Africa, Ethiopia, Opinion, Politics
Africa, Science & Tech
Ethiopia has had a tumultuous political scene for the last couple of years. Violent protests have been happening since November 2015 with the protesters agitating for social and political reforms. They have been accusing the government of Ethiopia with gross infringement of human rights, including marginalization of minority groups, police brutality, mass arrests, and land grabbing. More than 600 people have since died as a result of the Oromo Protests.
Africa, Science & Tech, World
Technology has taken over most sectors of our society today, one of them being modern education. To most, E-Learning is still a mystery, but actually, it is quite easy to comprehend. Basically, E-Learning is the use of electronic technologies to deliver educational curriculum outside the usual classroom set up. Computers and the internet are the main platforms for E-Learning. It has been an uphill battle incorporating this kind of technology into African society with many critics arguing that it lacks the human element required in learning and it might erode African culture.
Africa, Kenya, Politics, World
Bitcoin has taken the world by storm. Almost every internet user has heard of Bitcoin. Some have gone further and invested heavily in it. This is by either buying it or by teaching others on Cryptocurrency, all while others still grapple with the concept and fundamentals of what Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency actually are. Africa has not been left behind. The fire and zeal for Bitcoin are real, especially among the young people.
Africa, Opinion, Politics, World
Kenya is a democratic country that holds general elections every 5 years. Just like in every democratic setting, the winner takes it all, meaning losing can be tough. Having gained independence in 1963 from the British, Kenya has held several elections and that has made it possible for a pattern to form on who or how candidates clinch the seats. These are the fundamentals to consider for your chances of getting elected into a public office in Kenya. Here is a guide to Kenyan politics.
Africa, Kenya, Politics
Africa is the world’s richest continent. It has a vast wealth of natural resources ranging from precious stones such as gold and diamonds to fossil fuels. The tropical climates, beautiful and diverse wildlife, and sandy beaches are also quite attractive to tourists. From these, the total derivable revenue has the potential to completely transform economies in Africa. But that is not the case. There is war and poverty instead of prosperity leaving you to wonder are these resources really a blessing or a curse? In a pattern that replicates itself, the discovery of a major resource has been followed by conflict, instability, and damage to the environment. This is called the resource curse or the paradox of plenty.
Africa, South Africa, Europe, Germany, Human Rights, Politics, World
Raila Odinga, the leader of opposition in Kenya has sworn himself in as the ‘people’s president.’ This is despite the fact that Kenya has a sitting and legitimate president in office – Uhuru Kenyatta. Odinga swore himself into office on 30th January in an event attended by almost 10,000 supporters, while the legitimate Kenyan Government ordered a media Shutdown.
Africa, Egypt, Asia-Pacific, Human Rights, Opinion, Politics, World
Rheinmetall, one of Germany’s biggest arms manufacturers, has seen its profits and margins rise quite substantially in the past year. Why? Rheinmetall managed to circumvent German law to export arms into conflict areas legally. However, the practice of exporting arms is not the end, but just the beginning of the company’s devious scheme to aid the most shocking conflicts on earth for profit. Rheinmetall uses its majorly owned joint venture in South Africa to export complete weapon factories to conflict areas to do with as they please.
Africa, Uganda, Human Rights
The Arab spring was a wave of revolutions across the Arab countries in Northern Africa and the Middle East. Young revolutionists vigorously called for a change of a government from the autocratic and theocratic systems to a democratic system of government. But just like many other popular revolutions around the world, it lacked steam and failed. This was before any significant change was realized.
Uganda has had one of the most controversial anti-gay campaigns in Africa. Severe acts of homophobia have been witnessed in the country. In 2011, David Kato, a gay rights activist was murdered in cold blood in his home. This was curiously after a Ugandan tabloid, Rolling Stone, published names and addresses of people believed to be gay. The tabloid was calling for their murder. Since then, homophobic attacks have never ceased in Uganda.
Just recently, Donald Trump allegedly dismissed Africa as a shithole continent. This did not go down well with many Africans, particularly due to the ignorance displayed. Most people do not know much about Africa either. Some think it is a country full of drought, poverty, and disease. But no. It is a continent, the second largest on earth, and full of wonderful people. Let me introduce you to some other things you probably didn’t know about the continent.