A Week In Color 22

Your Afro-Negro Weekly Newsletter


Nigeria

West Africa

Busola Dakolo and her husband harrassed at their place of residence by armed men in uniform.

3 weeks prior, Busola Dakolo; a known photographer, came out in an interview to speak her truth as a sexual assault survivor.

He said, ‘be happy a man of God did this to you, disvirgined you’. At this point he was already a pastor in Ilorin, his wife had given birth to their first child Shindara and I was in the choir.”

  • The perpetrator of the assault, to members of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) church dismay, was head pastor; Biodun Fatoyinbo.
  • Busola Dakolo is the wife to popular musician Timi Dakolo.
  • Leading up to the table-shaking interview, Timi Dakolo published a series of post on his social media, instagram, accusing the head pastor; Biodun Fatoyinbo of being a serial molester that particularly preys on young women seeking salvation from the church.

On Saturday, 3 armed policemen barged into the Dakolo’s Lagos residence demanding the couple come to Abuja against their will.

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  • The van had the plate number; BR932KSF.
  • There were rumors that armed officials allegedly attempted to coerce the couple into rescinding the statements made in their riveting interview.

Busola Dakolo is a case study for why survivors may feel unsafe to, if ever speak up against their abusers. Head pastors from other Nigerian mega churches seemed to be in solidarity with the infamous COZA head pastor. Some, subtly alluding to ‘Jezebel’ attacks from morally corrupt women through the sermons they preached at the peak of the scandal. Meanwhile, others, like reverend Israel Akanji of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) outrightly came out to vehemently defend their “man of God”.

CAN has later denied showing solidarity to Biodun Fatoyinbo

Some Nigerians sound off;

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The U.S

North America

NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo involved with the death of 43-year-old father of 6; Eric Garner 5 years ago goes scot-free.

On monday; July 15 the Justice Department decided not to file federal civil rights charges against Daniel Pantaleo.

  • 4 months after the death of Eric Garner from a fatal chokehold with Daniel Pantaleo involved, a Staten Island grand jury chose not indict the officer on any criminal charges.
  • The decision to not press federal civil rights charges came in a day before the 5th anniversay of Garner’s death.

5 years later, still no justice.

The decision came in one day before the expiration of the statute of limitations.

The Justice Department’s decision to not prosecute Pantaleo was made by Attorney General William Barr, who decided to follow the recommendation of the Eastern District of New York.

This should not have ended with the death of a person, but that’s a very different question than what’s presented to a prosecutor when deciding under the Justice manual whether a person should be indicted,” a senior official said.

Eric Garner’s last echoing dying words were “I can’t breathe“.

Garner’s mother; Gwen Carr spoke with federal prosecutors in Brooklyn saying the Justice Department “has failed us“.

We wonder if it ever was meant to work for Black people.

5 years of no justice but constant turmoil & reliving of pain for the Garner family & the Black community.

Buy Black. Buy power! & support Black bussinesses.

It’s no secret that it’s way easier to locate liqour stores in lower income neighbourhoods than grocery stores in the US but here’s one savior making a difference.

Kia Patterson is changing the narrative one store at a time with her store in Compton, California & her work ethic is exemplary in itself.

  • Patterson worked in grocery stores for 17 years before owning a Grocery Outlet in 2017.
  • When Patterson took over the store there were 9 employee. After, she had a staff of 25 people.

Patterson does not get high-strung on power & isn’t afraid to work alongside her employees.

I’m not one of those owners that dictates things. I mop the floor, I do car runs,” she said. “I’m very hands on with my team, and there’s nothing that I would ask them to do that I wouldn’t do myself.

Patterson’s Grocery Outlet is also heavily involved in the community, hosting events for the people in it.

What’s better than ownership for people who actually care about the communities they make a profit off of?

You tell us.

STOP. KILLING. BLACK. TRANS. PEOPLE.

We would not be free, till we are all equally free. This the includes queer Black folk in our community. The divide & the spread of hate only futher perpetuates our continued downfall.

Rest in power to Denali.

Meanwhile, the US has may skillful ways they boldy say; who cares about the negroes again?

  • Blackout was purposefully carried out in Canarise a largely Black neighbourhood to prevent an outage in the richer; whiter neighbourhoods in NewYork.

Ethiopia

East Africa

More than 17 Ethiopian activitist were killed on Thursday; July 18th, in a confrontation before security forces & Ethiopians seeking a new autonomous region for their Sidama ethnic group.

The Sidama, the largest ethnic group in the southern region, have been calling for their own semi-autonomous state [Tiksa Negeri/Reuters]

Shubale Buta, head of the town’s Malga district confirmed the deaths of 13 civilians killed in Wotera Rassa; a town near Hawassa city. Saying the soldiers were travelling to contain the violence in a nearby town on July 18th.

When they saw people gathered near the roads, they thought they were there to create a problem and that is how the killings happened,” he told Reuters via telephone.

A Malga resident said late on Friday he saw 14 bodies after a shooting.

The Sidama is the largest ethnic group in the Southern region.

As weird as it may sound, it is their constitutional right to be able to request autonomy as it is in fact in Ethiopia’s constitution.

  • The constitution requires the government to organize a referendum for any ethnic group that wishes to form a new entity within a year of their intial request.
  • Ethiopia is already divided into 9 semi-autonomous regions.
  • The Sidama Liberation Movement (SLM) -at the forefront of the calls for the new state- have accepted the government’s request to wait pending a direct vote of all members of electorate before the end of the year.

Ethiopia is Africa’s second most populous country.

Kenya

East Africa

On Friday; 19th July, Kenya revealed Africa’s largest wind power plant.

The 80,290,000,000.00 Kenyan Shilling –$775m– wind farm containing 365 turbines is located in nothern Kenya; on the shores of Lake Turkana.

It is aimed at lowering Kenya’s fossil fuel dependency & cost of electricity.

  • It is designed to boost the country’s electricity supply by 13%.
  • 70% of Kenya’s electricity comes from renewable sources- more than 3 times the global average- making Kenya a global leader in renewable energy.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced the country’s plans to move to 100% green energy by 2020 while Nigeria continues to daydream of broken promises & vision 2020. #GodWhen

#GodWhenChronicles

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Free Tv: The Hunt For The Diaspora

For The Culture

We’ve been on the hunt to bring you content presented by Africa & The Diaspora.

Sadly, the more you divide into the internet, the bigger you realize the giant technological divide with a huge under-representation of minority groups.

Go figure!

Today, we have 2 YouTube rabbit holes to dive into; focusing mainly on the diaspora! First generation Africans living in european countries.

  1. Talk Habesha

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First generation East Africans have nuanced discussions on popular topics circulating black living room spaces.

Talk Habesha centers Ethiopian & Eriterean immigrants, watch the cast as they debate topics from moving back to their homeland, dating outside their culture to being fluent in your native mother tongue.

2. Chattabox

https://youtu.be/_9njK37GbzU 

Basically a Caribbean diaspora Buzzfeed but since it’s black it has more flavor!

Chattabox is a Caribbean platform with different individuals from all around the West Indies diaspora.

Expect talk shows were Caribbean people give their hot takes on topics pertaining to their culture or how their culture influences their perspectives; also check out Rice & Peas: a blind dating show & The Bajan Bunch: a Caribbean Brady Bunch Parody.

Learn a little something about the culture today! As you know we are all about unorthodox ways of learning as long as you always remember #WhoToldYou

A Week In Color 17

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Your Afro-Negro Weekly Newsletter

 


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Samburu Governor Moses Lenolkulal faces charges  including abuse of office & conspiracy to commit an economic crime.

Governor Moses Lenolkulal has been accused by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) of trading with the County Government through Oryx Service Station for the supply of fuel since 27th March 2013 to date; engaging in conduct that is expressly prohibited in law & in clear violation of the constitutional principles governing the conduct of public & State Officers.

  • The Samburu Governor released a press statement ensuring his complete cooperation ,& promising to take full responsibility of his actions after the EACC opened investigations alleging him & his staff members opened proxy companies to award themselves tenders & huge payouts on February 20.

As a government, we are fully open to investigations to ensure that this matter is dealt with,” he said.

Governor Moses Lenolkulal was arrested on Tuesday morning; April 2nd by the EACC.

  • The governor is said to have failed to disclose his interest in Oryx Service Station.

Noordin Haji the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) & who gave the approval for the governor’s arrest Monday night, said in a statement the following Tuesday morning

“It is clear that the governor engaged in conduct that is expressly prohibited in law and in clear violation of the constitutional principles governing the conduct of public state officers,”

  • Oryx Service Station received a total of Sh84million ~834243.72USD from the Samburu County Government.
  • According to Haji the money was shared between the governor & his proxy Hesbon Ndathi.

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Chicago elects first black woman major! Lori Lightfoot.

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On Tuesday; April 2nd Lori Lightfoot made history as the 1st openly LGBTQ & black woman Mayor of Chicago.

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56-year-old Lightfoot’s victory was by a landslide! The nation’s third-largest city celebrated this as a win for diversity & progress.

  • Lori Lightfoot has never before held an elected office.
  • Lori Lightfoot is a lawyer & former federal prosecutor.
  • Lori Lightfoot has promised to cut back on Charter schools in Chicago & shake up the police department.

However, some Chicago activists feel although representation matters, Lightfoot simply was opportunistic. Toting her sexuality while having a far from progressive record as a corporate lawyer & federal prosecutor.

Black queer Chicagoans, especially those who are low-income, don’t merely predict oppressed people will suffer under the Lightfoot administration but know it,” wrote Benji Hart, a Chicago-based writer and educator in the Advocate.

#StopLightFoot is a campaign that further explains this saying while Lightfoot has run “extensively on her lesbian identity, her stances on policing and rent control fall into a legacy of decades-old anti-gay and anti-trans political suppression. Lightfoot’s plan to expand police presence in the city … and transform 38 closed public schools into mini-cop academies should concern every LGBTQ person in Chicago.”

Sigh!

Yet another case of the criminal justice system failing young negro men in the US! Quite frankly we are tired of covering stories like these, because it’s heartbreaking. But how else to we effect change?

Read the story of Albert N. Wilson down below. & sign the petition if you feel moved to do so.

Rest in power to Nipsey Hussle.

Rivals gangs came together calling a peace treaty & unifying as a way to pay respect to the deceased activist & rapper who was heavily involved within his community.

Congress member Karen Bass is also doing her part in making sure his rich legacy is never forgotten.

Rest in Power to yet another black man lost in the hands of police brutality; activist & Atlanta-native Oscar Cain.

 

Meanwhile, if you’re in the area, make sure you check out Eko Kitchen for some authentic Nigerian food!

Open for bussiness on May 3rd!

Located at 167 11th Street, San Francisco, CA, 94103. Just remember #WhoToldYou


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Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel apologies on behalf of his country for kidnapping mixed race babies, separating them from their mothers in the 1940s & 50s

  • During Belgium’s colonial rule in Africa, children born to Belgian immigrants & -now known as- Congolese natives, were forcefully taken from their African homes. Mixed race children were outlawed & Belgium had colonies in -what is now known as- Rwanda, Burundi & DR Congo.
  • The men often denied fathering the children. 
  • About 20,000 children were stolen from their mothers & indoctrinated into schools or orphanages run by the Catholic church.
  • Some mixed race kids after being extracted from their parents & brought into Belgium were also denied nationality. 

Huh?!

Why steal children from their mothers, taking them from their familiar homeland, only to drop them in a foreign country where they would be denied of all their rights?

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We guess a simple “sorry” should suffice for robbing people of their sense identity. Right? 

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Some people do. 


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Mozambique is struggling to find its bearings after cyclone Idai hit.

As reported in Color 16 Idai wreaked havoc in the Southern Hemisphere as a whole, tearing through Zimbabwe, Mozambique & Malawi. 

Port city was hit by the most by the storm. Biera, is dotted with ripped off rooftops, lacerated cables & makeshift molds of sand & rumble.

More than 3 weeks after Cyclone Idai hit the South Hemisphere, Biera remains the hub for the coordination of aid efforts.

Thousands of people who lost their homes have found shelter in Biera’s makeshift camps. More that 2000 people have been infected with cholera in areas that were particularly engulfed with water.

Humanitarian efforts have been focused on containing this, health officials launched a mass vaccination campaign in areas hit the most by flooding & humanitarian groups are distributing hygiene kits to prevent the spread of the bacterial disease.

Biera already had infrastructural challenges prior to Idai but the storm rendered things drastically worse. Contributing to preexisting problems & destroying an estimated 90% of the city. 

  • Some business have been forced to temporarily shut down operations while they sort out repairs to their damaged properties. 

We had bookings for weddings, parties and some religious events. We’ve not been able to host any of the programmes because, as you can see, we have to rebuild some parts of the compound,” Anifo told an Al Jazeera reporter.

Many Mozambicans feel abandoned by the government

“Nothing works here and the government doesn’t care,” said a man who simply identified himself as Miguel.

“If not for the humanitarian organisations that quickly came to our rescue, more people would have died. The government has not shown any serious concern because we don’t support President Filipe Nyusi,” Miguel told an Al Jazeera reporter.

Rural communities have said to have lost an estimated 700,000 hectares of crops in wake of Idai

“I am happy that I am alive,” said Esther Zalimba, who is from Buzi, a storm-hit village southwest of Beira & found shelter in the city’s Ifapa camp.

“I will sleep whenever I find. My entire village was flooded and even if I go back now, I won’t be able to get a place to sleep.” 


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Nigerians are protesting police brutality are asking for the dissolution or proper reform of the notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

SARS is a branch of the Nigeria Police Force under the Force Criminal Investigation & Intelligence Department (FCIID).

Ideally, the squad should deal with crimes associated with armed robbery, car snatching, kidnapping, cattle rustling & any form of gun violence. However, one search of the hashtag #ENDSARS makes it hard to distinguish  who the true criminals are.

SARS is known for its constant brutalization of Nigerian citizens. Arraigning people for anything from looking suspicious to wearing your hair in locks.

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Unfortunately Kolade Johnson was their most recent victim; the young man’s live was taken.

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Who are they protecting if they are killing innocent people?

However, abuse of power, unfortunately is nothing out of the ordinary in the average Nigerian experience.

Meanwhile perpetrators like these manage to find a way to roam around scot free !

So much so that Nothern Nigerian women coined their own hashtag to express their encounters with sexual assualt called #ArewaMeToo.

Listen to this passionate nothern lady give her opinion on the Zamfara state governor. Nigerians are fed up.

On a brighter note! Let’s give it up one time for all this beautiful negro excellence!

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie graces the cover of Marie Claire Brazil.

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& on a lighter note:


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Today; April 7th, marks the 25th anniversary of the unfortunate genocide in Rwanda.

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President Paul Kagame laid a wreath on at a memorial site located in the capital; Kigali, where over 250,000 Rwandans were buried. Songs were sung & poems recited, the start to a solemn commemoration of the 800,000 people killed with knives, clubs & other weapons during three months of genocide in 1994.

The 100 days of killing began on 6 April 1994. Over a few short months over 10% of Rwanda’s population was killed primarily on the basis of their ethnicity. 70% of the minority Tutsi population was wiped out, & some Hutu’s were killed protecting their Tutsi neighbours, albeit a significantly lower percentage. 

The United Nations estimates that between 250,000 & 500,000 Tutsi women were raped

Speaking after the ceremony President Paul Kagame pledged to his people that history would never repeat itself.

“That is our firm commitment. Our bodies and minds bear amputations and scars but none of us is alone. Together we have woven the tattered threads of our unity into a new tapestry.”

July 1994, was when the killing stopped. Thanks to a Tutsi-led rebel movement led by Kagame called the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF). Which invaded Rwanda from Uganda & seized control of the country. Kagame then became Vice-President of Rwanda, subsequently becoming President & has been leader of the country ever since.

Alice Mukarurinda, 49, whose child was killed by Hutu extremists, said she had forgiven those responsible for the mass murder.

“The anger can never give you peace. Some Hutus were killed too while protecting Tutsi friends. It was a bad leadership of the past to blame. Those who killed my families have apologised to me and I have forgiven them. The future is important to us.

Jackie Mukamana, from Bugesera, said: “Today we live a better life and the children of Hutus and Tutsi attend the same schools and opportunities are offered equally. I can’t seek revenge because when you kill the person who murdered your relatives, you’ll become like that murderer.”

French President Emmanuel Macron appointed a panel of experts to “investigate” France’s actions during the genocide in Rwanda

Rwanda & France have had a strained relationship since the genocide in 1994. 


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A sense of normalcy seems to slowly be restoring in the Johannesburg Alexandra Township after Wednesday’s large-scale protests against the government. 

On April 3rd the streets of Alexandra were flooded with chaos as discouraged & disgruntled South Africans barricaded roads with burning tyres & rocks, protesting poverty, rising unemployment & poor government services. 

  • Tensions continue to increase between South Africans & other African immigrants. 
  • Many South Africans are so discouraged by the government they’ve lost their faith in the electoral process & are opting to not participate. 

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Macky Sall commenced this 2nd term as President of Senegal on Tuesday; April 4th. As reported in Color 14 the incumbent President had won 58.27% of the populations votes securing his position for a re-election. 

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Nigerian President Buhari &  President Macky Sall

Donning a navy blue suit for his inauguration speech; President Macky Sall, 57, swore “before God and before the nation” to serve the people.

He was particularly optimistic the “new economic perspectives” opening up in Senegal; referring to the country’s plans to enter the hydrocarbons sector in 2021-22 via two ambitious oil and gas developments. 

We do wonder however, is this the smartest plan considering the general global shift towards renewable energy? Or is the idea for Senegal to as much profit from it while it’s plausible?

President Macky Sall also made some promises to the youth, saying he would look to aid the unemployed youth & create training policies to promote “the entrepreneurial spirit and new technologies”. 

  • He added he would commit “public policies favouring women and girls,” ensure “decent housing” for all & “safeguard the environment“. He didn’t expatiate on this though. 
  • He promised “a constructive dialogue open to all political, economic and social forces” referring to the opposition. Insisting he would rule “for all Senegalese“.

As reported in Color 13; 2 of Senegal’s main opposition leaders; Khalifa Sall –not in any way related to the current president-, & Karim Wade, were blocked from participating in the 2012 Presidential elections due to some charges of corruption brought up against them.

Both leaders have maintained their innocence insisting the charges are bogus & politically motivated. 


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The Ethiopian government has released its preliminary reports for last month’s fatal crash that claimed the lives of 157 passengers & crew.

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Dagmawit Moges; the Ethiopian Transport Minister said the major objective of the report was to ensure safety in the aviation sector.

The report said the pilots did everything they could, recommended by Boeing. The pilots struggled to control the plane’s automatic anti-stalling system; which is meant to push the nose of the aircraft downwards if it detects a stall or loss of air speed. 

  • This issue reportedly may have caused the accident. 

The crew was said to have reacted appropriately, carrying out the prescribed drill by Boeing. However, after performing the drill they find one of the control systems they had for pulling the aircraft’s nose back up simply; wasn’t working.

The Ethiopian Airlines flight went down 6 minutes after takeoff from Addis Ababa.

  • There have been 2 fatal crashes in 5 months involving this particular model; Boeing 737 max. 
  • Families of the victims in the accidents want justice; a US court trial as Boeing is an American company. 
  • All Boeing 737 max have been grounded pending review into the flightware system. 

Investigators in Ethiopia say a full report on what exactly happened could take up to a year. 


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On Friday morning, the Ugandan police besieged the catholic church where main opposition leader & 4-time Presidential candidate Dr. Kizza Besigye was set to hold his consultation meeting

Some Ugandans say young MP Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, popularly known as Bobi Wine is the new man with the Peoples ear. Kampala MP; Nabilah Naggayi Sempala says Bobi wine has God’s favor & is currently top of the opposition political space.

“Favor is an elusive variable and God bestows it on anyone that he chooses. It’s not a debate but a fact and God rarely asks for man’s opinion if ever” she said. 

  • Dr. Besigye is yet to public announce if his intentions are to run for the 5th time against the “President” incumbent. He probably would.

While addressing top leaders from opposition political parties –Democratic Party, Social Democratic Party & People’s Democratic Party–  during the signing of a Memorandum of understanding in preparation for the upcoming 2021 elections, Bobi wine expressed his disappointment in Dr. Besigye for telling people President Museveni can’t be defeated through elections.

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Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine)

 

For a leader to say that a vote can never oust Museveni without offering another option, it is disappointing. We continue to call upon Ugandans like we have always said, what we politicians can not solve, the people of Uganda can solve, they should go ahead and register as voters and be many  Wine said. 


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African countries as a whole; using Zimbabwe as an example, decolonize your mind!

The Zimbabwe Independent newspaper reported the country’s Judiciary Service Commission placed an order for 64 horse-hair wigs from Stanley Ley Legal Outfitters in London, at a cost of £1,850 ($2,428) per wig. Totaling; £118,400 ($155,000).

Lawyers & activists have openly expressed their anger with the purchase; arguing it to be an obvious mismanagement of funds, while also failing to improve access to legal services for the average Zimbabwean. 

Hopewell Chin’ono, a leading Zimbabwean journalist & documentary filmmaker said the former colonial powers are “having a laugh” at Zimbabwe, stating:

“You can take Zimbabwe out of the empire, but you can’t take the empire out of Zimbabwe.”

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Stanley Ginsburg, the owner of Stanley Ley, gave a statement to CNN reporters confirming his company did indeed supply wigs to Zimbabwe but the actual number ordered was “no way near the number” quoted by the Zimbabwe Independent. 

Hmm.


Abebe Bikila (1932 – 1973)

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I wanted the world to know that my country Ethiopia has always won with determination and heroism”

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As the son of an Oromo shepherd, one could say Abebe Bikila experienced “humble” beginnings growing up in Jato, a village located in the Semien Shewa (~North Shewa) zone of the province Amhara, Ethiopia. In the 1950s Bikila went to Addis Ababa (the Capital) to visit his mother. Impressed by the city & its beautiful structures, he decided to stay. Abebe Bikila was said to be particularly entranced with the discipline & preciseness of the prestigious Kebur Zabagna -Ethiopian Imperial Guards- an elite infantry division that safeguarded the Emperor.
Fun Fact; Ethiopia was not Colonized! Bikila later joined the force & soon became a private in 1956.

A man of many talents, young Bikila was known to be a good swimmer, skillful horse rider & an excellent hockey player. Physically, Bikila was said to weight 60kg (130lbs), standing 5′ 10″ (1.77m) tall, he was a slender man. Abebe Bikila was added to the national team just before the plane was scheduled to leave for Rome to the 1960 Olympics. Starting his career at the ripe age of 24, following a broken ankle suffered by Wami Biratu; the initial 1960 marathon entrant.

Due to this last minute turn of events, upon arriving in Rome, Bikila discovered Adidas – the shoe sponsor- didn’t have enough shoes left for the provision of all the athletes. The shoes given to Bikila were uncomfortable & ill-fitting. So much to the surprise of his peers, Bikila decided to run barefoot. Only 2 hours Before his marathon race!
The summer games in Rome didn’t start or finish at the main Olympic stadium. The later part of the event was run in the dark with the route lit up by Roman soldiers holding torches. Abebe Bikila finished first & won his race at a world record time of 2: 15:16.2, beating a field of 75 men.

This made Bikila the 1st Ethiopian to win an Olympic gold medal & the first Black African to win one. Onni Niskanen; the swedish coach responsible for scouting him gave a press statement years later saying that Bikila took 98 steps in one minute!
In 1961 Bikila went on to run marathons in Greece, Japan & -then- Czechoslovakia; he won all of them. Only 40 days to the 1964 summer Olympics in Tokyo, Bikila collapsed while training for the marathon. When rushed to the hospital, Bikila was diagnosed with acute appendicitis & immediately went under surgery to have his appendix removed. Many expected Bikila to sit this race out but not Bikila. He spent the evenings jogging around the hospital courtyard & won the marathon!
Taking the gold for himself & Ethiopia!
Bikila also participated in the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, however due to an injured knee, he was forced to forfeit the game. Abebe Bikila participated in a total of 15 marathons & won 12 of them!
In 1969, Bikila was involved in an unfortunate car accident that rendered him a quadriplegic. But this didn’t quell this hero’s flame. Abebe Bikila picked up Archery & in 1970 he began training for wheelchair-athlete archery competitions, to later compete in the International Paraplegic Games in Norway.
He passed away on October 25, 1973 from complications due to the accident that caused a parallel cerebral hemorrhage. His legacy & heart continues to inspire the people of Ethiopia.

As a tribute to Bikila, Siraj Gena ran the last 500m barefoot in the 2010 summer Olympic men’s marathon & he brought home the Gold just like his fellow Ethiopian.

A Week In Color 15

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The Minister of Justice & Constitutional Affairs Samuel Tembenu is not opposed to implementing the death sentence to deter targeted attacks on people with albinism. 

  • Samuel Tembenu insists although Malawi has yet to use this law since her change to democracy in 1994, is still in the constitution. Therefore at the court’s discretion to apply in murder cases; this includes people found guilty for killing persons with albinism.

Death sentence is still on the statutes and those who are being prosecuted (for killings and abductions) at the moment can still face it,” Tembenu said during a SDG Question Time debate organised by Nation Publications Limited (NPL), Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) & United Nations Malawi. 

  • The debate was focused on human rights & all the major parties participating in the upcoming May 21, 2019 elections were in attendance. 
  • False belief in magical powers of the body parts of people with albinism to bring good fortune has led to a series of attacks on innocent people. 
  • Malawi has avoided using the death penalty for 24 years. 

The Minister’s suggestions were met with some apprehension from party representatives like Ken Ndanda of United Democratic Front (UDF) & Hellen Chabunya representing UTM.

Death penalty is an extreme which we can avoid by implementing the National Action Plan, said Ndanga.

Malawi will be conducting her Tripartite elections & electing a president on May 21, 2019

  • There are approx. 6.8 million registered voters.

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President-Dictator Omar al-Bashir has ordered the release of the women demonstrators detained during ongoing nationwide protests.

Friday, March 8th was International Women’s Day. & President Bashir made the announcement from his Khartoum home during a meeting with a group of people from eastern Sudan. 

  • Referring to the chief of National Intelligence & Security Service (NISS), President Bashir said in the meeting “I order Salah Ghosh to release all women detainees,” .
  • The NISS has been cracking down on protestors as an attempt to quell the 3-month –& on-going– demonstrations in the country. 

As reported in last week’s In Color; President-Dictator Bashir has banned public gatherings & protest. He also declared a 1-year long state of emergency.

However, the effectiveness of all these tough measures as an attempt to suppress these anti-government protests is yet to be seen. The demonstrations have continued. Defying the President’s orders. 

Here’s what we are wondering; why are demonstrators even being detained in the 1st place? 

Government officials have yet to say the number of women in custody, but activist on ground report about 150 in detention. 

As previously reported demonstrations in Sudan were sparked by the government’s decision to triple the price of bread last year; on Wednesday, December 19. 

President-Dictator Bashir has acknowledged that the protest run by the youth, mainly consists of women. 

Here’s to women doing the work !

We’re guessing releasing the detained women is President -Dictator Bashir’s attempt of good faith. Like when he promised an increase in wages or invited the journalist into his Khartoum residence. 

Thanks sexism?

…We guess

Earlier on Friday eye-witness reported protestors being confronted by security forces with tear gas in a demonstration staged in the district of Burri; eastern Khartoum.

Another witness reported tear gas being fired at protestors who rallied outside a mosque in the twin city of Omdurman after the weekly prayers. 

As reported In Color 14; according to the Human Rights Watch the recorded death toll for protest-related violence the country is at 51 people.

Government officials report a death toll of 31 lives. 


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Despite recommendation from world African leaders the United States still extends sanctions on Zimbabwe by a year

The renewal came on Monday 4 March, 2019. 

The actions and policies of these persons continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the foreign policy of the United States” said the US President Donald Trump in a notice announcing the extension. “I am continuing for [one] year the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13288.”

President Mnangagwa called for the lift of the ban against Zimbabwe ruling party; ZANU-PF, top military figures & some government-owned firms.

  • The ban was imposed by the US during former President – Dictator Mugabe’s rule, due to what the US said were human rights violations & undermining of the democratic process.
  • According to US officials, there are 141 entities & individuals in Zimbabwe currently under US sanctions, including President Mnangagwa & former president Robert Mugabe.
  • South African President Cyril Ramaphosa was one of the African leaders that recommended the ban be lifted.

Zimbabwe is currently experiencing its worst economic crisis in a decade. Cash reserves are low & there is a severe shortage in fuel. The country experienced a 150% fuel prices increase in January. 


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Nigerians casted their votes for governorship & state assembly elections on Saturday, March 9, 2019.

The level of apathy was high as a lot of Nigerians have lost faith in the electoral commission following the disappointing turn of events in the February 23, 2019 Presidential elections.

There were 120,000 polling units open but the electoral officials were reportedly idle as people barely showed up.

Elections were held to choose new governors in 29 of Nigeria’s 36 states, all state assemblies, & the administrative councils in the Federal Capital Territory of Abuja.

Heavy military deployment was reported in Rivers state.

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Fear –& rightfully so– of violence at the polls also contributed to the low turnout.

The turnout of voters in the five polling units we visited today was abysmal, at some polling units, the election officials especially the party agents, were more than the voters, Chioma Agwuegbo told Aljazeera Reporters.

I did not vote because last two Saturdays, the violence in my polling unit scared me away. After voting [thugs] came and burned our result sheets,” Chinedu Obiora, a businessman told Al Jazeera.

The polling stations opened at 07:00 GMT & closed at 13:00 GMT. The results should be announced early next week.

There was recorded evidence of vote-buying.

Nigeria’s top anti-corruption agency says it has intercepted “bags of cash meant for vote-buying“.

The ruling party; All Progressives Congress (APC) currently controls 22 states, while Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has 13.

Of the 84 million registered voters only 35% participated in last month’s Presidential & National Assembly Elections.

As reported in last week’s In Color, Atiku Abubakar, former Vice-President & main opposition presidential candidate representing (PDP), has expressed his intentions to challenge the outcome of the recently concluded presidential election, which he claims, was rigged in favour of the current president Buhari.

Although, some Nigerians are wondering though; what is taking him so long?



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Ilhan Omar Minnesota House Representative is too honest for the American press.

Omar stirs a fire storm every week with her direct purposefully far from diplomatic choice of words.

I am told everyday that I am anti-American if I am not pro-Israel,” Omar tweeted March 3 in response to critics. “I find that to be problematic and I am not alone. I just happen to be willing to speak up on it and open myself to attacks.”

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Ilhan Omar frankly voiced her opinions on everyone’s favorite former president Barack Obama, condemning his foreign policies in his duration in office.

Ilhan Omar has suggested Barack Obama was a “pretty face” who “got away with murder”.

Below is a video of Arkansas State Senator Stephanie Flowers giving an impassioned speech on the dangers of the “stand your ground” law, in a country with a problem with racial equality.

An attempt was made to shut her conservation down but Senator Flowers demanded for more time on the debate!

She argued gun rights enthusiasts openly carry guns in front of the Arkansas courthouse. What she describes as an act of bullying as she is unsure of what they’re capable of or their current mental state.

She also pointed out because of this “stand your ground” law, yearly innocent black boys lose their lives with no justice provided for their death. 

& we have to agree.

Senator Alan Clark a republican from Lonsdale Arkansas –in true white man playing devil’s advocate fashion– attempted to cut Senator Flowers off during her speech.

Saying; Senator, you need to stop,”.

Senator Flowers had none of it.

Father goes off on school authorities after they lose his 5 year-old daughter 3 separate times.


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2 white farmers were convicted on Wednesday; March 6, 2019 for the murder of 15-year old Matlhomola Mosweu in April 2017

The pair said they suspected the black teenager of stealing sunflowers in their remote farming community. 

The judge; Ronald Hendricks had initially found the pair guilty of kidnapping & intimidation. 

Murder is undoubtedly the most serious offence that can be committed,” he said. “You picked up the deceased and threw him from the van onto the ground. Your actions that day were indeed disgraceful.”

Pieter Doorewaard, 28, & Philip Schutte, 35, were found guilty of killing 15-year-old Matlhomola Mosweu.

  • Doorewaard was sentenced to at least 18 years in prison, while Schutte was given a 23-year term.

The men had initially claimed the teenager jumped off the truck as they drove him to the police. It was later found that Schutte threw Mosweu to his death. Mosweu suffered a broken neck & died almost immediately after being thrown out the moving vehicle. 

Why do caucasians harbour so much unwarranted hatred in their hearts for anyone that isn’t white?

Why are our black boys not seen & treated as just that? Little boys with their own dreams & aspirations in life? Black is beautiful & it is never a crime to simply exist.

Racially charged incidents between white farm owners & managers &  poor black farm hands are a common occurrence in South Africa.

Only the white man has the ability to possess an ego so blinding, he has the audacity to attempt to intimidate the gracious homeowner who let him stay. 


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Rest in perfect peace to the 157 people who lost their lives on Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302, travelling en-route from Addis Ababa to Nairobi, Kenya.

There were no survivors

The flight was said to have 32 Kenyans among the passengers who lost their lives, including 35 other nationalities.

  • The victims included 149 passengers & 8 crew members. 
  • It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the crash of the recently acquired Boeing 737 MAX 8 model. However, it is know that shortly after take-off ; 05:38 GMT the pilot noticed & reported a specified issue. He was given permission to reroute & return to Bole airport; in Ethiopia’s capital. Communication was lost minutes later & the plane plunged to the ground near the city of Bishoftu.

Multiple world leaders expressed their heartbreak for the lost of lives & citizens of their country. Rest in peace.

Kenya’s President; Uhuru Kenyatta

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The Somali Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Nigeria’s President; Muhammadu Buhari


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About 760,000 voters headed to the polling unit in Guinea -Bissau to elect new members of the National Assembly today. 

The portuguese-speaking nation with an estimated population size of 1.9 million people is hoping this will be a turning point for the West African country. 

21 parties would be battling for 102 seats. 

Guinea – Bissau has been in a political standoff since 2015. A “government shutdown” so to speak. The 3 most powerful entities in the country; the government, president & parliament  have not been able to pass a single legislation. Purposefully blocking each other 

It all started when Jose Mario Vaz; Guinea-Bissau’s current president, removed Domingos Simoes Pereira as head of government. 

This came swiftly after 15 members of Pereira’s political party; the African Party for the Independence of Guinea & Cape Verde (PAIGC), turned their backs on him. Due to this, Pereira lost absolute majority in parliament. Supporters of Pereira insist this was a well thought out & calculated planned, schemed in advance. 

President Vaz then appointed a parliamentarian from another large party to head the government; the Party of Social Renewal (PRS). 

In allegiance,

maybe?

Parliamentary speaker Cipriano Kassama had the 15 PAIGC rebels thrown out of parliament & refused all cooperation with President Vaz & all heads of government installed by him

Votes on laws or budgetary proposals remained on ice & the Bissau- Guinean government hasn’t been functioning ever since. 

Yet again, another case of a few people experiencing personal temper tantrums while causing huge real-life repercussion for the general public. 

  • Many schools & universities in the country have been closed down for years as an effect. 
  • The public health sector is in constant decline. 

Due to an agreement reached at an ECOWAS summit in Lomé on 14 April, 2018, a consensus was met that Aristide Gomes; the Prime Minister, lead the country to the legislative elections.

The major parties with the best chances in the  elections are PAIGC, PRS & the Movement for a Democratic Alternative (Madem G15). 

  • PAIGC is the most powerful political formation in Guinea – Bissau. With the most financial assets, they are expected to garner the most votes.  However, the 3 main players in country’s political crisis; President Vaz, Pereira &  Kassama are members. 

Nevertheless, party leader Domingos Simoes Pereira remains positive.“We are the only ones capable of restoring a state-based on the rule of law,” he claimed at an election rally.

President Vaz is also extremely pleased with the course of the elections in the country.

No one has been killed, no fights, no coup, without random arrests and without political prisoners!” he said. “Instead there is freedom of expression and the right to assemble. I think that Guinea-Bissau is a champion for freedom.”

  • The elections were previously postponed twice. 

A Week In Color 12

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flag_of_haiti.svgHaiti

Violent protest ensued through out Haiti this past week.

The protests began on February 7th, with civilians & government officials alike demanding the resignation of President Jovenel Moïse. Some Haitians believe he is responsible for what they consider worsening & deplorable socioeconomic conditions.
Everything is more expensive now, the country is on lockdown, you can’t go uptown or downtown to buy anything,” Frederique Gamaniel, a market vendor, told Al Jazeera.
“There’s nothing more for Jovenel to do in the country except for resigning to avoid a blood bath,” lawyer Nathanael Lerine told VOA Creole.
There is no place for Jovenel in the country anymore. All he does is lie. We need electricity 24/7. We need food on our tables instead of a leader who is lining his own pockets with cash. Inflation is rising— we’ve reached 100 Haitian Gourdes to the American dollar. Jovel has to go!”

The “Lock Down” protests is the latest uprising against President Moïse’s government. It is due to the people’s discontent with the corrupt government & anxieties over the state of the economy. Also, high inflation rates, leading to higher prices & people struggling to afford bare necessities.
On Thursday; February 14th, the U.S Embassy in Port-au-Prince released a security alert expressing the Department of State had ordered the departure of all non-emergency U.S personnel & their family members.

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"Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Port-au-Prince (February 14, 2019): There are currently widespread, violent, and unpredictable demonstrations in Port-au-Prince and elsewhere in Haiti. Due to these demonstrations, on February 14, 2019, the Department of State ordered the departure of all non-emergency U.S. personnel and their family members. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Haiti. Protests, tire burning, and road blockages are frequent and unpredictable. Violent crime, such as armed robbery, is common. Local police may lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents, and emergency response, including ambulance service, is limited or non-existent. Travelers are sometimes targeted, followed, and violently attacked and robbed shortly after leaving the Port-au-Prince international airport. The U.S. Embassy requires its personnel to use official transportation to and from the airport, and it takes steps to detect surveillance and deter criminal attacks during these transports. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens due to reduced staffing and security concerns. The Embassy discourages its personnel from walking in most neighborhoods. The Embassy prohibits its personnel from: Visiting establishments after dark without secure, on-site parking; Using any kind of public transportation or taxis; Visiting banks and using ATMs; Driving outside of Port-au-Prince at night; Traveling anywhere between 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m.; and Visiting certain parts of the city at any time without prior approval and special security measures in place"

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However, considering all the commotion, President Jovenel Moïse didn’t seem too perturbed by any of this.
On the same day; February 14th, he finally saw it fit to address the dissatisfied –to say the least– people of Haiti for the 1st time in 7 days of uproar & protest.
His tone was far from placating.

“I will not leave the country in the hands of armed gangs and drug traffickers,” he said.
The demonstrators are asking for transparency in particular pertaining to the whereabouts of funds from the PetroCaribe agreement.

  • The PetroCaribe agreement is an alliance between Caribbean countries & Venezuela.
  • There is an estimated $3.8bn missing from the provided funds.
  • According to the World Bank; this agreement’s preferential terms for energy purchases were meant to help free up funds to aid development in Haiti, a country hammered by natural disasters.
  • The demonstrators gathered under the slogan: “Kot kob PetroKaribe a?“, direct meaning “where is the Petrocaribe money“.

Some presume the Haitian President’s confidence stems from his support of the U.S on the issue in Venezuela. This would guarantee U.S support from opposition groups.
John Bolton, U.S National Security Advisor tweets below;

President Moïse may also be trying to strong-arm his people.
On saturday; February 16th, Prime Minister Jean-Henry Ceant announced that government officials may lose their perks due to the continued protests.
Futhermore, civilians accused the wealthy & elite of conspiring with the U.S Embassy in administering a collective punishment for the protests, by feigning a “Humanitarian crisis” through withholding the sale of essential goods to the people.

Haitians in diaspora hit the streets of Miami in solidarity with their kinsfolk.

A wave of normalcy seems to have hit Port-au-Prince; the capital, as of yesterday with public transportation back up & running.

However, protestors promised to return to the streets to continue to pressure President Moïse for his letter of resignation. There were reports that a protester set fire to a U.S. flag on Friday, in an expression of anger toward American policies seen as propping up the president & keeping him from resigning.

  • The “Operation Lock Down” protest lasted 10 days.
  • A lot of property was destroyed with a recorded death toll of 7 people.

Meanwhile;

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8 people have been recused from the initial 24 feared dead from 2 water flooded idle shafts in a mining town just 145km south-west of the capital, Harare this past Thursday.
District administrator Fortunate Muzulu was quoted saying the chances of rescuing any survivors are very slim“.
The illegal miners entered the shafts at night to evade the owners,” Muzulu said.
The mine shaft was flooded by water from a dam with bursted walls due to heavy rain fall.
Dozens of miners still remain missing or feared dead. On saturday, recuse workers retrieved 24 more bodies out from the shafts.
The government released a statement on Friday saying about 60 to 70 artisanal miners were stuck in the flooded shafts.


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They are at it again. Recent headlines on bigger news platforms have been crediting wildlife photographer Will Burrard-Lucas as the 1st person to capture a black leopard on camera, in Africa, in 100 years.This is in fact a lie.
Letoluai Ambose a young Samburu warrior & research assistant with Sandiego Zoo Global, previously captured images of the black leopard as far back as January 2018.
Will Burrard captured quality images but the media should not state that he found the leopard. He was only here for three days,” Letoluai mused.
A curious case of Mungo Park syndrome?
It’s a good thing 24-year-old Letoluai doesn’t sweat the small stuff; he didn’t seem as keen as Will Burrard was to get all the recognition.
Were it not for that elder, the local rangers, the landowner and the involvement of scientists from Sandiego Zoo Global, we would not have made this discovery. Everyone had a role and no one person can claim credit,” said Letoluai.


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Nigeria postpones her elections a night before it was scheduled to take place.
As mentioned in Color 11 Nigeria was set to carry out elections on Saturday; February 16th.
Some Nigerians already expressed their concerns with the current adminstration & their lack of capability to honestly conduct a free & fair election.

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Nobody will unseat me – Buhari

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The Presidential & parliamentary elections were postponed by a week, 5 hours before the scheduled time.

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INEC Postpones General Elections

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  • The election is now set for February 23 due to “logistical” problems, according to the electoral commission.
  • The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has had 4 years to plan & set up this election.
  • Nigerian youth corpers previously appointed to work on election day, -prior to the postponement- spent the previous night outside in extremely unfavorable & inhumane conditions.

Nigerians are outraged with some demanding the resignation of Mahmoud Yakubu; the INEC chairman.
Many feel taken advantage of, fearing this postponement would lead to a lower turnout for the next scheduled date then in turn favoring the President’s party; APC.

They could have a point.
Considering Okezie Victor Ikpeazu; the current Governor of Abia State’s aid was seen with already filled in Presidential election results sheets.
Here’s the underlining issue; the Presidential elections were postponed. It is yet to take place.

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Breaking: Governor Ikpeazu’s Aid Caught With Already Prepared Presidential and National Assembly Election Result In favour of PDP… A man who identified himself as Gaius was on Friday caught with INEC sensitive documents and result sheets that gave PDP victory ahead of Saturdays presidential and national assembly polls. Mr. Gaius who was apprehended in Umuahia by the police, during interrogation identified his boss as Mr. Chinenye Nwaogu Special Assistant to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu on youth and the focal person on N-Power in Abia state. The middle aged man who was caught with various INEC sensitive materials including already prepared result sheets and Governor Ikpeazu’s letter heads admitted that the documents belongs to his boss Mr. Chinenye Nwaogu and that he is only on an errand for his boss and the PDP, he further admitted that the governor was in the know of his mission, asked if he knew the implication of what he has done, he affirmed, but said if he does not carry out the assignment of delivering the documents especially the result sheets to the INEC that his boss will be mad at him and will stop him from further enjoying the federal government N-Power grants that he has been getting, he is at the moment being interrogated at the DSS office Umuahia where he is helping the DSS with more information on those behind the move to manipulate and rig Saturdays election in Abia state. Follow Link To Watch Video: https://web.facebook.com/abiafactsnews/videos/547704665714493/

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Governor Ikpeazu is a member of People’s Democratic Party (PDP).


A Week In Color

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flag_of_haiti.svgHaiti 

Happy belated independence  –birthday– day to the first free black colony; Haiti !!!

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In Haitian diaspora news;on Monday, January 7th, at the Eastern District  New York Federal Courthouse located in downtown Brooklyn, a demonstration is to be held at 9:00 am, followed by a lawsuit at 9:30 am to protecting Haitian immigrants in the United States. 

  • This rally is being held to prevent the deportation of  ~50,000 immigrants from the Caribbean Islands.
  • The demonstration is fighting for the rights of Haitian immigrant protection under Temporary Protected Status (TPS).
  • TPS is a legal designation that allows the people from war-torn countries or countries riddled with natural disasters to seek refugee in the “great” United States.
  • Amidst the American President’s sentiments towards people of color from “shithole countries” the termination of Temporary Protected Status is about to ensue. 
  • The Saget et al v. Trump case is the first trial to challenge the government’s unlawful termination of TPS.

It’s no secret that mother nature has been less than kind to Haiti. With a record-breaking number of earthquakes, hurricanes & a cholera outbreak.

The U.S invests so much money into advertising the “American Dream” however, are only a certain group –hue– of people allowed this day-dream? 

What’s even more interesting; is the push back towards immigration for a country where the majority of their population is in fact constituted of mostly immigrants; although caucausian.  

So is race in play?

honestly,

when was it ever not? In the US.


south african flagSouth Africa

On Wednesday, South African activists marched to the Union Buildings located in Pretoria, Johannesburg. to protest the incarceration of their fellow #FeeMustFall activists & urging their immediate release.

  • the #FeeMustFall movement/protest sprung in 2017. When a group of tired students had had enough.
  • #FeeMustFall not only addresses the unaffordable tuition but also a plethora of issues that affect the South African youth like unemployment.
  • The march led by Bonginkosi Khanyile was in solidarity for the release of Kanye Cekeshe ; a fellow activist, who is currently serving time for his protests in Wits University. 
  • Bonginkosi himself is also facing jail time on bogus charges; like public violence & failing to comply with the police.

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Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mwangagwa signs the Presidential Clean-up Day declaration bill in the country’s capital.

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The Federal Attorney General of Ethiopia –who seems to be staying purposefully anonymousissues arrest warrants for about 28 individuals suspected to be behind the deadly incident rocking Burayu town that targeted ethnic minorities.

  • On September 2018; 23 civilians lost their lives due to the violent riot & the deadly attacks. 
  • Thousands of people fled the scene, taking refugee in schools & other public government facilities in Addias Ababa; the country’s capital. 
  • The attacks increased tensions & clashes between members of the two predominant ethnic groups in Southern Ethiopia; the Sidamas & the Wolaita.

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Despite harsh weather conditions from torrential rains in the DR’s capital. Congolese people brave the rain & chaos to cast their ballots at a polling stationOn December 30, 2018 the –3 year delayed– Presidential election was finally allowed to ensue & mother nature wasn’t the only manipulationing factor.

  • The polls intially set to be open at 5am was delayed until 10 due to claims of “broken voting machines“. Some people had to travel at distance of 25 km just to cast their votes because their name had been transferred to another polling station without any previous warning.
  • Meanwhile, a government issued internet shutdown is still on going as the President-dictator & ruling Congolese party insists it for the people’s own benefit to “prevent disorder“.

The Congolese electoral commission have announced that the election results “may be delayed” as ballots tickle in & tensions tighten over the vote count.

 

 


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The US congress makes history with a couple “firsts” & a diverse number of women finally taking position in  office. Here’s to diversifying our government & making sure it is representative of the people in the real world.

Ilhan Omar wins Minnesota’s Democratic US House primary.

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Some other “firsts” include Ayanna Pressley & Jahanna Hayes.

Jahanna Hayes is the first elected black congresswoman in Connecticut.

& Ayanna Pressley is the first black woman to hold a seat in congress for the state of Massachusetts.

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  • The new U.S legistrators were sworn in on Thursday. With a record-breaking number of 102 women occupying seats in office.
  • Deb Haaland & Sharice Davids were the first Native American women ever to be elected to congress.

In America???

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Please,

help us,

make it,

make sense.

Representation matters.

 

On this season (week) on politricks & clownery:

President Donald Trump seems to be doubling down on his pursuit of the wall

A meeting held on Friday between the American Republican president & some newly empowered Democrats shows that there seems to be a disconnect between the Republicans & the Democrats about what really transpired in the meetings minutes.

(Again we ask; why does America only have a two-party system? there is nooo way that is nearly enough representation but. Okay back to it) :

Chuck Schumer; a Democratic Senator, says the meeting was contentious & President Trump stated “The shutdown could go on for months or years”

President Donald Trump in a press statement is on the record saying

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“We had a very, very productive meeting and I think we’ve come a long way”

he went even further to include

“We’re all on the same path in terms of wanting to get government open.” 

When asked by reporters if Senator Chuck Schumers conflicting statement describing the series of events at the meeting were in fact true? The American President is quoted saying:

“Absolutely I said that,”

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As for the Federal employees whose paycheck will be affected by the government shutdown?

President Donald Trump is encouraging their landlords “to be nice and easy


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Protests ensue throughout the nation as an opposing party demands the resignation of President-Dictator Omar al-Bashir.

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  • The violent street protests; initially sparked by price spikes in goods & services, plus fuel scarcity, is said to have been on going for 2 weeks. The exact death toll remains unknown.
  • Authorities have placed a cap on daily bank withdrawals, Atm lines are excruciatingly long & Sudanese people are frankly fed up.
  • The Sudanese President tried to appease the people by offering an increase in wages hoping to quell the ongoing demonstrations.
  • It hasn’t seemed to work. As of Thursday 4 different opposition groups released a joint statement, calling for a nationwide protest on Friday.
  • A march is also to be taken place on Sunday at President-Dicatator Omar al-Bashir’s Nile-side palace.

The Sudanese President blames Sudan’s conditions on wars & international economic sanctions.

  • President” Omar al-Bashir has been in seat since October 16, 1993 when he started his “Presidential” term.

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Ghana is fast becoming the new end of the year diaspora meet up location. & we have to say, we are not in the least mad at it.

  • Ghana’s new government is focused on establishing relationships with the diaspora community. This is in line with the Year of Return 2019 programme launched by the government welcoming African Americans & the black diaspora back to their home land.

Aye!

We love it when the blacks link up.

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On Monday; December 31, 2018 collaborative efforts between Nigerian & Nigerien ensued as troops risked their lives to protect the people of West Africa.

  • It’s no secret that the Nigerian army is under-equipped. On Monday Nigerian troops launched an offensive attack trying to claim back a strategic town in Borno –located in the North eastern part of Nigeria– that had been overpowered by Boko Haram a known terrorist group.
  • The Nigerian military claims to have overthrown the terrorist group out of Baga, however eye witnesses & the scrambling residents refute this.
  • The unrest has spilled to neighboring countries like Chad, Niger & Cameroon.

After 4 separate attempts to arraign Senator Dino Melaye, he finally turns himself into the custody of police.

  • Senator Dino Melaye has been charged with numerous crimes. From perjury, culpable homicide to criminal conspiracy.

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  • Senator Dino Melaye alleges that Ibrahim Idris;the Inspector General of Police is conspiring to inject him with a poisonous substance.
  • Senator Dino Melaye is still currently in the custody of the police.

…For now.

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Despite the gloomy political environment & harsh –to say the least– economic realities in Nigeria, the vibrant people remain upbeat with an almost unrealistic optimistic out look on life.

Below is an insight in culture;

Nigeria’s annual Calabar Carnival is a  huge tourist attraction. It brings the nation together as Nigerians from various ethnic groups & walks of life congregate together celebrating life.