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Ghana: Young Ghanaian Women and Girls Demand Free, Fair, Transparent and Peaceful Elections

Ghana: Young Ghanaian Women and Girls Demand Free, Fair, Transparent and Peaceful Elections

A non-partisan dialogue, which aimed to ensure that the interests, voices and desires of young Ghanaian women and girls matter in the 2016 electioneering period and beyond, has taken place in Accra. Dubbed: ‘Summit on What Young Women and Girls Want in the 2016 Ghana Elections’, the meeting tried to answer the question: ‘What do […]

#IfAfricaWasaSchool: The Continent Described In Playground Memes

#IfAfricaWasaSchool: The Continent Described In Playground Memes

There’s nothing like a few schoolyard memories to bring people together. Yesterday, thousands of Africans took to Twitter to gently mock their countries via the hashtag #IfAfricaWasASchool, and in doing so found both scathing and irreverent ways to describe what it’s like to live on the continent today. It’s not the first time a hashtag […]

World Jollof Day: Jamie Oliver’s #Ricegate And Other Scandals

World Jollof Day: Jamie Oliver’s #Ricegate And Other Scandals

very culture has a sacrosanct recipe passed down from generation to generation. But few cause as much controversy as jollof rice, West Africa’s beloved staple dish. An rich orange-red delicacy made from rice and a spicy stew mixing tomato, onions, meat or fish, its origins – and how best to prepare it – have been […]

A ‘Sex and the City’ for African Viewers

A ‘Sex and the City’ for African Viewers

Let’s get this out of the way up front: “An African City,” the steamy Ghanaian web series about five young women looking for love in Accra, is an unabashed rip-off of “Sex and the City.” There are the ubiquitous five-inch strappy sandals, the scene-stealing dresses made of Fanti fabric and the bevy of men who […]

Ghana: Chiefs In Gender Equality Battle

Ghana: Chiefs In Gender Equality Battle

The sound of traditional drumming pervaded the air as Ghanaian Queen Mothers arrived for a recent meeting in the northern city of Tamale. Dressed in their best traditional regalia, the royal striped batakari fabrics, they say they are determined to make their voices heard in traditional affairs. Yelzoli Naa Gaana, paramount Queen Mother of Zabzugu […]

Hunger Costs Ghana Ghc4.6 Billion per Year

Hunger Costs Ghana Ghc4.6 Billion per Year

 The economy of Ghana loses some GHC4.6 billion annually (equivalent of US$2.6 billion in 2012) due to the effects of child undernutrition, according to a study released in Accra today. This amount represents 6.4 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The report titled The Cost of Hunger in Africa: The Social and Economic Impact […]

A Day In The Digital Life Of Africa

A Day In The Digital Life Of Africa

Africa is in the throes of a technological revolution, leapfrogging computers in favour of internet connections through mobile phones. A fifth of the continent now have access to a broadband connection, a figure predicted to triple in the next five years. But how are phones and the internet changing the lives of ordinary Africans? And […]

Ghana: ‘Sex-for-Job’ Remark Rekindles Debate Over Sexism In Politics

Ghana: ‘Sex-for-Job’ Remark Rekindles Debate Over Sexism In Politics

Women may hold some of the highest positions in Ghana — including attorney general and foreign affairs minister — but that doesn’t mean the country doesn’t have a gender-equality problem. Charlotte Osei was appointed head of the electoral commission in June 2015, the first woman to hold the post. But last month, Kennedy Ayapong, a […]

Tech Boon For Children as Ghana Puts Autism On The App

Tech Boon For Children as Ghana Puts Autism On The App

“Good job, high five!” enthuses Victoria Nyarko in her classroom at a community centre in the Ghanaian coastal city of Tema. It is Monday morning, and classes at HopeSetters autism centre – where shelves are filled with puzzles and learning aids, and walls covered in colourful posters and slogans – are a little different from […]

Driving Change: The Story of Miss Taxi — One of Ghana’s First Female Taxi Drivers

Driving Change: The Story of Miss Taxi — One of Ghana’s First Female Taxi Drivers

It’s 5 PM on a balmy April evening in Ghana’s capital, and rush hour is well underway. An entire minibus full of passengers is gawking through the window. Confused, the driver turns to figure out what has his passengers so excited. He sees a seemingly normal taxi beside him. Then he notices the person behind […]