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Ghanaian blind student dragged from Oxford chamber ‘feels worthless’

A Ghanaian visually impaired student who was violently removed from a chamber of a prestigious debating society has been cleared of any wrongdoing. Ebenezer Azamati, 25, was manhandled out of the Oxford Union debating chamber by his feet and ejected from the building. He was accosted by a security guard when he attempted to return to a seat he had earlier reserved for the October 17 debate. A Video footage of the incident shows distressed Azamati being forcibly removed from his chair after he resisted efforts to drag him out…

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Gambia releases draft constitution for public review

Gambians now have the chance to make input into a draft constitution that is to reform the country’s political system and way of life. On Friday the government released the document to the public for discussions and reviews. This is part of ongoing processes to get Gambia a new post-Jammeh era constitution that gives the country a fresher way of doing things. President Adama Barrow took over from former President Yahya Jammeh in 2017 but the country wants to banish any footprint of Jammeh hoping for new beginning. The current…

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Africa Senegal West Africa World 

France returns 19th century sword to Senegal

France has returned to Senegal a historical sword taken from the country many years ago. The sabre, is a type of backsword with a curved blade. It belonged to an Islamic ruler in Senegal. Owned by a 19th Century Islamic scholar and ruler the sword had been in a French museum until now. France said the return of the artifact was part of a commitment to return to its former West African colonies significant items of their cultural heritage. A ceremony took place in Senegal’s capital Dakar where the French…

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Sierra Leone’s tech agency wins $773k grant from Gates Foundation

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded a $773,476 grant to Sierra Leone‘s Directorate of Science, Technology, and Innovation (DSTI). It is to assist it to continue the development of an Integrated GIS Portal that will utilize technology, software and devices to collect, label and model data to inform real-time government and development partner decision making. The grant will also seek to strengthen the local ecosystem around human capacity development. This grant for expanding the GIS Portal is in addition to the support already provided by the Foundation to…

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Jack Ma Foundation awards $1 million to African entrepreneurs

The Jack Ma Foundation on Saturday hosted its first annual Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative (ANPI) grand finale awarding $1 million in prize money to 10 entrepreneurs from across Africa. The ANPI is a flagship initiative of the Jack Ma Foundation, created by Jack Ma after his first trip to Africa in 2017. The aim of the prize is to support and inspire the next generation of African entrepreneurs who are building a more sustainable and inclusive economy for the future. In its inaugural year, nearly 10,000 entrepreneurs from 50 countries…

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mPedigree: The tech firm fighting fake products globally

In a small working room in Ghana’s capital Accra, software developers at tech company mPedigree are busy developing new mobile phone apps for clients. The Ghanaian company’s main technology product called Goldkeys helps to check for counterfeit products on the market. The technology secures more products from counterfeiting than any other platform. Selorm Brantie who is a co-founder of the mPedigree company said full operations started in 2011 but the concept begun couple of years back. He said “Around 2007 when the concept was being thought of, there was a…

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Speakers for 2019 SFAN Breakfast Meeting announced

SFAN (Stars From All Nations) is thrilled to announce the speaker list for the sixth edition of SFAN Business Breakfast Meeting taking place at Stanbic Bank Incubator on December 7. For this edition of the breakfast meeting, our expert panel will take a deep dive into the following subjects: The future of money; Best practices to creatively manage and grow your personal finance; Ghana’s tax landscape and Insider secrets for raising capital. The agenda is quite packed but they have made enough room for networking over wine and chocolates. Since…

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Group declares ‘independent state’ from Ghana

A group of Ghanaians from Ghana’s Volta region on Saturday announced that it was seceding from the country. Members of the group called “Homeland Study Group Foundation” had for years now been pushing for a break away region. Ghanaian officials have been battling with the group whose members reside in a region previously called the British Togoland. Aggrieved residents of this territory claim the processes that led to their merger with the then Gold Coast now Ghana were flawed. They also claim that the Volta region lacked needed development hence the need to…

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Nigeria: Couples suspend planned marriages over wedding tax

Several couples in the Nigerian state of Kano have halted their plans of getting married following the imposition of a wedding tax. The tax imposed by the chief of the Kera village some four months ago requires grooms to pay 137,000 naira ($377, £294). Prior to the imposition of the wedding tax grooms were required to provide furniture and kitchen ware to the bride’s family when they get married. Reports say there has not been a single wedding ceremony in a village in the Kano state since the tax was…

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Ghana signs $600mln cocoa deal with Credit Suisse

Ghana has signed a $600 million deal with Credit Suisse for the improvement of current state of processing and value addition for its cocoa. The deal was signed on the sideline of the 2019 Africa Investment Forum in South Africa. The $600 million will cover a 7 year period and would go into helping to upskill farmers, develop warehousing, and upscale in-country processing of Cocoa. This deal was tabled last year for Ghana’s cocoa regulator COCOBOD but has now reached financial close stage. Ghana is only able to process 34…

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