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Senegal Blocks Popular Opposition Candidates From Presidential Race

Senegal’s two best known opposition figures have been barred from running in presidential elections next month, the Constitutional Council said on Monday, increasing President Macky Sall’s chances of securing a second term in office. Khalifa Sall, a former mayor of Dakar who bears no relation to President Sall, and Karim Wade, the son of former […]

Fears Grow in Africa That the Flood of Funds From China Will Start to Ebb

by Richard Partington  Concerns over Chinese growth could spell problems for Africa and other parts of the developing world. Beijing funded an overseas investment boom in the past few decades as it strove to become the world’s second largest economic superpower, while also buying vast amounts of the natural resources produced by emerging nations. The […]

Africa Embraces Huawei Despite Security Concerns

by Allan Olingo  Concerns over Chinese growth Chinese technology giants Huawei and Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corporation (ZTE) have established their presence on the continent and become the foundation of Africa’s telecom infrastructure. And they are not slowing down, despite the US placing restrictions on investment by the two firms, and roping in its allies in […]

Born to Invent – The Case of Two Enterprising Brothers

by Kofi Ayim Two young enterprising brothers, Frederick and Kojo Ansah, have been dreaming big ever since they relocated to Koforidua, Afidwase, in the Eastern Region of Ghana about a decade ago. In 2009, they put together knock-abouts and scraps of mechanical parts and build a three-seater vehicle they named JK2. The 120-mph vehicle is […]

Autobiography from 1831 provides rare, firsthand account of a Muslim slave in America

He was 37 when the army of “wicked men” invaded his West African village, murdering many and absconding with others who they put on a ship for the six-week journey to Charleston, South Carolina. “There, they sold me to a small, weak and wicked man called Johnson, a complete infidel who had no fear of […]

“Let’s Make a Difference!” – Dr. Genevieve Kumapley

by E. Obiri Addo Members of the medical profession have been reminded that their mandate in society is to make a difference in people’s lives rather than to amass wealth. This reminder came from Dr. Genevieve Kumapley in a keynote address at the second Annual Gala of the Ghana Association for Medical Aid held at […]

New York City Launches $100M Universal Health Insurance Program

by Gina Cherelus  New York City has launched a $100 million health insurance program to cover 600,000 uninsured residents, including those unable to afford coverage and those living in the United States illegally, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Tuesday. De Blasio, now in his second term as mayor of the country’s most populous city, […]

Curb Racism in Soccer, Now!

A high number of racist incidents in recent years has prompted calls for tougher action from football’s governing bodies. Racism has left a shameful scar on the soul of the game and yet continues to be a problem in such a globally embraced sport. What is being done to tackle this scourge? Can we ever […]

Afrochella: An Annual Conflux of Music and Culture on the Continent

by Rachel George  With a mission to “welcome multi-generations around the world to celebrate African culture through art, fashion, food and the universal language, music,” over 5,000 were in attendance at the first Afrochella edition in December 2017 in Accra. Ghana again hosted Afrochella 2018 this past December. Last year over 4,000 people from around […]

Time to Revamp Ghana’s Constitution

On January 7, 2019, Prof. Philip Ebow Bondzi-Simpson, Rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), delivered the maiden lecture of the newly instituted Constitution Day in Accra and called for the abrogation of appointment of Parliamentarians as government ministers. He argued that the dual responsibility of representing a constituency in Parliament […]