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President Jonathan can’t afford to disappoint Nigerians

I’d like to start by congratulating Dr. Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan for winning the Nigerian Presidential elections.

The April 2011 National Assembly and Presidential elections in Nigeria were praised by international bodies including the Commonwealth who said that the elections “discarded the notion that the country can only hold flawed elections”.

The chair of the Commonwealth Observer Group, former Botswana President Festus Mogae said: “The April 2011 elections marked a genuine celebration of democracy in Africa’s most populous country and a key member of the Commonwealth.”
 

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British education failing Black students

Majority of black people live in the most deprived neighbourhoods in the UK

UK black university students who receive the poorest quality education are facing the prospect of being charged the highest fees.

The British racial divide between black and white just became a yawning chasm. The publication of university league tables and an analysis of student fees reveal a grim picture for black young people in the UK.
 

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What's Another Year?

2011 is the International Year for People of African Descent

2011 has been designated by the UN as the International Year for People of African Descent.  But what, asks Frances Mensah Williams, are we going to do with it?

In 2009, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the year beginning on 1 January 2011 as the International Year for People of African Descent.
 

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Music, Milestones and Memories

altMusic can take you back to a better time and put you in a better space, says Frances Mensah Williams

The recent deaths of musicians whose names evoke powerful memories and the reported illness of the legend that is Aretha, has had me wondering about the power of music and its ability both to bring back old memories and to motivate new behaviour.

I’ve been accused of breaking into song (tuneless, but what can you do?) during a conversation each time a word or phrase brings a song to mind.  A very annoying habit, says Daughter Number One, unwittingly giving me yet another good reason for continuing to do it.  And after all, I reason, I didn’t get to live thus far without having built up a huge repertoire of songs and their associated memories.

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Stop sending girls to Europe to be sexually used and abused

It is shameful to see how families in Nigeria collude voluntarily in a new slavery

Barcelona August 2002: A long, lonely, lingering illness in a Spanish hospital, a once beautiful young body, wasted and emaciated by contagious diseases, a recent past that had included horrific sexual mutilation of her genital and anal areas and finally, death alone one morning and burial by strangers in an unmarked mass paupers grave on the outskirts of Barcelona. This was the fate of one of the hundreds of young Nigerian girls who have flocked to this part of Spain over the last 10 years.

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