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Coup Capital: The country where revolts happen more than anywhere else in Africa

by Megan Palin It’s the country that is only 43 years old. But in that time there has been 10 bloody coups, with plenty of other attempts foiled. It’s the coup capital of Africa after experiencing 10 attempts to overthrow the government. Burkina Faso, a landlocked nation in West Africa, is also one of the […]

The legacy of President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe

There was once a great empire called Monomotapa, a vast stretch of land that encompassed present day Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique and parts of what we know as South Africa. The indigenous of this vast powerful empire were very adept at iron works before Europeans set foot on the empire. Once they arrived, things fell apart. […]

Let’s Preserve the Ecosystem – Professor Asare Opoku

by Kofi Ayim Professor Kofi Asare Opoku, a retired college professor, has pleaded as a matter of urgency for Ghanaians and Africans to protect and preserve their natural habitats. He decried the consistent and gradual depletion of hitherto fallow natural habitats bequeathed to contemporary Ghanaians by their ancestors. In an interview with Amandla, the former […]

Prepare for Loved Ones – Funeral Director Advises

by Kofi Ayim A funeral home owner has advised the African community in the U.S. to face reality and prepare for their loved ones when death comes knocking. Mr. Clarence Wright of Clarence B. Wright Funeral Home in Irvington, New Jersey pointed out in an interview with Amandla that, because land is a finite quantity, ground burial would be a thing of the […]

In East Africa, Uber and its rivals are fighting over drivers rather than passengers

by Abdi Latif Dahir Last month, the Estonian ridesharing platform Taxify, revealed it was launching in the Ugandan capital city, Kampala. What’s interesting about the company’s launch there is that it’s equally focused on marketing the promise of lower prices for riders as it is on taking lower commission fees from drivers: 15% instead of […]

Ghana: Parliament probes visa applicants maltreatment

The Speaker of Parliament, Prof Mike Oquaye has charged the Foreign Affairs Committee of Parliament to thoroughly investigate reports of inhumane treatment meted out to Ghanaians who go to the foreign embassies to apply for visas. The order from the Speaker follows a statement on the floor of parliament on Wednesday by the National Democratic […]

WHO rescinds Mugabe appointment as ‘goodwill ambassador’

The World Health Organization walked back on its move to make Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe a “goodwill ambassador.” He has been condemned for rights violations and allowing the health care system to deteriorate. The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Sunday that it had revoked the appointment of 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe of […]

US ends 20 years of sanctions on Sudan

by Anthony Morland The United States has lifted decades-old economic sanctions against Sudan even though it still considers the country a state sponsor of terrorism and despite the fact Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir still faces arrest on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court. In July, Washington said a decision […]

Ghanaians in New York City abhor funerals – survey says

by Kofi Ayim Most Ghanaians in New York are not enthused about the importation and practice of traditional funeral rites from Ghana to New York City. A survey conducted by Amansan Radio of New York, after elaborate panel discussions on the theme “Should Ghanaians Observe Strict Traditional Funeral Rites Abroad?” on the program Yɛn Mre […]

Let’s Question Written History -Elizabeth Ohene

by Dr. E. Obiri Addo African historians and academics have been challenged to take writing and re-writing about Africa seriously because what they write today will be the “history of tomorrow.” Ms. Elizabeth Ohene, a former Minister of State of Ghana and veteran journalist offered this challenge in a keynote address at the Second Biennial […]