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