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Ghana Bans Tilapia and Ornamental Fish Imports

by EFUA KONYIM OKAI Ghana’s Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture has announced a ban on the import of “all ornamental shes and tilapia species.” The ban, which applies to both live and dead fish, as well as eggs and milt follows reports of cases of tilapia lake virus in various parts of Africa, Asia and […]

Djibouti Commissions $3.5 Billion Chinese-built Free Trade Zone

by ABDOURAHIM ARTEH Djibouti commissioned a $3.5 billion, Chinese-built free trade zone on Thursday, deepening ties with the Asian giant and helping the Horn of Africa nation generate more jobs for its youths. Djibouti, with a population of 876,000, already hosts Chinese, U.S. and French naval bases and it also handles roughly 95 percent of […]

Ivory Coast eyes bio-mass power generation from cocoa waste

The world’s top cocoa producer Ivory Coast plans to build a 60 to 70 megawatt (MW) capacity biomass power generation plant running on waste from cocoa pods, part of its aim of developing 424 MW of bio-mass power generation capacity by 2030. The plant, which will enable Ivory Coast to diversify its electricity generation sources, […]

Africa Hotel Sector Offers Potential for Further Growth Over Next 5 Years – PwC

Africa’s hotel sector has the potential for further growth over the next five years, with an increase in the number of foreign and domestic travellers, as well as an expansion in a number of hotel chains on the continent reinforcing the industry’s untapped potential, a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers showed on Thursday. PwC’s eighth edition of […]

Conservatives Help Immigrants Change New Jersey Law

by Matt Katz Immigrants from West Africa are operating New Jersey businesses in a trade they learned from their mothers and aunts: Hair braiding. But often, because of state regulations that effectively mandate that they attend costly cosmetology schools, they’re doing it illegally, without a license. So over the last two years, these African women […]

Ghanaians Divided on Home Insurance in Their Native Country

by Kofi Ayim About 62% of Ghanaians in the New York area who own real estate properties in Ghana say they have no home insurance coverage, according to a recent survey by Amandla. Out of this, 70% contend they would consider taking some, while 30% have no plans to insure their properties. In a post-survey […]

…Of Illegal Mining, Perennial Floods, Lawlessness, et al. in Ghana

On assumption of office January 2017, the current government of Ghana put rubber to asphalt and hit the ground running in fulfillment of its campaign promises. The president, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, said he was in a hurry to put Ghana back on the road to success. No government in the 4th Republic of Ghana […]

Henchman Hiding in Plain Sight

Accused of hiding his past as a former top lieutenant to Liberian warlord Charles Taylor, a fed- eral jury convicted Thomas Woewiyu on immigration fraud charges. Woewiyu, 73, lived in Collingdale, PA since the 1970s yet travelled between Liberia and the U.S., holding prominent roles in Taylor’s government. A Liberian man who was accused of […]

Heroin is Mozambique’s Second Biggest Export

With vast deposits of aluminium, coal, gas, oil and even electricity generation accounting for the primary exports of the east African nation , a more sinister export has now climbed to become the sec- ond largest category. Estimated at anywhere between $600M-$800M, Mozambique has served as a transit hub for over 40 tons of heroin […]

Ending 20 Year War, Ethiopia and Eritrea Sign Declaration

With the signing of a declaration on July 9th by Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki, the two neighboring na- tions have formally entered into an era of peace. Telephone connections have resumed and ights to both capitals are also commencing. Both nations will resume trade and leverage each other for a […]