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The eventual succession to Paul Biya, Cameroon’s president since 1982, will likely prove a critical moment for Cameroon and its overlapping political and security crises.   By Michelle Gavin, Guest columnist and blogger In Cameroon, an incident last week in which a gendarme shot and killed a young child in Buea—a regional capital that has been the site of clashes between anglophone separatists and federal government forces—is the most recent outrage to make international headlines. Yet every day,...

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By Michelle Gavin, Guest columnist and blogger The world should not look away from Swazis’ continuing fight for democracy. For a brief moment over the summer, eSwatini was the subject of international headlines when security forces killed pro-democracy demonstrators in one of the world’s last absolute monarchies. The Southern African Development Community dispatched a high-level fact-finding mission to the country, which foundered when Swazi officials resisted regional efforts to consult with voices outside of government and did not...

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In all, these elites have enormous sums of money which they are willing to deploy on Election Day to ensure that their preferred candidate wins in their locality. Anambra elections have always been elections in which stakeholders’ influence practically decide who wins. Anambra elites explicitly and subtly influence the choice of voters and their loyalty is not tied to any political party. Admittedly, their influence is not all required to win an election because in...

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In Maslow’s hierarchy of needs (either in the ascending or descending order), the third tier of the pyramid model is Belongingness and Love Needs/Desires. Recently, a popular entertainer, Helen Paul, made an Instagram post narrating her ordeal which led to her usage of sunglasses even while taking pictures. She mentioned that some people who were oblivious of the true situation assumed she was being proud. @itshelenpaul: “Sometime ago, I was involved in a car accident in Abuja. I suffered a concussion...

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To blame a victim of sextortion instead of dealing with the sextortionist is a clear sign of misplacement of priority. Sextortion is the practice of extorting money or sexual favours from someone by threatening to reveal evidence of their sexual activity. It can also be called blackmail. Perpetrators of this act are called sextortionist. We have witnessed blackmailers leak the videos of victims upon their refusal to comply with their (the blackmailer’s) exploitative demands. To...

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By Dr. Kathy Kiely Thirty-two years ago next month, I was in Germany reporting on the fall of the Berlin Wall, an event then heralded as a triumph of Western democratic liberalism and even “the end of history.” But democracy isn’t doing so well across the globe now. Nothing underscores how far we have come from that moment of irrational exuberance than the powerful warning the Nobel Prize Committee felt compelled to issue on Oct....

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By Dr. Okey (Oduma) Chidolue, Columnist We endlessly complain about our government (Local, State & Federal) but we cannot individually or collectively carry out a very simple task like driving through an intersection. “What exactly is wrong with us?” This is the question I have continued to ask. We endlessly complain about our government (Local, State & Federal) but we cannot individually or collectively carry out a very simple task like driving through an intersection....

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The governor cannot spend N500 million or less to fix some roads in the state which is a priority for the public. But he can quickly spend the money on “settling” House of Assembly members because of the fear that they may leave APGA, and enter APC. Following the defection of some members of Anambra State House of Assembly from APGA to APC; a situation that significantly altered the political landscape of Anambra politics towards...

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By Abba Dukawa, guest columnist   I am not sure how to address our late Nigeria presidents since the formal curtsey of your Excellency is of no use to them since they are in eternity.  But this open memo has become necessary to intimate you on the state of the Nation after 61 years of statehood. I am like having an imaginary conversation with late Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Major General  Aguiyi Ironsi, General Murtala  Mohammed, Chief Benjamin...

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By Michelle Garvin, Guest Columnist and Blogger Worsening conflict has not led the Ethiopian government to tamp down its inflammatory rhetoric, riling up supporters and putting it at odds with actors hoping to bring relief to affected civilians. The suffering in Ethiopia’s Tigray region is getting worse. The latest reports from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) paint a heartbreaking picture; over 400,000 people are living in famine conditions, 79 percent of pregnant...

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