Malaria: In 2016, an estimated 216 million cases of malaria occurred worldwide resulting in approximately 445,000 deaths. Fifteen countries accounted for 80% of global malaria deaths in 2016; all of these countries are in sub-Saharan Africa, except for India. The word ‘malaria’ comes from Italian and literally translates to ‘bad air’ as the disease was associated with swampy areas where the air smelled bad. (http://bit.ly/2GiJ4jc)
“Ubuntu is the central concept of social and political organisation in the African global outlook, consisting of the principles of sharing and caring for one another.
This is better captured in the Sepedi adage Motho ke motho ka batho, which means, generally speaking, that to be human is to affirm one’s humanity by recognising the humanity of others and establish mutually respectful relations with them,”
– M.E. Nkoana-Mashabane
African players in the Premier League – http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/35844104
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I live in South Africa.
I own businesses in South Africa that employs a number of people, i couldn’t possibly be an illegal immigrant and no one can rightly accuse me of taking their jobs. Apart from this, i am a professional and bring value to South Africa.
I happen to know a number of other foreigners who are in my position or in similar positions and even more important ones all over the country. But this write up is not about me.
I have always attempted to get professionals together especially foreigners in an attempt to highlight what we are all about and put our selves out there in the public domain; unfortunately we have not managed to do so, so far!
Such initiatives could help and impact positively on peoples minds when they are asked or tempted to go and attack foreigners. Maybe, just maybe.
This is the third xenophobic attack that has taken place since i started living here. I have never been a victim of xenophobia and don’t know of anyone who has been affected directly. The closest i have been to the attacks was in 2008 when this erupted in Johannesburg area while i was living there.
In all the cases this particular one in Durban is about the worst; maybe, maybe not. It could be that with high penetration of social media as against 2008 a lot more awareness is created about events these days than then! Who knows.
What is the point of my narrative?
We all owe ourselves a duty both as Africans and as blacks to really examine or ask ourselves critical and honest questions about what would make another human being suddenly wake up and descend on another human and hack them to death in an instant.
People who had lived together as neighbours in some cases for ages. Doesnt make any sense. Each time i ask myself that question i have never been able to find an answer.
The current spate of attacks started in Durban and spread to some parts of Johannesburg. In all the cases, i think there is a failing of leadership to educate the people about the far reaching implications of this attacks and how it would greatly damage brand South Africa! I wouldn’t waste your time in trying to narrate some of those implications.
Worse of all would be economic, foreign direct investment, tourism as well as the direct impact on the so many South African businesses thriving across the continent of Africa.
What moral right would South Africa have to partake in any peace keeping initiative in Africa or any part of the world?
The leader of the African Union is a South African at this time! What an irony. Africans as a whole and the world fight and liberate you from the evils of apartheid and at the drop of a hat you descend on the same people who sacrificed immensely to get you the freedom!
Would South Africa survive an onslaught on their businesses, goods and services by the whole of Africa talk less of the world?
Why the leaders failed to respond immediately to stop or make attempts to stop the attacks i am not in a position to say. Be that as it may following wide spread outcry – thanks to social media – the leaders sprang to their feet and are now adopting a strategy to quench the fires; while the damage has already been done. I hope they are able to salvage something. A lot of shuttle diplomacy should be deployed too. The culprits of this crime should be punished and the world is waiting to see how many will go to jail for their role in this. Their is too much video evidence not to convict people. No kid gloves treatment will be acceptable.
There are no confirmations about the authenticity of some of the images and video clips that are circulating all over the world at the moment; whatever the case maybe the whole world see South Africans as very heartless people.
Having lived here for a number of years i may tend to disagree with that; but who wouldn’t be appalled after watching Mozambican Emmanuel Sithole being mutilated while the whole world watched? Unfortunately so, as the popular (Igbo) saying goes that if you spread salt on your self you would have invited goats to lick you up. South Africans have spread salt on themselves; now we have to start the process of cleansing. How long this cleansing takes and how effectively we can cleanse remains to be seen.
Can one man eat a cow? Definitely no. So left all alone can South Africans do all the jobs there is to do in this country? The answer is a resounding no.
All countries the world over always require the skill that are on offer from other countries. The point would be how those skill offerings are harnessed by the respective country.
Who to blame for xenophobia?
African leaders / heads of government!
They should all be held responsible for this ugly incident. Many of them are responsible for running their various governments to the ground. Many.
While some are still at it others are on their way to.
Need i start naming the various countries whose nationals are flooding to South Africa today in search of the golden fleece which unfortunately they don’t find and they end up virtually destitute?
Every day the news media is awash with desperate Africans of all nationalities drowning in their attempt to flee their home lands to supposedly better climes they think abound in various European countries.
Their is a popular saying that east, west, north and south home is the best! For me that will always be the case eventually and for most.
Why should this be the case?
If things were better in respective African countries many wouldn’t attempt this tortuous journeys and most of the time end up refugees in foreign lands.
Can we all collectively start asking the right questions of our leaders?
Can we start holding them accountable?
Can we start saying no to corruption?
Can we start saying no to mediocre leadership and demand better governance.
Thanks to social media we are all able to within a minute share information. So let us use this to our advantage. Nigerians used it effectively during the last elections in March.
Many of us who have continuously tolerated bad leadership in our various countries across Africa are responsible for this show of shame in South Africa called xenophobia!
Just say NO to bad leaders and bad leadership.
We are bad followers.
Take note that we can say no without violence.
While i do not and will never support the killing of another irrespective of what jobs they are said to have taken from you let us spare a thought for South Africa and South Africans in this situation.
Many of the African heads of state playing to the gallery right now condemning the attacks should all be held liable for being responsible for what has happened in South Africa over the last week through their failed leaderships in their countries!
South Africans on the other hand must learn to be their brother’s keepers and tolerate other nationals, there should be no reason why they should allow themselves to be used to commit such heinous crimes against another human. I rest my case!
There’s another side to Botha of South Africa’s comments on blacks…. Life Without Black People
A very humorous and revealing story is told about a group of white people who were fed up with African Americans, so they joined together and wished them away. They passed through a deep dark tunnel and emerged in a twilight zone where there is an America without black people.
At first these white people breathed a sigh of relief.
‘At last’, they said, ‘no more crime, drugs, violence and welfare.’
All of the blacks have gone! Then suddenly, reality set in. The ‘NEW AMERICA’ is not America at all – only a barren land.
1. There are very few crops that have flourished because the nation was built on a slave-supported system.
2. There are no cities with tall skyscrapers because Alexander Mils, a black man, invented the elevator, and without it, one finds great difficulty reaching higher floors.
3. There are few cars because Richard Spikes, a black man, invented the automatic gearshift, Joseph Gambol, also black, invented the Super Charge System for Internal Combustion Engines, and Garrett A. Morgan, a black man,
invented the traffic signals.
4. Furthermore, one could not use the rapid transit system because its procurer was the electric trolley, which was invented by another black man, Albert R. Robinson.
5. Even if there were streets on which cars and a rapid transit system could operate, they were cluttered with paper because an African American, Charles Brooks, invented the street sweeper..
6. There were few newspapers, magazines and books because John Love invented the pencil sharpener, William Purveys invented the fountain pen, and Lee Barrage invented the Type Writing Machine and W. A. Love invented the
Advanced Printing Press. They were all, you guessed it, Black.
7. Even if Americans could write their letters, articles and books, they would not have been transported by mail because William Barry invented the Postmarking and Canceling Machine, William Purveys invented the Hand Stamp and Philip Downing invented the Letter Drop.
8. The lawns were brown and wilted because Joseph Smith invented the Lawn Sprinkler and John Burr the Lawn Mower.
9. When they entered their homes, they found them to be poorly ventilated and poorly heated. You see, Frederick Jones invented the Air Conditioner and Alice Parker the Heating Furnace. Their homes were also dim. But of course, Lewis
Lattimer later invented the Electric Lamp, Michael Harvey invented the lantern, and Granville T. Woods invented the Automatic Cut off Switch. Their homes were also filthy because Thomas W. Steward invented the Mop and Lloyd P. Ray the Dust Pan.
10. Their children met them at the door – barefooted, shabby, motley and unkempt. But what could one expect? Jan E. Matzelinger invented the Shoe Lasting Machine, Walter Sammons invented the Comb, Sarah Boone invented the Ironing Board, and George T. Samon invented the Clothes Dryer.
11. Finally, they were resigned to at least have dinner amidst all of this turmoil. But here again, the food was sour because another Black Man, John Standard invented the refrigerator…
Now, isn’t that something? What would this country be like without the contributions of Blacks, as African-Americans?
Martin Luther King, Jr. said, ‘by the time we leave for work, millions of Americans have depended on the inventions from the minds of Blacks.’
Black history includes more than just slavery, Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther Kinbg, Jr., Malcolm X, and Marcus Garvey & W.E.B. Dubois. And a host of other black people not just African Americans
Truth is, we all are angels with one wing. We need each other to fly. Say it loud and clear to everyone. ESPECIALLY OUR PEOPLE AND GOVERNMENT IN SOUTH AFRICA.
God keep us.
A friend sent this to me obviously he didn’t provide the author or source, I just loves the irony of the whole narrative.
It’s like a saying in Nigeria that of one man cannot eat a cow?
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There are 2,325 billionaires globally (individuals with a net worth of US$1 billion or more),
40 of them live in Africa.
The top African cities are Cairo with 13 billionaires, Lagos (10),
Stellenbosch (4) and Johannesburg (4).
(Wealth-X and UBS Billionaire Census 2014)
When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion. – Ethiopian Proverb.
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Twenty years ago Rashidi Yekini scored Nigeria’s first ever World Cup goal, but after that summer he struggled on and off the pitch and died in mysterious circumstances in 2012
Rashidi Yekini was well into his 31st year when Nigeria arrived at the 1994 World Cup, but his career was at its zenith. He was the reigning African Footballer of the Year, had been top scorer and player of the tournament when Nigeria won the African Cup of Nations just two months earlier, and with eight in seven games had scored nearly half his nation’s total tally of goals in qualifying for their first ever World Cup. He had also been the top goalscorer in Portugal that season, the first Vitória Setubal player to win the Bola de Prata for half a century, and his personal life was just as successful, with his marriage set for later that summer.
In their first match, against Bulgaria on 21 June, Yekini shone, scoring once and creating another in a 3-0 win. After sweeping in a low cross from the future Ipswich Town winger Finidi George his momentum carried him into the goal, where he stayed to celebrate, his arms pushed through the net, lost in the moment. It became one of the most memorable images of the tournament.
“Yekini was a man of himself. A man who knew what he wanted and what he wanted to do for his country. He was always ready to risk everything for the team and country. As a footballer we at times get carried away by our emotion or passion and that was what happened when he scored that goal,” Thompson Oliha, who roomed with Yekini in America, toldsupersport.com. “I think he was saying something like ‘It is me! It is me!’ Yes it was a goal with a touch of a team work but the man just celebrated the best way he thought.”
Yekini had forced his way from an apprenticeship as a mechanic in Kaduna to the pinnacle of the professional game, a tall, broad force of nature and spirit. “He was a legend,” says Abiola Kazeem, a Nigerian football journalist. “We totally relied on him to get goals. We called him The Goalfather, because we knew he would always get goals. He didn’t hog the limelight off the pitch, but on the pitch he was an absolutely reliable player for Nigeria.”
After the Bulgaria game, Clemens Westerhof, the Nigerians’ Dutch coach, was asked for his opinion of Yekini’s excellent performance. “We have not yet seen the real Rashidi Yekini,” he said. “It’s coming.”
It was not. He did not score again that summer. Sunday Oliseh, another team-mate, said that he “had some beef” with some of his team-mates, who “were madly, sickly, mentally jealous” of his success, which had already brought a £100,000-a-month contract at Olympiakos.
But in every sense Yekini’s honeymoon did not last: the move to Greece ended in acrimony, with the player swiftly falling out with coaches and team-mates before being dropped for good in October, and the marriage did not even last that long, with the couple returning from honeymoon seperately.
Seeking to raise his profile and attract a new club, he played a friendly for Nigeria against England at Wembley that November and sustained a knee injury that kept him out of the game for six months. After a year and just four starts in Greece he moved to Sporting Gijón, where he scored just three times – two-thirds of them in a single memorable victory over Fabio Capello’s Real Madrid – and on loan back in Setúbal were similarly unsuccessful, before a brief return to form at FC Zurich saw him return to the national side for the 1998 World Cup, where he appeared only fleetingly. Afterwards he returned to Africa, and eventually, aged 39, he drifted back to Nigeria.
“He was one of the highest-profile Nigerian players to return to the local leagues,” says Kazeem. “When he came back it was huge for the league. Crowds turned up everywhere he played. He’s still the benchmark for any Nigerian striker. Anyone coming through is compared to him, not just in terms of goals scored but also his attributes. We have had good strikers since, but not in his class.
“But when he retired, he withdrew. Most of the other big players who come back, they move into coaching, or they get involved in administration, in marketing. He became totally withdrawn. He didn’t grant interviews, he didn’t speak to anyone. He wanted nothing to do not just with football, or society at large – even his family. Because of the profile he had, he could have been anything he wanted. If he wanted to manage a football club, he’d just have to choose one and the red carpet would be rolled out to welcome him. It’s a mystery what happened to him, he withdrew completely from society.”
Yekini lived in and owned a large, gated development in Oluyole-Ibadan. One by one he evicted his tenants until only he was left. Much of his money was given away, or lent to his few friends. He continued to train alone at the nearby Awolowo Stadium, but when offered a chance to return to the game in 2010, when the Nigerian FA approached him over an ambassadorial role, he refused. “Money is never my first consideration,” he once said. “It’s a great joy being back home so thinking about money is nothing. I value happiness more than money. Money can’t buy you peace of mind.”
In time the state of Yekini’s mental, physical and financial health became a topic of national debate. Then in April 2012 he was taken from his house and transported to a remote hospital. Neighbours reported seeing the player bound and bloodied as he was forcibly removed from his home; some described it as a kidnapping, others as an intervention by those most concerned about his wellbeing. It is an event still surrounded in mystery, but what is certain is that within two weeks Yekini was dead.
“Rashidi Yekini is definitely one of the best African players and legends to ever walk this earth,” Oliseh wrote on his blog. “Rashidi was full of pace, had a superb shot, could jump very high, was calm in front of goal and was a very loveable person once you got to know and understand him. We lost not only a brother, friend, human being, legend and compatriot, but we also lost a great opportunity to find out his unique secret of how to score goals easily like he did which only he knew how to.”
This Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of the moment Yekini marked his own and his nation’s arrival at the World Cup with a fine goal and an unforgettable celebration. His blossoming may have been brief, but it was certainly brilliant.
– Simon Burnton in The Guardian -21st June 2014.