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The truth about immune-boosting supplements

Increasing your intake of zinc and vitamins C and D during winter isn’t a magic bullet. Here’s what the science says about the most commonly touted interventions. PRIYANKA RUNWAL To guard against a winter rise in respiratory infections, some people “boost” their immune system with supplements and nutrient-rich foods. For a subset, that is in […]

Women said coronavirus shots affect periods. New study shows they’re right.

A coronavirus vaccination can change the timing of when you get your period, according to research. For most people, the effect was temporary. AMANDA MORRIS Not long after the rollout of coronavirus vaccines last year, women around the country began posting on social media about what they believed was a strange side effect: changes to […]

War in Ukraine is driving demand for Africa’s natural gas. That’s controversial

JULIA SIMON As Europe scrambles to replace the Russian natural gas that funds Moscow’s war effort, fossil fuel companies are using this moment to push for new gas projects all over the world. Much of the industry lobbying centers on almost a dozen countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The European Union’s new blueprint for getting the […]

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 […]