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African Neocolonialism: Is China Exploiting Africa?

Colonialism has shaped Africa in a multitude of ways. The scramble for Africa in the late 19th century caused traditional values and culture to give way to European influence and ideals, deforming the African identity through exploitation. This impact is felt until today, as the continent struggles to bounce back and embrace its wealth of natural resources to advance independently without relying on foreign aid. China has been the most active player in providing services, import and export goods, and investments on the African continent, in a move that many describe as neocolonialism, implying exploitation and an increase of power at the expense of the African people.
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Will the Great Green Wall of Africa Stop Illegal Immigration?

The Sahara desert is fast expanding into its adjacent regions to the south. It is this increased desertification coupled with low income and now rising terrorism that forces the locals to escape home to go look for greener pastures, mostly as illegal immigrants to Europe. But now with the Great Green Wall of Africa Initiative, could this be reversed or is it just another ambitious project awaiting an epic fail?
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Remembering Anti-Apartheid Activist Winnie Madikizela Mandela

Winnie Madikizela Mandela, a renowned South African anti-apartheid activist has died. Winnie Mandela, the ex-wife of former South African president Nelson Mandela, died aged 81 on Monday, April 2 in a Johannesburg hospital. She leaves behind a legacy of hope and controversy in equal measure for South Africa.
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The Challenges of the African Continental Free Trade Area

On 21st March, at a sitting in Rwanda, 44 African countries appended their signatures to formalize an agreement for an African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) in a move that will see the African countries implement free trade policies among the member’s states.
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Breast Cancer in Algeria: Survivors Lose Rights as Women

“I no longer want you as my wife, you are a half woman!” – These are the heartbreaking words that Yousef told his wife Yasmin (not their real names). They have lived together for more than two decades. Just recently, Yasmin was diagnosed with breast cancer in Algeria. With advice from her physician, she went through a surgical procedure and had one of her breasts, the one with cancer, amputated. She then proceeded to have chemotherapy sessions and her recovery process kick-started.
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Espionage in Africa: The Business of Spying

Accusations and counter-accusations have been rife in the diplomatic departments after French magazine Le Monde published a report that the Republic of China had been spying on the African Union by bugging the AU headquarters building. The building was a gift to the AU and consequently used for espionage. China was in charge of the construction and everything related to the building.
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Westernization or Traditionalism: Africa under Western Influence

Africa is a continent full of diversity. Other than the immense wealth of natural resources, there also exists a rich diversity in demographical characteristics, cultures, and traditions. With Africa now becoming increasingly westernized, these indigenous cultures and traditions are at risk of being wiped out. But they won’t go quietly, there is a fierce battle of westernization vs. traditionalism on the continent.
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Global Warming: Africa Has Bigger Issues Than Climate Change

Africa is the Continent worst hit by the global warming menace by all measurable standards. The effects have been adverse with the continent facing its worst water crisis in major cities. Cape Town, in the past year, experienced the longest water crisis ever recorded and barely 40% of the population in Nairobi has access to clean water at all. This has led to water-borne diseases like cholera.
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Genderqueer: The Challenges of Being Intersex in Africa

Being intersex in Africa is a taboo. Even if you survive the lynching by family, then you might not survive suicide. For a long time, intersex people in Africa have been perceived as a curse by their families. Just like those suffering from poor mental health in Africa, the stigma has pushed some into depression and suicide. It is worse if the community around them gets to know of their condition.
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Poverty in Africa

Poverty in Africa: A Rich Continent for the Poor

In its 2016 list of the world’s richest individuals, Forbes put Aliko Dangote, a Nigerian tycoon, at the 51st position. Four other Africans were also featured on the list. There are still many other rising billionaires and millionaires in Africa. That said, if there were also a list detailing the poorest individuals in the world, Africans would feature on it prominently if not entirely. That is the reality of poverty in Africa. But why?
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