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Salima Mukansanga is AFCON’s first female referee

– – Rwanda’s Salima Mukansanga is the first female to officiate at the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) tournament. Mukansanga was part of the officiating team for the group B game between Guinea and Malawi on Monday at Stade Kouekong. She however served as the fourth official on the day – a first for a woman in the men’s game. Mukansanga will be making her official debut referring as a woman on Monday at the men’s tournament taking place in Cameroon this year. The 33rd edition of the AFCON was…

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Africa Ghana West Africa World 

Ghana: Alleged teen lesbian defiled by two men as punishment

– – A 15-year-old suspected lesbian has been defiled by two men in the Eastern part of Ghana. The suspects committed the crime in the town of Yilo Krobo after accusing the victim and her friend of practicing lesbianism. A state prosecutor Owusu Ababio told a circuit court in Koforidua that, the accused persons live in the same house with the victim and her female friend. Out of suspicion, the accused persons confronted the victim and her friend with allegation that they were practicing lesbianism. Prosecutors say one night, the accused…

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Africa Ghana West Africa World 

Women occupy top four positions at Ghana’s premier University

– – History has been made at the University of Ghana, the country’s first public university where its top four management positions have been occupied by women. The top positions currently being occupied by women are the Chancellor, chairperson of the University Council, vice-chancellor and the Registrar. The university had its first female vice chancellor getting inducted officially into office this week. That feat was achieved by a linguistic professor, Nana Aba Appiah Amfo who was earlier acting before her confirmation. Prof. Nana Aba Appiah Amfo was on October 26,…

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Africa Ghana World 

Anglican Archbishops oppose Ghana’s anti–LGBTQ+ bill

– – Several church leaders particularly those in the UK have strongly criticised Ghanaian bishops over their support for a draconian anti-LGBTQ+ law. These include Justin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury and leader of the global Anglican Church, Stephen Cottrell, the archbishop of York, and other Church of England bishops have in numerous tweets. In an earlier statement, the archbishop of the Anglican Church of Ghana, Cyril Kobina Ben-Smith backed the anti-gay bill, saying that the practice is unbiblical, ungodly and unrighteousness in the sight of God. But in a tweet Archbishop Welby…

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Africa Ghana West Africa World 

The agonies of Ghanaian twins born with two sex organs

– – There is confusion over the gender of some twins born with both the female and male reproductive organs in Ghana. The twins have been using feminine names, earrings and clothes of females since they were born in 1993 based on the advice of a medical doctor. However, as they grow up with their hormones and biological make-up developing, these twins feel and physically appear to be male than females hence opted for a change of gender, names and the dress they wear. But they faced resistance from both…

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Africa Ghana West Africa World 

The ‘miracle baby’ living without a nose in Ghana

– – A baby –born without a nose who has lived for a year and eight months has shocked many in Ghana. Ramatu Musa’s condition called Congenital Arhinia is a rare condition and just one of some hundred cases recorded in the world. Doctors at the Mother and Baby Unit of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Ghana where the baby was born reportedly had little hope she would live on after her birth. Dr. Gyikua Plange Rhule, Consultant Pediatrician with the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital pointed out that Surgeons…

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Ghana: Anglican Church probes priest for kissing female students

– – The Anglican Church of Ghana has condemned an incident in which a priest allegedly kissed some female students. It follows a viral video in which Father Obeng Larbi was captured kissing three students of the St. Monica’s College of Education in the Ashanti region. The video shows the priest on stage inviting the three students for a mouth-to-mouth kiss, one after the other, after directing the students to drop their face masks for the kiss. According to a student, Father Obeng Larbi during a service last Sunday decided to kiss…

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Africa Nigeria World 

[Video]: Thousands queue to bid farewell to TB Joshua

– – Thousands of mourners from around the world have been queuing to view the body of popular Nigerian preacher TB Joshua, who died last month at the age of 57. The influential preacher has been lying in state at his Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN) auditorium in Nigerian state of Lagos. He will be buried on Friday but funeral rites started on Monday with a candlelight procession. TB Joshua was running a megachurch that also owns the popular Emmanuel TV television station based in Lagos. – – The…

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Africa Featured Southern Africa World Zambia 

Zambia’s ex-president Kaunda buried despite family’s protest

– – Zambia’s first president Kenneth Kaunda has been buried at a memorial site for former presidents. He was laid to rest on Wednesday at the Embassy Park national site in the capital Lusaka despite a court appeal by his family members against this arrangement. Kenneth Kaunda who was in office from 1964 to 1991 died on June 17 aged 97. The government decreed that Kaunda would be buried at the Embassy Park where the other past presidents have been laid to rest. But some of Kaunda’s children, grandchildren and…

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Africa Ghana West Africa World 

The gift of queer and trans* Ghanaian activists

– – On June 23rd, 2021, Rightify Ghana called attention to an exchange of letters between Ghana’s Speaker of Parliament, Alban S. K. Bagbin and a certain Emmanuel Abankwah Kesse, who dubs himself a political activist. Dated May 28, 2021, Kesse’s letter to the Speaker of Parliament seeks to curtail efforts by various activist groups to ensure the release of 21 individuals wrongfully arrested for “unlawful assembly.” Kesse writes, “I think there is a need to amend section [sic] of our laws that makes these LGBTs think what they are…

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