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THE RWANDAN TRANSFORMATION: The Wonders Of Paul Kagame.

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I was on the twitter a while ago when I saw several tweets about Rwanda and the developmental strides they were making. I was clueless about how far Rwanda had come as a country after a rather devastating history about some two decades ago, so I decided to do a little research and I was blown away. I then decided to share my findings with the world.

A little refresher; On April 6, 1994, a plane carrying PresidentHabyarimana, and his counterpart Cyprien Ntaryamira of Burundi – both Hutuswas shot down which immediately sparked a tribal war between the Hutus and Tutsis. Within a period of 100 days, an estimated 800,000 were killed and thousands of Tutsi women were taken away and kept as sex slaves.

Paul Kagame commanded the rebel force that ended the genocide. He was Rwanda’s de factoleader when he served as Vice President and Minister of Defence from 1994 to 2000. He was re-elected in August 2017 with an official result of nearly 99% in an election criticized for numerous irregularities.

Rwanda has remarkably evolved from utter ruin to an exceptional example of African growth and stability under the leadership of President Paul Kagame. He transformed the devastated country through policies which encouraged rapid economic growth. He is also on course to turning Rwanda into a technological hub.

Between 2010-2011 Rwanda’s GDP hit a record 8.2%. The poverty rate reduced by 57% and saw over a million Rwandans escaping poverty. Other development indicators like infant mortality, employment and literacy have also incredibly improved.

How Paul Kagame turned Rwanda around

President Kagame embraced free market enterprise. Even before the 1994 genocide, Rwanda like most newly independent African countries believed the resources of the country should be regulated by the government and so there was hardly the idea of the private sector. The government controlled everything. This resulted in the concentration of power, high levels of corruption and the amassing of wealth by greedy politicians which led to severe poverty. Paul Kagame however placed the economy on the private sector as its primary driver.

He invested in infrastructure, maintaining a stable currency and marketing itself as a politically stable and low risk investment destination. He also changed the official language of education from French to English in 2008 to enable the labour force of the country compete globally.

He refused to take loans or aids from the World Bank unlike his colleague African presidents. He was keen on a self sustaining economy driven by the creation of domestic value and international trade. With time, research and studying, he was able to formulate the conditions to fundamentally transform his country’s economy.

Paul Kagame mastered the act of branding and marketing. He built strong ties with global brands such as Google, Wal-Mart and Arsenal FC. This has yielded a yearly growth in foreign investments and tourism. In 2007, the country’s Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) was $800 million and shot to $1.6 billion in 2017. These investments went into labour intensive sectors such as agriculture, tourism, mining and construction which boosted youth employment.

The Rwandan government put in serious measures to root out corruption and tribalism. He also reintroduced the indigenous practice of Imihigo. Imihigo simply means setting goals which will be evaluated at a later date. The Imihigo concept was introduced in 2006 by the government as a grown home solution to monitor and evaluate plans, programs and investments that are to be delivered for citizens at different levels of leadership.

President Kagame implemented his vision 2020 program which was to make Rwanda a knowledge base middle income country by the year 2020. To realize this vision, the government dedicated a quarter of its budget towards education and revised the curriculum to ensure a stronger fundamental on linguistics and technical skills. He also implemented targeted social welfare programs. One of such programs is the Girinka program where cows are provided to poor families. The cows bring significant improvements to the lives of the beneficiaries.

However, Paul Kagame has been constantly called a dictator and accused of human right violations and elections malpractices. Kagame is said to clump down his opposition by restricting candidacies in elections to government-friendly parties, suppressing demonstrations, and arresting opposition leaders and journalists.

I say that in a continent where corruption, power grabbing and the sheer incompetence of our elected leaders still stares at us in full glare, that ideals such as freedom of speech might just be a luxury. There is still more to be done but there is hope for the future.

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Meet The Black Lawyer Who Refuses To Cut His Locks To Make His Colleagues Feel Better.

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Marcus Shute Jr., a 34-year old lawyer from Nashville, raised a few eyebrows when he decided to grow his locks in 2002. But he still refuses to cut his hair in hopes to make a point that his personal appearance should not affect his professional career! In fact, Shute is a well sought-after lawyer and he runs his own law firm in Nashville, Tennessee.


"Many times during my matriculation through undergrad/law school and in my professional career I was told I would not be successful as an attorney if I didn't cut my locs," Shute said in an interview with The Shade Room.

Shute also said he had experienced being disregarded for promotion even though he technically deserved it just because he "did not fit the look." At one time, he said a judge even mistook him as a client instead of a law student.

Despite that, he chose to be authentic and not to conform to the industry's so-called standards. His experiences also inspired him to open his own law practice. He wanted most of his colleagues and clients to relate to him.

"The law industry, like any other industry, is a microcosm of the real world. It needs acceptance, inclusion, and diversity, but it needs to be more than empty lip-service and to be done in a meaningful way," he said. "Less than 5 percent of attorneys are black. And even fewer are in a position to hire at their firm, one of the reasons I founded Shute Law."

For more information about Shute Law, visit https://www.shutelaw.com

(Source: blackbusiness.com)

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15 Year Old Ghanaian Stabbed To Death In London.

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A 15-year-old boy handed himself in at an east London police station on Friday, and was arrested on suspicion of murder. He remains in custody.

Police were called on Thursday, 10 October at 15:20hrs to reports of a male found stabbed outside Stratford Broadway near Tramway Avenue.

Officers attended along with the London Ambulance Service and the teenager was found with critical injuries. He died at the scene at 15:49 hours.

His next of kin have been informed. The victim has been named as Baptista Adjei, 15,  from North Woolwich.

Formal identification awaits and a post-mortem examination will be held in due course.

A second teenager, aged 15, was found with stab injuries and he has been taken to an east London hospital. His injuries are not life threatening.

No arrests have been made. Enquiries are ongoing. A crime scene remains in place.

Homicide detectives from Specialist Crime have been informed and will be leading the investigation.

DCI Chris Soole, who is leading the investigation said: “First and foremost are thoughts are with this young man’s family and friends. They so tragically are having to come to terms with this terrible loss of life.

“Were you there? Did you see anything? This is a very busy area and lots of people would have been out on the school-run or making their way home. We know that the victim’s friends came to his aid and members of the public provided first aid at the scene. We need anyone else who has information and has not yet spoken to police to come forward.

“A Section 60 is in place for the whole of Newham borough as a result of this incident. Enquiries, including review of local CCTV footage and forensic analysis is in hand. We are working quickly to build a clear and full picture of precisely what unfolded. If you have information, do the right thing and get in touch.”

Anyone who can assist police is asked to call 101 quoting CAD 4644/10OCT19. Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. You can also tweet information to @MetCC

If there are any young people who either have information about violence or knife crime, they can visit fearless.org where they can pass on information anonymously. Fearless is part of the Crimestoppers charity, and is also independent of the police.

If you need help or information to support someone you suspect is involved in knife crime, or you want assistance yourself, then you can visit www.knifefree.co.uk or LondonNeedsYouAlive.

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Afrochella Renovates School For Orphans

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As part of efforts to support Ghana in achieving its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the area of education, Afrochella, an afro music, and cultural festival, is renovating the Genesis Academy.The Genesis Academy is a school for the orphanage.It is located in Jamestown, a suburb of Ghana’s capital, Accra.Spokesperson of Afrochella, Gifty Boakye, told DGN Online in an interview that the renovation would lead to the provision of a “solid roof on the school’s building.”According to her, Afrochella has raised about GH¢ 28,000 for the renovation.

She hinted that additionally, Afrochella would provide about 150 backpacks, books, crayons, pens and papers to pupils of the Genesis Academy.In 2018, Afrochella supported WaterAid Ghana with an amount of GH¢ 10,000 as part of its charity initiatives.Ms. Boakye said this year, Afrochella is interested in supporting the Ghanaian Government’s agenda of providing quality education for all its citizens. She said to develop, it was key for Ghana to achieve the SDGs, noting that there was the need for all stakeholders to support the state in providing quality education.

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Ghana Becomes First African Nation To Join Ambitious Partnership To End Plastic Pollution.

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The Government of Ghana formally joined the Global Plastic Action Partnership (GPAP) today, becoming the first African nation to combine forces with this ambitious new initiative dedicated to eradicating plastic waste and pollution worldwide.

Ghana is the second country to partner with GPAP, a public-private platform dedicated to fostering action to combat the plastic pollution crisis. In Ghana, it will work closely with the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI) to develop a national roadmap for sustainably managing and reducing the country’s plastic waste challenge, while continuing to boost its economic growth.

The Ghana National Plastic Action Partnership (NPAP) was announced by His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana, at a gathering of more than 250 policy-makers, business leaders, sustainable development advisers, waste management experts, entrepreneurs and youth representatives – all of whom have carried out successful work in different sectors to combat the country’s plastic waste and pollution.

“With this partnership, Ghana is taking a historic step forward in our environmental stewardship, our sustainable growth, and our vision for the future,” said the president. “Our nation is flourishing with an extraordinary wealth of expertise, knowledge, innovations, social enterprise, and willpower to take on this issue. Throughout every sector and level, from local government to waste management pioneers and young student leaders, Ghanaians are actively contributing to the fight against plastic pollution. We are pleased to partner with the Global Plastic Action Partnership to bring together existing efforts, scale up these highly successful initiatives, and fast-track our progress towards a collective goal – to achieve zero leakage of plastic waste into our oceans and waterways.”

The Ghana NPAP will support the country’s public, private and civil society sectors in transitioning to a circular plastics economy, which directly addresses the root cause of plastic pollution by fundamentally reshaping the way plastics are produced, used and re-used. A parallel engagement is currently under way in Indonesia, the first GPAP country partner.

“We are deeply honoured that the Government of Ghana, under the leadership of President Akufo-Addo, has chosen to partner with GPAP in a collective effort to drive forward the country’s plastic action agenda,” said Kristin Hughes, Director of the Global Plastic Action Partnership and Member of the Executive Committee at the World Economic Forum. “As one of Africa’s leading political and economic forces, Ghana has the potential to not only dramatically reduce its own plastic pollution, but also to spark off a wave of unprecedented plastic action across the African continent. We are confident that the findings and achievements from this highly meaningful partnership will serve as a model of success for the rest of the world.”

The Ghana NPAP will also be supported by the Global Environment Facility, which sits on the Governing Council of GPAP and co-chairs the Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy, a public-private collaboration mechanism dedicated to driving the global circular economy transition.

“The growing menace of plastic pollution is being felt all around the world,” said Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility. “I want to commend Ghana for its leadership in being the first African nation to join the Global Plastic Action Partnership. Ghana is one of the fastest growing economies in Africa, and its support for a circular plastics economy is an important signal to others across the continent.”

As part of broader strategic efforts to accelerate the reduction of plastic waste and pollution in Ghana, the NPAP will work in close alignment with two key initiatives. The first, a National Plastic Management Policy, championed by MESTI, will transform the management of plastics throughout the value chain, injecting sustainability and reusability into every step of the plastic life cycle.

“By putting standards and policies in place to guide the transition towards a circular plastics economy, we will achieve myriad positive outcomes for Ghana,” said Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, Ghana’s Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation. “We will see the creation of new jobs in the sustainable waste management sector; the protection of women, children and other vulnerable communities from the damaging effects of mismanaged plastic waste; and accelerated progress towards many of the Sustainable Development Goals.”

At the same time, the Ghana multi-stakeholder ‘Waste’ Recovery Platform, facilitated by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), will accelerate these efforts by creating a one-stop shop solution platform (both in-person and digital) for stakeholders to exchange data, solutions, and technological innovations on waste recovery.

“We are delighted to join forces with the Government of Ghana and the Ghana NPAP to amplify our collective impact,” said Silke Hollander, Resident Representative a.i. of UNDP Ghana. “The ‘Waste’ Recovery Platform is very much owned and driven by traditional and non-traditional stakeholders in the waste management sector and beyond in Ghana. By leveraging the incredible entrepreneurial initiatives underway and creating a space where people can connect, exchange knowledge and share good practices, as well as co-design and partner to find solutions, we are confident that the Platform will help Ghana move towards the circular economy and reduce plastic pollution in the near future.”

“The scope and depth of this partnership in Ghana truly represents a new and remarkable way to tackle the world’s most pressing issues,” added Elsie Kanza, Head of Africa and Member of the Executive Committee at the World Economic Forum. “It’s clear that no single institution or sector can take on the plastic pollution crisis alone. In Ghana and across the world, GPAP is bringing together government, business and civil society organizations – and it’s also working closely with local entrepreneurs, women and young people to ensure that their voices and initiatives are heard. This is how we can achieve an equitable and sustainable future.”

The Global Plastic Action Partnership (GPAP) is a global public-private platform for collaboration to help translate political and corporate commitment to address plastic pollution into tangible strategies and investible action plans. GPAP brings together government, business, civil societies and think tanks to stop plastic pollution from source to sea by 2025, by fast-tracking circular economy solutions.

(Source: World Economic Forum)

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