A2D Talkshow

Africa is a continent blessed with a teeming youthful population. In recent times, we have witnessed a wave of political consciousness sweep across Africa – from Nigeria to Uganda to Congo- with the youth being at the forefront of this demand for political change. The last time the continent uniformly witnessed this wave of consciousness and activism was during the nationalist fight for independence from the colonialists. This time, the two factions that exist are internal – the younger generation vs. the older generation’s government.

Two primary faiths divide our home Africa; Christianity and Islam. These two faiths have the same ancestral father ( Abraham), yet we see much bigotry amongst those who practice this faith. There is an apparent dichotomy between them. This dichotomy is in their approach and worship of God and their world views of life after death. However, they share similar societal and moral values. With these similarities, we still see bigotry, religious wars. 

We can also see the similarities between the tribe and ethnicity, which seek to uphold peace, justice, love, and serenity. Yet, we still have seen bigotry, microaggression, and tribalism.

This topic explains how cultural values and faith are pivotal to sustaining and developing our countries and our home in Africa that we hope to build. 

Family is the building block of a nation and without a healthy family and cultural values. Society slip into the cancer of social vices and abnormalities. The church and mosque are the main factors to urge moral living and peaceful coexistence with others: Treating each other with love and kindness.

In conclusion, we will speak about why our culture and faith are critical in sustaining growth

While we all know how cultural and religious our home Africa is and promote the artistic value and faith-based principles, we have slipped into the darkroom of tribalism and religious bigotry. This culture and faith have become a political tool causing a divide amongst the people.

Leaders and the political elite have exploited this divide to rise and remain in power. We have seen the rise of xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in Ghana and South Africa, to name a few. We can see this pattern and attitude of bigotry all around Africa. We are segregating people because of their culture and faith and even Nationalist. This topic explores how deleterious this act of tribalism and religious intolerance is to the development of nations. It seeks to give an example of these acts and how to solve the problems. we hope to come to a resolute that resonate with the phrase “all people are created equal under God

This topic seeks to question the current government system in Africa and explain why Democracy seems to work in other parts of the world and not in Africa.

Knowing that many Tribes and cultures in Africa practiced monarchy on a local and cultural level before colonization draws a question, do our culture and political environment help the progress and practice of Democracy, or was this political ideology imposed on us by the Europeans.

In many parts of Africa, we have seen leaders who were “duly elected “act in ways that gainsays the term “power of people,” which Democracy stands for. Is Democracy an experiment on the African petri dish? Do we need a reform in our Democracy? these are questions we must answer.

This topic will look deep at our countries’ current problems and root causes analysis of our difficulties. This topic will strive to answer questions:

1. Will Africa be a better place without the coming of the colonial masters

2. What steps did other countries take after getting independence, and what steps did we take

This topic will look at the country’s current policies and how it affects Africa today. We will also look at international policies, Africa’s relationship with other countries and international bodies, and how has this relationship help foster the growth and development of our countries.

We will also look at our current leaders’ actions, reaction, and inactions, and how it has shaped our countries images internally and internationally. We hope to show the greed, lack of leadership, and incompetence in our political space.

In conclusion, we hope to seek the source of our problems, our current leaders or colonial masters.

This topic drive to talk about the pivotal historical moments in Africa that are not common knowledge, for example, King Leopold the Second of Belgium and his atrocities in Congo. This topic gears to talk about the pre-colonial and colonial eras. What were the intentions of the Europeans? What action did they take when they arrived, and how did it affect the coming future of the continent. This topic also intends to talk about the continent’s internal affairs, the problems we faced and how we handled them, and how our reactions shaped Africa’s countries’ future. This conversation will pickup scenarios of specific countries to explore and drive the point home intricately.

In conclusion, we will look at pivotal periods in our history and how it changes the course of our home, Africa.

Two of the most notoriously unshakable Anti-Semitics were the Protestant reformer Martin Luther and German Chancellor-turned dictator Adolf Hitler. But who exactly were Martin Luther and Adolf Hitler? Although four centuries apart, both Martin Luther and Adolf Hitler had a remarkable impact on Germany and the world. Luther is renowned still today as the initiator and leader of the Protestant Reformation. Centuries later, Lutherans and Germans alike admire and honor him for his bold and daring actions against the Catholic Church in the 1500s. Hitler remains one of the most hated men in history. The similarities shared between Luther and Hitler were not limited to their hatred for anything Jewish, however. Both men were led by a strong sense of German nationalism and a yearning for unity among their fellow Germans.

What exactly was it about these two men that allowed them to start a rebellion and garner support from their fellow Germans? More importantly, what led them to live a life filled with rage and hatred, and why was it directed toward the Jews? Was there something about the German people in particular that allowed them to be susceptible to Luther and Hitler’s leadership? Martin Luther and Adolf Hitler are inseparably linked with their extreme anti-Semitism and nationalism. It is impossible to assume that Luther did not have any influence on Hitler and his views, for it cannot be a mere coincidence that Hitler’s anti-Jewish sentiment of the 1930s and 1940s mirrors that of Luther’s anti-Semitism of the 1500s.

In previous episodes, we talk about abortion, presenting two significant premises, firstly,  that life begins at birth, and the very act of abortion is the killing of an innocuous child. Secondly, the woman has the right to her body. Therefore she can decide to obliterate the unborn. We also saw arguments that killing the child prevents the child from living an impoverished life when the mother isn’t financially stable.   To corroborate the pro-choice arguments, we discussed the premises about the mothers’ mental health during pregnancy and in the case of rape.  However, the pro-life argument remains the same “abortion is tantamount to first-degree murder”.  Many on the opposing side still believe that the pro-life debate starts at conception and ends at birth, but that is untrue.   In this episode, we will speak on the pro-life argument: life after birth.  join us in this open discussion; let’s agree to disagree

Across the world, mixed reactions abound on the concept of conducting public prayers in schools- across various levels of education. Some parties oppose the notion of offering prayers in educational institutions whilst some advocate for this religious practice. Although some countries permit this practice, others categorically have implemented policies to prohibit this practice. Controversies arise as to whether the implementation of policies against public prayers in schools is an impediment to religious freedom.

Tune in, as we elaborate on the issue of prayers offered in public schools in a secular world and the concept of religious freedom.

Well documented atrocities were perpetuated in Congo – modern day Democratic Republic of Congo- between the 19th and 20th century. The Colony at the time was under the personal rule and private control of King Leopold II of Belgium. The heinous acts committed were associated with labor policies engaged in the collection of natural rubber for export. Together with an epidemic, famine, and a falling birth rate caused by these disruptions, the atrocities contributed to a sharp decline in Congolese population. The death tolls leading to population decline over the period is disputed, with modern estimates ranging from 1 million to 15 million deaths.

Here we discuss this horrendous yet seemingly sheltered scandal in human history.

In a rapidly changing and politically conscious world, the demand for the respect of human rights comes to the fore. This issue of Human Rights explores contemporary issues of which freedom of speech is key. This freedom plays a vital role in the promotion and maintenance of a democracy.  However, it is a sensitive one as controversies arise over what should be considered as the dimensions to this freedom. 

Join us as we elaborate on questions arising from the concept of free and hate speech. On what grounds is freedom of speech justifiable? What standards define hate speech? Where do the lines blur and sharpen with regard to offensive speech and free expression? What is the role of the government in the regulation of speech and mediums of expression? Is the concept of hate speech and free expression real or a façade?

Examining these economic systems, we seek to highlight the key points of both substructures. How do Capitalism and Socialism affect the superstructure of the state? Which socio-political system augurs well for individual wellbeing and state economic growth?  How do market forces operate under these systems on the local and global scale? What are the realities of equality, sustainability, stratification, innovation and competition with socialism and capitalism?

With these questions we will be exploring the pros and cons of embracing these opposing systems alongside the economic realities of their operations.

Society creates images of what it means to be a man and some of these images – regarded as narrow descriptions of manhood- seemingly promote toxicity. Rigid societal norms created around masculinity and femininity are seen to enhance negative gender stereotypes and traits. The culture of toxic masculinity is one we seek to highlight with this episode of the A2D talk show. Join us as we examine gender expectations and realities, the possibility of being masculine without being toxic, implications and patterns of toxic masculinity, and top toxic traits as seen in men (competition, aggression, lack of emotional expression etc.).

Last week we had Damilola, Balikis, Noya and Michael, share their perspectives regarding their Prolife and Prochoice convictions. In this succeeding episode we will be having Anti-Abortionist Michael Lockwood give us insight into his standpoint.

This subsequent episode was decided on to give room for a deeper conversation regarding the subject matter hitherto discussed.

The abortion debate is a contentious yet salient subject surrounding the dynamics of induced abortion. The Pro-Life and Prochoice arguments are the two outstanding and fundamental points of view dominating this controversy. The conflict between these standpoints- with regard to human rights, moral, legal, sociocultural and religious issues give a full picture of the reality of abortion. This is one episode you do not want to miss.

This subsequent episode was decided on to give room for a deeper conversation regarding the subject matter hitherto discussed.

This subsequent episode was decided on to give room for a deeper conversation regarding the subject matter hitherto discussed.

This conversation gears towards debunking misconceptions denigrating religion and its adherents whilst discrediting the popular fallacies. The discourse exposes half-truths and corroborates the point that the diversities in religion are benign differences to be regarded as bridges not walls.

This discourse aims at examining the extent of conflict on the advancement of the human race and technology. With the spotlight on the 1st and 2nd World War, this discussion will reveal the role of these conflicts in accelerating the history of mankind’s technological journey.

This choice of topic stems the sensitive and dynamic nature of this sociocultural and religious phenomenon. With the prevalence of self-determination, ideologies surrounding gender identity amongst other things have been brought to the fore. Conversely, the church as a religious and social institution is faced with a dilemma of acceptance or rejection in position. This dilemma poses a division of sorts for the church.

Rather than erroneously suppress or attempt overlooking this evolution of gender ideology and its impact on the church, we seek to bring it into focus with the hopes that people will get to see the different sides to this coin and form holistic conceptions.