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EC admonishes the youth to be agents of peace and development

Chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Ghana, Jean Mensa has urged first-time voters in the upcoming December 7 polls to pay critical attention to programs and policies of parties before casting their votes. According to her, this would go a long way to contributing to the general development of the country. While addressing some first-time voters from the Youth Bridge Foundation, the EC Chairperson ...

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Women leaders ‘essential to peace and progress for all’

Women continue to be under-represented in key decision-making over the battle against COVID-19, the chief of the UN gender empowerment agency said on Thursday, addressing the Security Council, adding that the situation is even “worse for women in conflict areas”. “In war zones and everywhere in the world”, individuals are “calling for inclusion and representation, which is one of the ...

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Hearings begin into killings of Nigerian protesters

A week after the killing of activists protesting police brutality in Nigeria’s largest city, a Lagos state government judicial panel began hearings into the violence on Tuesday. President Muhammadu Buhari tweeted on Sunday that the panel had his “full support”, but protesters say his administration has for years ignored their calls for reform. Demonstrators took part in daily protests across Nigeria for nearly two weeks ...

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Ghana heads for biggest fiscal deficit in history

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is predicting that Ghana’s fiscal deficit will reach 16.4 per cent of GDP this year, the largest in the country’s history. The record deficit projection comes on the back of the devastating effect of the coronavirus pandemic, which caused a huge shortfall in government’s revenues amidst bigger-than-expected spending in a frantic effort to contain the ...

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Mental Health for All through Increased Investment and Access

Hon. Kwaku Agyeman-Manu

The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines Mental Health as “A state of well-being in which the individual realises his or her abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution(s) to his or her community”.  Mental health can also be said to be the level of psychological well-being ...

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Seychelles opposition wins power after 43 years

The opposition has taken power in the Seychelles for the first time since 1977, following its victory in the presidential election. Anglican priest Wavel Ramkalawan defeated President Danny Faure by 54.9% to 43.5%, official results show. Supporters of Mr Ramkalawan have been celebrating his victory in the capital, Victoria. In his victory speech, Mr Ramkalawan was conciliatory towards Mr Faure, ...

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#EndSARS: Listen to voices of the youth – Johnson Sirleaf

Former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has called on African leaders to listen to and engage the youth and not try to silence them. Her call comes on the back of the ongoing protests and violence in Nigeria for better governance and an end to police brutality. Commenting on the development, Johnson Sirleaf called for a de-escalation of the festering ...

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#CongoIsBleeding: New hashtag draws attention to deadly exploitation in Congolese mines

Exploitation in the mines of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is now receiving global attention thanks to a new trending social media hashtag, #CongoIsBleeding, that seeks to highlight the child slavery, deadly conflicts and corruption spawned by the quest to feed megacompanies with minerals. The hashtag was conceived just around the time Nigerian protesters put together #EndSARS so as ...

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Ivory Coast election: High stakes for the youth

Violence linked to the election is once again threatening Ivory Coast, and civil society won’t stay silent. Ange Brou, an activist with the NGO Youth Space For Peace, is one of the people calling for the youth and the politicians to have a peaceful dialogue. He is organising an event at the Belleville market in Abobo. “Youth is the driving ...

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Sudan protests against dire living conditions turn deadly

Protests in Sudan have turned deadly after one person was reportedly killed and a dozen others were wounded, according to a group of doctors linked to the movement that led to the downfall of President Omar al-Bashir. The demonstrations on Wednesday in the cities of Khartoum and Omdurman are over the country’s worsening economic situation. Protesters are also demanding justice ...

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