Marijuana Will Take Over the World

INDIAN HEMP IS INCREASINGLY BEING RECOGNIZED IN MANY CORNERS OF THE WORLD AND AFRICA IS NO EXEMPTION

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I feel like, marijuana every night has a conversation with Indian hemp (which is the same thing – you’ll see where I’m going with this) like Pinky and the Brain,

Indian hemp: what are we going to do tomorrow night Marijuana?

Marijuana: Same thing we do every night Indian hemp, try to take over the world!

Because the storm upon which this marijuana trend is currently gliding on is very strong and it is sweeping across the face of the globe like an unsettling debris.

Following the announcement of Canada legalizing the use of marijuana across the country, a few African countries have chosen to follow suit as Lesotho has become the second country and the first African nation to legalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes nationwide. South Africa, Malawi, and Zimbabwe are currently considering doing same.

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Ghana is currently the number one African nation in terms of marijuana consumption as 21.5% of its population consumes the product daily – answerafrica.com. Marijuana is grown across the content from west to north to east and southern Africa and consumption doesn’t seem to be slowing down.

Should every other African country join talks to legalize the widely illegal plant in years to come? I can’t say for certain but I would like to hear what you TINK in the comment section below.

Dump the plastic

AFRICA IS LOOKING TO TOTALLY KNOCK OUT THE USE OF PLASTICS FOR PACKAGING, ESPECIALLY IN THE FOOD AND DRINKS CATEGORY

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Source: Facebook

I sat in a geology class very recently and my observation stunned me. They were talking about environmental hazards, and topping their list wasn’t earthquake (thankfully there are very few occurrences in Africa, some are fatal, like the one that happened in Haiti a few years ago, but Africa isn’t synonymous to earthquakes as some other continents are), tsunami, volcanic eruptions, and so on. The two highest ranking hazards up for discussion were climate change and plastic waste – this article shall focus on the latter.

The United Nations environment programme states that 95% of marine wastes are plastics and as a result has initiated a “beat the plastic pollution” initiative.

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Source: Manchini.jp

I didn’t know that these plastics we carry around and feel good about because of the comfort and how fancy it makes us look was causing more harm than good. Plastic waste has increasingly become a nuisance and it has attracted the attention of many governments in Africa – we want to leave the earth as healthy and as organic as we met it.

Nigeria launched the “Beat Plastic Pollution” campaign in 2018 to sensitize the populace and strengthen laws against plastic waste, however, the campaign is a continent wide initiative supported by the UN and has been embraced by several African countries such as Cameroon, Egypt, Eritrea, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritania, Morocco, Rwanda, South Africa and Tanzania have taken the lead, others, like Botswana and Ethiopia, are following suit. Africa seems to be at the fore front of this battlefield as 80% of African nations have enacted the UN initiative – globalcitizen.org.

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Source: Manchini.jp

So what should we do?

We should continue to do what we are doing. The third mainland bridge in Nigeria wasn’t built in a day, so we must continue to sensitize the public about the health hazards of plastic wastes, enforce laws against this epidemic, and encourage manufactures to explore other Eco-friendly options.

Will Fizzy Drinks Ever Die?

AFRICANS ARE BEGINNING TO PUSH BACK OF THE CONSUMPTION OF FIZZY DRINKS; IS THIS THE END OR IS THERE NEED FOR SOMETHING FRESH?

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I am an advocate for innovation, anything that’s done the same way for a period of time becomes boring and redundant in any part of the continent you are reading this article from. Just so you know, I am leaving the question stated in the caption open for you to answer and hopefully, the words you read from here on in will guide your argument.

Will fizzy drinks ever die, especially in Africa?

We are aware, the average African consumer is adopting a healthy lifestyle and is increasingly conscious about his/her well-being especially in terms of products that go in to the body. One content that’s present in many food and drink products these days is sugar – apparently, Africans are sweet like that, however we are being encouraged to cut down on its intake in order to lead a long and healthy life. As a result, fizzy drinks have come under fire.

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South Africa currently has imposed a sugar tax upon manufacturers who produce contents with sugar in a view to discourage the industry. Rest assured that fizzy drinks companies are getting the long end of the cane.

The carbonated soft drinks industry has continued to remain optimistic despite a seemingly ailing future as they have launched campaigns that have spiked the growth of the industry in recent years. For example Coca-cola launched an award winning campaign “Share a coke”, In South Africa, Twizza partnered with Primedia Outdoor to launch its "Summer Fo Sho" competition.

Following this trend, the rise of low-calorie alternatives for fizzy drinks have begun to flood the market and Africans are embracing the innovation.

So I ask you one more time, will fizzy drinks ever die?

Kindly let us know what you TINK in the comment section below.

The Greener the Friendlier

THE ROLE OF GREEN BUILDINGS IN THE WAR AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE

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Source: mondrian.mashable.com

Unlike Game of Thrones, the Great War is here and it’s not against men but against the drastic changes in our weather. Now we are applying a different strategy – Green Buildings.

Although Africa is seen as the world’s greenest continent as we have a vast number of untouched lands – yeah, that’s because we love to stay in touch with Mother Nature. However, there is an ongoing war against the drastic changes we are currently experiencing globally in terms of climate.

Climate change is increasingly becoming a worrisome topic across the globe, countless numbers of conferences and activities are being held to both enforce national reforms and policies as well as sensitizing the public.

Image of Green Building under construction  Source: si.wsj.net

Image of Green Building under construction

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To this end, architects have found their own way to join the battlefield by the implementation of green building. These building reduces the quantity of greenhouse gases (cause of ozone layer depletion) emitted into the air.

African countries like Zambia, Tanzania, and so on have taken major steps to incorporate green buildings into their construction processes. This innovative trend is safe and Eco-friendly. Mother Nature, irrespective of her age can be likened to a young lady, she’ll treat you as good as you treat her, if you pollute her, that’s what you are going to get.

More Than a Gatekeeper

WE ARE NOT JUST TALKING ABOUT FEMALE INCLUSION, WE ARE SEEING IT TAKE CENTER STAGE.

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2018 was the year of the feminist; the women created a battle, outlined their own battlefield and went out to meet their opposition head-on. They created movements that shook the world and reshaped the thinking of Africans and the world in general. Need you to know that the women aren’t done, they are taking time to sharpen their arsenal and would soon be on the battlefield once more as 2019 is not going to be any different from the previous year. In fact, it is going to get fiercer. Watch out world, the women are coming!

The narrative that has surrounded women over time is one of being gatekeepers; this doesn’t do justice to the stature of women in the society and gladly that narrative is gradually eroding as women are becoming more and more involved in daily activities and/or indulgence. The women are crafting their own narratives.

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As mentioned in the first paragraph, 2018 saw a fierce battle for the inclusion of women in every facet of the economy especially in Africa and I dare say that they won that fight to a large extent even though there’s still more grounds to conquer. They were able to shake up the strongholds of African culture without making men feel emasculated – brilliant. In 2019, we will see more women vying for political offices, giving male counterparts a run for the money in the offices, schools, and everywhere else. It’s time to take up the spoils of battle.