Thursday, 23 November 2017

Lecture by his Royal Imperial Majesty, the Ooni of Ife

I attended a lecture that the Ooni of Ife presented on inclusive governance, and it was quite insightful. He spoke on the need for inclusivity, on the importance of identity and on making Africa great again. He is a very charismatic and charming man and spoke with great confidence. Here are some pictures :












Libya migrants - Rwanda offers refuge

We watched in horror and disgust a video released by CNN last week, showing men being auctioned off as farm workers.

I am glad that Rwanda is trying to do something about helping those stranded people. I hope other African countries follow suit.

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This is what the Foreign Minister, Louise Mushikiwabo said:

"Rwanda, like the rest of the world, was horrified by the images of the tragedy currently unfolding in Libya, where African men, women and children who were on the road to exile, have been held and turned into slaves".

She said that Rwanda was a small country but it would find space.

She told the pro-government New Times newspaper that Rwanda was in talks with African Union (AU) Commission to determine how to intervene and resettle them.

"What I expect and know is that Rwandans will welcome these people. As Rwandans, we are sensitive to people who are helpless and have no way of protecting themselves. It is something that is deep in ourselves, we take pride in human beings," the paper quotes her as saying.


Culled from http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-42095629

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

What do you make of this?

See the tweet from Ugandan President



Mugabe was in power for 37 years and now that he has handed over power, what lessons should other African leaders learn from his leadership and overthrow? 

African Presidents who have been in power for over a decade are as follows:

*Paul Biya Of Cameroon - 32years in power;
*Teodoro Nguema Of Equatorial Guinea - 38years; 
*Denis Nguasso Of Congo - 31years; 
*Museveni Of Uganda - 31years; 
*Al-Bashir Of Sudan - 28years;
*Idris Deby Of Chad - 26years; 
*Isaias Afwerki Of Eritrea - 26years; 
*Paul Kagame Of Rwanda - 23years;
*Faure Gnassingbe Of Togo - 12years;
*Jose Eduardo Dos Of Angola - 36years;


 Will romancing the militarty be enough or do the government need to get the people on their side? 

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Breaking news:Robert Mugabe steps down from power


News just coming in is that Zimbabwe President, Robert Mugabe, has finally stood down – just two days after he refused to resign.

The speaker stopped impeachment proceedings to say they had received a letter from Mr Mugabe confirming the resignation “with immediate effect”.



Read more: https://uk.yahoo.com/news/zimbabwes-ruling-party-begins-process-impeach-robert-mugabe-clings-power-144358098.html

Nigeria suicide bombing kills 50 in Adamawa state


According to the BBC, at least 50 people have been killed in a suicide bombing in the eastern Nigerian state of Adamawa, police say.

A bomber struck inside a mosque packed with worshippers during morning prayers in the town of Mubi.


Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-42065509

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Anambra election - Obiano Wins Anambra election

Chief Willie Obiano, the Incumbent Governor of Anambra, has been declared the winner of the Anambra state gubernatorial election by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC with a total vote of 234,071.




Read more at https://www.vanguardngr.com/2017/11/breaking-obiano-wins-anambra-election-landslide/


Friday, 17 November 2017

Anambra state Gubernatorial election tomorrow.

This is another election to follow. Some group in the region are seeking for secession and asking for a boycott until a date for a referendum is given. It is reported that the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, are threatening to stop people from voting. There are 37 candidates vying for the position including five women.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

What is happening in Zimbabwe?

The latest from BBC on the Zimbabwe situation is that Zimbabwe's army has yet again taken over the national broadcaster; ZBC and President Robert Mugabe is reportedly under house arrest. What will happen to the 93-year-old president is yet unknown.



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Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/world-africa-41994362

Monday, 13 November 2017

Botswana President to step down at the end of his term in April 2018.

President Ian Khama announced that he will step down as the president of his country, Botswana, in April 2018. He made this statement during a State of the Nation address.  He said that he would leave the country in the hands of his vice president, Mokgweetsi Masisi.



The president has been in power since 2008.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Africa this week - Elections


Somaliland will hold their Presidential elections on the 13th of November. There are three contestants running for the elections. Read more https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/11/10/somalilands-presidential-elections-take-place-oct-13-after-many-delays/?utm_term=.259159010ec2


In Nigeria, the Anambra state governorship election will be taking place on the Nov. 18. This is another highly watched election as some group within the region want secession. Members of the Indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB) on Friday marched across major roads in Onitsha, urging the residents to boycott the election, threatening that whoever votes will die.

https://youtu.be/0t8zo-6oUFQ


Read more: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2017/11/%E2%80%8Eipob-inec-press-ahead-anambra-elections/
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Thursday, 9 November 2017

BP Monitor

I had a BP monitor fitted for 24 hours. My doctor instructed that I have it fitted for 24 hours and it took less than 10 minutes to fit. I was instructed on what to do when it beeps and I was off on my merry way to work. I got on the train and off the beep went! I was a bit paranoid what people would make of the beep. I had a jacket on to cover the cords but the jacket was not big enough to cover the whole cord and I was scared of what people on the train would make of me beeping with a cable around me. Well, there was no need for that fear as no one really raised an eyebrow. When it was beeping on my way back, the man sat next to me did not make me feel uncomfortable. The nurse assured me that many people would understand that it was a BP monitor and nothing sinister.

Part of my instructions was to stand still or stay still when the beep goes off. I managed to do that on most occasions apart from when I was walking to the train station or to work. Whenever the beep went off, the strap tightened and quite tightly. But it didn't stop me from doing my work or going about my normal day. When it got to bedtime, I thought that it would be an issue but it was not. I found a way to place the cables to allow me to sleep and in fact, that was one of the best nights of sleep I've had in a long time. I did feel the strap tighten but I was enjoying my sleep so much for it to be an issue.

Here are my pictures. I am going to collect my results tomorrow!








Wednesday, 8 November 2017

The cold weather has arrived!

Time to dig out my scarves, gloves, boots and hats.


 Note to self:



Monday, 6 November 2017

Nigeria kidnapping: Ian Squire killed and three freed

I just read that Ian Squire, a British aid worker kidnapped last month in southern Nigeria has been killed, while three other hostages have been freed. According to the BBC news, Ian and Ms Carson were getting ready to carry out hundreds of planned cataract operations in January next year.

This is such a sad news. There is no excuse or explanation for this act. Thoughts and prayers with the Victim and his family.


Moving forward

The show of 'altruistic and benevolence' pretending individuals who show how 'wonderful' they are, how caring they are of issues pertaining to human betterment but underneath, are the devil incarnates, intrigues me. You see them in churches, in organisations, in charity events all pandering to those that they will gain favour from. Sleek and dangerous as poisonous snakes to those individuals that they find threatening. They exhume arrogance and like to show you that you shouldn't have the same rights, same status, same audience as themselves. They want to put you in your place. How dare you have a voice? Just because you got a little promotion you are now growing wings. They muster to your hearing that they will put you a peg or two down so that you know your place. When they see that you are actually intelligent, your silence is not foolishness, they begin to throw jibes, make fun, belittle so that they feel superior.

Nothing irks me like someone who thinks that they are superior and treats others as mud. One of the reasons that I will never let another human being dictate to me righteousness or put me in their own thwarted stratification of superiority. 

But I learn every day! The world is not a kind place! However, the world is also full of good and kind people and their thoughts and friendship are all that matters. Sure, nastiness will come our way, sure people are going to try to put us a peg or two down, but this can only happen if we allow them. They may have a majority of support but with our stoic and unmoveable determination, we stay and fight for our place as human beings. Nothing less!

Have a good evening!