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Zambia’s Lusaka city is losing its natural beauty

Kombe Kapema has lived in Zambia’s capital, Lusaka, for over three decades. Over the years, he has witnessed how the face of the city has gradually changed from one that was characterized by greenery to what he now describes as a concrete grey jungle. This is because of the amount of construction activities that have been going on in recent years, resulting into a lot of trees having been cut. Construction Across The City Whereas past construction projects have mainly involved the building of such infrastructure as shopping malls, office…

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126 Africans in the diaspora take up Ghanaian citizenship

Ghana has approved the applications of one hundred and twenty six (126) members of the African-American Diaspora Community to become Ghanaian citizens by registration. Section 10 of Ghana’s citizenship Act (2000) Act 591 makes provisions for other nationals to gain Ghanaian citizenship after meeting some conditions. The Ministry of the Interior based on the aforementioned Statute and after much scrutiny, recommended approval of the applications for citizenship. Ghana’s President Nana Akufo Addo approved the applications this month. Speaking at a ceremony to confirm the citizenship of the applicants he said the…

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Africa Europe Featured Ghana West Africa World 

Ghana: Young innovators push for reforms in visa processing

Young innovators in Ghana have called for reforms in visa processing at various foreign embassies in the country. Gathering under a program called “innovators and migration” the young people lamented the continuous struggle in securing visa for regular and legal travels to Europe. Many of these young people are students and some just starting their own businesses but often get opportunities to visit Europe to fulfill their aspirations. But many a time visa acquisition procedures mean that they are rejected visas to travel for fear of them not coming back…

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Africa Featured Ghana West Africa World 

Young Ghanaians create Wikipedia pages on migration

A group of organizations has launched a project targeted at making available adequate information on migration to help young Africans hoping to travel out of the continent. The initiative involves among others creating new Wikipedia pages with relevant information about traveling to European countries like Germany. This should help young people especially innovators equip themselves adequately with relevant information ahead of applying for visas for foreign events and business meetings. It should also be useful to them when deciding on whether to move out of their countries or otherwise. As…

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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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Africa Business Southern Africa World Zambia Zimbabwe 

Africa’s biggest waterfall at risk from drought

The flow at the Africa’s biggest waterfall is at its lowest since 1995, highlighting the threat posed by a drought to tourism and electricity generation in Zimbabwe and Zambia. Flow has slumped to 109 cubic meters-per-second (3,850 cubic feet) at Victoria Falls, a 1.7-kilometer (1.1 mile) curtain of falling water at the peak of a normal wet season, according to the Zambezi River Authority. The falls on the Zambezi river straddle the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia and the flow of the watercourse fills the Kariba Dam, the site of…

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Israel shuts embassy operations in Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone

Israel has shut down it’s embassy operations in Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The country said it has suspended diplomatic activities until further notice. The development has been attributed to internal budgetary issues between the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Israel’s Ministry of Finance. This has resulted in strike actions by all Israeli missions abroad. In a statement the Israeli Embassy in Ghana’s capital Accra said this has affected all services including consular services, meetings and events. “Due to the decision of the Israeli Ministry of Finance to breach…

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Africa World 

Open Wifi: What are the risks for hotels, cafes, restaurant owners?

There’s an explosion of free wifi in cafes, restaurants, hotels, and basically any other public space. It’s a great piece of marketing for a company – anywhere that advertises free wifi is automatically more appealing to the general public. Does this convenience and freedom come with a price, though? Very few understand the risks that come with open wifi, and what this means for their business. Below, we explain everything you need to know about open wifi – including the risks and how to protect yourself. What is open wifi?…

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Africa Ghana World 

Photos: The Ghanaian Pavilion at Venice Art Biennale

Ghana’s cluster of arts galleries telling the story of Ghana’s Freedom has attracted thousands of visitors to the Venice art Biennale. The Ghanaian national pavilion at the art Biennale was designed by architect David Adjaye. The Ghana Freedom display marked the first time Ghana has presented at the prestigious art event. There were works by six invited artists namely Felicia Abban, John Akomfrah, El Anatsui, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Ibrahim Mahama, and Selasi Awusi Sosu. It has large installations by El Anatsui and Ibrahim Mahama; portraits by photographer Felicia Abban and painter John…

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Africa World 

Africans demand end to visa restrictions in online petition

A group of Africans has launched an online petition to have visa restrictions in Africa eliminated to ease movement across the continent. A new Visa Openness Report in Africa in June revealed that majority of African countries are still unwelcoming to Africans. In that report 51 percent of African countries still demand that Africans secure visas before visiting their territories. That policy means many Africans struggle to travel freely across borders on the continent. So far only 25 percent of African countries no longer require visas for African citizens. But 24…

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