Thorny Issues in Africa

English Speaking Teachers in Cameroon embark on indefinite strike

Teachers from the two English speaking regions in Cameroon have embarked on an indefinite strike action to protest against the non respect of the Anglophone system of education. Cameroon, a former British and French colony uses two systems of education that was put in place by the colonial masters.

The strike action came barely a week after a similar action was taken by English speaking lawyers in Cameroon. President Paul Biya of Cameroon, who been in power for more than three decades is on record for his repressive measure against opponents of his policies.

Continental radio Station spoke to the president of one of the teachers’ unionist leader, Valentine Timeh, who leads the Teachers’ Association of Cameroon.

Mr. Tameh Valentine began the interview by introduction himself. Click on the link to listen to the full interview.


African Pastors and the rush for private jets

Recently, there has been a growing trend of pastors acquiring private jets in Africa and it is seen by observers as some sort of competition among men of God.

Early this year, one Malawian priest, Prophet Bushiri of the Enlightened Christian Gathering defended the purchase of a third private jet by saying ‘I am what God says..I was born a winner’ End of quote.

Unlike some American pastors, the Pope with 1 billion followers, doesn’t own a fancy private jet, but charters Alitalia flights

Come to think of it, by the very nature of their vocation, a man of God is supposed to live a life of self abnegation. Yet the same pastors who preach charity own private jets and flash car.

TB Joshua is not only the most controversial and powerful prophet, but he also owns the most expensive private jet. The aircraft costs a whopping $60 million and requires an annual maintenance fee of $3 million.

Should the men of God acquire private jets? We put this question to Pastor Mathew Ashimolowo, a Nigerian Clergyman and pastor of the Kingsway International Christian Centre in London: What do ordinary people on the street think of church leaders buying private jets while congregant languishes in abject poverty?

Click to listen to why pastors buy private jets and reactions by Africans

Why do African women bleach their skin?

It is an established fact that the African holocaust of colonialism and imperialism distorted the psyche of black people.

These impacts are manifested in various forms; one of which is skin bleaching. What’s even more damaging is the illusion that bleaching is the gate way to social acceptance.

Africans we bleach their skin even use various linguistic nuances to mask the evil. While toning, for example is considered the lesser of the evils, bleaching is the more extreme form of skin removal.

In Africa sexual and social benefits are often measured by the degree of skin complexion. Black skin is associated with social disadvantages, while brown or fair skin is believed to be more beautiful.

Cameroonian pop star Dencia’s music might be right up there with the best, but her decision to whiten her skin caused quite a stir. Dencia did not only bleached her skin, but also fronted a skin whitening product ‘whitenicious ‘.

Dencia is not the first high profile African to turn her skin from black to white.

According to the World health Organization, Nigeria has the highest number of women and even men who bleach their skin.

Nigeria’s position puts the country ahead of other nations like Togo, Ghana, Senegal and Cameroon where skin bleaching is common.

But why do Africans bleach their skin. These are the views we gathered from a few African streets?

Click the link below to listen to what Africans think of Skin bleaching.


Homosexuality in Africa

 The African continent was once known as the continent where traditional values, cultural and religious beliefs reigned supreme.

But at the turn of the century, there has been slow but steady invasion of what some call ‘western concepts’

Some of these so called foreign values have brought an avalanche of controversy.

In Europe and indeed, the rest of the world, being gay or lesbian is considered as a human right, but in Africa, it is human vice.

Some even go as far as referring to homosexuality in Africa as gender identity disorder.

Of the over 50 countries in Africa, South Africa stands out as the only nation in the continent where gay and lesbian rights are protected by law.

The rest of the countries have formally banned homosexuality.

Nigeria is the latest country to implement even harsher penalty for convicted homosexuals who can potentially be jailed for up to fifteen years.

Click below to listen to what Africans think of homosexuality in the continent.

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