It was a promise Emmanuel Macron made on one of his first trips to Africa last year. The french president commissioned a report, which was unveiled this Friday. It calls for the amendment of old cultural heritage laws, which forbid, in France the restitution to Africa of artefacts looted during the colonial period. (Shared Via France 24)
France had to act, given the fact that 95% of African material heritage is said to be outside of Africa,” said President Macron, at a ceremony marking the return of a number of cultural artifacts to Benin. (via NBC News)
Africa feeds the World with it's abundance of Natural Resources! The reason the African Continent was carved up like cake at the Berlin conference was predominantly for it's rich resources. I put together a few of the resources that always has the West chomping at the bit for it's control of it. (Via GLITTERATIEENT)
Rüschlikon is a village in Switzerland with a very low tax rate and very wealthy residents. But it receives more tax revenue than it can use. This is largely thanks to one resident - Ivan Glasenberg, CEO of Glencore, whose copper mines in Zambia are not generating a large bounty tax revenue for the Zambians. Zambia has the 3rd largest copper reserves in the world, but 60% of the population live on less than $1 a day and 80% are unemployed. Based on original research into public documents, STEALING AFRICA is an investigative story of global trade and political corruption where money and natural resources only flow one way, and in the meantime poverty becomes harder to escape.
The challenges to development in Africa date back to colonial times when foreigners came and instilled knowledge based on settings non-existent in Africa. Though most blame corruption and bad leadership, Corruption, apathy, manipulation of power has plagued all people groups since the dawn of civilization to this day. The problem with Africans on average is culture and superstition. Unless a people embrace knowledge as a primary objective for the individual and corporate infrastructural development of their people they will stay mired in primitivity and underachievement as other groups have and still do. What do you think?
Elizabeth Holmes had claimed to have invented a medical tool that could scan a single drop of blood for all kinds of diseases. This was a revolutionary invention that could have changed preventative healthcare. At 19, she created a company that drew numerous investors, making her the first Silicon Valley self made billionaire. However, it turns out her invention was fraudulent and non-existent. Holmes is now facing multiple charges and could face up to 20 years in prison. For all the hope and hype she created over her revolutionary invention, Holmes killed the dream of having the best preventative healthcare tool ever made. What do you think?
There is no questioning that the racial disparities in the US are evident in different areas of society. An excellent example is the attention black people versus white people get when they go missing. The media and police give more attention to the latter than the former. Dr. Whitehead calls this the “missing white woman syndrome.” She states that it goes back to slavery, where white women were lifted up, and the rest were crushed. To some extent, the media plays a huge role in promoting this as they cover cases of missing white people more than missing black people. What do you think?
Joshua Maponga is at a cross roads. After 33 years in Christian ministry, he has found himself in a place where he can't find satisfying answers to his questions. His questions stem from a life of dedication to his calling but some things remain a history. He says God gave us brains to think and questions are a sign of a functioning brain. On this interview, he tries to explain where he stands with the Bible. Maponga feels strongly about Africa and says in his understanding, Africa plays a significant role in the Bible and prophecy, but because of how the gospel was presented by the Europeans, these African related truths are neglected. He is calling on Africa to embrace its humanity and the knowledge available to emancipate itself from the spiritual poverty it is facing. What do you think about his point of view?
Moojibaba shares very simple and practical advice on how to begin the day grounded in presence. As you wake ready to embark on your daily activities, it's essential to communicate with your creator. Thank Him for the good night and ask for His pardon for any sins you committed during the night. Adore God profoundly and praise Him for who He is. Finally, humble yourself before God and acknowledge that without Him, you can't do anything about the things you have decided on. What does your morning prayer look like? Think you'll try incorporating this morning's Spiritual exercises?
A disturbing trend has taken root all over the Sub-Saharan Africa of Asian working men getting the local women pregnant and abandoning the children or even killing them. In the 70s in Congo, Asian workers from Japan used to dominate the mineral-rich mines. Women impregnated by these workers share chilling stories of how the babies were systematically killed. According to the Japanese miners, their constitution does not allow them to have children of other races and bring them back to Japan, so they kill them. Do you think that is true?
Keon Wiggins was raised by his step-father, Donzell Powell. In an emotional speech, Keon asked Donzell to adopt him as a Father's Day gift. The video was recorded by his little sister in his home on Father's Day while his mother, Keona Powell, was present along with some other family members. As both get quite emotional, Donzell says yes! These are the kind of stories that we need to see more often on media of strong, loving black families. This is what the black community needs, positivity, and parental figures who step up. What do you think?