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New Ghanaian leader slips up at swearing-in

New Ghanaian leader slips up at swearing-in

| January 11, 2017

(GIN)—Ghana’s new president Nana Akufo-Addo was prepared for smooth sailing at his inauguration last Saturday until he delivered a speech that set off alarm bells and caused howls among social media users. Prepared by speech writers, the new leader’s address contained word-for-word passages from speeches by former U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. […]

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Ghana picks new leader who promises jobs, jobs, jobs

Ghana picks new leader who promises jobs, jobs, jobs

| December 14, 2016

(GIN)—In a surprise upset for incumbent President John Dramani Mahama, voters turned out strongly for opposition candidate Nana Akufo-Addo, whose campaign for the presidency gave hope to thousands of jobless Ghanaians. Mr. Akufo-Addo earned 54 percent of the vote, while Mr Mahama took 44%. It was the first time in Ghana that an opposition candidate […]

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Ghana elections go forward amid explosive U.S.-Ghana corruption

Ghana elections go forward amid explosive U.S.-Ghana corruption

| December 7, 2016

(GIN)—While Ghana busied itself with national elections taking place this week, the U.S. State Department and other agencies were cracking down on one of the most eye-popping corruption scandals in this West African nation. Operating in the center of Accra, a pink building festooned with an American flag was doing a brisk business selling U.S. […]

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Clashes in run-up to Ghana elections bring U.S. sanctions threat

Clashes in run-up to Ghana elections bring U.S. sanctions threat

| November 15, 2016

(GIN)—The U.S. Embassy in Ghana has urged the leadership of political parties to call their members to order following a recent spate of partisan clashes. Persons found guilty of inciting political violence before the polls would face some form of sanctions as violence has no place in the conduct of elections, said U.S. embassy officials. […]

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Rising sea levels threatening Ghana’s coastal villages

Rising sea levels threatening Ghana’s coastal villages

| October 25, 2016

(GIN)—Fuvemeh, one of Ghana’s coastal villages, is vanishing because of coastal erosion. Waves have taken whole parts of the village with them into the sea. What was once a thriving fishing community was three miles from the coast a few years back. Now the waves are just a few feet away. “This used to be […]

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Ghana considers shutdown of social media in election day run-up

Ghana considers shutdown of social media in election day run-up

| June 21, 2016

(GIN)—Ghanaians who use social media could find themselves staring at a blank screen instead of Facebook or Twitter under a plan now being considered by Ghana’s Police Service (GPS). Superintendent Cephas Arthur, Public Affairs director of the GPS, said that blocking Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets during the upcoming elections would be in […]

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Ghana still target of lethal e-waste dumping

Ghana still target of lethal e-waste dumping

(GIN)—Digital dumping ground. World’s largest e-waste dump. Whatever you call it, Agbogbloshie, Ghana, is among the top ten “worst polluted” places on earth where tons of discarded electronics, refrigerators, microwaves and televisions—also known as e-waste—end up decomposing in a massive scrap heap there. “Mercury, lead, cadmium, arsenic—these are the four most toxic substances [in the […]

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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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