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UNESCO names Ghana’s Accra as World Book Capital for 2023

– Advertisement – The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has named Ghana’s capital, Accra as its World Book Capital for 2023. The West African nation will host the World Book Capital after Mexico’s Guadalajara in 2022. In a statement UNESCO said “the city of Accra was selected for its strong focus on young people and their potential to contribute to the culture and wealth of Ghana.” It said picking Accra was because of its proposed programme that “seeks to use the power of books to engage these…

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Liberian President criticized over birthday billboards

– Advertisement – Some Liberians have taken to social media to criticize the erection of giant billboards to celebrate the birthday of President George Weah. The billboards with large portraits of President Weah have been lined up on the streets of the capital Monrovia, ahead of his 55th birthday on October 1. The Monrovia City Council has erected the billboards in central Monrovia and other parts of the city. Each billboard is carrying the same message about his birthday. “All leaders should be you, because you’re an epitome of excellence.…

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Ghana: Woman arrested for allegedly faking pregnancy and kidnapping

– – Police in Ghana have arrested a 29 year-old woman for allegedly faking her kidnapping and pregnancy. The family of Josephine Panyin Mensah Simons earlier reported to the police that she had been kidnapped with her nine month old pregnancy whilst doing a dawn walk. She was subsequently found in another community, traumatized and unable to speak without having the said pregnancy. Her family and neighbours have staged protest after the Regional Minister and Police revealed after medical examination that Mrs. Simons has never been pregnant. In a statement, the…

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Ghana: Move to stop consumption of cats and dogs sparks outrage

– – There is a raging controversy over a move to ban the trade in cats and dogs for human consumption. An International Animal Rights Activist, Natasha Choolun, has petitioned the Government of Ghana to ban the trade in cat and dog meat for human consumption. “Dogs and cats are not food, but loyal companion animals that should be treated with kindness and respect, not brutalised and eaten,” she said in a petition. The petition noted that the trade in dogs and cats is widespread across African countries, making them unattractive…

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Libya: Gaddafi’s son released from prison

– – The third son of the former Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi, has been released from jail in the capital Tripoli. He has been in prison since 2014 when he was arrested and put on trial after fleeing the when his father was toppled in 2011. Sa’adi Gaddafi was commander of Libya’s Special Forces. He fled to Niger when his father was overthrown and killed. He was then extradited back to Libya, put on trial where he was found not guilty of a series of crimes including murder. Libya’s Government…

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Colonel Mamady Doumbouya is Guinea’s coup leader

– – It has now emerged that Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, commander of the country’s special forces led Sunday’s military takeover in Guinea. He has since appeared in a video circulated to local media and across social media confirming the arrest of President Alpha Conde. Doumbouya said the President is unharmed and announced that the government has been dissolved and the constitution suspended. Doumbouya’s men surrounded the Presidential palace on Sunday morning engaging in a gun battle with Conde’s security details. There are reports of at least three soldiers dying amid…

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Gambia rejects its own citizens deported from Germany

– – Gambia’s government has refused to accept its own citizens deported from Germany. Over 2,000 Gambians who migrated to European countries such as Germany have overstayed their asylum visas. They are now expected to be repatriated to their country but the Gambian government is refusing to let them in. The first batch of Gambian migrants who have exhausted their asylum appeals was to arrive in Gambia’s capital, Banjul on September 1. But a Gambian official from Foreign Ministry told reporters that the government will not take in the deportees. –…

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G20 countries urged to urgently vaccinate the world’s small states

– – Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland has called on G20 members to urgently work with the Commonwealth and other partners, particularly the World Health Organization and World Trade Organization, to urgently put in place a robust plan to vaccinate the world’s 42 smallest states and shield them from COVID-19. Speaking at the annual Health20 Summit, she said: “As the pandemic unfolded, we were urged to act selflessly to protect the most vulnerable. As some of the more affluent countries of the world start to emerge from the crisis, we must…

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Sierra Leonean activist launches second book for kids

– – After the success of her first book, “Adama Loves Akara,” Vickie Remoe has written “A Print for Ami,” the second book in a children’s series that promotes African culture and early reading. While the first book focused on short /a/ vowel sounds, book two introduces young readers to short vowel /i/ with words like pins, shins, and tin. Parents and early childhood educators use the books to teach phonics. “Even after 3 years of schooling, most children in Sierra Leone cannot read and understand simple text in English,”…

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Ivory Coast TV presenter sentenced for promoting rape

– – The popular Ivorian television presenter suspended for asking a guest on his show to simulate rape has now been sentenced by a court. Yves de M’Bella received a 12-month suspended sentence for what prosecutors say was the promotion of rape. The court fined him $3,600 and placed a ban on him from leaving the country’s main city, Abidjan. De M’Bella had asked his guest to demonstrate a rape using a female mannequin, an incident that attracted criticisms from viewers and social media users. He even at a point…

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