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Pan-Africanism, African Union and the quest for a United States of Africa

”Those who say that a continental government of Africa is illusory are deceiving themselves. They ignore the lessons of history. If the United States of America could do it, if the Soviet Union could do it, if India could do it, why not Africa?” – Dr Kwame Nkrumah. *************************************** As …

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Lusaka wakes up to AfDB Annual Meetings

It’s not often that Lusaka, the Zambian capital is in the news. It is probably one of the quiet cities on the continent, except for few incidents and occasions, including the successes of its national football team, not much is heard about the city. Recently, though, the city shocked the …

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Cost of corruption: The most affected, the poor, must speak out!

The poor are the most affected everywhere there is corruption. Even though, Sociologists argue that corruption serves as an enabler for the poor, for instance, they are often not well connected and highly educated and therefore, the only way they are able to access public services like birth certificates, passports, …

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The AfDB Annual Meetings: To look at energy and climate change in Africa

Every one of the African Development Bank’s Annual Meetings over the years has been a major market place for trading in ideas with the potential to stimulate development in Africa. At some of the Meetings, some aspirations have been concretized and eventually actualized to move the continent a step forward …

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Misleading the flock in the name of religion

Karl Marx once said, “Religion is the opium of the masses.” The German Communist Political Philosopher and Economist in a Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right (1843), observed that “Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It …

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How Ghana started but failed to remain a tax haven

Did you know Ghana was once a tax haven? Ghana was once a tax haven, but just after four years, the country capitulated following pressure from international civil society groups. It started when in June 2005, the Ghana government signed a memorandum of understanding with Barclays Bank to enable the …

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The diploma mills fooling Ghanaians with fake honourary doctorate degrees

Some months ago somewhere in Yamousoukro, Ivory Coast, while attending a meeting, a veteran journalist from an eastern African country shared his love for Lagos with us. “I love night life in Lagos. It’s the only time I go out in the city,” he said. “That’s when you get to …

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Offshore companies in the global economy

The global media is awash with news of the Panama Papers, and it is the biggest leak in journalistic history. The documents show how several politicians and public officials have hidden their assets through offshore companies in tax havens. But what are offshore companies and how do people hide wealth …

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