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What's Up Africa: Blackmailing Africa!!!!

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David Cameron says he'll cut aid to African countries that don't champion LGBT rights. In this week's What's Up Africa, Ikenna points out the colonial irony of such a statement, saying that the UK is an "ex-colonial master trying to take the moral high-ground by financially blackmailing African countries." This is how Europe has done business with Africa since religious missionaries made their way to the continent (don't even get us started on the Structural Adjustment Programs of the 1980s). As pointed out by Africa is a Country, Cameron's decision also endangers the lives of gay people in Africa.

Check out last week's episode of WUA here.

 

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Moving to Ghana gave Aisha Asamany's luxury jewelry brand, inspired by Adinkra symbols that traditionally project strength, fearlessness, love and power, renewed verve to tell personal stories of her growing clientele.

In 2019, the government of Ghana made a global splash with its Year of Return initiative – the campaign sought to encourage the African diaspora to return home to the continent, specifically to Ghana.

Linked to the 400th year commemoration of the first recorded landing of slaves in the United States, it became a launchpad for the Ghanaian government to convince Black people around the world to permanently settle in the West African country.

Aisha Asamany, a corporate management consultant for high-profile UK financial institutions turned self-taught luxury jewelry designer was one of many who heeded the call, trading in the corporate life for a spiritual and an entrepreneurial journey – one of joy, appreciation, and representation in her fatherland.

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