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Ode to Mugabe, the disgraced husband of Grace -By Fola Ojo

At first, it tingled and jingled our ears like rattling fake news. A military coup d’état that sought to end the 37-year reign of Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe skulked into the presidential palace in Harare in the caparison of a stand-up comedy. No bullet sounds; no blood drops; and nobody in shackles. At best, it was […]

  For millions of Zimbabweans, the 21st day of November will forever remain a historic day for that was the day what book-makers had thought impossible happened in the Southern African country as the strong man of Zimbabwean politics, President Robert Mugabe, was forced to step down as President after 37 years in power. Worthy […]

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  Robert Mugabe overstayed his welcome by miles. But he wouldn’t come this far without the support of his former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, the ruling ZANU-PF party, and the military top brass. They were in it together. Ordinary Zimbabweans wanted Mugabe out at least over a decade ago. The clearest expression of that was […]

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  When one is favoured with longevity, says my grandfather, he must in the same vein contend with one out of the these two inherent probables. If the individual is not met with a flood of blessings, chances are that such a fellow may be visited with torrents of afflictions during this extra or ‘injury […]

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Trail of Tears The two-line snippet above came to me (or was it I who walked up to it?) in my poem “Ode to Hate”, written in the mid-nineties, provoked by the wrenching crises of the Bosnia-Herzegovina conflicts. As I watched throngs of displaced human beings, harried, traumatized, and dispossessed, being loaded on those long […]

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History teaches us that dictators tend to rehearse the same tragic script: they indulge the delusion of their own hubris, overreach themselves, and make themselves vulnerable to a disastrous downfall. Robert Mugabe has yet to acquiesce to his removal from office with a formal resignation. But for all practical purposes, Mugabe has bitten the dust. […]

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The 36-year-old regime of President Robert Mugabe is obviously in its twilight. Intra-party rivalry over who succeeds the nonagenarian leader is rife with incessant purge of dissidents. Besides, the tension in the party and the country is not helped by deepening economic crisis and the corresponding unrest even from the traditional social base of the […]

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  A military coup has never been a solution to anything. Tanks in the public sphere will always be a pox on civilization. I condemn the coup-not-coup-apparent-coup in Zimbabwe. Yes, Mugabe and Gucci Grace are an embarrassment to themselves, to Zimbabwe, and to Africa. However, we should watch the actions of those celebrating this military […]

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  According to 1 Peter 3 : 15, we are highly advised to be scripturally loaded and braced up at all time to elucidate, validate and defend Christocentric Doctrine (Gospel of Christ) to everyone who asks you to account for your teaching cum hope in Christ. The reason why I want to throw light on […]

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Over a decade ago, four young men – Fred Swaniker (Ghana), Chris Bradford (USA), Acha Leke (Cameroon), and Peter Mombaur (Germany/South Africa) – critically examined the African situation and were appalled by the poverty of leadership across various sectors, including politics, business, education, health care, and the environment. I have spent more time in Africa […]

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