Category archives for: Analysis

How Swahili became Africa’s most spoken language

JOHN M. MUGANE Once just an obscure island dialect of an African Bantu tongue, Swahili has evolved into Africa’s most internationally recognized language. It is peer to the few languages of the world that boast over 200 million users. Over the two millennia of Swahili’s growth and adaptation, the molders of this story—immigrants from inland […]

Qatar 2022 – Ghana versus Nigeria

KOFI AYIM The West Africa countries of Ghana and Nigeria have several things in common, yet the rivalry between them is akin to the biblical Esau and Jacob. Ghana and Nigeria are the twin countries in Africa that each love to loathe when it comes to competition. Both countries were colonized by the British. They […]

Hopes for a West African single currency fade as Ghana and Nigeria launch digital money

 KINGSLEY KOBO Digital currencies in Ghana and Nigeria are threatening two decades of work towards a common legal tender in West Africa. The adoption of the eco, a new currency for the entire region, would help remove trade and monetary barriers, boost economic activity, and improve living standards in the community of 385 million people, […]

Madagascar’s food crisis has been blamed on climate change. These scientists say that’s wrong

ANGELA DEWAN The UN’s World Food Program and multiple media organizations have been warning that the African island nation of Madagascar is on the brink of the world’s first climate-change-induced famine. But a new study says the human-made climate crisis has had little to do with the current food scarcity in the country. Consecutive years […]

The NAFTA mistakes that Africa’s largest trade agreement can avoid

YAW OKYERE THOMPSON The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) could shape globalization for years to come, particularly if its architects are able to learn from history. Skeptics of globalization rightly point out the negative aspects of free trade deals. Economic integration leads to heightened competition and structural changes in economies that participate in liberalized […]

Ghana’s NPP wins Election 2020

Continued from previous issue KWABENA OPONG According to former General Secretary Kwabena Agyapong, the NPP has more than 3000 volunteer groups, most of them young people. If it is true such a force for dynamism exists in the party what must have happened?  In a political climate so contentious and competitive, youth in politics provides […]

Ghana’s NPP wins Election 2020

KWABENA OPONG Ghana’s ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) obtained a renewed mandate to rule the West African nation for the next four years in an historic election. It was a hard won victory for the NPP led by its hard working leader, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo; and a surprise, given the work done by the […]

Ghana’s tourism sector records worst FDI performance in 10 years – Report

By Stephen Kwabena Effah Although FDI constitute about 49 per cent of investments into the sector, its share in the sector has been declin- ing. The development, according to Groupe Nduom Research (GN- Research), could threaten Ghana’s National Tourism Development Plan (2013-2027) that re- quires 1.3 billon dollars annually. “The sector recorded no new project […]

Neglected but not over: Burundi crisis continues to bite

Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza announced his intention to seek a disputed third term more than two years ago, spawning a period of unrest marked by extrajudicial killings, a failed coup, and ethnic division. Given repeated assurances from government officials and the dearth of media coverage, you would be forgiven for thinking that period ended some […]

Language of peace hard to find as Cameroon crisis festers

by Mbom Sixtus, BAMENDA It’s a Monday evening in Bamenda, the main city in troubled English-speaking Cameroon. The gates of the Vatican Express bus depot are shut, just like five other coach companies in town. Any other day and there would be at least five long distance buses ready to leave for the rest of […]