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BBC Africa Eye Reveals How Religious Cults In Uganda Reject Some Christian Conventions

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In an exclusive investigation BBC Africa eye uncovers how rogue pastors exploit the trust and belief of their followers for profit and power in Uganda.

For hundreds of millions of Africans, Christianity is the cornerstone of their existence. But an increase in rogue pastors has led to a fight for the soul of Christianity in Africa

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BBC Africa Eye reporter Peter MacJob travels to Uganda to meet the new religious movements rejecting Christian conventions, the traditional pastors working hard to maintain their flocks, the families who have suffered tragic losses at the hands of rogue pastors, and those who have abandoned religion altogether. Over 80% of the population in Uganda are Christian. Churches offer blessings, life changing miracles and exorcisms’ of evil spirits.

In 2000 a cult in Kanungu, Western Uganda called the Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God – believed the new millennium signalled the end of the world. Over 500 members of its members were put in a church. The doors and windows were nailed shut and the church was set alight. Everyone in the church died.

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In Kagadi, Western Uganda thousands of followers belong to a religious sect known as ‘Faith of Unity’. Their leader Omukama Bisaka perceived himself as God with supernatural powers. Despite passing away 1 year ago many of his followers believe that he will return. Faith of Unity is so popular that it has support from the government, including the President.

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Their teachings reject the bible as they are of the view that it has been introduced to distort the minds of Africans. Instead they use a version that was written by their former leader Bisaka. In theirs Jesus does not exist and their leader is portrayed as a Deity

Asiimwe George William was a senior leader in the Faith of Unity for over 20 years. He tells Africa Eye: “When I read the characteristics of a cult I discovered that we actually belonged to a cult.”

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He admits things were made up; “Things we used to concoct, but they did not harm directly anyone. We wanted to sustain our faith. That’s why we concocted them.”

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BBC Africa Eye put these claims to Faith of Unity but they declined to comment. Pastor Rodgers Atwebembeire has spent years looking at new religious movements across East Africa. He breaks down how these leaders act.

“Their word is as authoritative as the Bible. When they speak, God has spoken. Their followers are expected to obey them without question.”

Despite there being over 40,000 evangelical churches in Uganda. Many are struggling to maintain their memberships. Peter met a family who opened up their home to a pastor and his wife. Their 4-year-old daughter was allegedly murdered by the couple for a human sacrifice.

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The mother says: “When you looked at him you would think he was a man of God. He used to praise, worship, and clap his hands. He would pretend to be spiritual, but it was all a lie.”

Due to the rise of rogue pastors many Ugandans are turning to other secular forms such as Humanism. It’s core principles are based on accepting everyone regardless of religion, culture or sexual orientation.

Pastor Rodgers Atwebembeire says: “I really do think that in the coming 10 years or 15 years we are going to see a very huge shift. We will see a lot of Humanism, not only taking over our institutions of education, but also even what used to be Christian churches and congregations.”

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With charlatans and con men preying on the faith of millions, what is the future for believers in Uganda and across Africa?

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Frederick Nuetei Nortey known professionally as Frederick Nortey is a Ghanaian Celebrity Blogger and publicist.He founded fredericknuetei.com an entertainment website and blog that primarily publishes news about Ghanaian Celebrities.

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Nestlé Launches NESCAFÉ Original 3 in 1 40g

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Nestlé Ghana Limited has unveiled a new coffee beverage called NESCAFÉ Original 3 in 1 40g.

The new product is a rich and creamy blend of coffee, creamer and sugar that provides great stimulation to start the day. NESCAFÉ Original 3 in 1 is packaged in NESCAFÉ’s signature red sachet. It is produced in Ghana and provides 10% more beverage than previous offerings.

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Speaking at an event to outdoor the product in Accra, Mr. Georgios Badaro, the Managing Director of Nestlé Ghana Ltd, stated, “Nestlé is committed to delivering great taste and quality with all our products and NESCAFÉ is no exception. The Original 3 in 1 is inspired by consumer insights and is guaranteed to provide the perfect start to the day.”

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Mr. Jean-Pierre Duplan, Marketing Manager for NESCAFÉ in Central and West Africa, highlighted NESCAFÉ’s dedication to innovation and renovation. “As a brand, we strive to continuously evolve to meet our consumers’ needs. This is why we have introduced the NESCAFÉ Original 3 in 1. It has the rich and creamy coffee taste that Ghanaians love. It isaffordable, easy to prepare and formulated with the right energy to start strong every day!”

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Your favorite cup of NESCAFÉ Original 3 in 1 40g joins the delicious range of beverages NESCAFÉ has offered Ghanaians since 2003. These include NESCAFÉ Classic and NESCAFÉ Sweet and Creamy.

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NESCAFÉ Original 3 in 1 is made from coffee sourced responsibly from West Africa under the NESCAFÉ Plan. NESCAFÉ Plan works directly with over 20,000 farmers, offering them training in business and agricultural skills. This allows the farmers to better manage their farms, increase their yield and improve their livelihoods and contributes to strengthening NESCAFÉ’s position as the most sustainable coffee brand in the world.

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7 Weed Benefits For Skin And Hair

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Weed, often known as Marijuana, has long been recognized for its medical benefits, and it has also found its way into cosmetics. Marijuana has been shown in research to have therapeutic properties and may be used to treat various skin and hair problems. People take advantage of online vendors to get weed delivery vancouver at their doorsteps. So, how does Marijuana help your skin and hair, and what are its benefits? Let’s have a deeper look at it!

The derivatives from the Cannabis plants are used to manufacture cosmetic products. In the manufacture of cosmetic products, the plant’s seeds (hemp seeds) and oil are employed. These are rich in necessary components, vitamins, and essential fats beneficial to the skin. Hemp oil is the most widely utilized form of the substance. Let’s take a glance at the skin and hair benefits of weed.

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It may help fight acne problems.

Whenever it comes to Marijuana, further research is needed to determine whether or not it might assist clear up your skin. We know that Cannabis holds much potential for addressing skin problems like psoriasis, but there isn’t much information about Cannabis for acne.

Marijuana is an anti-inflammatory substance. Thus it may help with the unpleasant redness caused by acne and has significant antibacterial properties, which can aid in treating acne. However, specific properties present in Cannabis may be able to help combat a few of the symptoms and complications of acne.

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Cannabis may reduce psoriasis symptoms.

Psoriasis is a skin complication that induces itchy, uncomfortable red spots to appear on the skin. There is presently no documented cure for the disease. Whereas, Cannabis is demonstrated to be an effective psoriasis treatment. Weed and cannabinoids may prevent the development of dead skin cells, which is a primary consequence of psoriasis, as per a study. While additional research is needed, anecdotal evidence points to Cannabis as a possible psoriasis treatment.

Cannabis May be Beneficial For Aging Skin

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Cannabis has been shown to reduce skin aging when administered topically. According to research, CBD in Cannabis seems to be a more powerful antioxidant than vitamin C or E, making it useful in healing wrinkles and fine lines. They may also counteract free radicals, preventing them from harming your skin’s collagen and elastin, maintaining your skin tight and youthful-looking. As a result, Cannabis may improve the appearance of your skin, and it may also help maintain its health.

Cannabis May Fight Bacterial Skin Infections

Cannabis, as shown in a study, has potential antimicrobial and antibacterial characteristics that may aid in the treatment of skin ailments. THC and CBD, the two most highly used cannabis chemicals, have been shown to help with various bacterial skin diseases, including boils, cellulitis, impetigo, and even folliculitis.

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Cannabis, as per a study, kills MRSA, a bacterium that causes illnesses that are hard to treat because it does not react to many substances. MSRA, or Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is a bacteria that causes infections in various regions of the body and can be fatal.

May Aid in the Treatment of Alopecia Areata

The medical ailment is autoimmune, and it promotes hair loss. An individual’s immune system causes hair loss. It results in people losing their facial hair, eyelashes, and eyebrows in this situation. Cannabis may aid in treating an autoimmune disorder by boosting individual resilience.

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Cannabis, along with treatment, may strengthen your immune response and enable you to eliminate Alopecia Areata in the coming years.

May Improve Scalp Health

CBD oil is high in calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, and vitamin E, which are most beneficial to the scalp. It’s also a natural anti-inflammatory, perfect for illnesses like psoriasis and folliculitis. Furthermore, it helps regulates the organic production of sebum (or oil) on the scalp, even if you have excessive amounts. CBD is an adaptogen that controls sebum production, making it ideal for oily, dry, or regular hair. It may also aid in healing dry, flaky scalps, eczema, and psoriasis.

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Weed may help in maintaining metabolism for hair growth.

Cannabis has several advantages, including a quicker metabolic rate: how your entire body metabolizes food. It implies digestion is rapid, and the body’s process works faster. Weed may also be connected to hair growth through metabolism. Take antioxidants, and herbs like schizandra, eat alkalizing meals like green veggies and drink plenty of water to prevent the ill effects of slower metabolism. Then you’ll be able to safeguard your body while maintaining a healthy metabolism.

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Hair loss can affect anyone, from a child to an older adult. It’s natural to lose a few clumps of hair every day. However, a person’s hair loss can also be severe, resulting in the loss of large chunks of hair. Consequently, individuals may have early baldness, which can hurt their self-esteem.

Cannabis products like weed and hemp are becoming increasingly popular due to the multiple health benefits, and some medical specialists have pondered if Cannabis can also help prevent hair loss.

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