Africa Ghana West Africa World 

Ghana’s faith healers defy ban on chaining of patients

Faith-based and traditional healing centers in Ghana are reported to be defying a ban on chaining up patients considered to be suffering mental health conditions. According to Human Rights Watch, the ban on chaining patients at these healing centers was announced in 2017 but such a treatment continues. On Wednesday the rights group said in a statement that from November 4 to 8, 2019, it “interviewed 25 people, including people with psychosocial disabilities, mental health professionals, staff at prayer camps and traditional healing centers, mental health advocates, religious leaders, and two…

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Africa World 

Fighting sexual harassment in African media houses

A multimedia campaign on sexual harassment in media houses across Africa dubbed #TimesUpAfriMedia has been launched by a group of media organizations. The campaign is meant to start series of activities to commemorate the UN’s 16 Days of Activism. African women journalists working in newsrooms, those within the media landscape as well as the associations that support them are backing the campaign. Groups behind the initiative said in a statement that the aim of the campaign “is to link arms and aims to call out the harassment and call in…

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Africa Gambia West Africa World 

Yahya Jammeh supporters demand his return to Gambia

The campaign for the return of Yahya Jammeh to the Gambia is gathering storm despite moves by the Barrow government to prosecute him. The country’s Justice Minister has hinted that the former president must be charged for stealing over $1 billion and the atrocities he allegedly committed whilst in office. But his sympathizers and supporters of his party the APRC are unperturbed as they push for Jammeh’s return to the country. Ousman Rambo Jatta, the Deputy leader of the Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction announced that Jammeh is coming home in…

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Africa Namibia Southern Africa World 

Esther Muinjangue: Namibia’s first female candidate for president

On Wednesday Namibians will be heading to the polls and Esther Muinjangue will be the country’s first female presidential candidate in the election. She will be leading her National Unity Democratic Organisation (NUDO) party into the election hoping the 2.45 million citizens will give her a chance to lead the country. In an interview with AFP she said she feels a “wind of change” blowing in her country. “You hear a lot of people complaining about the (ruling) SWAPO-led government,” she said adding that “There was apathy among the youth.”…

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Africa Ghana West Africa World 

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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Africa World 

Crowdfunding: Your guide to launch a project

Years ago, a young man by the name of Blake Mycoskie traveled to Peru. He was struck by the poverty and particularly the fact that so many children had no shoes. He made a commitment to do something about that. The end result was the founding of Toms Shoes – a for-profit company with a higher purpose. Mycoskie began to make and sell shoes, as a retailer. The one caveat was this – for every pair of shoes purchased, he would donate one pair to a needy child. Mycoskie’s timing…

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Africa World 

Why lack of integrity is bane of Africa’s underdevelopment

African scholars have made a strong case for African leaders to develop a high sense of integrity if the continent is to experience significant growth. Africa has for years struggled to achieve desired development across all sectors in order to improve the livelihood of citizens. It has worsened after the era of colonization with many nations crippled by high levels of corruption and mismanagement by their leaders. But some African scholars say the worrying trend is due to lack of integrity among African leaders which reflects in institutional operations and policies.…

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Africa Gambia West Africa World 

Gambia: More women accuse Jammeh of sexual abuse

An anonymous protocol officer has accused former President Yaya Jammeh of sexual harassment during his tenure. The witness said Jammeh gave her $1955 (100,000 Dalasi) in their first meeting. Few months later she was given an appointment letter from the Personnel Management Office as a protocol officer with salary over $117 (6,000 Dalasi). The witness said whenever the former president is visiting his home village of Kanilai they (protocol officers) will escort him. During this period Jammeh will sometimes invite the female protocol officers in turns into his room with the assistance…

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Africa Southern Africa World Zambia 

Zambians angry as court okays mining in a prime national park

Zambian residents have been left fuming following the decision by the high court, to allow a mining company to carry out large scale mining activities in one of the country’s highly valued national parks, the Lower Zambezi. Most are determined to fight it, with activities to that effect already in motion. The National Park has been a subject of a long legal battle, which started over five years ago, after a decision by a former Minister of Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, Harry Kalaba, to allow Mwembeshi Resources Limited,…

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Africa Botswana Southern Africa World 

Why Botswana is ancestral homeland of all humans alive

Modern-day Botswana has been settled on as the ancestral homeland of all humans alive today, according to a team of researchers. In a new study published in the journal Nature, scientists said they analysed mitochondrial DNA – genetic information that gets passed down the female line – from more than 1,200 people across myriad populations in Africa. The researchers said in the study that “Anatomically modern humans originated in Africa around 200 thousand years ago.” Their findings further stated that “Although some of the oldest skeletal remains suggest an eastern African…

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