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Letters from TZ

They call him Magufuli, John P Magufuli

John Pombe Magufuli (JPM) is like James Bond. He gets things done. If he started introducing himself like, “The name is Magufuli, His Excellency John P. Magufuli,” I wouldn’t be mad. Really, I wouldn’t. From the moment he was sworn…

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What came first, the sperm or the egg?

All babies are created female. At least that’s my interpretation of the facts. The truth is that the sex chromosomes don’t actually affect the development of the fertilized egg at the very beginning of a child’s life. Some argue that…

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Tell them not to rape

A Saudi Arabian cleric has issued a fatwa (Islamic religious ruling) that all female newborns in the Kingdom should wear a full-face veil. Speaking to al-Majd TV last year, Sheikh Addullah Daoud said that the burkas would stop incidences of…

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Sisters are doing it for themselves

Margaret Thatcher is one of the world’s better-known Stateswomen, after leading the Tory party and her country for 11 eventful years. She was one of the longest serving Prime Ministers of the 20th Century and the only female head the…

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Animals and the African spring

If there is a message, fanfare and controversy will usually kill it. People are more likely to remember the song and dance than they are the lyrics and the score. Instant gratification is the way of the world, and it…

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Death, where is thy sting?

There’s a girl I’ve known since the first grade. We grew up together. Her mother and I were from the same community. Her father is a Dane who has lived in Africa for much of his life. That notwithstanding, he…

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Loss of a living legend

Fatuma Binti Baraka is no more. The Grand Old Lady of Taarab is dead. Many believe that she was about 100-years-old. That’s a century folks. She had a front row seat to history in the making. And she lived to…

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