Category archives for: Features

Ghana Can Be Self-Sufficient in Food Production

It is welcome news that the government of Ghana plans to cut the importation of rice by 50% – and we think 50% reduction even in the short to medium term will be a remarkable achievement. – and drastically reduce same to basic imported items. It’s a step in the right direction albeit long overdue. […]

ROPAA in 2020 – We Demand the Constitutional Instrument Now! And not another committee, says PAM

by Dr. Kofi A. Boateng  I write for the New York City-based Progressive Alliance Movement that filed and won the High Court case to compel the Electoral Commission to develop the mandated constitutional instrument (CI) to implement ROPAA by December 31, 2018. That is exactly what is needed now. The order of mandamus (meaning you […]

A Tribute to Busumuru Kofi Annan – On Behalf of Ghanaians Living Abroad

by KOFI A. BOATENG      Those of us who have lived awhile in the New York Metropolitan area were aware of a Ghanaian who held a high position at the United Nations.  Most of us had not met the gentleman but his name was incontrovertibly Ghanaian, and that sufficed to hail this Kofi Annan who […]

Africa’s Desperate Youth Are Getting High on Opioids and Anything They Can Get Their Hands On

Sitting in a dingy café in the crime. The actual details of the death of a young man called “Kenneth aka Dagba Junior” from the Lagos suburb of Ketu remain murky, but local news reports are clear on the culprit: gutter water. His friends say Kenneth had gone out for the night at a local hotel and decided to indulge in the potent […]

Congo-Brazzaville’s Hidden War Rages On

The shells of burnt-out vehicles rust in the rain and crumbling houses poke out through the overgrown brush. The village of Soumouna in Congo-Brazzaville’s southern Pool region lies empty and guarded by soldiers, but there’s undeniable evidence of what happened here 20 months ago. Isma Nkodia, 25, said she was passing through the village at four in the afternoon when government […]

Does drone technology hold promise for the UN?

Drone technology appears to be taking off at the United Nations, with unmanned aer- ial vehicles (UAVs) being used for various purposes, including in humanitarian, de- velopment and peacekeeping operations. Although this technology is not a magic solution, “the promise of drones is really tremendous,” said Christopher Fabian, principal advisor on innovation at the UN […]

Chinese, Italian firms reach deal to refill fast-shrinking Lake Chad

By Kimeng Hilton Ndukong – Peoples Daily Hopes have been revived for the 40 million people who depend on Lake Chad for their livelihoods following the signing last June in Hangzhou, China, of a deal between Chinese construction giant, PowerChina and the Italian firm, Bonifica Spa. However, the news was only made public at the beginning […]

Ghana is safe and stable, but its young people are still risking their lives to cross to Europe

by Brennan Weiss Kwesi Sampson made his first illegal trek across the Sa- hara desert nearly a decade ago in hopes of reaching Europe. He didn’t make it. Sampson worked construction jobs for three years in Libya’s capital, Tripoli, earning more money in one month than what he says he could make in two years […]

A way of life under threat in Kenya as Lake Turkana shrinks

Layeni/Kenya The last native speaker of the Elmolo language reportedly died sometime in the 1970s. By then, only a few hundred Elmolo remained, eking out a living on Kenya’s southern waters of Lake Turkana as they always had, drinking its brackish waters and fishing for catfish, tilapia, and Nile perch. Thanks to intermarriage with other […]

Displaced and neglected: Ethiopia’s desperate drought victims

by James Jeffrey Dead camels rot on the outskirts of informal settlements in Ethiopia’s rain-starved Somali region as their owners, once proudly self-sufficient pastoralists, turn to government aid to stay alive. Ethiopia is facing a drought so terrible that nomadic herders, the hardiest of survivors, have been pushed to the brink. The lucky ones receive […]