A raisin drowning in milk

“I feel like a raisin drowning in milk,” the black woman said. “White, white, white all around me. I’m drowning in a sea of white.” Thus was the statement that capture…

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Africa’s Youth the future

I love poetry, mopoetry1nologues, spoken word and alike. It takes one to a whole new place of self discovery, the way words intertwine and caress you with meaning.

Lloyd is one of my favourite budding poets and I will occasionally post his writings.

Bear with me I’m still finiding my way around this blog thingymajid. I’m loving the different posts I find on here and the connections being made. Much luv

Guest Blogger – Lloyd Elipokea

The old bards of the continent like Okot p’Bitek, Chinue Achebe and most recently Elechi Amadi have sadly left us bereft of their unique lyricism and sagacity. How we need them now in these uncertain times.

The continent’s teeming Youths, then, must point the way towards a hopefully rosy Future For Africa. From beauty Queens like Tanzanian Happiness Magese who use their irresistible glamour to promote dismissed, neglected social causes to the exciting New generation of African Wordsmiths like the Kenyan Writer Billy Kahora, the Continent’s youths are earnestly at work on building upon the sturdy foundation laid by their forefathers.

Yes, African youths are increasingly aware that the continent’s precious future lies in their hands, a really weighty responsibility indeed.

 

 

 

 

 

Daily Prompt: Cheat

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Indeed, our subject matter today is a sobering consideration of an act which mankind would be much better off without or maybe not? Alas, the act in question – Cheat. So, as scampering rapidly away from ourselves is simply impossible (at least, that is, the last time I checked), here are two different kinds of cheat to put you down in the dumps even further.

 The highly lauded French economist Thomas Piketty wrote a groundbreaking novel a few years ago (which, if my few grey cells recollect correctly was called ‘Capital’) in which he mainly railed against the sheer injustice of inequality in the developed world as well as the Third World. Recently, Piketty gave a speech in South Africa where he was at it again, this time taking big Western multinationals to task for shamelessly avoiding the mandatory civic duty of paying taxes to the governments of countries in which they operate.

Indeed, this crusading French intellectual is a man after my own heart. And the thing is he is stating the naked  truth. Many Western companies whose tentacles extend far and wide avoid paying taxes by stealthily stashing their revenues in notorious tax havens. This damnable practice of tax avoidance on the part of these exceedingly affluent multinational companies (MNCs) is even worse when they do it in the Third World where countries need all the revenue that they can muster in order to quicken development, improve delivery of vital services such as health and education as well as attend to other pressing challenges which blight life in the developing world.

 Although tax dodging is not your usual run-of-the-mill sort of cheat, is it not still to cheat?

 Moving on, although as you can judge by now we are venturing into even gloomier waters, another form of cheat which I strongly feel about is in football – match-fixing. matchfixing2It is staggering to note that football has been indisputably the globe’s most favorite sport for the last several decades. Still, despite this, one vice in particular is ominously potent enough to imperil the future of football and this scourge is match-fixing.

Match-fixing is to cheat in one the highest forms. It is the collusion of a team with criminals in order for the outcome of a football match to be predetermined before that game is played. In such scenarios, football teams agree with their criminal bedfellows to deliberately play poorly and lose a match intentionally so that illegal bets which are placed on just such an outcome of a defeat occurring can lead to a bumper harvest of money for their partners-in-crime, the corrupt football team and of course the criminal betting syndicates which specialize in this wholly detestable enterprise.

 Thus, after leading you through this reflection on the murky, despicable terrain of cheat, this writer is presently feeling a tad disheartened.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PED in athletics

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Right off the bat, PED stands for Performance-enhancing substances that are used to improve any form of activity performance in humans.

Indeed, in the lead-up to the recently ended Rio de Janeiro 2016 Summer Olympics, sports news headlines globally were awash with damaging allegations of a state-sponsored program of doping corroding many sports in Russia, particularly athletics.

As the start of the Rio Summer Games drew closer and closer, a searching probe into the extremely serious allegations was already well in progress and just about a week or so before the eagerly awaited Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro were slated to definitively begin the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), together with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) dropped the explosive bombshell that left all true sports fans terribly taken aback: the two august bodies revealed that an investigation into the said doping allegations regarding Russian athletics had uncovered damning evidence that proved that the cursed widespread practice of doping was indeed devastatingly eating away at the once-formidable fabric of Russian athletics. Did I hear you knowingly comment: there is no smoke without fire, perchance?

Now that the brief fun and games are over, it was a blessed and warmly appreciated twist of fate that the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games turned out to be such a memorable as well as unquestioningly historic sporting spectacle even despite a few hiccups here and there. Why do we constantly pick on Caster Semanya from South Africa – get over it already, what about the fiasco of the four U.S swimmers who cried wolf to name a few.

Nevertheless, as the warm afterglow of those Games continues to increasingly fade and fade, it is without a doubt that this same demoralizing scandal of doping in Russian athletics will slowly and ominously assume center-stage again on the world’s treasured sports landscape. It is after all one of those ills which can literally and quite destructively suck out the joie de vivre of sports fans anywhere here on terra firma.

Guest Blogger – Lloyd Elipokea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

World Political Chaos – would be hilarious but…

World Political Chaos – would be hilarious but…

It seems like the world is going through a downward spiral in terms of governance. African leaders do not want to give right of way to younger brighter minds . Leaders that we once revered are now solely responsible for their country’s misery and a source of ridicule.

What is the deal with Mugabe – he has been President of Zimbabwe since 1980??

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He was born in 1924 – Need we say more? Since the 1990’s the country’s commercial farming has collapsed, causing years of hyperinflation and food shortages. His wife goes on expensive shopping sprees in Europe ( spent $120,000 in 2003) meanwhile Zimbabweans can not buy a loaf of bread and are refugees in neighbouring countries.

Museveni of Uganda is in the same boat, he has been President since 1986. Yes, he helped to oust the ever so notorious Idi Amin but it is time for him to relinquish power.

Equatorial Guinean President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, has ruled for 36 years and still going strong.

Hold up let us not think only African leaders are losing their marbles! Take a look at U.S. Seriously could they not come up with better Presidential candidates than Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton? Yes, Trump is outspoken, apparently gets things done but he is crass and somewhat ignorant: to Domestic and Foreign policies to name but a few. Being a leader of the U.S whether the rest of us acknowledge it means being a leader of the World. He will undoubtedly cause another World War just by his gobbledygook rhetoric. Frankly speaking U.S might go into a depression. Trumpniks, Trumpism how can you make America great again through a depression? Let’s be real.

One would think that the thought of Hilary being the first woman president would bring to the surface good feelings but the U.S just do not seem taken by her. Why should we care if her hair is greying, she is not allowed to be too strong, or vulnerable. She has been called a cold granny. Doggone it  make up your minds already.  Could it just be the plain fact that America is still very sexist and not ready for a female President? Or does she really not know what drives business activity and the economy?

Which is the lesser of two evils here – Trump or Hilary.

All this would make for a hilarious sitcom from Mugabe’s falling antics to Trumps rantings but it’s actually quite horrifying. Here in S.A we are going through our own political shenanigans but if the 2016 local government elections are anything to go by looks like ANC might have to dance to a different tune for the so called clever blacks! Hold your horses – Zuma’s quote not mine. ANC walked away with their tails between their legs as they clearly didn’t dominate in several of the big metropolitan areas as expected.

With the advent of social media it is getting a bit harder for governments to be so vile in their activities.  At the end of the day we – the people make a difference. We just cannot have African leaders ruling for years no matter how great they start off because it always ends horridly.