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Rescuing Africa from the Jaws of Corruption

The fight against corruption in Africa has been slow and arduous. So, when the African Union marked the first African Anti-Corruption Day on 11 July 2017, declaring its commitment to fighting corruption, it is no surprise that not many were excited about the declaration. Linus Unah looks at the attempts by various countries to combat corruption to figure out if these governments are serious.

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Africa keeps gasping for air

The continent is facing major problems, from corruption, unemployment, lack of access to quality education and decent health care. The public health systems of many Africa countries are in shambles, in desperate need of financial investment but leaders travel to European and Asian nations to seek medical care. In August South Africa’s Health Minister Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said African leaders should be “ashamed” of the practice, and “We must promote our own,” public health systems. Corruption on the continent has also remained a major problem affecting social and economic development. This lack of political will and willingness to fight corruption has been fuelling the scourge on the continent, preventing millions of people from escaping the cycle of extreme poverty.

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South Africa: Jacob Zuma’s monument erected in his honour divides opinion

President Jacob Zuma unveiled the Groot Marico Heritage Site Groot Marico, North West Province, South Africa in his honour. The heritage site captures the story of Zuma and 45 other activists who were intercepted by Apartheid security police at Groot Marico, leading to them serve prison terms on Robben Island. However, the monument is unlikely going to sanitize Zuma’s current tarnished image and neither will it secure his legacy.

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Speaking truth to power, Fela Kuti’s enduring legacy: A lesson in governance

Kalakutta’s President Fela Anikulapo Kuti has been proclaimed as one of the greatest icons to come out of Africa. The proclamation is undisputed. The king of Afrobeat music was a constant thorn in the flesh of the Nigerian government and till today, everything Fela sang about remains relevant. Tell us what you think of the legendary musician and his music in relation to Nigeria.