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March 19th

Drinking heavy metal contaminated alcohol in Uganda

Mar
19
Okot Nyormoi

In a corner of northern Uganda, where live the musical Acholi, not only is there an alarming rate of alcohol consumption among the general populace, the alcohol consumed there and available here, has been shown to have a heavy dose of heavy metal ... continued political marginalization plus the activities of unscrupulous alcohol manufacturers and suppliers, appear to promote the massive public consumption of alcohol

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Terror-murder-magic herald the arrival of General Idi Amin

Mar
19
Rev Wilson Atine & John Otim

Fully two years before General Idi Amin’s coup there were signs in the country that a coup or something like that could happen here. Growing tensions between the central government and the ancient kingdom of Buganda which formed a large chunk of the country, had recently come to push and shove and Buganda had lost what was obviously only the first round

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March 16th

Africa and her Dirty Coups (part 2)

Mar
16
John Otim

On Thursday he picks his American degree. In a week or two he will be back in Africa. The excitement of seeing his parents, his sister, his two brothers, the anticipation was almost more than he could bear.Once in Africa, they will launch a new magazine of culture, politics, and the arts. Black Horizon, they decided to call it. Launch date was set for November 22nd, just months away

 

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Authoritarian rule & the paradox of the decline of the African coup

Mar
16
Okot Nyormoi

 

On 7 January 2019, an attempted coup to topple the ailing Ali Bongo as president of Gabon, failed. That the coup attempt occurred was not a surprise, given the conditions in Gabon. Here is a sickly and absentee president, ruling over the undeclared 50-year old monarchy. While throughout the country, appalling poverty make life a misery for the majority, as a tiny corrupt elite wallows in opulence

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February 12th

Africa and her Dirty Coups

Feb
12
John Otim


They came dancing on the streets as news of Al Harun’s coup broke over the dazed City. They trouped to welcome with open arms the man who would soon be their killer. Hundreds had perished within the early hours of the coup that was not yet a day old. This crowd knew. Because they could see with their own eyes, the many corpses that littered the city.

 
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February 11th

mocked, laughed at, and now a model, while black

Feb
11
Oluwaseun Matiluko


Having a growth spurt at seven years old meant I was the tallest in my age group, taller than all the girls and all the boys who had to stand on chairs so they could be level with me in class photos. Starting puberty at age eight, meant the rest of my body soon looked different from those of the girls around me. 

 
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Reading and Remembering Africa

Feb
11
John Donelson


In the age of Amazon.com, and other online book service, the book market is wide open. With money to spare one can sample as never before the book offerings of the world. I have been indulging my pleasure and doing just that. And I ran across this this amazing new novel, Burden of Failure, by a Ugandan author.

 
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Is it the Case of Darkness before Dawn in the Congo?

Feb
11
Jonathan Power

Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa’s largest and richest country, is caught up in the aftermath of its election, the first proper election since independence in 1960. Towards the end of last, after years of non-stop wars and massive carnage, the country was 90% free of fighting.

 
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