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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

A friend from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP),sent me this and wants me to help circulate it.It is about Tunza Regional Children's Conference on the Environment to be held in Cameroon, from 23 to 26 July 2007.Please feel free to check out http://www.unep.org/Tunza/Children/events/Cameroon/Application_Form/ for details.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Yar'adua, is he Dead or Living?

Well, on Tuesday,March the 6th, the Internet media www.elendureports.com posted
"Yar'ardua Collapses...flown out"

This morning, BBC Network Africa confirmed he was in a far away German hospital for a medical check up.Only to read on Elendu Reports this afternoon about his death -"The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Gov. Musa Yar’ardua is dead. While details are scanty, multiple sources who spoke to Elendureports.com confirmed the passing of the prince who tried to continue in the political dynasty initiated by his older brother. . ."

However, I can not confirm the death from the BBC right now this is the latest I have from the BBC website "Nigeria's ruling party presidential contender, Umaru Yar'Adua, 55, says he is well enough to run in April's polls. Speaking to the BBC from Germany, where he was flown for a medical check-up, he scotched speculation that he was unfit to continue in the contest".

Elendu has this to say about the AIT contradicting version of the story"The African Independent Television (AIT) is reporting that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Gov. Musa Yar'adua is alive. We are still working on the story and will bring you details as we get them"

Which do we believe?

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Ghana AT 50

Exactly fifty years ago the 'wind of change', as they call it, started blowing from an area some where on the western coast of Africa , and a man called Kwame Nkrumah led his nation to independence .

The leadership of Nkrumah was 'short-lived' as he was over-thrown by a military coup in 1966 while away on a peace visit overseas.

Well, it was alleged he was corrupt and despotic haven changed Ghana to a one party state.
The coup ushered Ghana into a phase of military rule.Subsequent military governments accused her predecessors of corruption and economic mismanagement.

The prevailing climate of political instability prepared the stage for the military junta, Jerry Rawlings who later transformed himself to a democratically elected ruler and eventually exited the presidency in 2001.

Ghana has a population of 21.8 million (UN, 2005)

The multi ethnic Ghanaian state occupies 238,533 sq km (92,098 sq miles) and has 56 years (men), 57 years (women) life expectancy (UN).

Ghana is one of the very few African countries exempted from Civil wars, that does not mean she did not have her a fair share of violent socio political unrest anyway.Ghana is a model of economic and 'Renaissance' political stability for the sub region with a GNI per capita: US $450 (World Bank, 2006) .

This birthday bash is estimated to have cost Ghana $20m (£10.4m; 15.2m euros).

Critics of this bash have questioned the moral wisdom behind a birthday celebration this expensive considering the high poverty and unemployment rate in the country.

But a school of thought has provided a defence, saying the celebration and expenses were worthwhile because they encourage a"Sense of unity" among the good people of Ghana and create an opportunity for the Ghanaian state to "Take stock" of here existence and make necessary improvements for the future.

Happy Celebration!
Long live Ghana!!
Long Live Africa!!!

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Baba Mugabe at 83

Do you Know that ?

President Robert Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe since the country gained independence from Britain in 1980.

He had a big birthday bash last weekend.

The celebrations were held in the central town of Gweru and cost thousands of dollars.

There was a campaign to raise funds for the birthday celebrations by a youth organisation called the 21 February Movement, which was founded in 1986 in honour of Papa Mugabe.

"We are looking to raise 300m Zimbabwe dollars ($1.2m at the official exchange rate; $65,200 at the unofficial rate) that will be used at the birthday celebrations in Gweru," Emmanuel Fundira, chairman of the movement, told the AFP news agency.

Zimbabweans were asked to contribute funds towards a big birthday party for President Robert Mugabe,

According to the government, one US dollar is worth $Z250, but on the street, the US dollar can be sold for Z$4,600.

Education and health care have also become scarce commodities with many unable to send their children to school or get proper medical treatment.

Zimbabweans often enjoy frequent strike of the health and other government workers overs unpaid and low wages

Cycling and walking long distance to work daily is a common fun in that country

Amid all these the darling coordinator of the birthday bash sees nothing wrong in it, because it brings young people close to their leader ,he thinks.

Comrade Fidel Castro was Baba's comrade at arm in those guerrilla days of the 1970s.

Papa continues to blame the opposition and foreign governments for the enjoyment in his country and not his excellent economic policies and his well deserved extravaganzas .