Sexual Abuse and Exploitation by African Union Forces in Somalia

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“ I was worried, I wanted to run, but I knew the same thing that brought me here would get me through this-my hunger. I had made my choice and I couldn’t turn back now.”- Kassa D, 19 year old victim of sexual abuse by an AMISOM soldier. Nineteen year old Kassa D, is one of the many Somali girls and women who are victims of sexual abuse and exploitation by soldiers from The … [Read more...]

Leaders of distinction, the time is now.

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As I write my first ever blog for Africa on the Blog, I'm excited and so full of joy. The reason I'm so full of joy is I believe we are in the most exciting time in history.  As a Keynote Speaker, Entrepreneur and Life Coach, I specialise in leadership development, entrepreneurship and youth impact coaching and from my vision, I speak around the world inspiring, challenging, … [Read more...]

Open letter from massacred Africans to the African Union

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Dear African Union Leaders, Greetings from the mass graves scattered across the vast lands of Africa which many of you played a key role in digging as you shot your way into power. We always keep you in our prayers and look forward to reuniting on the other side-- which in a majority of your countries will be the long awaited moment to witness power change. Power can indeed … [Read more...]

Lampedusa- Why did so many Africans die?

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The small Italian island of Lampedusa is still in shock following the death of at least  311 African migrants. The question that has preoccupied analysts as well as the rest of the world is, why did  this happen? An Interviewee on PM a BBC Radio 4 flagship news program argued that so many Africans died because Africans cannot swim; the interviewee observed that if the … [Read more...]

Towards a Genuine African-European Partnership?

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The Joint Africa-European Union Strategy (JAES) promised all the fundamentals of a partnership. JAES proposed a “partnership of equals” where European and African nations where to cooperate on matters of common interest. It promised to strengthen political dialogue and had the potential to surmount the traditional donor-recipient relationship. The relationship though has been … [Read more...]

#AfricaAt50: Is the AU relevant to Africa?

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On 25 May 2013, the Africa Union (AU) will be 50 years old and like some of my contemporaries I am filled with questions about the role of the AU in modern Africa. The AU as we understand it today evolved from an original idea by Kwame Nkrumah who was troubled by neocolonialism. One of the things that troubled Nkrumah was to do with the annexing of 18 mostly Francophone … [Read more...]

#AfricaAt50: Should the AU call it a day

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    The African Union is celebrating 50 years in existence this year and as you can imagine we as Africans have plenty to say about the matter or should I say we have several questions to which we need answers. The Au is something we write about every year  and it amazes us that the underlying questions is almost always; WHAT IS THE POINT OF THE AU? I have … [Read more...]