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The peace agreement signed Monday between Ethiopia and Eritrea in Asmara has brought joy and gratitude among the people of the two countries. The text notably states that “the war that existed between the two countries has come to an end… a new era of peace and friendship is beginning.”

“My father died during the war between these two countries. He sacrificed his life for peace. I wish he were here today to see that. Dr. Abiy taught us what love really means, I would have been happy if he was alive and saw that,” Ethiopian university student, Selamawit Difiraw said.

This is the case, for example, of Eritrean migrants living in Tel Aviv, Israel, who are not convinced that life will improve in their country of origin because of the dictatorship that they believe still prevails there.

“I am not satisfied with this peace agreement. Why? Why? If you say why? because this peace agreement does not include the Eritrean people. This peace agreement was concluded between the Eritrean dictator and the Ethiopian government. If it does not concern the Eritrean people, we will not accept it and we will not go back because the dictator is still there. So our problem in Eritrea is not because of the border, our problem is because of the dictatorship," an Eritrean migrant based in Israel said.

According to the United Nations, Eritrea has implemented a radical policy at its borders to prevent people from fleeing.

The bilateral agreement with Ethiopia announces, among other things, the re-establishment of diplomatic ties and the implementation of the international agreement on respect for the border.

An exposé aired last week at the Accra International Conference Center in Ghana and on BBC has been the source of controversy among Ghanaians. The exposè, led by investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, reveals the extent to which African football officials are susceptible to corrupt influences. The revelations have so far produced some serious consequences: The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has been dissolved. Its president, who is shown in the exposè taking $65,000 from undercover journalists disguised as investors in order to help them secure a deal with the GFA, has resigned. With everyone in Ghana talking about this saga, one voice has been noticeably quiet.

President Akufo Addo came into office in January 2017. Since then, he has been on a mission to change the mindset of dependency among Africans that has retarded the continent`s ability to grow through its own peoples`engineering and to alter the way Africans are perceived by the rest of the world.

At home, Mr. Akufo Addo has formed one of the largest and most ambitious governments Ghana and Africa have ever seen. His government has set out to fundamentally transform the structures of  the Ghanaian economy from a state of stagnation and dependency on raw materials  to a value-added economy that yields employment for Ghana `s idle mass. His government has also prioritized the fight against corruption in a way few African governments have. For the first time in Ghana's history, there is an Office of Special Prosecutor -- an independent agency tasked with investigating cases of corruption involving the country`s elected officials. This is a remarkable accomplishment for the small West African country and a defining moment of Mr. Akufo Addo`s young presidency. And it is precisely this that makes what the former GFA boss said about the president in the recent exposè so baffling.
Anas Aremeyaw Anas

In the exposè, the former GFA boss appears to suggest that the president of the Republic of Ghana was in need of money in order to dig himself out of the financial hole the 2016 presidential campaign had left him. After informing the supposed investors of the president`s alleged state of financial desperation, the former GFA boss added, ``if you are able to give money to the president of the country, the vice president, you are finished.`` Mr. Nyantakyi advised the supposed investors to give millions of dollars to the most powerful man in the country and his deputy in order to facilitate their entry into the Ghanaian market. It has been alleged that it was this portion of the revelation that so concerned Mr. Akufo Addo that he immediately reported the former GFA boss to law enforcement.

However, the president`s seemingly swift action was in fact predictable. The exposè had not only been scheduled for public viewing before the president saw it, but enough people had knowledge about its content that to fail to get ahead of it would have been political suicide. Furthermore, if a picture says a thousand words, a video says a million. The allegations against him are so serious that anything less than a swift and decisive action would have given the impression that the former GFA boss had something on the president.

In fairness to Mr. Akufo Addo, we have no reason to believe he would have acted differently if the exposè was never going to see the light of day. It is also worth mentioning that although the former GFA boss was direct in his suggestion to the supposed investors that they bribe the president and seems to indicate that the president was financially desperate, the veracity of his claim remains unproven. It is possible that the former GFA boss said so in order to ingratiate himself with the supposed investors and to prove to them that he was an insider with privileged information and access to the most powerful man in Ghana. When most people will disclose all their most sensitive information before they open up about their finances, the former GFA boss appears credible as an insider when he divulges information that one would suspect only those in Mr. Akufo Addo's inner circle could know.

For some partisan critics of the president, mere allegations against him are enough to make him guilty. However, for some partisan supporters of the president, he can do no wrong. But there are some honest, non-partisan and fair-minded individuals in the middle who believe that while mere allegations alone are not enough, not all of them are created equal. They would not expect the president to deign to respond to every allegation labeled against him especially by partisan pundits on the airwaves. However, they do expect to hear from the president when it involves arguably the second most powerful man in African football and a man he appears to have a close relationship with.

To the following questions the president must respond and must do so immediately: Did he personally accumulate large amounts of debt during his run for the presidency? Has he paid them off and if so, where did he get the money? Is he still in debt and if so, how does he intend to pay it off? Who financed his debt during the presidential campaign and did he sell his houses to finance his campaign expenditures? President Akufo Addo owes the Ghanaian people answers to these questions. If the president was forced to sell his houses and to accrue large amounts of debt in order to finance his election bid, that could make him liable to blackmail by his creditors and vulnerable to corrupt influences. It also raises serious concerns about Ghana's campaign finance system.

Football remains the most important sport in the country and I feel particularly sorry for the millions of fans and workers whose celebrations and livelihoods have been stolen from them by those who would rather broker a cedi than an honest game. But I suspect they will get through this difficult time with the belief that things will get better in the near future. However, what no Ghanaian can any longer afford to endure is yet another corrupt government.

In the short time since Mr. Akufo Addo has been in office, he has managed to convince many cynics that good government is possible in Africa and that politics can still be a source of good. He reminded us all that to ``guarantee an Africa beyond aid, Africa must breed a new generation of leaders who are,`` among other things, `` committed to governing their peoples according to the principles of democratic accountability.`` Perhaps it is time he heeds his own words and make himself accountable to the Ghanaian people. Whether or not Ghana can emerge from a state of political hopelessness to hopefulness depends heavily on his actions in the days and weeks to come.
By Mohammed Adawulai

A Nigerian website, BattaBox.com, released a video detailing the peculiar tattooed beauty trend.

“We help men who have black lips. We clean up their lips to make them pink lips,” says the tattoo artist in the video as he scribbles the Nicki-Minaj inspired tint to his Nigerian customer’s lips.
I don’t know about this one people. I’ve heard of permanent tattooing of various parts of the body like eyebrows, eyeliner and the likes, but your lips? Would you want your whistle blower to be permanently pink?
Women have been known to be the beauty craziness of the world but this new trend by Nigerian Men is perhaps the craziest.
Women are always flocking to the latest beauty craze to make themselves appear more beautiful. From concrete butt implants to miles and miles of sewn Indian hair, and butterfly-inspired eyelashes. There are no limits to how far women will go just to attract shallow thinking men.
Unrealistic Beauty standards set by some chauvinistic men is the reason women do it. So what is the reason behind the pink lip painting of these men? IF you have the answer please share so we might know.
Topafric

Unconfirmed Information available to TopAfric.com from a reliable source indicates that, Former President of South Africa Nelson Madeba Mandela is dead.

According to an unconfirmed report to TopAfric.com from a reliable source he died this Afternoon.

Former South Africa President Nelson Mandela spent four days in Hospital on Monday after being admitted for a fourth time since December of last year, Mandela was fighting a lung infection that seems to be taking its toll on him.

It will be recall that the South African presidency releases a statement earlier stating that the 94 year old´s condition was `unchanged` adding on to an earlier statement that described Mandela`s condition was` serious but stable``

Before he became the South African president in 1994,Mandela spent 27 years in Robben Island prison, where according to information available to TopAfric.com contracted tuberculosis, it is believed that the disease permanently damage his lungs, indirectly leading to the numerous infections he has suffered since retiring from public life in 2004.

Stay tune more confirmed story soon.

Kwadwo Yeboah BREMAN –TopAfric.com

 

In many cases African Presidents, Ministers and state officials leave
behind poorly funded health services and structures, which most of their citizens have to rely on, to attend well equipped and expensive hospitals abroad. They are not only mostly overcharged for their unwise decisions but help create badly needed jobs for other economies.
Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari leaves the capital Abuja for a four-day medical trip to the United Kingdom - his fourth since he came to power in 2015. At any given moment when you expect things to get better; you witness the worse form of the same old practices, by those who made the most noise… What is the problem of Africans and their leaders?

Our Leaders have failed us in so many ways than one at least during the course of the last twenty odd years. They have not put in place any LONG TERM national developmental agenda that cuts across all partisan ideologies in term of infrastructural provision and development for the country; and the needed legislation that NO GOVERNMENT SHALL DEVIATE FROM.

I have been on the motorway for some days now and all I THINK OF IS MY MOTHERLAND with despair. Simple provisions to reduce road accidents are even lacking in our motherland. In the UK there is a service station at approximately every 20-25 miles on every stretch of motorway in the UK. On most motorways, drivers are constantly reminded to take a rest at the next service station because "tiredness can cause an accident and accidents KILL innocent people!!

On two occasions these reminders compelled me to join the exit from the motorway and just take a rest in the huge car park provided for motorway users to stretch me legs. I found at least 60-80 drivers just out of their cars stretching their legs, with some just about to continue their journey as other newcomers came in.

The sad state we find ourselves in Ghana is that these leaders we have had so far, are well-travelled. Most of them had some aspects of their higher education in a developed country that prides itself of all the infrastructural development which makes life worth living. IF THEY CANNOT BE INNOVATIVE, CAN'T THEY SEE AS WELL?

We have a group of elders of the council of state, most of whom, WITH THE GREATEST RESPECT, have no admiring track record in their public lives. Not to single out anyone, but FOR INSTANCE, on what beneficial take to the highest think-tank of the state, is Ms Ama Benyiwah-Doe included to the elders council of states?

WHAT SPECIALTY IS SHE BRINGING ON THE TABLE?
WHAT IS HER LIST OF ACHIEVEMENTS ON A NATIONAL FRONT TO GIVE HER THE BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT AS A MEMBER OF THE COUNCIL OF STATE?

UNTIL WE GET A SPECIAL KIND OF LEADERS OCCUPYING THIS EXECUTIVE PRESIDENCY SEAT, WE WILL KEEP MARKING TIME AND SPINNING AROUND AIMLESSLY AS A NATION.

That is a fact!!!

Amakye Ansah-Yeboah 

“I speak of the compulsive and obsessive politicisation of our society, which now virtually compels us to look at every issue from the narrow and darkened prism of party politics”. The practice does not give room to independent thinking and must not be allowed to fester, he observed.

The Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has roundly condemned the growing culture of the serial callers, partisan communicators and propagandists for creating a polarised partisan political climate.

He said it can be dangerous for the country’s democracy if this is allowed to fester.His comments formed part of his lecture delivered during this year’s Democracy Lecture organised by the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE)on the topic: “Advancing Together”. Otumfuo Osei Tutu II said the serial caller phenomenon has “pushed Ghana into an age of the howlers’.

He noted that politicians “in and out of government” were inflicting irreparable damage to each other.“Who was funding the serial callers, he asked rhetorically and said “it is the same politicians whether they call themselves communicators or propagandists”.

He said by funding the “blatant lies and malicious gossips” spewed out by so-called communicators and serial callers, politicians were killing sound scholarly discourse.This resulted in a situation where “perpetrators jump in glee” while “victims frets with anxiety”.

He said, with the challenges facing the country, there was the need to focus on solving everyday concerns on the labour front, utilities and general economic hardships.One does not have to be an economic genius to recognise that there are tough challenges facing the economy, he said.

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