Author: Gerald Tapuka

Trump And Putin: The Commanders-In-Chief

The latest congregation of the most powerful nations of the world, which has been dubbed the G20, has rounded up in the German city of Hamburg with Heads of States and governments failing to convince America’s President Donald Trump to come back to the Paris Climate Change Agreement. However, attention

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The Gambia and its 21st Century Glorious Revolution

It is exactly one week since Adama Barrow made his triumphant entry into Gambia in a revolution that can be likened to the 1688 Glorious Revolution in England. Jubilant crowds of Gambians came out to welcome their newly elected President and messages came pouring in from the national and international

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Violence Riggs Through Some Anglophone Towns In Cameroon

  In the past few days, there has been an upsurge of violent confrontations in some major English-speaking towns of Cameroon, which has led to the death of many persons. These confrontations are mostly staged by the military and groups of youth, who are fighting against, what they call the marginalization

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How Powerful Are African First Ladies?

The first lady of Nigeria, Aicha Buhari, has expressed her disappointment with the current ruling class in Nigeria and opined that if the situation continues she will not support her husband’s bid for another term of office in 2019. In a recent BBC interview, President Buhari’s wife regretted the fact

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October 1, A Date Significant To Two Countries: Stakes And Challenges

Saturday, October 1, 2016, was celebrated as the 56th birthday of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and like the anniversary celebrations of 2015 and previous ones, the President, Muhammadu Buhari used the occasion to make some public statements, which were impregnated with achievements, so far, since he came to power

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The First of October & A Tale of Two Countries

Saturday, October 1, 2016 was celebrated as the 56th birthday of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and like in previous anniversary celebrations, President Muhammadu Buhari used the occasion to make some public statements. These were impregnated with achievements made so far since he came to power in 2015, as well

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Is The Central Africa Sub-region A Curse Land?

For some weeks now the Central African state of Gabon has been making headline news. It started some months ago when opposition party members protested against Ali Bongo’s presidential candidature on the grounds that he was not born on Gabonese soil. Even though the judiciary never gave into their demands,

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ISIS Names New Leader For Boko Haram

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), otherwise known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), has named a new leader for one of its affiliated groups, Boko Haram. The new leader goes by the name Abu Musab al-Barnawi. The announcement is contained in the latest

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Nowhere Is Safe In A World Without “Order”

Almost every week around the world, reports stream in from news channels about attacks, deaths and injuries. In July, there were at least 15 bomb attacks in Europe alone involving people using weapons against unarmed civilians in public places. The most shocking attack was the one in Nice on July 14

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Talking to the Enemy: An Impossibility in Burundi?

The latest negotiations of the Burundian conflict have come to a standstill because the government rejected the participation of opposition delegations in the talks. This has invited reactions from both the government and the opposition. According to The Times of South Africa, a government senator, Evelyne Butoyi tweeted that “the

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The Boko Haram Conflict: A Communication War

According to the Hausa services of the Voice of America (VOA), the Islamists group, Boko Haram has succeeded in launching a radio station in the conflict area. Villages in Tolkomari, an area in Far North Cameroon testified of receiving the radio on FM 96.8 frequency modulation. The news has left

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Kenyan Political Conflicts: An Unfinished Business

  In prelude to Kenya’s general elections in 2017, violence has again erupted in some cities including Nairobi, its capital. A recent clash between opposition demonstrators and police officers grew especially violent on June 6 in Kenya’s third largest city, Kisumu. In this incident, at least two people were killed

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