeling of self-worth

It is not surprising that a person’s self-worth is harmed, if that individual does not regularly feel desired. But a lack of sex has been proven to affect a person’s well-being, leading to sadness or depression when sex is absent from their lives. Studies have shown that having sex regularly helps fight depression. It can sometimes even work as well as antidepressants.

8. Your risk of cancer increases

For men, the risk of prostate cancer increases when they don’t have sex for a longer period of time. So it’s not a bad idea for men to “flush out” the pipes. Because then the risk is significantly reduced.

Well, if all this isn’t motivation enough, then I don’t know what is! For all these reasons, it would be almost irresponsible not to make love more regularly, don’t you think?!

Source: hefty.com

This article was first published in 2014! 
The rate at which Ghanaians are dying prematurely in Hamburg -Germany is alarming and it is time authorities begin to ask questions and provide answers. Life expectancy has improved tremendously in Germany over the years.

In 2012 the life expectancy in Germany increased to about 81.00 years. That for women was at 83.30 years and for men 78.60 years. If statistics available to TopAfric is correct, the Ghana community buried over 30 people 2014, burried 46 people in 2016. As at Nov 2018, more than 30 Ghanaians have been burried. The average age was just around 45 years.                                                                   

The irony is that Ghanaians are dying more than all other Black -/Africans in Hamburg put together. Yes the wages of life is death, but when Ghanaians find themselves in a country with better health infrastructures then they should live longer.

Ghanaians in Hamburg are definitely doing something wrong because even in Ghana, where the rate of avoidable death (drinking and driving, bad roads, no road signs, poor medication, bribery at hospitals or unavailability of medical care) is high the folks are living longer.

Life expectancy in Ghana as at 2012 is about 61 years, so why this high rate of death in Germany.Why the community awaits the results from the authorities to guide the people as to what is wrong and what can be done better. The following unscientific assumptions are making the air waves.

There is this weird speculation that the “Alster River” dislikes this black clothing’s of Ghanaians, the people are therefore disregarding the gods of the river. “The gods are not to blame”.

Ghanaians in Hamburg love burials and funerals above everything; they are seen every week organizing funerals of relatives that have passed away far in Ghana. First the “One Week” and then the “Funerals”.

What you love most is what shall kill you!
There are times the cemetery worker asked if a prominent person or a star is dead. One jokingly said this is a confirmation of the high rate of unemployment amongst the Ghana community.

It would be in the interest of the community to discourage all imported funerals and mobilize the people only when one of the inhabitants dies in Hamburg. The traumatic lifestyle; high divorce rate,  inability to cope with the structured German routine, the bureaucracy, the bad eating habits –eating heavy “fufu” at mid nights, disregard for good health, could be a contributing factor...

Husbands and wives building separate mansions through their menial job, to impress family members back home. Unfortunately 90% do not even sleep in these homes before the lucky ones join the colleagues at “Hamburg -Friedhof Ohlsdorf (Kapelle 10) “the biggest cemetery in the World.

One insanity is changing trains and busses on weekends from funerals and parties to another, sadly incorrectly dressed during the winter season. It is time the Ghana Union and opinion leaders stamp their authority, coordinate all social activities, ban one week funerals and imported funerals.

Whilst we all undertake weekly sporting activities, we encourage the Ghana Embassy in Berlin and the Ghana Union in Hamburg to seek from the German authorities the causes of these premature deaths and make public the findings, -names anonymous.

With all things being equal Ghanaians in Germany can live to be 81 years.

God Bless Ghana! 
God Bless Germany
Desmond John Beddy

Obesity is a growing problem within the African/Black community in Germany and Europe at Large.
With foods such as Fufu, Rice, Yam, Plantains as the staple unit, it makes it easy for Africans to gain weight so easily.

Akoto Degross was an obese individual who lived in Hamburg, Germany for a while where he was attending University and it was during this period that he decided to make a drastic change in his obese life by loosing half his body weight.

He had tried numerous times to loose weight but not until he lost his mother did he buckle up and strictly jump into loosing weight and living a healthier lifestyle.

In the video below, he discusses different reasons why Africans in the diaspora are over weight. He explained what they are doing wrong and how they can change and live better and healthier lives.

He also stated that the obesity epidemic is primarily rampant among the African Women in the diaspora.

He is an author and certified weight loss expert and runs a program called fat2fitghana (http://fat2fitghana.com/) which helps alot of people loose weight and live a healthier life style.

He has also written 2 books on how to loose weight.


1. 7 Simple steps to losing weight (http://amzn.to/2xcz8Wr)
2. Change what you eat Change how you look 
..Click this link to read it (http://amzn.to/2wKIHc7)

Insects are high in protein and minerals, need far less feed per kilo of mass than cattle do and produce far less greenhouse gas per kilo than pigs. A United Nations food agency is pushing a new kind of diet for a hungry world. It ranks high in nutritional value and gets good grades for protecting the environment: edible insects.

The Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organization hailed the likes of grasshoppers, ants and other members of the insect world as an underutilised food for people, livestock and pets. A new report says two billion people worldwide already supplement their diets with insects. Insects are high in protein and minerals, need far less feed per kilo of mass than cattle do and produce far less greenhouse gas per kilo than pigs.

While most edible insects are gathered in forests, the UN says mechanisation can boost insect-farming production. Currently most insect farming serves niche markets such as China.

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A new discovery could explain why obese people are more likely to develop cancer, scientists say. A type of cell the body uses to destroy cancerous tissue gets clogged by fat and stops working, the team, from Trinity College Dublin, found.

Obesity is the biggest preventable cause of cancer in the UK after smoking, Cancer Research UK says.  And more than one in 20 cancer cases - about 22,800 cases each year in the UK - are caused by excess body weight.  Experts already suspected fat sent signals to the body that could both damage cells, leading to cancer, and increase the number of them.

Now, the Trinity scientists have been able to show, in Nature Immunology journal, how the body's cancer-fighting cells get clogged by fat. And they hope to be able to find drug treatments that could restore these "natural killer" cells' fighting abilities.

'Lose some weight'

Prof Lydia Lynch said: "A compound that can block the fat uptake by natural killer cells might help.  "We tried it in the lab and found it allowed them to kill again.

"But arguably a better way would be to lose some weight - because that is healthier for you anyway." Dr Leo Carlin, from the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute, said: "Although we know that obesity increases the risk of 13 different types of cancer, we still don't fully understand the mechanisms underlying the link.

"This study reveals how fat molecules prevent immune cells from properly positioning their tumour-killing machinery, and provides new avenues to investigate treatments. "A lot of research focuses on how tumours grow in order to find metabolic targets to stop them, so this is a reminder that we should consider the metabolism of immune cells too."

A small ten year old Kenyan-German girl in Duisburg is dancing her way to become a European Dance Champion. At her age, Tracy Gathoni has mastered the art of hip hop street dance and is collecting trophies to prove it.
Tracy made her debut in competitive dance in 2012 at the United Dance Organization (UDO) championships in Glasgow-Scotland, and she has never looked back.
After that competition, Tracy’s mother saw her potential and enrolled her in dance classes in Duisburg with renowned trainer, Martina Böhm from TopDance. A course Tracy now attends once a week.
Daughter to a Kenyan lady, Diana Rose Wambui, Tracy has two brothers: 5-year-old Myles and 3-year-old Tyler. The boys have also taken a keen interest in dancing. In fact, Myles recently shared a stage with his sister at the UDO 2016 championships in Gladbeck, coming in at first place. “I had thought that the boys would be more interested in soccer and other sports, but apparently, they are taking after their sister”, Diana Rose says.
The dotting mother of three says that each child has an individual inborn talent that can be nurtured through encouragement and she is determined to support her daughter through it all.
Diana Rose works hard to ensure her daughter gets what she needs for the competitions. She says she would do whatever possible to ensure that her daughter attains her fullest potential in this sport she loves.
Her love for dance and diligence in practice has seen the 10 year-old-girl amass trophies from her spectacular performance. Most of the dances are solo, but she also in a duo with her 11-year-old best friend Aliyah Werner. Some of which are made carved into history on their Facebook page Tracy und Aliyah
Although she loves dancing she confesses to getting nervous before getting on stage. “Sometimes I have no routine at the start of the dance, but once the music begins playing, I gain my ground and dance away”, she explains. She is probably the youngest self-taught upcoming super dance star.
Her prowess on the dance floor has seen her gather about 30 trophies all won in the 1st position. In 2014 and 2015, she performed a solo at the world championships held in Scotland. She has also graced Das SuperTalent a renowned German talent show on RTL. Recently, a video of her performance at the European United Dance Organization-Germany went viral on YouTube.
Through her dancing Tracy has become a household name in NRW and specifically in Duisburg where she lives. The city Mayor (Bürgemeister) knows her personally and invites her to perform at various events.
And before you think dancing is all she does, Tracy recently joined Gymnasium from primary school. Gymnasium only takes the top cream and usually prepares children for an academic profession. The cheeky girl with a beautiful smile on her face says she has a timetable clearly making time for her books and dancing.
Unlike kids her age who would be excited about the fame and limelight, Tracy says she doesn’t flaunt it when she’s in school and rarely tells them what she does over the weekend. She reasons that dancing is her hobby and she would like it separate that from school.
Unlike her schoolmates who might not have an idea who she is in her other life, her brothers have not been spared from seeing her shine and they both believe she’s a star. “They believe Tracy is a star in dancing and no one can convince them otherwise”, Diana Rose beams.
One would have thought that Diana Rose would be applauded for her dedication to make her daughter a dance star, but she has received some backlash with some people accusing her of only focusing on Tracy while she has three children. But to her defence Diana Rose says that the boys are on the track of choosing what activities they love but as soon as they set their sights on something, she’ll be there supporting them. In the meantime, they enjoy emulating their sister, learning new moves and dance styles.
Diana Rose regrets that most Kenyan parents in Germany are so engrossed in work and the daily hustle and do not have time for their children.
“It is important to know what capabilities your child is displaying and support them to achieve their goals” she advices.
Surprisingly, Tracy is not convinced she will end up as a professional dancer, since her last trip to the Museum of Archaeology has convinced her that she would make a great archaeologist.

Source: http://mkenyaujerumani.de/

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