As a student of mass communications in the late 80s, one of my elective subjects was introduction to Sociology. My lecturer then was Dr Sam Ibeabuchi, a well-groomed and elitist scholar whose trademark was his immaculate appearance. His students called him "the dapper professor". We all looked forward to his lectures and I must say that some of us fervently waited to see his perfectly manicured mustache, his well knotted tie and his matching pocket square. He sure knew how to choose his suits.
On December 10, 2018 the Global Compact for safe, orderly and regular migration was adopted in a historical event in Marrakesh. Civil Society Organizations all over the world welcomed this new multilateral framework – and will monitor its implementation.
In our video the Secretary General Antonio Guterres, emotionally explains the Global Compact for Migration to the media. The large majority of states just adopted the document, offering a framework for migration governance and to address in solidarity the huge challenges migration constitutes on our planet.
A profound lack of growth opportunity, rising unemployment and declining human security in many African countries, has rekindled the debate about the continent’s development strategies. The economies, despite being endowed with large natural resources, got stuck in severe difficulties in the 1980s and adopted exogenously imposed structural adjustment programs (SAPs) to revive growth.
Companies listed on the London Stock Exchange control over $1trillion worth of Africa’s resources in just five commodities – oil, gold, diamonds, coal and platinum. My research for the NGO, War on Want, which has just been published, reveals that 101 companies, most of them British, control $305billion worth of platinum, $276billion worth of oil and $216billion worth of coal at current market prices.
It’s Time to Use Our Words to Declare Good Things
I once read an article about doctors who incorporated “talk therapy” to treat patients suffering with depression. Instead of medicating the problem, the doctors instructed the patients to start making positive declarations over their lives, saying such things as: “I have a bright future. People like to be around me. Good things are in store.”
KEY PASSAGE: James 1:2-8 | SUPPORTING SCRIPTURES: Psalm 33:1 | Matthew 7:7 | Hebrews 13:5
Does your faith waver if He doesn’t provide what you’ve requested in the time and manner you expected? Although it may seem that the problem of fluctuating faith is the result of unanswered prayer, it’s actually caused by a misunderstanding of what God is doing in your life.
I once heard about a husband and wife who were so upset after a big argument that they refused to speak to each other. That night, not wanting to be the first to break the awkward silence, the man left a note on his wife’s side of the bed that read, “wake me up at 6 o’clock in the morning.”
A woman shopping in Houston happily hummed a tune as she collected the items she wished to purchase and approached the cashier. The clerk just stared at her for a long moment, as though wondering what was wrong with her, offering an obligatory, “How are you doing today?”