Africa’s most populous country ~200M people, is to hold presidential elections on the 16th of this month (February).
There are over 70 candidates participating in the race.
However, the main contenders are; candidate 76 –Nigeria’s current President-Muhammadu Buhari of All Progressive Congress (APC), & Candidate 72; Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar of People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
- President Muhammadu Buhari & Atiku Abubakar have run a total of 9 times between them.
If you listen to the Nigerian youth- so one would think, the country’s future-, it’s clear that even they’re fed up of the current administration’s piss poor management of the country.
President Buhari ran –& won– his first campaign on an anti-corruption high-horse. The actions of many of the President’s party members have directly contradicted this.
Nigerian’s don’t seem super keen on either of the biggest contenders.
Finding themselves where they usually are; having to pick the “lesser evil”. 4 in every 10 Nigerian is either underemployed or unemployed & this comprises mainly the youth.
Allegations of voter suppression –with video evidence– have also been brought up against the current administration.
Many informed & involved citizens are questioning the Nigerian government’s tactics of soliciting votes from super poor masses. A predicament the incompetent government has a hand in, in the first place.
Nigerians are skeptical of a true free & fair election. Neither are they naive with their expectations of the “opposition” Atiku Abubakar of PDP.
Here’s a video of Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai; the Governor of Kaduna State addressing hypothetical foreigners, who choose intervene in Nigerian politics.
“they will go back in body bags“
& now, a short lecture on CONSENT.
It is 2019. All men & women should be keyed in on the concept of CONSENT. A verbal YES is consent.
Chima George & Segun Razak –also known as– Deejay Ricco were arrested for drugging & raping a 23 year-old lady –name withheld– in DeLankaster Hotel.
Chima George is the son of an elite businessman who owns DeLankaster Hotel & Segun Razak has made a name for himself as a Disc Jockey. Naturally, this case took social media by a storm.
The boys were caught because of their audacity to actually record their heinous act on camera. This was later used as evidence against them.
Many feared the boys would leverage their privilege finagling themselves out of the corrupt Nigerian legal system. Different stories circulated including some alleging the Nigerian police tampered with evidence.
Popular Nigerian blogger “Lindaikeji” initially covered the story. However, due to some unknown &
moneymysterious reason had it taken off of her website. This was extremely usual as the blogger barely ever rescinds stories, making Nigerians come up with some of their own plausible stories.
A recent statement released by the Department of State Security (DSS) alleges that the boys are still in police custody, but some Nigerian women decided to add some icing on the cake, leaving horrible reviews on his dad’s hotel.
Godfrey Kiwanda; the Minister of Tourism, has the less than bright idea to use “curvy women” as a tourism “product” in Uganda.
In a conference in Kampala Mr. Kiwanda explained his thought process, saying a beauty pageant “Miss Curvy Uganda” has been launched on the hunt for sexy curvaceous women. The lucky? Finalists are to be announced in June.
“We have naturally endowed nice looking women that are amazing to look at. Why don’t we use these people as a strategy to promote our tourism industry?”
– Mr. Godfrey Kiwanda
- Ugandan women are outraged! Calling for the resignation of the Minster, including a public apology for his recklessness.
- Primrose Nyonyozi Murungi –entreprenuer & activist– launched an online petition to stop the campaign.
“Women in Uganda have been attacked while on the streets. What happens now that the government is confirming a stereotype that women are sexual objects and can be touched regardless and more so made a product of tourism,” she said.
Ugandans have also taken to social media in order to protest the arrest of Kenyan Journalist; Kassim Mohammed & Vivian Mohammed; his wife.
- The pair were
kidnapped*coughs* arrested in Uganda’s capital; Kampala.
- 2 other journalist were taken with them.
- The journalists were said to be developing a story in the dictatorial land of Uganda.
- They are currently being held in a central police station in Kampala, Uganda.
Justice for Kassim Mohammed & all the incarcerated journalists. Journalism is not a crime.
Speaking of other countries & presidential elections, Senegal is to hold her presidential elections on the 24th of this month!
- One of the biggest topics of debate is the country’s currency; CFA franc.
- CFA franc was introduced to Senegal by France in 1945.
- Many believe it to be a legacy of colonizers & colonization.
- 14 West African countries currently use CFA franc was their legal tender.
Happy Black History Month!!!
Black history month is an annual observance every February in the United States. It is aimed at remembering the fierce & relentless negro heros who made strides in civil-so really, human-rights, as well as the documented history of the African diaspora.
Thank you, Dr. Carter Godwin Woodson! He was one of the first scholars to study African-American history.
In 1926 he proposed the second week of February be “Negro History Week”. Also known as the father of black history, Dr. Woodson’s “Negro History Week” became a precursor to Black History Month as we know it.
Black History Month is also celebrated in the United Kingdom, Canada & the Republic of Ireland.
If change is to come we have to do the work.
Speaking of Black Excellence during black history month,
let’s all commend Candice Payne!
Candice Payne paid for hotel rooms for 100 homeless people in Chicago. After listening to her local news & hearing the weather forecast in her area; below freezing point! Candice knew she had to do something!
Candice Payne, the woman who bought hotel rooms for over 100 homeless people so they don’t freeze to death in Chicago says
“No one wanted them, it wasn’t good for business”
She didn’t give up on them. Now she is on a mission to house the homeless.
RETWEET ❤️ pic.twitter.com/scN35LkjJV
— StanceGrounded (@_SJPeace_) February 8, 2019
She was turned down multiple times, by multiple hotels. Hotels whos management didn’t think homeless people sleeping in paid for rooms were “good for business”. Humanity, right?
Candice Payne didn’t let that deter her. We need more people like Candice in the world, people who see an issue & take personal action.
The Governor of Virginia; Ralph Northam was caught face first !
Governor Ralph Northam has since been having a slew of press runs explaining an alleged picture of him in his 1984 Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook.
Ralph Northam denies being any of the two in the picture but he did admit to wearing “blackface” once.
Governor Ralph Northam is quoted saying;
“Right now, Virginia needs someone that can heal. There’s no better person to do that than a doctor.”
Can someone ask him, what happens when your doctor is a racist?
Although to Governor Northam’s credit, he did start an important conversation. One of exposing college yearbooks in America.
Did we forget to mention that the good governor is a Democrat?
Again we ask, why do Americans get stuck on the polar Democrat vs. Republican war? Especially black people?
Speaking of hate. Self-hate to be exact. NFL players caught on camera toasting to “lightskinned” babies with their caucasian partners.
Chile…sure. Still nigger.
Laurent Gbagbo; former Ivorian Head of State, has been released to Belguim on conditions.
- After being acquitted of all charges by the International Criminal Court (ICC) as reported In color 9, Belguim agreed to host him.
- Some of the conditions includes; Gbagbo hand over his passport to Belgian officials, surveillance & that Gbagbo return to the ICC if there was a possible prosecution appeal against his acquittal.
- A spokesperson for Belgium’s immigration service confirmed at Laurent Gbagbo had in fact been issued a visa, allowing him legally residency in Belgium for 90 days.
As covered in a week In color 9. Sudan is still experiencing relentless protests. The Sudanese people are fed up & don’t seem to be backing down any time soon.
The Sudanese President-Dictator Omar al-Bashir has taken a new stance with protestors, telling journalists he invited to the presidential palace;
“Most of the protesters are young and there are factors that drove them to take to the streets, including inflation, which led to higher prices – and the limited job opportunities that don’t match the number of graduates,“
He also reassured them all journalist arrested due to the protests would be released immediately.
- The estimated number of journalists imprisoned according to activists is recorded at 16.
- The current political instability has also caused the fleeing to Sudanese professors in groves. Leaving the country, in hopes of escaping poverty.
Here goes Africa again, losing their intellectual property due to the lack of proper treatment for their citizens.
Tanzanians rejoice in reaction to the huge slashes in fuel prices.
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A sigh of relief as #Tanzania announces huge cut in fuel prices: The energy regulator has announced a huge cut in fuel prices for February for a second month in a row due to continuing global oil price slump. The regulator also slashed diesel retail prices by 6.48 per cent. @streamafrica
Due to general global cuts in oil prices, the energy regulator has announced yet another price slash in the month of February.
Last week the United States announced its move to impose sanctions on the issuance of visas to Ghana.
- This move was a reaction to Ghanas alleged refusal to accept their citizens; “Ghanian deportees”.
Ghana responds eloquently, pointing out huge issues with human rights & demanding that the US treat human beings with dignity. Deportees or otherwise.
Last month; a week in color 9 we spoke on the murder of Ghanian investigate journalist Ahmed Hussein-Suale.
Hussein- Suale was shot 3 times; twice in the chest & once on the neck. It was a targeted attack. Under the Tiger Eye team, Ahmed Hussein-Suale brought about the dissolution the Ghana Football Association. & a lifetime ban from FIFA was also given to Kwesi Nyantakyi –the association’s former head– including some referees, due to the various corrupt practices uncovered.
- 6 of the suspects arrested on Thursday have been released on bail.
- Director general of police public affairs; David Eklu says there seems to be a lack of “strong evidence for now“, stating most of the arrests were “preliminary arrests based on reasonable suspicion“.
Justice for Ahmed Hussein-Suale. Journalism is not a crime.