Archive for: December, 2022

Ghana: Old wines in old bottles in the NDC

Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, the immediate past general secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC’s), Ghana’s largest opposition party defeated the party’s chairman, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo to become the party’s new chairman. He polled 65.17 percent of the votes cast to claim the position at the party’s 10th National Delegates Congress held at the Accra Sports […]

DEA seized enough fentanyl to kill every American in 2022

QUINN OWEN The Drug Enforcement Administration on Tuesday December 20, 2022 said it has seized more than 379 million deadly doses of fentanyl, as the country continues to struggle with an epidemic of drug overdose deaths. The seizures include 50.6 million pills laced with the ultra-deadly synthetic opioid and 10,000 pounds of fentanyl powder, the […]

In Baidoa, Somalis live at the epicenter of drought, hunger and conflict

At a camp for displaced persons on the edge of Baidoa, in southwestern Somalia, Mariam Kasim says that she’s very old — so old that it’s impossible to really know her age. But she thinks she’s 50. Over those years, Somalia has suffered immensely from droughts and wars. But she says the suffering all around […]

When should you eat? It’s just as important as what you eat.

We crave food at night—which made sense back when humans only cared about surviving the day. But science shows that to live longer, healthier lives, we need to override our instincts. MICHAEL CRUPAIN, MICHAEL CROIZEN, & TED SPIKER Heading into the winter holidays, tis the time for eating—and plenty of it. But food can affect […]

Zimbabwe has banned the export of raw lithium

The country is enforcing the ban to put a stop to loss of billions of dollars from raw lithium exports, enough to repay its debts FAUSTINE NGILA Zimbabwe has prohibited the export of raw lithium from its mines so it can cash in on value addition and stop losing billions of dollars in mineral proceeds […]

Ghana has struck a preliminary IMF deal and halted debt payments

Pain and hope loom in equal measure Ken Ofori-Atta, Ghana’s finance minister, is fond of invoking scripture in speeches on the economy. Recently, as the country defaulted on its domestic debt, he found solace in the first book of Samuel saying, “nothing will be lost, nothing will be missing.” Yet the Bible is a poor […]

Female genital mutilation rates peak in Kenya during school holidays – an alternative option offers a solution

TAMMARY ESHO Female genital mutilation is a practice deeply rooted in cultural traditions around the world. The World Health Organization defines it as comprising all procedures that involve removal of parts of the external female genital organs for non-medical reasons. The cut is practiced for various reasons. Some communities use it as a rite of […]

The plight of child hawkers in Bamenda, Cameroon

JEAN MARIE NGONG SONG 12/23/2022 Child-protection officials in Cameroon say poverty is driving many children to start begging and hawking on the streets. As a result, the English-speaking region of Bamenda is grappling with a spike in child hawkers. In Cameroon’s Northwest city of Bamenda, hawkers sell items in traffic and along busy streets. One of the […]

France to return restored Ivorian drum stolen by colonial settlers

OLLIA HORTON Restoration works on the Djidji Ayôkwé, or “talking drum”, have now been completed in Paris. The artefact, stored at the Quai Branly Museum, is ready to be returned to Côte d’Ivoire under a restitution plan promised by President Emmanuel Macron. The legendary drum, which once belonged to the Ebrié people, (previously known as the […]

Cologne hands over stolen Benin Bronzes to Nigeria

Another major German city has begun giving back artwork stolen by British colonialists in the 19th century. Germany holds more than 1,000 pieces of the Benin Bronzes. Nigeria has taken back ownership of 92 bronze sculptures that make up the so-called Benin Bronzes from a museum in the German city of Cologne, following an agreement […]