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Francisca Kakra Forson

Francisca Kakra Forson is a freelance journalist and a media & communications professional based in Accra Ghana. She has reported for CBCnews, AFP, VOA (Africa) news and West Africa Democracy Radio, Dakar Senegal. She has worked with Ghana's leading English radio JOYfm and its TV and online platforms. She has contributed to BBC Outside Source and BBC news (Africa).
She collaborated  with UNICEF as an influencer  in the 2017 "Let's be Fair" and child poverty campaigns.
She is a writer, currently contributing to FemInStyle online magazine in UK. She also has published articles in Ghana's Business and Financial Times newspaper in Accra and her blog ( covering a wide range of topics especially women's issues.


2 Canadian women kidnapped in Ghana are rescued safely. Freelance journalist Francisca Kakra Forson reports from the capital Accra. Read the full story:

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Nigerian Millionaire Says 'Africapitalism' a Solution to Africa’s Joblessness ACCRA, GHANA — Africa’s rising youth population is outpacing available jobs in the public and private sectors, leaving would-be workers vulnerable to exploitation, terrorism and human rights abuses. Nigerian entrepreneur Tony Elumelu believes the solution to Africa’s unemployment problem is for the private sector to lead and drive growth, a philosophy he calls “africapitalism”. He was on a two-day working visit to Ghana. The president of Coca-Cola, Central, East and West Africa, Kelvin Balogun, says almost 50 percent of graduates churned out by universities in Africa each year do not find jobs. The International Labor Organization (ILO) estimates the youth unemployment rate in sub-Saharan Africa is nearly 12 percent. A World Bank report in 2016 said nearly half, (48 percent) of Gh





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Ghana ‘Sex-for-Job’ Remark Rekindles Debate Over Sexism in Politics -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Women may hold some of the highest positions in Ghana — including attorney general and foreign affairs minister — but that doesn’t mean the country doesn’t have a gender-equality problem. Charlotte Osei was appointed head of the electoral commission in June 2015, the first woman to hold the post. But last month, Kennedy Ayapong, a male member of Ghana's parliament, said in a speech to supporters in southern Ghana that Osei traded sexual favors to get her post. Ayapong’s comments have opened the figurative floodgates on the issues of sexism and discrimination. Women have protested in Koforidua in the eastern region, and on so

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ACCRA — Ghana’s president John Mahama officially opened the valves Thursday at the country’s second offshore field. But there is noticeably less buzz about the project than when Ghana first entered commercial oil production in 2010. Ghana’s entry into oil production in 2010 was met with huge expectations. Ghana was one of the world’s fastest-growing economies. But the West African nation’s fortunes have been dwindling. Inflation is high. Public debt is soaring. Severe power shortages have crippled the economy over the past four years. Even though oil revenues have exceeded the $2 billion target, Ghana has spent more importing fuel than it made exporting crude, according to December 2015 statistics. In the western oil-producing region, residents say they have not seen much benefit. Gideon Jimah sells safety gear and power tools in Takoradi. “Not all are benefiting since the industry requires skilled laborers. ... Most of the workers are expatriates and indirectly w

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Ghana Journalists Reject Fee to Cover Elections -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ACCRA, GHANA — ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- In Ghana, the electoral commission is now requiring journalists to pay a fee to be accredited to cover the presidential and parliamentary elections next month. Journalists are rejecting the requirement, which they say will reduce election transparency. The electoral commission has not said how much the accreditation fee will be, but according to the statement released Monday, the fee will cover the printing and lamination of accreditation badges. Journalists have until next Monday to apply and make payment. Kojo Yankson is a journalist at Joy FM radio. “Let the media houses provide identification fo

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