DISCUSSION: Which of the qualified African Teams do you think stands the best chance of winning the World Cup in 2010?
In 2010 Africa will be hosting the World Cup for the first time. Algeria, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa have qualified to compete in this historic event. Will Africa set a new record by winning the cup for the first time in history? And if that were possible, which team will most likely bring about soccer victory to the continent?
David Otunga and Jennifer Hudson
Djimon Hounsou (Benin) and Kimora Lee Simmons
Seal and Heidi Klum
Many women want to be wooed still with gifts and treats that cost money. Men do not want to carry the load of covering household bills on their shoulders alone. And if asked the criteria required for settling down, many men and women will require a partner who earns a certain minimum.
“Bride Price” should be made unconstitutional. That is what Ugandan Deobrah Awori is requesting in a Ugandan court this month. Awori told the court that she tried in vain to stop her husband from forcefully marrying off their daughter, Evelyn, so that he could benefit from the “bride price” she received. The petitioners argued that demand for payment of a “bride price” by the parents of the bride from the groom – a tradition practiced by many communities in Uganda – gives rise to conditions of inequality during marriage. These, the petitioners argued, were contrary to the provisions of the constitution. The full report can be found at this link.
This is a debate that has been ongoing on different fronts. The Sunday Monitor recently did a study on the pros and cons of “Bride Price”. Below is an excerpt from the article done on the subject this week.
Examples of the negative aspects were varied and ranged from the denial of education to the girl by the parents in a bid to extract wealth from her, promoting early marriages and young men borrowing money to finance the bride price hence starting the new family in debts.
It was also noted that a man who fails to pay bride price is often looked at as inferior and in case of tragedy, to such a man in the form of death of his wife, he would be required to first pay bride price before being allowed to bury his wife. The same report noted that bride price has left many men unmarried because they can’t afford it which makes the having of children impossible for them.
Many women may also fail to return to their homes even under improper treatment from the husband because bride price was paid while others fear that their parents may not be able to refund the bride price they were given thus occurrence and continuation of domestic violence.
In the same report, interviewees shared real life experiences of bride price. Some couples revealed that they have been pursued by the bride’s family for failure to pay bride price while many women have been inherited after their husband’s death and some brides families requested for the return bride price after the death of the wife. Widow inheritance and victimisation of infertile women were among the many experiences shared.
On the positive side, it was noted that bride price has stabilised and resulted into loving relationships between the two families. The report also looked at the connection between bride price and HIV. It found out that women or young girls who are forced to get married for wealth accumulation by their parents maybe presented to men who are already infected since their goal(parents) is just to get wealth. It also noted that wife inheritance as well has accelerated the spread of the disease especially where bride price was paid.
Also looked at was the connection between bride price and domestic violence. The result revealed that 99 per cent of the interviewees had experienced domestic violence, mostly the widowed women.
Read the entire article at this link.
DISCUSSION: Are adoption laws in Malawi unreasonable? Is Mercy’s father ungrateful to Madonna for wanting to raise his child?
Pop Singer Madonna, who adopted a son from Malawi in 2006 has been given the right to adopt a second Malawian child by a Malawi appeals court.
Normally, an adoptive parent has to live in Malawi for 18 months before being awarded a child for adoption there, assuming all else is in place.
The Nyasa Times reports from Blantyre that the Supreme Court of Appeal in Malawi handed down a ruling Friday which overturned a lower court decision preventing Madonna from adopting three-year-old Chifundo (“Mercy”) James from an orphanage in southern Malawi.
In April Judge Esmie Chombo said the pop star could not be granted custody because she was single and she had not lived in the country for the minimum period prescribed by inter-country adoption laws.
The little girl’s father, who placed his daughter in an orphanage because he cannot afford to care for her is devastated that Madonna is able to adopt his daughter and take her out of the country according to the Daily Mirror, a British newspaper.
Mercy’s dad, James Kambewa is quoted as saying, “I am devastated. I did not even know that the judges were making a ruling about Madonna adopting my child on that day…I feel betrayed by my countrymen who gave me a deaf ear because I am poor and Madonna is rich.”
Africans have talent even when it comes to something as controversial as drag. The most disapproving cannot deny that Bebe Zahara Benet (a.k.a. Nea Marshall Kudi) has loads of talent and was very deserving of her win as the Queen in RuPaul’s Drag Race. Thanks to Bebe, I came to see drag as an art form and with that I was in awe of the creativity of these artists.
Bebe Zahara Benet has opened up the opportunity for a conversation that was taboo to begin within African communities. The endless questions and denials. Many of those questions we want to ask Bebe directly and we have in an interview that will be featured in the next issue.
But in the meantime, it is cheers to a contestant that worked hard and gave it her all in a hard fought competition.