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The Arabs and the black skin: Dynamics of racial identity

What it means to be black in the Arab world today lies at the complex intersection of religion, race, and class. There have been numerous cases of racial discrimination in the Arab world. The media often show pictures of light skinned Arabs, usually classified as white. This is despite the history of most Arab nations being occupied by black skinned people. So what’s this little dirty secret, asks Mona Eltahawy, that the Arab world is hiding?

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Indomitable Lions clinch the prestigious Afcon trophy

Cameroon produced a masterstroke to beat highly fancied Egypt in the final of the 2017 African Cup of Nations (AFCON), held in Gabon’s capital, Libreville. The Indomitable Lions claimed their fifth #AFCON title against all the odds, considering their difficult pre-tournament journey but they triumphed through hard work and determination. Congratulations to The Indomitable Lions on clinching Africa’s most prestigious soccer title.

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Gabon 2017: All set for the Africa Cup of Nations tournament

Africa’s biggest soccer showcase, the Africa Cup of Nations is certainly upon us, kicking off tomorrow (Saturday), the 14th of January. Hosts Gabon will get the ball rolling in the opening match in Libreville tomorrow in a game against debutants The Djurtus of Guinea-Bissau, in a Group A clash. We wish all the 16 teams participating in the tournament the very best. Let the 2017 games begin.

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Egypt: Law imposing jail terms up to 15-years for FGM comes into effect

An amended law in Egypt, imposing tougher penalties on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), and reclassifying the practice as a crime rather than a misdemeanour has come into effect. FGM practitioners will now face up to 15 years in jail if found guilty of carrying out the procedure. Although the practice was criminalised in 2008, FGM remains widespread in Egypt, and it is also silently practiced in other African countries. The amended law has been welcomed by anti-FGM campaigners.

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CAF reveals Top 5 African Player of the Year shortlist

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has announced the shortlist for the African Player of the year award, the continent’s biggest individual soccer prize. The five-man list includes reigning African footballer of the year and Bundesliga’s Player of the Year Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, English (PFA) Players’ Player of the Year, Riyad Mahrez, Senegal’s Sadio Mane, Egyptian Mohamed Salah, and Algeria’s Islam Slimani. Who are you tipping to clinch the top award?

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Johannesburg and Cape Town attract 5million tourists, earning $2,7 billion

South Africa’s two major cities Johannesburg and Cape Town have been named in the top 10 most visited destinations in the Middle East and African region, attracting a combined 4,9 million tourists, and earning a total of $2,7 billion according to this year’s MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index. Cairo and Casablanca also feature on the list of the most popular tourist destinations.

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Nigeria clash with Algeria: Road to Russia

It’s the battle of Africa’s soccer heavyweights as the Super Eagles of Nigeria and Algeria’s Desert Foxes battle for the precious three points, vital in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia qualification. The game certainly promises to be a fascinating encounter considering the depth of both giants and high stakes on the table as the two soccer giants battle for glory in the Group B match. What’s your prediction?

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Which African hero/heroine should the University of Ghana honour with a statue?

This week we reported that Ghana’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has indicated that it would “want to remove the statue of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi from the University of Ghana campus” after a campaign led by academics. The campaigners have requested the University to give them an opportunity to “fund raise for the erection of a statue or statues of a Ghanaian/African hero(es)/heroine(s) to grace our University campus”. With a plethora of African queens, kings, ancient and contemporary heroes and heroines, who should receive this great honour?

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Mamelodi Sundowns owner Patrice Motsepe gives team the entire $1.5m (20.8m Rand) prize money

South Africa’s mining mogul Patrice Motsepe, owner of Mamelodi Sundowns, has said the team will share the U.S. $1.5million (20.8m Rand) prize money, a gesture which is being applauded on media, Sundowns were on Sunday crowned CAF Champions League winners, after beating Egyptian giants Zamalek clinching their maiden continental title and South Africa’s second title. “All of the $1.5 million it’s all theirs. They must now sit down and start thinking about how they are going to divide that money amongst themselves,” Motsepe said.