Daily Dozen: 06/12

#focussed!

Did Davis Deserve to Win Tusker Project Fame? [Shamless Plug]
So Ms. Wangari Maathai, has modern environmentalism lost its spiritual core? [TIME]
Ababu Namwamba’s brilliant piece on the ‘Second Republic’ in Kenya [DN]
Thabo “There’s No Crisis in Zimbabwe” Mbeki arrives in Cote d’Ivoire to mediate Presidential Stand-off [BBC]
God-Fearing Kalonzo, Ruto Unite to Expose Raila [KumeKucha]
President Yoweri Museveni’ s rap with lyrics [YouTube]
‘Find Me Tall, Slim Wife’ says Botswana President [Telegraph]
Hey Euro, we need to talk. It’s not me, its you! [Economist]
7 Zimbabwean women, arrested and charged with indecent exposure, for wearing..what for it.. leggings! [EyeWitness]
Your wifey’s favourite blogger talks about…what else..”Women” [BikoZulu]
Sarah Palin’s ‘dangerous’ new book. Yes, she cant read but she can write. Apparently. [SG]
A beautiful act of solidarity by Palestine in the aid of Israel [France24]

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When Mandela Dies…

Two months ago, my biggest fear was that Mr. Nelson Mandela would meet his tragic demise before getting a chance to witness the first World Cup ever on African soil only a bus trip away from his palatial home in Bishopscourt, Cape Town. You may not agree with me on this but I truly believe it was Mandela that brought the World Cup to Africa, through his name, his symbolic status and the country he helped liberate from apartheid. And for that, we should all be grateful.

Yesterday, Mr. Nelson Mandela (as children of the soil we’re allowed to call him ‘Tata Madiba’) celebrated his 92nd birthday. It goes without question that South Africa and indeed the world at large adore and revere Madiba and have deified him to the point where the United Nations has declared July 18th “International Nelson Mandela Day”.
Understand this, the only International Days the UN has declared so far have to do with Children, Human Rights, Women, the Environment and such. So, yes, it’s a big deal for *a person*, *any person* let alone Mandela to have such an honour bestowed upon them. Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King and a few others (may their souls rest in peace) must be literally turning multiple shades of green envious of Madiba.

All that being said, Mandela will one day die. Don’t shoot the messenger. Just hear me out.

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