could popeye be seeing the light?

It seems some of the reports from interviews with the pope are creating shockwaves in the one holy and apostolic church (sic).

He argued that if the Pope states that all religions are willed by God in the same manner as sex, race or color, Catholics begin to question the truth of the divinely revealed truth that Jesus Christ is the Second Person of the Most Holy Trinity, the Incarnate Word and only Savior of the world.

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teenage marriage in Iraq

I found this article to be quite disturbing, and that is to say a lot.

Clerics are grooming vulnerable girls in Iraq and offering them for sex, using a controversial religious practice known as “pleasure marriage”.

It points to two things; a failed system that makes exploitation possible and morbid relationship with sex where avenues for adults who are not married and want to indulge are closed by religious strictures. So the men and clerics have developed a clever ploy to beat the religion and in the process exploit vulnerable girls.

I think everyday there is something somewhere to be enraged about.

a short story or thoughts out of season

Kenya is a multi ethnic society. In the over 57 years of independence, the presidents have come from Kikuyu and Kalenjin ethnic groups. From the way things look, a Kalenjin ( and a thief) seem poised to be the next president of the republic. There is talk in some quarters that this monopoly of the top seat by these two communities doesn’t bode well for the commonwealth and if it continues in this vein, then their might even be secession or civil war whichever is the worst.

This brings me to the discussion I was having with my host in Garowe, Puntland. For those of you who know anything about Somalia, a lot of things- including governance happen at clan level. SO how have they addressed the issue of who becomes president? Easy. There are three main regions- Garowe, Galkayo and I think Nugal ( I wasn’t paying attention at this point). The president serves a 5 year term ( I think). To solve the problem of clan infighting, the position of president rotates within these three groups.

You maybe thinking this process is not democratic. That’s where there is ingenuity. Anyone can vie during the presidential election. I think the good people of Puntland have come to the conclusion anyone can be president so they obey the gentleman’s agreement and elect the president based on a rotational basis to keep the peace and the nation together.

I don’t know how this would work for Kenya or even if it is desired. But I think a fair and transparent election, equitable distribution of resources and a sense of respect to the rule of law would go along way in easing tensions in the country.


In a different story but still in Puntland. They don’t have car insurance. The community is responsible for you. In the event that you were to be involved in an accident, the community elders would be called and decide on the payment. This payment will be collected from all the families with boys. Same thing for bride price.


There is a lock down in Mogadishu and all non essential movement is restricted. So anyone who was expecting me to buy them anything from this beautiful coastal city will have to wait till my next visit.


I got to cycle in Somalia. That was the best experience. Maybe i will do it again the next time I visit.


 

I am tired of traffic cops

I don’t like cops. No. I am generally law abiding not necessarily because I am a good person 😀but because breaking the law is expensive. But I hate our traffic police and the courts that deal with traffic offences.

I swear these two groups don’t exist to make our lives better. First, the traffic cops will take every opportunity to extort you for an infraction and because going to the courts is generally a tiring prospect, people would rather part with money in form of a bribe that the humiliation of the court process.

You recall I have once written about the speed cops who would flag you down for driving 5kph above the posted speed limit and threaten to take you to court or waste your whole day until you bribe them. What difference does it make if I drive 5kph faster in an area where there are no pedestrian crossings or a market?

The traffic courts are worse. You go to court at 9 only for your case to be mentioned at 11 or 12. A whole day wasted just because of a minor infraction.

If you ask me, our legal system and the traffic department are not concerned with road safety rather they are opportunities for government to get money from us over and above what it takes in the name of tax. Or for the police officers to line their pockets with in the name of bribes.

Maybe we should abolish the police!

Do African countries like Nigeria have YouTube or internet?

I hope the person who asked this on Quora was joking.

In Africa we don’t have YouTube (what’s that even?) and internet? No. We use smoke signals and drums for faster communication. Where we need to send someone, we use horses at relay posts to deliver messages written on cow hides or frog skins because we still don’t know how to make paper.

As for music, we have market days where people come to perform and there is a person to select which songs will be played on each market day. A musician who gets selected to play frequently receives many likes, I mean thumbs up and is given kola nuts in appreciation. Those who get to play only a few times get sent to the dustbin of the clan history and may not be remembered unless someone does a cover for their songs.

Just to cover all other bases, we don’t have computers in Africa. The most advanced technology we have is Casio electronic calculators. I wanted to say we have only seen computers in movies bit figured this will lead to other questions like do we have movie theatres? or Cinemas. No and No. But we have those old projectors where a movie is screened on a white background and usually at night because we don’t have any buildings where such an event could take place.

The largest house here is like the one captioned below and only the chief and spiritual leader has such a house. The rest of us make do with tree canopies in inclement weather otherwise the sky is a good enough cover for us.

The largest house in Africa belonging to the chief and spiritual leader

Don’t be tempted to ask about whether we have aeroplanes, cars and trains. No. We don’t. We don’t need them. Our transport needs are very limited. The average African lives their entire lives within 3 miles of their birthplace and you don’t need any motorized transport for that, do you?

I hope you find this helpful. Should you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to contact us in the feedback page or in the comments section.