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Former first lady has message for Ghanaians—‘Deal Me In!’

Former first lady has message for Ghanaians—‘Deal Me In!’

| May 3, 2016

(GIN)—Those ringing words–‘Deal Me In!”—that thrilled fans of presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton in the U.S.  could be sending a similar message of hope and change to voters here in Ghana. Although Africa has done better promoting women to the presidency, few Ghanaians were expecting to see the wife of former President Jerry Rawlings toss her […]

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Ghanaian church leaders spurn Gitmo detainees freed by U.S.

Ghanaian church leaders spurn Gitmo detainees freed by U.S.

| January 26, 2016

(GIN)—Compassion was not in the hearts of Ghana’s religious leaders for two detainees flown to freedom this month after 14 years in Guantanamo prison behind bars. The Rev. Joseph Osei  Bonsu, president of the Catholic Bishops Conference, scolded President John Dramani Mahama, saying the two Yemeni ex-detainees did not deserve any compassion from Ghanaians. “The […]

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Ghana thinktank questions major shortfalls from gold sales

Ghana thinktank questions major shortfalls from gold sales

| January 19, 2016

(GIN)—Ghana’s abundant resource in gold produced $23 billion in earnings from 2013 to 2016 but only $1.7 billion for the country’s coffers, according to a newly-released report by the African Centre for Energy Policy in Ghana. Titled “Golden Days for Newmont,” the report said the U.S.-based Newmont Mining Corporation paid less than $500 million (US) […]

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Obama tightens sanctions on Burundi over grave abuses

Obama tightens sanctions on Burundi over grave abuses

| November 3, 2015

(GIN)—Citing a crackdown on opposition members, including assassinations, arbitrary arrests and torture, President Barack Obama ousted Burundi from a preferential trade pact with the U.S. known as AGOA (African Growth and Opportunity Act), effective Jan. 1. In a letter to the U.S. Congress, Obama said Burundi had failed to institute the rule of law and political […]

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Secret footage of ‘justice for sale’ takes down 22 judges in Ghana

Secret footage of ‘justice for sale’ takes down 22 judges in Ghana

| October 20, 2015

(GIN)—An investigative reporter whose hidden camera caught some 34 senior judges appearing to take bribes and pocket the loot has been showered with praise by Ghanaians on social media who say they are fed up with corruption in government. The footage has led to the suspension of 22 lower court and 12 higher court judges […]

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Unlicensed miners trapped in collapsed mine, more than 30 believed dead

Unlicensed miners trapped in collapsed mine, more than 30 believed dead

| September 29, 2015

(GIN)—More than 300 unlicensed miners escaped death when a portion of the mine in Tarkwa Nsuaem, the center of Ghanaian gold mining, collapsed Monday. The Xinhua news agency reported that one body was pulled out of a pit while two injured people were rescued. More than 30 miners were trapped beneath the rubble at the […]

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Mideast pivot toward solar power—will Africa catch up?

Mideast pivot toward solar power—will Africa catch up?

| September 29, 2015

(GIN)—To the ordinary eye, it looks like an empty desert but from this spit of endless sand is rising the largest photovoltaic solar project in the Middle East. The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, located 30 miles south of Dubai, was launched with 13 megawatts of capacity. It could be producing 3,000 megawatts […]

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Ugandan TV anchor snares BBC news prize

Ugandan TV anchor snares BBC news prize

| August 18, 2015

(GIN)—Prime time news anchor Nancy Kacungira is this year’s winner of the Komla Dumor award—a new BBC prize to an African journalist with exceptional talent, passion for their work and poise. Ms. Kacungira, selected from a field of 200, impressed the judges with her knowledge of the complex issues facing Africa and her awareness of […]

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U.S. presidents barely know Africa, reporter finds

U.S. presidents barely know Africa, reporter finds

| July 28, 2015

(GIN)—Somebody had to do it. With President Obama reported to be breaking a record in visits to African countries, someone had to ask: “How many presidents have visited Africa while in office? And where exactly have they gone?” A Washington Post blogger popped the question. And, the answers were pitiful. Before Obama’s current trip, American […]

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Ghanaian celebrities join call to end painful power outages

Ghanaian celebrities join call to end painful power outages

(GIN)–Throngs of Ghanaians thronged the capital Accra this past week but the celebrities in their midst were not the main attraction. Thousands of citizens, movie stars, civil servant, academics and others took to the streets to protest the government’s failure to end a three-year long electric power crisis. The energy crisis has crippled business at […]

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