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Summit on social media and fake news opens in Accra

The 2019 West Africa Media Excellence Conference and Awards opened in Ghana’s capital Accra on Thursday. Organized by the Media Foundation for West Africa, it is creating the platform for discussions around social media, fake news and elections in Africa. Discussions at the conference will lead to making key recommendations for good governance and media development. Sulemana Braimah, Executive Director of the MFWA told the opening session of the conference that “Security forces play a key role in ensuring integrity during elections.” He stressed their important role in creating enabling…

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Nigeria’s Buhari reduces foreign trips of ministers to cut cost

Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari has reduced the number of foreign trips his ministers will embark on as well as their duration. The President is reported to have taken the action which covers other categories of government officials as part of ‘cost-saving measure’. Nigeria is struggling to reduce its fiscal deficit and the move is intended to help address the crisis. A statement from the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation said President also removed travel allowances, cut down on the number of persons permitted to travel with ministers and…

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African summit to tackle climate change opens in Ghana

The 2019 Climate Chance Summit has opened in Ghana’s capital, Accra, hosting hundreds of delegates from around the world. Under the theme, “Towards the institutionalization of Local Climate Action and Access to Finance,” efforts are being made to engage local governments in new initiatives to tackle climate change. Already African countries are reportedly at risk of losing about 1.5 percent of their Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to the negative impact of climate change. The opening of the summit on Wednesday brought together mayors from across the sub-Saharan Africa to discuss…

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Floods kill at least 20 in Ghana after heavy rains

At least 20 people have been killed by floods in Ghana’s Upper East region following hours of heavy rains. Disaster management officials say over 200 houses have been destroyed with hundreds now displaced and without aid. A senior local official, David Mbah told local radio station Joy FM that “We still need the support of government and other NGOs and benevolent organisations that can help support us give relief to victims of this disaster.” Some communities in the region have also been cut off from others due to collapsed bridges…

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Liberia ranks topmost globally in helping strangers

Liberia has emerged top when it comes to countries around the world that help strangers. The West African nation that is struggling to rebuild its economy came on top in the category of helping strangers in the latest World Giving Index, an annual ranking of people’s generosity. The index showed that helping strangers which is a component of the overall generosity rankings is something Liberia is good at. Charities Aid Foundation, a UK-based group that developed the index was rating countries based on their level of generosity. The group looked…

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African female entrepreneurs take lead in cocoa innovations

Africa is a leading continent when it comes to the production of cocoa. Ghana and Ivory Coast together produce majority of the world’s cocoa beans but the continent struggles to rake in significant amount of money from just selling their beans in their raw state. African entrepreneurs largely dominated by women are now taking up the challenge to add value to the cocoa beans through various innovations. This month many of these female entrepreneurs showcased their innovations at a cocoa and chocolate expo in Ghana’s capital Accra. Dozens of business…

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Ghana: Beauty queen tortured with cutlass over missing $90

A Ghanaian beauty queen has narrated how she was tortured at a fetish shrine in eastern Ghana over a missing $90. The 24-year old was a contestant in this year’s Miss Commonwealth Ghana beauty pageant, placing third. But getting closer to the end of the competition she was accused by organizers of the event of stealing $90. Nana Ama Essien told local media Adom FM that she was dragged to a shrine Koforidua, Eastern Ghana where she was subjected to the humiliation and torture. She alleges that at the said…

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Man captured defecating openly at Ghana’s Presidency

A man in Ghana has done the unthinkable by defecating at the seat of government. The unidentified man has been captured by a camera hiding behind a reservoir around the Presidency in Ghana’s capital Accra to answer nature’s call. A picture of the man has gone viral showing him squatting on a polythene bag to defecate. It’s unclear if he was seen by the presidential guards and what action was subsequently taken. This will not be the first time the Jubilee House has been desecrated in such a manner. The…

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Guinea: Several dead in protest against President Conde

A demonstration to oppose constitutional amendments that could allow Guinean President Alpha Conde to run for a third term has left at least five people dead. The Police clashed with demonstrators in the capital, Conakry and the opposition stronghold of Mamou. At least four demonstrators were reportedly shot dead in Conakry as police opened fire on protesters. Opposition leader Cellou Diallo has told reporters that four protesters had been shot dead. He hinted that the protests will continue until the plan to give President Conde a third term is aborted. “We encourage citizens…

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Nigeria’s first lady returns after ‘Buhari wedding’ rumours

Nigeria’s First Lady Aisha Buhari returned home on Saturday after months abroad. Mrs Buhari had been on pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia and also spent some time in the UK. She however returned to Nigeria amid rumours of her husband, President Muhammadu Buhari intending to take a second wife. Rumours were extremely rife in Nigeria that the planned wedding between the President and fellow politician Sadiya Farouq was to take place on October 11. The first lady told reporters shortly after arriving in Nigeria that the reported marriage rumours were results…

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