The Spectrum Of Business In Africa Through E-Commerce

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Small scale and large scale entrepreneurs have taken the advantage of the effectiveness of the media and technology, including e-commerce to promote and market products, reaching every corner of the globe without fatigue. What is e-commerce and how has it been beneficial to entrepreneurs?

Assuming you live in Asia, Europe or America, would you like to travel thousands of kilometers for a product you want desperately in South Africa? Taking such a journey is not only waste of time but also money. Remember time is money. Through the birth of modern technology, e-commerce acts as a facilitator in getting your message to the manufacturer to send the consumer whatever he is looking for online.

Thus; E-commerce is online shopping making it easier for consumers to purchase products via the internet from manufacturers. E-commence enhances business to reach beyond consumer base and access global markets like never before. Last year, November 18, delegates at the ‘Sixth Annual European Conference highlighted on the effect and impact of in E-commerce generally in Europe.

The European E-Commerce sector is said to worth an estimated 350 billion Euros and it is predicted to create 1.5 million jobs in Europe by 2018.  The writer takes a look at the impact and benefit of e-commerce in Africa’s business. The effect of E-commerce business in the African continent is enormous, changing the face of the traditional consumer.

Internet trade has made it easier for African entrepreneurs to search for quality products online, compare prices and purchased products. According to research by Google South Africa, there was an increase of 49% in query volumes in Nigeria, 37% in South Africa and 33% in Kenya, during 2014.  E-commerce hasn’t been beneficial only to African entrepreneurs, consumers and manufacturers, but also attracted widely investment opportunities alike.

Some of the African countries with booming E-commerce markets, transforming the economic landscape are Senegal, Morocco, Mozambique, Ghana, South Africa, Nigeria, Egypt, Tanzania, Cameroun, and Kenya. At the epicenter of Africa’s thriving economy and business, E-commerce has driven hundreds of businessmen to success, in different fields, especially the mobile telephone industry.   In the year 2010 alone, the Ghanaian government made GHC598 million in taxes and levies, representing 10% of government income for that year.

The secret to every successful business depends on the variety and quality of the products. E-commerce holds a ray of hope for African entrepreneurs and small scale business. It seems after gaining the political independence; Africa folded its arms, waiting for a miracle to come from heaven. God helps those who help themselves, now Africa is gradually emerging from the realms of poverty through the eye of E-commerce.

Would France Be Free From Terrorism Without Colonizing Many Islamic Countries?

 

France 3“France population consists of dangerous terrorists born and raised in the country, making the country an easy target.” – Joel Savage

The scramble for Africa was very swift. It was an opportunity Europeans made good use of it, but with iron fist, after discovering Africa’s wealth, in the least advanced continent. Even though malaria killed hundreds of Europeans, by 1862, they had reached the source of the Nile, then little later, they traced the route of the Niger and confirmed the reality of Africa’s rich mineral resources- ivory, gold, diamonds, tin, copper, rubber etc.

Between the 1870’s and 1900, Africa experienced European imperialist invasion, diplomatic pressures, military invasions, and eventual conquest and colonization. Among other European countries, France had Republic of Benin, Upper Volta, now Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Republic of Chad, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger, Senegal and Republic of Togo in Sub-Saharan Africa, and Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia in North Africa, then Djibouti, Lebanon and Syria.

Since most of the countries colonized by France were Islamic countries, Islam became the second largest professed religion in France, following Catholic-Christians, with an estimated total of 5 to 10 percent of the national population. France stands as the largest Muslim country in Western Europe. Do we have to ask: Would France be free from terrorism without colonizing many Islamic countries?

As the story unfolds, France ruled heavy Islamic dominant countries, including Republic of Guinea, until Guinea attained its independence in 1958.  Like Belgium, that couldn’t stand the pain of losing Congo and embarked on ruthless destruction of Congo, both physically and medically, France aimed to destroy Guinea as well. They emptied all the coffers of the bank and took everything from the state house, including the furniture to France. The newly elected Prime Minister Ahmed Sekou Touré inherited a very bad economy and complete looted country.

France still interested in Africa, established its embassies in every country they colonized and continued interfering with African politics. The reason whenever there is coup in any of the countries France colonized, they quickly send the military to arrest the situation. France seen as paradise, nationals from countries they colonized in Africa, had the opportunity to travel to France to study, request for political asylum and  to work as immigrants.

Apart from migration, a lot of Muslims were born in France, amounting to 15 percent of the total population, creating Muslim communities through out France. The country therefore has a long and complicated relationship with the Muslim world and its own immigrant population, many of whom have been in the country for generations.

Due to the heavy concentration of Muslims in France, the country is therefore an easy target for terrorists.  In the beginning of this year, gunmen shot dead 12 people at the Paris office of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, in an apparent militant Islamist attack. That’s where France should have been careful to avoid the present  attacks that have killed at least 129 people.

Under President Francois Hollande, France launched its first airstrikes against ISIS targets in Syria in September, but external attacks against terrorists, can’t weaken the foundation of terrorism threatening France, because the enemies-terrorists are within the people in the country. The France government should first fight against terrorism at home, to weaken its foundation, before concentrating on external issues.

How burdensome To Be A Muslim Woman And A Prisoner Of Islam?

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Burka: a symbol of woman abuse, ignorance or prisoner of Islam?

Salia is a Muslim woman and a colleague at work. Unlike many women, she has a different attitude and approach towards her religion. She prays five times daily and does Ramadan every year like every Muslim. But she doesn’t strictly follow Islamic dress codes, such as wearing head covers, signifying principle of modesty.

Salia always tells me how she hates the domination of women by Muslim men. “I respect the Koran, but many Muslims don’t do what the Koran says. Mis-interpretation of the book has caused violence and wickedness among mankind. Every Muslim tries to convince the world that Islam means peace, but they have made the religion the most violent one,” says Salia.

“Not every Muslim is a terrorist, but because of their violent nature, every Muslim is seen as a terrorist,” Aida further stressed. In her early forties, getting married to a Muslim man has been her biggest challenge. “Their violent, abusive and dominant nature puts me off to consider marrying any of them,” said Salia.

This reminds of a similar thing a Moroccan woman married to a Jamaican, told me couple of years ago. “Over my dead body to marry a Muslim man,” she said. Today Amina is happily married to her Christian husband and raising two beautiful twin sisters in Antwerp.

Despite all her fears, Salia’s mother who died just last year assured her to come over to Morocco to see a man she has found for her. Thus; three years ago, she proceeded to Morocco and got married. The man knows that Salia doesn’t cover up her head, yet he married her without any question, because he is coming to Europe.

After their marriage, Salia successfully brought her husband to live in her apartment. Just a month after coming to Belgium, troubles started brewing between her and the husband. Her man is now asking her to cover up her head, but Salia refused on the grounds that he told him she doesn’t use head covers.

This problem escalated to series of arguments and continuous quarrels at home, without any solution. Meanwhile, Salia is pregnant in such a center of misunderstanding and unfriendly atmosphere between her and the man, who knew who she was and now violently wants her to change her lifestyle. What happened next is very disturbing. When Salia was entering her car to work, she met her neighbours she’s been staying with them for over more than four years and she greets them.

Her husband took it as offence, because Salia has greeted Non-Muslims who are Catholics or ‘infidels’ as Muslims call them. Salia thought she has had enough. She threw her husband outside and he left. At the age of forty-four she delivered her first child. The baby is now a year old, doing fine with her single mother.

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How comfortable are they in such clothes all in the name of Islam?

World Of Horror: Why Do You Throw Acid On My Face If I don’t Love You?

“A woman is a flower in the middle of the garden and the man is the fence around it.” This is one of the thousands of proverbs used daily in my native country Ghana. It’s a saying which reminds everyone the importance of woman in the society from Biblical to our present day abode. They build a nation, they are therefore creatures to adore, cherish, support, protect and love.

Unfortunately, in many parts of the world women are far from freedom. Some are fighting for education, to work like everyone, to drive and to participate in public functions. Religion is used as a stumbling block to dominate and deny women of their rights.  Under the bondage of religion a woman becomes a subject to cruelty, slavery and violence.

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Religion calls for the stoning to death of a woman when she commits adultery, but the same religion permits a man to marry more than one woman and continues enjoying life after committing adultery himself, behind his chains of married women. There is something wrong here and I think heaven must be missing an angel who delivers justice to the bad ones. Many religions speak about God, but the cruelty and violence nature demand ‘What kind of God are they really worshiping?

From generation to generation women have suffered violence of every nature, including sexual harassment, domestic violence and rape. The latest is acid attack. In Asia a woman who isn’t interested in marriage proposals often end up disfigured with acid. Here comes a man of 40, he wants to marry girl of 14. A fourteen year old child could be your daughter. Due to her age when she rejects her suitor’s proposal, her punishment is to be disfigured by acid. Shockingly many involved in such crimes walk on the street without punishment.

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In Bangalore, India, a former school teacher and mother of two received extensive surgery on her neck, face and hand, after acid attack. What’s her crime? She was beautiful and he resented the admiring glances she got. I will ask again, what kind of God do these people worship? Corruption rules many parts of Asia; thus; many commit heinous crime with impunity. This is the reason acid attack on women is very high in Asia and Middle-East without ceasing.

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Images of cruelty of men that claim they worship ‘Allah.’

Victims of acid attack are completely cut from society, because they don’t look like normal human beings again. Their injuries are horrible to the extent that they prefer to be isolated. World leaders turn blind on important issues and waste their time on things less important. How can women continue to suffer in this way? Yet they feel so proud and strong to tell countries that don’t support homosexuality to accept same sex marriage. That is all what they can do.  This is disgraceful; something must be done to stop this madness.

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Anyone who throws an acid on someone intention is to destroy or kill, because not all victims are fortunate to survive such attacks. The punishment for such perpetrators should therefore be life imprisonment. There is international court of justice in The Hague, Holland, putting those who have committed political crimes behind bars, but those involved in this grave crime against humanity are walking free, enjoying daily life with impunity.

Memona, acid burn victim.

A true Muslim can never do this to a woman.

What is justice and where can these women find one? Who can help, save and protect women from this menace and violence society? Acid attacks on women should be taken as a serious crime and those responsible be caged for the rest of their lives, this will serve as a deterrent to others, because they are not human beings.

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