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China’s ambition to neo-colonise Africa – an Open Secret

Economic relations between China and Africa began in the 7th Century and this has continued until today. The population of China is close to 1.3 billion and they are now in Africa to seek resources for their growing consumption, while African countries also seek funds for their infrastructural and developmental projects. The Chinese willingly grant soft loans for large infrastructural ...

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Coronavirus: A double burden for women in conflict areas, on the frontline

Since COVID-19 broke out in December 2019, it has continued to spread across the globe unabated, with countries at different phases along the curve. Public health emergencies worldwide, such as the COVID-19 pandemic and its devastating impacts, affect women and men differently, but take a disproportionate toll on women. Even more so in conflict-affected countries and post-conflict contexts, where the ...

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The paradox of a Northern politician

The South is best understood as an exceptional region inside Ghana, with a unique political and cultural milieu birthed by the intersection of progress and development. This region has created the best of productive citizens, if not excellent to say. This pictorial description of how flourish the South is, is due to the character and behavior of the inhabitants of ...

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Robbing the poor to feed the rich – Contrast John Mensah-Sarbah

On the occasion of Ghana @63, I remember the brave, honest and selfless: John Mensah Sarbah, Paa Grant, Ephraim Amu, Esther Ocloo, Leticia Obeng and a few others. For them, it was not “me, my tribe and my party”. They placed nation and personal honour above wealth. With thoughtless policies by succeeding governments that have left millions on the breadline, ...

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Ghana is not, and will not, serve as a gateway to the legitimisation of LGBTQI

A call to Government to act on the intended Pan Africa International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex (Pan Africa ILGA) Conference scheduled to take place in Accra from 27th to 31st July 2020. It has come to our notice that the Pan African wing of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) is scheduled to hold ...

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Quick takeaways from Ghana’s 2020 State of the Nation Address

President Akufo-Addo

The State of the Nation Address is the single most important national speech by the president every given year. The address is expected to give a report or account programs and projects announced in the previous year,  account for the current state of the nation and offer plans, programs or ways to address current problems and issues affecting citizens. The ...

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Let’s make Ghana’s leaders explain their unexplained wealth. Here’s how

Despite being perceived to be one of Africa’s less corrupt nations, Ghana faces an uphill battle in the fight against graft. The country loses about $3 billion to corruption each year, while both its main political parties – the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) and opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) – have been implicated in major scandals while in office. The country has long struggled to ...

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As if we weren’t human: Tracking unsolved police, military brutalities

“Is there any justice in this country? A policeman shot my husband and we have been appealing to the Ghana Police Service to investigate and all we get is silence,” a distressed Deborah Adjeley cries out. As tears run down her cheeks, her husband Elias Ojoojo Adjetey Anum, who is now paralysed as a result of the shooting, also bursts ...

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In Africa, ideas aren’t enough

– Environment is king but Ghana must be an exception-  For two decades, we have been running with the narrative of ‘a Ghana rising.’ Today, it is no longer a narrative but a reality, although in fading shadows. Ghana is now a land of economic freedom where investors from all over the world troop into to start businesses and/or takeover ...

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Isn’t our democracy a fraud?

Fundamental to every democracy is the rule of law. To put it simply, the submission of the entire nation to rules and laws is paramount to any working democracy. While it’s obvious that democracy depends on several interdependent and interrelated complex elements of society to serve its purpose, the removal of the rule of law spells disastrous feet for every ...

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