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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Africa Ghana West Africa World 

Ghanaian town without girl high school graduate for 25 years

A community in Ghana has for the past 25 years been unable to have a female high school graduate due to child and forced marriages. The community called Sawoubea in the Wa East district of the upper west region has a very high level of child marriage, a trend that worries authorities. A regional education official in charge of girls’ education, Annacleta Viiru, was reported by Ghana’s News Agency as saying that the main school in the community, Sawoubea Junior High School is yet to have its first girl graduate.…

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Africa Ghana West Africa World 

Ghana’s campaign to get men to check for breast cancer

The month of October is widely referred to as the Pink month, dedicated to creating awareness about breast cancer. Across countries screening and treatment of the disease do take place but in Ghana this year, focus is being placed on men getting out and testing for the cancer of the breast. In the capital, Accra, dozens of women gather at a health screening outlet on the premises of Star Life, an insurance company to check for cancer of the breast. But they are not the only ones hoping to find…

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Africa China Russia World 

How world powers are distracting Africa from its development

For years Africa has been known as the continent that goes begging for help to develop. That has led to mounting debts that ultimately cripple economies on the continent. The dream of founding leaders of many African countries especially Ghana’s Dr. Kwame Nkrumah was for Africa to unite as a major force to take control of its developmental agenda. On July 7, 2019 African leaders made history by launching the much talked about continental free-trade zone in Niger’s capital, Niamey. It would be the world’s largest free trade area uniting…

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Africa West Africa World 

How ex-Jammeh ally tortured and killed political opponents

A former key ally of former Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh has admitted to supervising the arrest, torture and killing of opposition politicians and critics of the previous regime. The former army captain Edward Singhateh has narrated harrowing stories of how he arrested, tortured and executed suspected political opponents. According to Singhateh, many critics of Jammeh were arrested and never meant to be kept prisoners but executed. Although in some instances he claimed he didn’t pull his trigger to shoot dead people, he admitted responsibility for those crimes. He has been…

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Africa Ghana West Africa World 

The task of changing the ‘Ghana Man Time’ mind-set

Ghana is seeking to instill discipline and timekeeping at all places in citizens with the launch of a Punctuality campaign. Spearheaded by the Punctuality Ghana Foundation the campaign is hoping to get citizens to respect time and be punctual at all times especially to work. There have been concerns across Ghana about the disrespect for time, with even government officials often arriving late at state functions. Workers and other groups of persons also turn up late for appointments with the Greenwich Meridian Time (GMT) mocked as ‘Ghana Man Time’ in…

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