Author: Gerald Tapuka

Is Zuma’s ANC Further Fracturing South Africa?

Since the end of apartheid and the swearing in of the first black President of South Africa in April 1994, Africa’s giant of a nation has never faced challenges like what it has been going through in recent times. From a very buoyant economy which gave it first place in

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Sadiq Khan Becomes Mayor Of London: An Interfaith Success Story

  The Labour Party Candidate of the London Mayoral elections, Sadiq Khan, has been sworn in as the new Mayor of the emblematic city after defeating his rival of the Conservative Party, Zack Goldsmith. While addressing the public, Mr. Khan said he is going to build a “better” London and

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Looking Beyond Chibok: Unreported Kidnapped Children in Nigeria

Even though thousands of other Nigerian girls and women have been kidnapped since Boko Haram launched its violent campaign in 2009, the media has decided to tell more of the stories of the close to 300 Chibok girls, bringing national and international focus to their plight while relegating to the

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Benin Transition: from Boni to Talon, what example for Africa?

On Wednesday, April 6, 2016 Africa welcomed its newest member into the Assemblies of Heads of States following the peaceful transition in Benin from outgoing President, Thomas Yayi Boni to businessman, Patrice Talon. It sounds very unreal for such a happening in a continent rocked by conflicts because of politicking

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Cameroon, A Country With Multiple Challenges

  2016 will enter in the history of Cameroon as one of those years that the country faced many challenges. 2016 marks the 55th anniversary of the reunification of both Anglophone and Francophone Cameroon and in Cameroon 55 is usually the suitable age for retirement especially for those working with the government.

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Paul Biya: Indispensable to Cameroon?

For some months now, mainly militants of the ruling Cameroon Peoples Democratic Movement (CPDM) have been  calling on President Paul Biya to renew his candidature in the next presidential elections billed for 2018. Some have even gone as far as calling on the President to change the constitution again and

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Rwanda: Best Women Empowerment Practices

More than two decades after the famous Beijing Women’s Conference, the Republic of Rwanda has proven to be the country with the best female empowerment practices in the world. As we celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, it is time to salute these practices while encouraging others to do

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The Syrian War: Making A New World Leader/New World Order

  Introduction What started as an uprising some years ago has become known as the Syrian war. For five years now, the people of Syria have been confronted with being constantly bombarded, as well as the cry of babies, children, and women who are either being killed or forced to

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“Terrorists” Need of Love, Too

The much awaited Syrian Peace Talks have finally come and gone without any headway. It was no surprise, as the peace talks had already become another source of conflict even before they were born, which delayed some opposition groups’ arrival at the Geneva talks. Many believe it is by isolating

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The End Of Boko Haram?

The End of Boko Haram? Over the past 12 months, organized raids by the extremist group, Boko Haram, have been few in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, and Niger where the group is operating. This had led politicians to conclude that Boko Haram is at the end of its own story. Meanwhile,

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America and the fear of the unknown

Last Tuesday, December 15, 2015, about 900 schools were closed down in Los Angeles (L.A.) following a threat received by authorities through an email signed by someone or a group of persons claiming to be a Jihadi group overseas. This affected approximately 640,000 students who are part of the Los

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From Al-Qassam To Al-Baghdadi: Violence Begets Violence

  Belief in Violence Since the declaration of the War against Terrorism (WAT) in 2001 by former President of the United States, George W. Bush Jr., the military budgets of many countries around the world has sky-rocketed. This is as a result of the increased dependence on using brute force

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Recurring Conflicts: The Biafra

For some months now, mass rallies have been held in the South Eastern Nigerian states of Abia State, Delta, Rivers State, etc. by thousands. They are demanding the unconditional release of Nnamdi Kanu, the Head of Radio Biafra and leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra. This is re-hashing the

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Execution of Ken Saro-Wiwa: A Conflict Suppressed not Managed

The execution of Ken Saro-Wiwa took place on Friday, November 10, at Port Harcourt, South Eastern Nigeria in 1995. Born as Kenule Beeson Saro Wiwa, Ken was accused of the murder of Ogoni Chiefs and was given an unfair trial by a special military tribunal along with eight other activists of his

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Syria: My Friend’s Enemy

Looking At The Conflict The uprising that started in Tunisia in December of 2010 soon became known as the Arab Spring, and saw the downfall of the country’s President, Zine El Abedine Ben Ali. From Tunisia, it moved to other countries in North Africa like Egypt and Libya and those of the

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Obama Sends U.S Troops To Combat Boko Haram

There is a humanitarian issue in primarily Northern Cameroon where battles between the Islamic State of West Africa (more commonly known as Boko Haram) locals and the Cameroonian military have mostly been concentrated. On October 14th U.S President Barack Obama wrote a letter to Congress stating that the U.S will be sending

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Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet Wins 2015 Nobel Peace Prize

The announcement was made on Friday, October 9th, by Chairwoman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Kaci Kullman. It comes when the world’s attention is focused on the conflict in Syria and the violence in the Middle East between Palestinians and Israelis. While announcing the winner, Kullman stated that while the country was at the

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