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Nigerians protest against South African owned businesses in the country
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Politics and Society Nigerians protest against South African owned businesses in the country

Nigerians took to the streets of Lagos, and other parts of the country, destroying and looting what they suspected to be South African owned shops, businesses and properties in retaliatory attacks. The retaliatory attacks in Lagos have shown that tension between South Africa and Nigeria is likely to continue until the deep underlying causes of self-hatred and hatred against fellow Africans are addressed.

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari and VP react to xenophobic attacks on Nigerians
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Politics and Society Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari and VP react to xenophobic attacks on Nigerians

Nigerians are disappointed with the slow reaction of their government to the xenophobic attacks in South Africa. Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has only addressed the country via tweets, and no specific nor substantial actions have been discussed to address the crisis. In a message President Buhari said he is “sending a Special Envoy to President Ramaphosa to share our deep concern about the security of Nigerian lives and property in South Africa”.

African nationals in South Africa experience brutal wave of xenophobic attacks
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Politics and Society African nationals in South Africa experience brutal wave of xenophobic attacks

Xenophobic attacks against African immigrants, specifically targeting Nigerian and Zimbabwean nationals in South Africa have hit the country. Shops belonging to African immigrants were looted and burnt in the latest brutal attacks. There has been an uproar on social media following the latest Afrophobic attacks, with calls for stronger and decisive intervention by the government.

Reflection on Madiba’s 1992 Challenge to the Church
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Politics and Society Reflection on Madiba’s 1992 Challenge to the Church

In 1992, the Free Ethiopian Church of South Africa had their centenary celebration. Nelson Mandela gave a speech that outlined eight tasks for the church. The tasks included, national reconciliation, supporting democracy, and the war on violence, in addition to acting as “the conscience of the present and future society”. Are churches across Africa drawing any lessons from Mandela’s counsel?

Ghana and Rwanda provide deep lessons for Africa on Pan-Africanism
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African identities Ghana and Rwanda provide deep lessons for Africa on Pan-Africanism

Ghana’s example of opening its borders to African-Americans and embracing all Black people is the progressive ingredient African countries need to adopt. Additionally, Paul Kagame’s call for Africa to define its own course, rejecting validation from the West, are among the necessary steps towards self-determination and meaningful development.