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Ghana probes new variants of Covid-19 as infections surge

– Advertisement – Ghana’s President, Nana Akufo-Addo has said that scientists are investigating the presence and extent of spread of new variants of the coronavirus in the country. The new variants of the virus are reportedly responsible for the surge in Covid-19 cases in the country. Ghana has so far confirmed over 56,000 cases of the virus with current active cases now at 1770. There are over 300 deaths so far, according to President Akufo-Addo who delivered a national televised address on Sunday evening. – Advertisement – Several countries including…

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Ghana finally sets new date for funeral of ex-president Rawlings

– Advertisement – Ghana’s government has announced new dates for funeral and burial services for ex-Ghanaian President Jerry Rawlings. The former president will now be laid in state for public viewing from January 24 to 26 and burial service held on January 27. A communication from the government to this effect comes weeks after some traditional rulers in Ghana were outraged over the burial arrangements for Mr. Rawlings. The funeral planning committee last month said funeral of Jerry Rawlings who died at the age of 73 last year, will be…

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U.S. lauds Ghana’s regional democratic and security leadership

– Advertisement – U.S. Special Envoy for the Sahel Region Ambassador J. Peter Pham traveled to Accra, Ghana from January 6 – 8, 2021 to lead the U.S. Presidential Delegation to the inauguration of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on January 7. The delegation also included U.S. Ambassador to Ghana Stephanie S. Sullivan. U.S. Special Envoy for the Sahel Region Ambassador Pham’s trip to Accra signals the United States’ strong partnership with the government and people of Ghana to advance shared prosperity in both countries. “The United States values Ghana’s…

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Sierra Leonean TV host releases kids book ‘Adama Loves Akara’

– Advertisement – Adama Loves Akara is a new children’s book from Sierra Leonean TV host Vickie Remoe that encourages early reading, family time, and multiculturalism. Illustrated by Luseni Kallon, the book was inspired by Remoe’s son, who exclaimed at age three that his early reader Bob Books “did not make sense”. Remoe says that the books she was using to teach Olu, though useful for phonics, did not represent African culture. Therefore, she set out to write a series that would teach early literacy skills and center her culture.…

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Ghana: Opposition member elected speaker of parliament amid chaos

– Advertisement – Ghanaian lawmakers have elected a member of the opposition party as speaker of the country’s parliament. Former Member of Parliament, Alban Bagbin was elected after chaos broke out in the lawmaking chamber on Thursday morning. Soldiers earlier stormed the Parliament during the process towards electing the new speaker. The military officers had gone into the chamber to try and restore calm following chaos that characterized the voting process. Elected MPs from the two leading political parties in the country, the National Democratic Congress and the New Patriotic…

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Ghana: Schools to reopen from mid-January

– Advertisement – Schools in Ghana are reopening from January 15 after ten months of closure. In March last year, the government of Ghana ordered the closure of schools from the basic to the tertiary levels after the country recorded its first cases of Covid-19. But President Akufo-Addo has announced that it is now safe to reopen schools from mid-January starting with students at the basic level. “We are satisfied that in the current circumstances the reopening of our schools is safe. So, from 15th January our children in Kindergarten, Primary and…

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Niger: Death toll from jihadist attacks rises to 100

– Advertisement – Some 100 people have now been confirmed dead from the suspected jihadist attacks on two villages in Niger. According to the Prime Minister Brigi Rafini, 70 people were killed in the village of Tchombangou and 30 others in Zaroumdareye – both near Niger’s border with Mali. Analysts say this was one of the deadliest attacks recorded in the country which is grappling with ethnic violence and Islamic militancy. So far no group has claimed responsibility for the attacks. According to local mayor Almou Hassane, those responsible travelled on about 100…

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Ghanaian arrested over murder of Ethiopian refugee in Italy

– Advertisement – An Ethiopian refugee has been reportedly raped and murdered in Italy. Agitu Gudeta was killed on her farm in the northern region of Trentino. The deceased has been hailed as a symbol of integration in Italy after fleeing Ethiopia. In 2010, Agitu fled Adis Ababa after her participation in protests against “land-grabbing” angered local authorities. She has since made Italy her home, making goat’s cheese and beauty products on an abandoned land in Trentino. – Advertisement – The Italian news agency reported that a Ghanaian employee has been…

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Ghana’s opposition files court papers to challenge 2020 poll results

– Advertisement – Lawyers for Ghana’s opposition leader, John Mahama have filed court papers at the country’s supreme court challenging the results of the 2020 presidential election. The filing of the court papers took place on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 in the capital Accra. On Tuesday the opposition party the NDC said its National Executive Committee (NEC) has approved the party’s decision to go to court to challenge the results of the 2020 elections. Ghana’s president Nana Akufo-Addo won re-election to serve another four year term in office. – Advertisement – He…

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Ghana bans opposition protests amid post-election agitations

– Advertisement – Ghana’s police service has announced that it has secured a court order banning opposition supporters from protesting amid post-election agitations. Opposition supporters have been demonstrating on the streets alleging of electoral fraud over the December 7 presidential and parliamentary election results. The electoral commission declared the incumbent President Nana Akufo-Addo as winner of the presidential election. But the result was rejected by the opposition leader and former president, John Mahama. His party is also challenging some parliamentary election results with declared parliamentary results resulting in a hung…

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