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Ethiopia will soon introduce visa-free travel for all Africans


Ethiopia plans to open its borders so that all Africans can arrive without prior permission. Speaking at a state banquet held in honour of visiting Rwandan leader, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed revealed that Ethiopia would “ very soon ” follow Rwanda’s example. From 1 January this year, nationals of all countries received a visa on arrival at Kigali International Airport and all land borders. The visa problem

Fewer visa restrictions will lead to greater intra-African tourism which then boosts the economy of the host country.

“For countries who have either visa-free or visa-on-arrival policies you can see the positive impact on the number of visitors to those countries. Over time, you’ll also see it in the trade figures,” explains Acha Leke, a Director at McKinsey & Company and member of the WEF Global Agenda Council on Africa.

Ease of entry

According to the Visa Openness Index , it’s still easier for Americans to travel around Africa than it is for Africans themselves.

Africans still need visas to travel to 55% of other African countries, although visa openness levels have improved from 2015 levels on average.

Africans can get visas on arrival in just 25% of other countries and don’t need a visa at all to travel to just 20% of other countries on the continent. West African and East African states are leading the index, making up 75% of the top 20 most open countries. Only one North African country made the top 20 while none did from Central Africa. A way to resolve conflict? The increased opening of Africa’s borders encourages the free movement of people. This in turn helps to promote integration, boost economic and tourism growth, and help to resolve conflict. Having seamless borders is a key part of the African Union 2063 Agenda , whose aim is to build “a united and integrated Africa, with peaceful, open and prosperous borders”. The Union recently held the inaugural African Border Day , which helps draw attention to the prevention and resolution of border‐related disputes as well as to the promotion of regional and continental integration. Tourism ambitions Tourism will also benefit from less visa restrictions, and is an important factor for economic growth on the continent, contributing to 8.5% of GDP. Its growth is increasingly driven by Africans themselves. But further growth is hampered by poor connectivity of air transport, visa restrictions, currency convertibility and a lack of recognition in some countries of the value of African tourism.

At a recent gathering, tourism ministers called for an easing of restrictions to help boost the tourism trade. In Rwanda, the abolition of visa requirements for fellow members of the East African Community in 2011 helped increase intraregional tourist numbers from 283,000 in 2010, to 478,000 in 2013 .

“Africa still grapples with intra-continental movement issues, which hamper tourism growth. Our governments should liberalize tourism policies through regional cooperation on easing visa restrictions and implementing open sky policies, if we are to move a step ahead globally in terms of tourism prosperity,” said Tokozile Xasa, South Africa’s Minister of Tourism.

The easing of visa restrictions in both Ethiopia and Rwanda could be a first step in promoting greater tourism, and may well encourage other countries to follow suit.

SOURCE: World Economic Forum

By Alex Gray
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Importance of bitter kola to the body


Africa is famous for its medicinal plants. And this time we will tell you about health benefits of bitter kola. This is an ancient remedy for many diseases, which is actual in our days. Let’s see the main properties.

Bitter kola is cultivated in tropical and subtropical regions of Africa. The range of health benefits of bitter kola is huge. Traditionally it was a good medicine for the treatment of many deceases. Almost all the parts of this plant can be used as a medicine. But the nuts are considered as the most beneficial.

Top 10 benefit of bitter kola to the body

Bitter Kola is good for lung function improvement.

This plant always was a great medicine in the cases of cold and its symptoms. According to the scientific studies in 2009 bitter kola can improve respiratory function just for 25 days of usage. The plant can help to dilate the alveolar ducts and strengthen the fibers in the lung tissue. This leads to the improvement of lung function.

The source of antioxidant

An importance of bitter kola is so high because it contains so many antioxidants. Kolaviron – is a phytochemical produced of Bitter Kola. This product has all optimal properties for the health of the body. It has antidiabetic, antioxidant, hepatoprotective and antigenotoxic properties. In other words, we can say that bitter kola is highly useful for protecting the cells of the body from oxidative damage.

Antioxidants play a central role in the protection of our body from damages, and deceases. Antioxidants create conditions for correct work of the immune system.

Bitter Kola help in HIV treatment

According to research antioxidants can successfully fight with free radicals. This fact allows to slow down the progression of HIV disease.

Bitter Kola is a way to relieve pain

Kolaviron is known for anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation is one more reason for chronic diseases. When bitter kola lower the level of inflammation, it relieves pain especially in the cases of arthritis. It helps to reduce swelling, inflammation, joint pain.

Bitter Kola as the best cold remedy

Actually this is the most common reason, why people start to take bitter kola. The plant is an excellent medicine in the cases of cold, bronchitis, headaches and cough. Antimicrobial and antioxidant properties make this plant indispensable.

Bitter Kola helps to lose weight

This plant can be used as an appetite suppressant. It also stimulates thirst, and increases the consumption of water. These factors help to boost the metabolism.

Bitter Kola is good for Male Sexual Health

Bitter kola seed contains beneficial properties for prostate health and male fertility. Bitter Kola always was used as an aphrodisiac and a plant to boost testosterone level.

Bitter Kola as a medicine against glaucoma

Bitter kola has the property to reduce eye pressure as the main reason of glaucoma.

Bitter Kola help to treat Malaria Symptoms

Bitter Kola is one of the effective forms of treatment in the cases of malaria symptoms. Kolaviron, because of antioxidant properties helps to prevent Plasmodium infection.

Bitter Kola balance blood sugar level

The plant has properties to keep blood glucose levels stable. The seeds prevent the elevation of the sugar level in blood. It is actual for type 2 of diabetes.

As you see bitter kola benefits are quite various, the plant is a gift of nature.

Bitter kola side effects

DryMouthHivesRapidheartbeatNauseaInsomniaDiarrheaStomach cramps

You can get a lot of benefits from this product if you are careful. Side effects usually manifested only if one ate a lot of bitter kola. Do not overuse and be healthy. Get only the best from the products!

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By Zain Agu

​Revealing the hidden secrets of the biggest deception


  • The people who brought Christianity into Africa brought the concept of spiritual dehumanization of the African spiritual consciousness through introducing white God creator imagery and white goddess imagery, according to these European version of spirituality the only negative spiritual being that looked African was Satan also some times called the devil, the only difference is the imaginary horn.
  • According to this European religion God is a white man living in the sky in a place called heaven, prior to the European invasion into Africa there was already a concept of creation and the name of the force or forces that organized all things at the very genesis of our being as human was known to these African tribes in their own languages in igbo (chi-ukwu-okike) in Yoruba (olodumeri) in Ghana (nyame), the Europeans stole the concept of chi-ukwu-okike and made it to look like an European man who had one son “who he sent to die for all”, the truth about African version of creation which first was not created but organised out of matters that had already been without form, chi-ukwu-okike is not a man he’s immortal invisible in nature of men, it is as the air he is not a man in the sky as potraid by deceptive Christianity, the invisible gives birth to the invisible, the visible gives birth to the visible, each of the African tribes belive that the maker of their being into existence made the first man and women in their indigenous land and not in Israel but in Africa. I told Christians there is no account in their bible where their white man create hell or Sara
  • The pectoral images of heaven that was introduced by the Europeans who brought Christianity into Africa gave pictures that only shows white people and quite unharmful animals in the eternal heaven, yet according to their bible there is no heaven, their own bible said God created heaven, ask them where was that white man called God when he was creating the heaven, and why will the Son of their God say he was going to prepare a place where he will take them to, is the place already existing or not?, Their Jesus is not yet back to prove he have made the place yet they already have pictures of heaven everywhere.
  • According to the bible God made a man’s wife pregnant to bring in his special son into this world through her, first of all its abominable to impregnate a mans wife in African culture, secondly she gave birth to more than two children after given birth to the Jesus Christ, yet Christianity want you to believe such a married woman of more than three children died as a virgin just because they believe the nigro hate to read. If I told my grandma is a virgin will you belive it, so why will a woman who they claimed died over 2000 year be a virgin after having over three kids from her vagina.
  • A heavily pregnant woman can’t ride on a Horse, Donkey or Carmel for that distance in harsh cold winter weather and did not have miscarriage. The distance from Jerusalem to Egypt is about 696 km, A woman who drove with car on a rough road had miscarriage and the distance was just about 400 km from lagos to delta state I know her she lost the twin, According to the bible the shepherd where watching their sheep’s at night which was probably the night Jesus was born, The question is how can shepherd do their shepherd work in the cold winter and at night, does their sheep eat snore? 
  • Apart from the summer periods, Other periods of about seven to eight month’s are very hot in Israel this is a climate which always hotter then Ghana, And i can still remember that my whites mtc companion in Ghana had this sun shade cream he was using on his skin just about few years ago so how can three white people survive a sun hotter than that of Ghana in the age of zero ac and had to go hiding in the midst of people who are cushi kemets, The Egyptians where also called cushites in the bible in Arabic if you are called cushi it means you are brown or dark a skin person, And kemet being a word that had to do with black, how can three white people hade in the midst of such civilised black people and would not be noticed?
  • The child called jesus being a white dude had two name that are completely roman and yet no account of him ever being in Rome, He lived In Egypt from infant age till almost the age of 12 and yet had no Egyptian name, But rather two Roman names, Jesus and Christ has nothing to do with the language of those who call them selfs Jews it’s Roman names.
  • The hair colour of the Jesus is a sickness and his skin colours also considered unclean according to the bible as a mater of fact the bible explained that Jesus is from the tribe of Judah, The bible explained more of their blackness or nigroness, according to the bible all Israelites are blacks and sometimes called Niggers, His eyes where Red according to the man killed on the cross as the king of the Jews in the bible and not a yellow or green eye.
  • We who are digging out the truth are aware that the ancient names of some places in West Africa was given to some places in Israel and the concept of Judaism Christianity etc, Hell and Heaven religions where derived from the spirituality of Biafrans and Kemet but mingled with allegories and some deception.
  • Who is the man in that picture? It’s not God black man neither does he have any thing at all to do with purity what you see in that picture is the biggest lie ever told, devil means deception and not a black man with horn, this lie called Jesus Christ has a lot of pictures he is a different white man in all his different looks and he shows different hand signs too.
  • The Image you see as Jesus Christ (a.k.a) Roman Caesar Borgia who is the Son of the 6th pope, He’s no god but the devil, and he always displaying hand signs of his purpler hand sign with his right hand having two if his fingers, The second and third finger facing up like the U sign, that’s the Nazi sign of war and conquest, the first slave ship of conquest into Africa was called Jesus owned by the Jews and used by their brother’s the European Americans.
  • He is not dressing like his Ashkenazi Jewish brother in his images, but rather dresses in Biafran and Southern Ghanaian Ashanti dressing, is it not a stolen culture?.
  • The sign of his second finger pointing up to the sky is the Masonic sign of the creator, The phallic sign is the sign of the same second finger pointing to his heart, then the Vesica Discis is the sign showing his second and third finger pointing up like the U sign, these are some of the Masonic signs displayed by the Christian God.

Reference:

  • Revelation: chapter 1 verse 1, verse 14 and verse 15.
  • Lamentation: chapter 4 verse 8.
  • Song of Solomon: chapter 1 verse 6.
  • Isaiah: chapter 29: 22.
  • Jeremiah: chapter 8: 21.
  • Jeremiah: chapter 14: 2.
  • Daniel: chapter 10: 6.
  • Daniel: chapter 7: 9.
  • Job: chapter 30: 30.
  • Acts: chapter 13: 1
  • Amos: chapter 9: 7.
  • Jeremiah: chapter 13: 23.

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​Americans discover unexpected African roots through DNA testing


As more Americans take advantage of genetic testing to pinpoint the makeup of their DNA, the technology is coming head-to-head with the country’s deep-rooted obsession with race and racial myths…
This is perhaps no more true than for the growing number of self-identified European-Americans who learn they are actually part African.

For those who are surprised by their genetic heritage, the new information can often set into motion a complicated recalibration of how they view their identity.

Nicole Persley, who grew up in Nokesville, Virginia, was stunned to learn that she is part African

Her youth could not have been whiter. In the 1970s and ’80s in her rural home town, she went to school with farmers’ kids who listened to country music and sometimes made racist jokes. She was, as she recalls, “basically raised a Southern white girl.”

But as a student at the University of Michigan: “My roommate was black. My friends were black. I was dating a black man.” And they saw something different in her facial features and hair.

“I was constantly being asked, ‘What are you? What’s your ethnic background?’ ”

While African-Americans generally assume that they may carry non-African DNA dating back to sexual relations between masters and slaves, many white Americans like Persley grow up believing that their ancestry is fully European, a belief manifested in things from kitschy “100 percent Irish” T-shirts to more-sinister racial “purity” affiliations.

Now, for under $100, it has become increasingly easy to spit into a vial and receive a scientifically accurate assessment of one’s genetic makeup. Companies such as 23andMe and

Ancestry.com provide a list of countries or regions where the predominant genetic traits match those of one’s forebears. (There is no DNA category for race, because a genetic marker for it does not exist.)

In recent years, multiracial Americans have increasingly entered the national consciousness

Between 1970 and 2013, the portion of babies living with two parents of different races rose from 1 percent to 10 percent, the Pew Research Center found. From 2010 to 2016, those who identified as being of two or more races grew by 24 percent, according to census data, a jump that could have had as much to do with the changing way in which Americans identify themselves as an actual increase in the racially mixed population.

But when the mixing happened several generations back, it can take people by surprise. While little data exists comparing people’s perceptions with the reality of their ethnic makeup, a 2014 study of 23andMe customers found that around 5,200, or roughly 3.5 percent, of 148,789 self-identified European-Americans had 1 percent or more African ancestry, meaning they had a probable black ancestor going back about six generations or less.

The discovery elicits a range of emotions

Given the fraught history of slavery and racism, finding out that one is part African makes some people feel vulnerable, even defensive, while others celebrate the discovery. At the DNA Discussion Project, an initiative at West Chester University in Pennsylvania that surveys people about their perceptions of their genetic makeup before and after DNA tests, 80 percent of the 3,000-odd people they have so far surveyed self-identify as white.

Of those, two-thirds see themselves as of only one race, and they are more likely to be shocked and unhappy with their test results than those who identify as mixed or other races, according to a peer-reviewed paper conducted by the project.

But for some, white identity trumps DNA

If the test result is too disruptive to their sense of self, they may rationalise it away. One white supremacist who discovered he had African DNA claimed on the white nationalist website Stormfront.com that the testing company was part of a Jewish conspiracy to “defame, confuse and deracinate young whites on a mass level.”

Members of white nationalist groups have advised those who discover non-Aryan heritage to rely more on genealogy or the “mirror test,” as quoted in a sociological study of Stormfront members discussing ancestry-test results. (“When you look in the mirror, do you see a Jew? If not, you’re good,” one commenter wrote.)

“For me, the number one takeaway is how easily people reject science,” said Anita Foeman, a professor of communication studies who co-directs the DNA Discussion Project, whose respondents are mostly in and around Philadelphia. (In a sample of 217 self-identified European Americans from the project, 22 percent learned that they had African DNA.)

“Many whites would get a new story and say, ‘I’m still going to call myself ‘white,’ or ‘I’m still going to call myself ‘Italian,’ ” Foeman said. “They started to less see race as genetic and more a question of culture and [physical appearance].”

The project found certain groups – younger people and families, for example – to be more open to the news. “Women just tend to be more flexible in terms of racial identification,” Foeman said.

Technology helping to break down polarisation

In an era when technology is partly blamed for an increased sense of polarisation, it is perhaps ironic that a technological advance is helping to blow up some of that. And because users can connect with relatives on the DNA registries, some white test-takers have been fascinated to find fourth or fifth cousins who are black.

The test results can present an intriguing puzzle. When a significant amount of African DNA shows up in a presumably white person, “there’s usually a story – either a parent moved away or a grandparent died young,” said Angela Trammel, an investigative genealogist in the Washington area. “Usually a story of mystery, disappearance – something.”

Mysteries unravelled

For Persley, 46, the link turned out to be her grandfather, who had moved away from his native Georgia and started a new life passing as white in Michigan. He married a white woman, who bore Persley’s father.

But in researching her genealogy after college, Persley discovered that her grandfather’s brother, her great-uncle, continued to identify as African American back in Macon and became a celebrated architect. A recent genetic test confirmed that Persley’s DNA is around 8 percent African.

“That was a bombshell revelation for me and my family,” said Persley, now an artist and real estate investor in Boca Raton, Florida. She doubts her father knew. “My father had already passed away, so I could not ask him. It would have been, I think, a very difficult conversation to have with him, and I don’t think he would have been pleased. . . . I’m absolutely proud of my genealogy and my heritage, but I think my father would have thought I was dishonouring his father, because it was a secret and I dug it up.”

Her mother was flabbergasted.

“Her jaw dropped,” Persley said, “and she said, ‘Oh my gosh, I was married to a black man, and I didn’t even know it!’ ”

Persley now recalls hints in her father – his laugh, his mannerisms – that remind her of black friends and makes her sad about connections that were lost.

“To me, that’s the real tragedy of it,” she said. “His father had to completely reinvent himself and cut everyone in his family off, and that’s so tragic.”

For Brendan Lordan, 18, of Wallingford, Pennsylvania, the test also helped fill in missing family lore

He grew up believing that he was German and Irish, and had known about all his relatives except for a great-great-grandmother.

“Nobody knew her name or who she was,” Lordan said. She had had three sons, but they were taken away from her as infants. “When she was on her deathbed, one of them was allowed to go in and talk to her for a few minutes, but only with the light off.”

The family assumed it was because she was socially inferior to the boys’ father, perhaps a prostitute.

But when Lordan’s DNA test came back 4 percent African, another narrative emerged: that she was black but her sons had been light enough to pass as white.

Comparing his test results to the family history made the fair-skinned Lordan reconsider his assumptions.

“The rule in the Old South was a drop of African blood makes you African,” he said. But now that the drops can be measured, “it sort of made race seem a lot more arbitrary. You’d never think I had African heritage just by looking at me. . . . It’s sort of made me disregard race more.”

Still, those drops have had a potent effect on people’s identities

For some whites, even a smidgen of African ancestry was commonly referred to as “the taint,” said Harvard University African and African American studies professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. “That said it all: that it was something to be ashamed of, something dark and dirty.”

Gates, whose PBS show “Finding Your Roots ” helped actor Ty Burrell and singer Carly Simon discover that they had African ancestry, said he hopes that mounting awareness of the complexity of DNA will help lead to greater understanding across racial and ethnic lines.

“One of the pleasures I get from doing

‘Finding Your Roots’ is to show that we’re all mixed and that for 50,000 years everybody’s been sleeping with everybody – and that makes me blissfully happy, because my enemy is racism,” he said.

Often, African DNA is hard to source

Lisa Gross, 55, a sixth- or seventh-generation Kentuckian, grew up hearing she had Native American ancestry, a common narrative for families with unexplained dark complexions. So, in 2014, she mailed in her saliva sample to find out.

The results showed her to be mostly European, but while there was a trace of Native American DNA, “the bigger surprise was that I have a significant amount of sub-Saharan markers,” she said. “I was thrilled. I thought, ‘Wow – where’s that? Where did that come from?’ . . . It’s someone within the last 10 generations. That would go back to about 1600.”

Gross’ relatives came to the New World in the mid-1700s, so the African DNA contribution may have happened in Europe, she said.

“In the best-case scenario, it’s someone who is not in servitude, who was not a slave,” she said. “It’s a free person who enters into the relationship of their own free will, who is not coerced, who is not commanded. That is what I hope. But history tells us that that is probably not the case.”

As DNA tests become more commonplace, Foeman hopes that they will help shift the cultural paradigm. “We are living at a time when people think they have to stick in their camps, but I think people are getting exhausted by that,” she said. “It’s an opportunity for us to reboot the conversation about race.”

For Persley, it did.

“I felt kind of like a spy, because if I was in a group of white people and they were throwing around the n-word or racist jokes, I felt like I couldn’t idly stand by anymore,” Persley said. “I became kind of an activist. I’d say, ‘Don’t talk like that around me. It offends me – stop.’ ”

Gross, too, said that the discovery made her realize how artificial some cultural narratives can be.

“In this day and time,” she said, “I think that we need to be open to these experiences, and when you think about the concept of race and ‘I’m 100 percent this,’ it’s almost laughable.”

Source: allforwoman.co.za

​Whatsapp calls without internet made possible by Rwandan student


For many people who have been complaining about the high cost of internet connection when it comes to making WhatsApp calls, they can now heave a sigh of relief as a 26-year-old Rwandan student has made a remarkable discovery that will turn things around.
Deodate Mugenzi, who is pursuing Information and Communication Technology at the Polytechnic Regional Center in Kigali, Rwanda has figured out a prototype that will enable WhatsApp users to make internal and international calls without the internet.

According to a report by local news portal New Times, Mugenzi said his prototype development was driven by the fact that internet connection is expensive in most areas of Africa, with many not able to access the internet at all.

“The problem is that many people here in Rwanda and other parts of Africa cannot afford to own smartphones that enable them to use all these internet enabled services. To address this, people ought to use services that allow them to communicate using any platform that is available to them,” Mugenzi was quoted by the New Times.

The ICT student said he generated the idea of free connection in 2017, and with the only materials available to him at the time, that is, his laptop and library books on physics, he started doing his research. What helped him more, he said, was the skills he had gathered so far in class as well as the knowledge he acquired from books on physics.

How the system works

The computer system operates using optic physics, mobile gadget communication techniques, and networking principles. It enables users of WhatsApp to directly call mobile phone numbers. Currently, only WhatsApp users can call WhatsApp users.

This means that Rwandans and Africans, in general, will be able to communicate with their fellow Africans, especially those who use feature phones (phones that do not allow the use of popular internet services).

The use of smartphones in many developing countries like Africa is very limited. In Rwanda, the number of smartphone holders is well below 1.2 million people and this creates a challenge for service providers.

In order to use the platform, Mugenzi has to register the numbers of both the caller and the receiver on WhatsApp.

Challenges

The system cannot allow multiple calls at the same time. Mugenzi also needs more support to conduct intensive research and studies to enable him to scale up his system. He is currently partnering with the American embassy in Rwanda to offer innovative training to several young people in the country.

Source: ace2faceafrica.com