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Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning multi media journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene including DW, VOA, TRT World and Africa Feeds.
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Togo: Parliament to elect president under new constitution

27 Mar 2024  |  africafeeds.com
Togo's lawmakers have adopted a new constitution transitioning the country from a presidential to a parliamentary system, with the president now to be elected by parliament for a single 6-year term. The constitution introduces a 'president of the council of ministers' with significant governmental authority, elected from the majority party or coalition in legislative elections. The changes' effective date is not specified, but the next parliamentary and regional elections are scheduled for April 20, with 4.2 million Togolese registered to vote. The Gnassingbe family has been a dominant force in Togo's political landscape since 1967.

Senegal’s President rejects blame in delayed poll that sparked chaos

21 Mar 2024  |  africafeeds.com
Senegal's President Macky Sall has dismissed criticisms regarding his involvement in the postponement of the country's presidential election, which was originally scheduled for last month but delayed due to concerns of potential chaos after some candidates were excluded. The parliament extended Sall's mandate until December, but the Constitutional Council deemed this unconstitutional since Sall's term expires on April 2. The election is now set for Sunday, with 18 candidates running, including Amadou Ba from the ruling coalition. This marks the first delayed presidential election in Senegal since its independence in 1960.

Kidnapping crisis grows, Nigeria says no to ransoms

15 Mar 2024  |  qoshe.com
Nigeria's President Bola Tinubu has rejected paying ransom for over 280 schoolchildren kidnapped in Kaduna state, following a 2022 law making ransom payments illegal. The kidnappers demand over $620,000, 11 Toyota Hilux vehicles, and 150 motorcycles. The abductions are part of a surge in kidnappings challenging the government, with close to 400 people taken in 10 days. Security expert Ryan Cummings and media analyst Aliyu Othman provide insights into the motivations of Islamist militants and bandits behind the kidnappings. Efforts to negotiate with the criminal gangs have been met with skepticism, and the Nigerian public calls for more effective government action. Corruption and inadequate resources within security services are hindering anti-kidnapping operations.

Why Tanzania withdrew approval for Kenya Airways flights

16 Jan 2024  |  africafeeds.com
Tanzania and Kenya are embroiled in an aviation dispute, with Tanzania rescinding approval for Kenya Airways flights between Nairobi and Dar es Salaam in retaliation for Kenya's denial of rights to Air Tanzania for cargo flights. The clash exacerbates existing trade and commercial tensions within the East African Community. Kenya Airways is engaging in talks with aviation authorities to resolve the issue, which could disrupt flights if not settled promptly. Both countries' foreign ministers have assured that efforts are underway to resolve the matter amicably within three days.

Here are the 10 most powerful African passports in 2024

12 Jan 2024  |  africafeeds.com
The 2024 ranking of the world’s most powerful passports, utilizing data from Henley & Partners and the International Air Transport Association, shows Japan and Singapore at the top globally. In Africa, Seychelles ranks highest at 26th globally, followed by Mauritius at 30th. The list for Africa includes South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, eSwatini, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, and Somalia, which has the weakest African passport at 99th globally.

Liberia’s former chief justice sentenced to life for murder

10 Jan 2024  |  africafeeds.com
Liberia’s former Chief Justice Gloria Musu Scott, along with three family members, has been sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of her niece, Charlotte Musu. The court found them guilty of conspiracy and raising a false alarm after a five-month trial. The defense plans to appeal, citing issues with the justice system. Scott, who served as Chief Justice from 1997 to 2003 and later as a senator, maintains her innocence, claiming intruders were responsible for the murder.

Niger junta releases ousted president’s wife and son

10 Jan 2024  |  africafeeds.com
Niger's military rulers have released ousted President Mohamed Bazoum's wife and son from house arrest. Bazoum's son, Mohamed Bazoum Salem, was released a day before his mother. Salem has left for Togo with Togolese Foreign Minister Robert Dussey, while his mother's whereabouts remain unknown. The family had been detained since a military coup in July last year. The release is reportedly part of a deal between the junta and ECOWAS, which had imposed sanctions on Niger and demanded Bazoum's reinstatement. The ECOWAS Court of Justice had ruled the family's detention arbitrary. Bazoum faces prosecution for high treason.

DR Congo: Tshisekedi’s electoral victory confirmed by constitutional court

10 Jan 2024  |  africafeeds.com
Felix Tshisekedi's electoral victory in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been confirmed by the constitutional court, allowing him to be sworn in for a second term on January 20. The court dismissed challenges to the results, affirming that Tshisekedi received 73% of the vote despite reported irregularities. The opposition has rejected the results, calling the process a sham, but only one opposition candidate filed a petition.

Guinness World Record attempt frenzy grips Ghana

06 Jan 2024  |  africafeeds.com
Ghana is experiencing a surge in attempts to break Guinness World Records, with notable efforts by Afua Asantewaa Owusu Aduonum in singing and Chef Failatu Abdul-Razak in cooking. Abdul-Razak aims to cook for 240 hours, surpassing the current record of 119 hours and 57 minutes. The Ghana Chefs Association has honored her with the title of 'Executive Chef.' The enthusiasm for record-breaking is widespread, with 355 applications from Ghanaians since July 2023. The trend reflects a growing cultural phenomenon in West Africa, celebrated by both the public and local organizations.

Sierra Leone: Ex-president Koroma, 12 others charged over failed coup

03 Jan 2024  |  africafeeds.com
Sierra Leone's ex-President Ernest Bai Koroma and twelve others have been charged with treason over a failed coup attempt last November. Koroma faces multiple charges, including treason and harbouring, and has been granted bail. His lawyer, Joseph Kamara, claims the charges are politically motivated. The government asserts that the coup was led by Koroma's bodyguards, with his daughter among the wanted suspects. The incident involved attacks on military and prison facilities, resulting in numerous casualties and the release of inmates.

DR Congo Poll: Tshisekedi re-elected by overwhelming vote

01 Jan 2024  |  africafeeds.com
Felix Tshisekedi has been re-elected as President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, securing over 73% of the vote in the December 20 election. The election commission CENI announced the results amidst opposition complaints and calls for protests against the election conduct. Tshisekedi, celebrating with his family, vowed to advance his programs and address societal inequalities. Opposition candidates, rejecting the results, demanded new elections and called for public demonstrations.

2023 is a year of challenges for UN peacekeepers in Africa

27 Dec 2023  |  www.dw.com
UN peacekeeping missions in Africa faced significant challenges in 2023, particularly in countries like the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Mali, and the Central African Republic. Analysts criticize the missions for their limited effectiveness due to restrictive mandates and operational constraints. In Mali, the UN mission MINUSMA faced opposition from local populations and the military government, leading to its withdrawal. The presence of private military companies like Wagner further complicated the situation. Despite these challenges, experts argue that UN peacekeeping efforts remain crucial for stability in conflict-prone regions.

The 18-year-old African who can tame honey bees

24 Dec 2023  |  africafeeds.com
Tamirat Getachew, an 18-year-old from Ethiopia, has gained widespread attention for his unique ability to tame honey bees, allowing them to swarm his body without protection. He describes this talent as a gift, noting that bees seem to understand him. Despite the dangers associated with bee stings, Tamirat's interactions with the insects have fascinated many, extending his popularity beyond his hometown of Asosa.

Africans differ over clerical blessings for same-sex couples

21 Dec 2023  |  www.dw.com
Pope Francis' recent approval of blessings for same-sex couples has sparked mixed reactions across Africa, a continent with predominantly conservative views on homosexuality. While some individuals express discontent and confusion, others see it as a positive step towards inclusivity. The Vatican clarified that the blessings do not equate to approval of same-sex unions, maintaining the church's stance on marriage. The LGBTQ+ community in Africa views the decision as a small but significant step towards recognition and equality, though they continue to seek full marriage rights and societal acceptance. The article highlights diverse perspectives from various African countries, reflecting the complex and multifaceted nature of the issue.

The Kenya-EU economic partnership agreement to boost trade

18 Dec 2023  |  africafeeds.com
Kenya and the European Union have finalized an Economic Partnership Agreement providing Kenya with duty-free and unlimited access to the EU market for its exports. The agreement, which was initially drafted in June and approved by the EU Council, awaits ratification by the parliaments of both parties. The EU is Kenya's top export destination, with trade totaling €3.3 billion in 2022. The deal requires Kenya to gradually open its market to EU products. Kenya exports commodities like tea, coffee, and flowers to the EU and imports machinery and pharmaceuticals. Kenyan President William Ruto and EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen attended the signing in Nairobi. The EPA was originally intended for all East African Community members, but only Kenya proceeded after others abandoned the pact in 2014.

After a new constitution, what's next for Chad?

17 Dec 2023  |  dw.com
Chad's new constitution has been approved by the Supreme Court, with 85.9% approval in a referendum, paving the way for civilian rule. Despite calls for a federal state to address development issues, the constitution maintains a centralized government. Critics argue that the centralized system has failed to develop Chad and that the referendum was a means to legitimize General Mahamat Idriss Deby's transitional leadership. Presidential and other elections are scheduled for 2024, with Deby eligible to run. Experts warn against military dominance in government, suggesting it could be detrimental to the country's stability.

Call for Reform of UN Peacekeeping Missions Grows Louder

07 Dec 2023  |  www.dw.com
UN peacekeeping missions have received significant support from member states at a ministerial meeting in Accra, Ghana. Despite facing numerous challenges, particularly in Africa, delegates reaffirmed their commitment to peacekeeping efforts. UN Under-Secretary-General Jean-Pierre Lacroix emphasized the necessity of global engagement amid increasing conflicts and security threats. Experts and delegates called for reforms to adapt peacekeeping missions to current challenges, focusing on troop and civilian protection, and the use of effective technological tools. The environmental impact of peacekeeping operations was also highlighted, with calls for cleaner energy solutions to reduce the carbon footprint and strengthen local community relations.

Why Ghana’s president refuses to sign laws on witchcraft, death penalty and suicide

05 Dec 2023  |  africafeeds.com
Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo has declined to sign bills related to witchcraft, the death penalty, and attempted suicide, despite supporting their content. He cited constitutional issues, specifically the manner in which the bills were prepared, violating Article 108 of the 1992 Ghana Constitution. The bills aimed to abolish the death penalty, criminalize witchcraft accusations and abuse, and decriminalize attempted suicide. Akufo-Addo plans to reintroduce the bills properly to align with constitutional provisions.

Oscar Pistorius granted parole 10 years after killing girlfriend

24 Nov 2023  |  africafeeds.com
Oscar Pistorius, the South African Paralympic star known as the 'Blade Runner', has been granted parole after serving nine years for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Initially jailed for culpable homicide, his sentence was later increased to 13 years and five months for murder. The parole, effective January 5, comes with conditions including anger management therapy. The Steenkamp family has reacted, with June Steenkamp expressing doubts about his rehabilitation. The parole decision follows a ruling by the Constitutional Court that Pistorius had served half his sentence by March 2021.

Electoral campaign kicks off in the Democratic Republic of Congo

19 Nov 2023  |  dw.com
The presidential election campaign in the Democratic Republic of Congo commenced on November 19, with President Félix Tshisekedi seeking re-election amidst community conflicts in various provinces. Tshisekedi launched his campaign in Kinshasa, praised his government's achievements, and formed a new coalition, the Sacred Union of the Nation. Key opponents include Martin Fayulu, Nobel laureate Denis Mukwege, and businessman Moïse Katumbi. Opposition parties are considering a united front to challenge Tshisekedi, with concerns over election security due to ongoing conflicts, particularly in the eastern part of the country.

Liberia’s Weah concedes defeat after losing run-off poll to Boakai

17 Nov 2023  |  africafeeds.com
Liberia's President George Weah conceded defeat to opposition candidate Joseph Boakai in the presidential run-off election. Boakai, who previously lost to Weah in 2017, secured 50.89% of the votes, leading by over 28,000 votes with nearly all ballots counted. The election, one of the tightest in Liberia's history, has sparked celebrations in Monrovia. Boakai campaigned on addressing mismanagement by Weah's administration. Liberia continues to recover from past civil wars and an Ebola epidemic.

Ghana Reparation Conference Participants Reflect, Call on Compensation, Amends

17 Nov 2023  |  www.voaafrica.com
A conference on reparations for colonial and trans-Atlantic slave trade injustices was held in Accra, Ghana, from November 14 to 17. Organized by the African Union and Ghana’s government, the event saw over a hundred participants from various African countries and the diaspora. Attendees shared their perspectives, calling for compensation and amends for historical injustices.

Pan-African conference on reparations held in Accra

14 Nov 2023  |  africafeeds.com
A pan-African conference on reparations for colonial era injustices and slavery was held in Accra, Ghana, with key figures including the African Union's deputy chairperson Monique Nsanzabaganwa and Ghana's president Nana Akufo-Addo advocating for reparations. The conference aimed to develop a unified strategy for securing reparations, emphasizing that reparations are a moral and ethical obligation beyond financial compensation. British MP Bell Ribeiro Addy stressed that reparations should be determined by those most impacted. The conference also established the African Committee of Experts on Reparations to develop a Common African Position on Reparations.

Pan-African conference on reparations held in Accra

14 Nov 2023  |  africafeeds.com
A pan-African conference in Accra focused on reparations for colonial-era injustices and slavery, with key figures like African Union representatives and Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo advocating for reparations as a moral and ethical obligation. The conference aimed to develop a unified strategy for reparations, emphasizing that reparations should be determined by those most impacted. The event also saw the establishment of the African Committee of Experts on Reparations to create a Common African Position on Reparations.

Ghanaian footballer dies after on-pitch collapse

12 Nov 2023  |  africafeeds.com
Ghanaian footballer Raphael Dwamena died after collapsing on the pitch during a league match in Albania. The Albanian Football Federation confirmed his death despite immediate medical intervention. The match was abandoned, and all games in Albania this week have been postponed. Dwamena, who had a history of heart issues, was the leading goal scorer in the Albanian league this season. Tributes poured in from his former clubs Levante and Real Zaragoza, as well as the Ghana Football Association. Dwamena had represented Ghana internationally, earning nine caps and scoring two goals.

Congo: Candidates kick off presidential election campaigns

11 Nov 2023  |  www.dw.com
Campaigns for the December 20 general election in the Democratic Republic of Congo have begun amidst community conflicts. Incumbent President Felix Tshisekedi, seeking reelection, launched his campaign in Kinshasa, emphasizing his government's achievements and calling for a second term. Opposition candidates, including Martin Fayulu and Nobel laureate Denis Mukwege, are also in the race. The election faces challenges from ongoing conflicts, particularly in the east, and concerns over electoral transparency and security. The Independent National Electoral Commission and the government have been criticized for inadequate preparations and potential electoral fraud.

Congo: Candidates kick off presidential election campaigns

11 Nov 2023  |  www.dw.com
Campaigns for the December 20 general election in the Democratic Republic of Congo have begun amidst community conflicts. Incumbent President Felix Tshisekedi, seeking reelection, launched his campaign in Kinshasa, highlighting his government's achievements and forming a new coalition, Sacred Union of the Nation. High-profile candidates include Martin Fayulu, Denis Mukwege, and Moise Katumbi. Opposition parties are considering a united front to challenge Tshisekedi. The election faces significant challenges, including ongoing conflicts in the east and concerns over electoral transparency and security.

Ethiopia and Eritrea: Is a new war looming?

11 Nov 2023  |  www.dw.com
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's push for access to the Red Sea port of Assab in Eritrea has raised concerns about potential conflict. Despite a historic peace deal in 2018, tensions are rising as Ethiopia seeks to regain port access, which has been blocked since a 20-year border war. Abiy's recent statements suggest a preference for peaceful negotiations, though he has hinted at the use of force if necessary. Analysts suggest Abiy's focus on the port issue may be a diversion from internal crises and a strategy to bolster his political position. Eritrea has condemned Abiy's comments, emphasizing its sovereignty and territorial integrity. The situation remains delicate, with potential implications for regional stability.

Cassava Network steps down to launch Mansa

09 Nov 2023  |  africafeeds.com
Mouloukou Sanoh has stepped down as CEO of Cassava Network to launch Mansa, a new fintech aimed at addressing the credit issues faced by SMEs in Africa. Cassava Network, a progressive Web3 platform, experienced accelerated growth under Mouloukou's leadership, which saw the integration of various Web2 and Web3 brands. Mansa will offer a protocol that allows venture-backed businesses to use a variety of assets as collateral, thus democratizing access to financing and bridging the gap between traditional financial systems and decentralized finance.

Ethiopia's Dam Dispute Could Escalate

25 Oct 2023  |  www.homelandsecuritynewswire.com
The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) conflict, involving Ethiopia, Egypt, and Sudan, has persisted for over a decade. Ethiopia's completion of the dam's reservoir filling has raised concerns among downstream countries, Egypt and Sudan, about potential water supply disruptions. Despite resumed negotiations, experts emphasize the urgency of resolving the dispute to prevent regional escalation. Ethiopia plans to continue dam activities, while Egypt has sought international intervention. The dam, initiated in 2010, aims to generate electricity for the region.

South African miners ‘held hostage’ escape amid protests

25 Oct 2023  |  africafeeds.com
Workers at the Gold One mine near Johannesburg, South Africa, were held underground for three days in a hostage situation involving over 500 miners. The incident was part of a dispute between the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu). More than 100 employees eventually emerged from the mine. Police are investigating, and a police spokesperson reported that miners were held against their will by approximately 15 individuals, though their union affiliation is unclear.

Liberia elections: Weah and Boakai set for run-off

18 Oct 2023  |  africafeeds.com
The Liberian presidential election is heading to a run-off between incumbent President George Weah and his main rival Joseph Boakai, with Weah leading by a slim margin of 43.8% to Boakai's 43.5% after nearly all votes have been counted. A repeat of the 2017 run-off, which Weah won, is set after the closest presidential race since the civil war ended. The run-off is scheduled for November 7, following the official results announcement and a repeat vote in parts of Sinoe, Nimba, and Montserrado counties due to ballot tampering.

French troops start withdrawal from Niger

11 Oct 2023  |  africafeeds.com
French military convoys have begun their withdrawal from bases in southwest Niger following demands from the ruling military junta. The departure involves around 1,500 French soldiers, with some traveling by road to Chad and others flying out. This move comes after France's refusal to recognize the junta leaders as legitimate and the subsequent tension between the two nations. France's withdrawal from Niger follows similar exits from Mali and Burkina Faso, signaling a decrease in French influence in the Sahel region. The United Nations has also ended its peacekeeping mission in Mali.

Young Africans Hope to Address Climate Challenges Through Training Program

10 Oct 2023  |  www.voanews.com
Fifty young innovators and leaders from 19 African countries participated in a three-week leadership and professional development training program in Accra, Ghana. Sponsored by the U.S. government, the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) program aims to develop technology-focused social and business solutions to climate challenges.

Liberians vote for new president in crucial election

10 Oct 2023  |  africafeeds.com
Liberians are voting in a general election to decide their new president, with incumbent George Weah seeking a second term against main challenger Joseph Boakai. Both candidates are confident of victory in what is expected to be a fiercely contested election. Weah highlights his achievements in maintaining stability and improving education, while Boakai criticizes the country's decline under Weah's leadership. The election also includes voting for members of the lower house and half of the senate, with 2.4 million registered voters participating.

Cameroon's 'ghost town' days: How residents cope in lockdown

Scholz's Africa visit: Germany looks to boost economic ties

10 Oct 2023  |  www.dw.com
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz's visit to Nigeria and Ghana aimed to deepen economic ties, focusing on energy, agriculture, and digitalization. Nigeria's President Bola Tinubu discussed potential gas exports to Europe, while Ghana's President Nana Akufo Addo explored expanding economic relations. Germany seeks to reduce its reliance on Russian gas and sees Africa as a potential alternative. The visit highlighted Germany's support for democracy and stability in Africa, with significant backing from the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ). Scholz emphasized the importance of Africa's self-reliance and indigenous solutions during his interactions with students at Ashesi University.

While electronic gadgets are now part of our lives, discarding them safely is a challenge once they're outdated. But a young entrepreneur in Ghana is playing his part in getting rid of e-waste.

Ghana has hiked water and electricity tariffs at least three times this year. It has left consumers shorter on cash and worried about the impact it's having on their spending habits.

Cameroon landslides kill at least 30 in capital Yaoundé

09 Oct 2023  |  africafeeds.com
Heavy rains in Yaoundé, Cameroon, have triggered landslides that killed at least 30 people, with many still missing. The Mefou River overflowed and a dam burst, leading to submerged neighborhoods and destroyed homes and infrastructure. Children's bodies were found scattered at the incident sites. Efforts to demolish houses in high-risk areas have been ongoing, and some buildings that collapsed had been marked for demolition.

Guinness world record attempt: Ghanaian sing-a-thon ends

06 Oct 2023  |  www.dw.com
Afua Asantewaa Aduonum concluded her marathon singing attempt in Accra, Ghana, aiming to break the Guinness World Record previously held by Sunil Waghmare of India. The event, which began as a joke, garnered significant public and media attention, including support from Ghana's vice president, Mahamadu Bawumia. Aduonum's effort, focused on promoting Ghanaian music, has inspired many and brought the community together. The final verification of her record attempt by Guinness World Records is pending.

Bissau marks 50 rocky years of independence

24 Sep 2023  |  www.dw.com
Guinea-Bissau marks 50 years of independence with mixed feelings among its citizens. Key figures like Manuel Sequeira and Agostinho Roberto Pereira express disappointment over the country's lack of development and persistent corruption. The nation has faced political instability, including multiple coups, and struggles with weak democratic institutions and drug trafficking. Despite recent peaceful elections, analysts like Adib Saani highlight the need for stronger institutions and regional support from ECOWAS. Former defense minister Celestino Carvalho and youth leader Mansata Sila emphasize the importance of military support for stability and deep reflection for future progress.

West Africa: Guinea-Bissau Celebrates 50 Years of Independence This Sunday

24 Sep 2023  |  fr.allafrica.com
Guinea-Bissau marks 50 years of independence from Portugal, a milestone overshadowed by economic stagnation, political instability, and pervasive drug trafficking. Despite initial hopes for social justice and development inspired by revolutionary leader Amilcar Cabral, the country remains mired in poverty, with over 64% of the population living below the poverty line. The nation has experienced four military coups since independence, and the current president, Umaro Sissoco Embalo, survived a coup attempt in 2022. The June legislative elections offered a glimmer of hope, but the influence of drug cartels continues to hinder progress. Experts attribute the ongoing instability to weak democratic institutions and the entrenched power of drug traffickers.

Bissau celebrates 50 years of independence

23 Sep 2023  |  www.dw.com
Guinea-Bissau marks 50 years of independence from Portugal, a milestone overshadowed by widespread disappointment over the lack of development and persistent poverty. The country has faced decades of political instability, including four military coups, and struggles with drug trafficking, which hampers progress. Despite a recent hopeful legislative election, the influence of drug cartels remains a significant barrier. Key figures like Amilcar Cabral are remembered for their revolutionary roles, while current leaders and experts highlight ongoing challenges in governance and social stability.

Breaking the cycle of 'period poverty' in Ghana

16 Sep 2023  |  www.dw.com
Ghana has one of the highest taxes on menstrual hygiene products globally, making them unaffordable for many and causing girls to miss school days each month. Social activists in Ghana are advocating for change to address this issue.

New Sahel security alliance will face challenges

09 Sep 2023  |  www.dw.com
The decision by the military leaders of Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger to withdraw from the G5 Sahel alliance, which was established with French support, could lead to its dissolution, according to experts. Mali's military leader, Assimi Goita, announced the formation of a new Sahel regional cooperation group focused on joint security and economic efforts, prioritizing the fight against terrorism. The Sahel region has experienced significant instability since 2014, with violence displacing millions and creating a humanitarian crisis. The United Nations has emphasized the need for strengthened support and intensified anti-terrorism efforts. Experts note that security has deteriorated in Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger since military coups, with increased influence of armed groups.

AI and Robotics: Transforming Lives and Jobs in Ghana

04 Jul 2023  |  Africa Feeds
The article discusses the impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on various sectors in Ghana. Benjamin Nortey, a Ghanaian roboticist, has developed a robot named Cello designed to provide social services. AI's potential contribution to Africa's GDP is significant, with an estimated $1.5 billion by 2030. The University of Ghana uses drones and AI to improve agriculture, while the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital has adopted an AI platform by Mino-Health for better diagnosis in radiology. Despite the shortage of health workers in Ghana, AI tools like Mino-Health aim to fill the gap. However, there are concerns about job displacement due to AI, and the need for workers to upskill. The article also touches on the necessity for regulation in the AI industry to prevent misuse and encourage innovation without stifling it.

Hundreds of African Americans resettle in Ghana

17 Apr 2023  |  www.dw.com
Since the Year of Return initiative in 2019, Ghana has been encouraging the African diaspora to resettle in the country. Hundreds of African Americans have moved to Ghana, and Isaac Kaledzi has spoken to some of the returnees in Accra.

Tension between Ethiopia and Eritrea over the port

11 Apr 2023  |  dw.com
Since Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's rise to power in 2018 and the peace agreement with neighboring Eritrea, there has been a long-standing tension between the two countries. The peace efforts led to Abiy Ahmed receiving the Nobel Peace Prize. However, there are fears that the progress made over the past five years may unravel. Political analyst Abdurehman Seid expresses concern over the potential for renewed conflict, particularly over the Assab port, which Eritrea controls but is of strategic importance to Ethiopia. The Ethiopian government has been accused of neglecting its allies, the Amhara and Eritrea, who assisted in the conflict against the TPLF. The situation is further complicated by Ethiopia's reliance on Djibouti for port access since losing direct access to the sea over two decades ago due to the Eritrean-Ethiopian War.

Nigeria averted a government shutdown after the country's top labor unions, NLC and TUC, called off a nationwide strike for 30 days

04 Apr 2023  |  www.dw.com
Nigeria narrowly avoided a government shutdown when the country's major labor unions, NLC and TUC, suspended a planned nationwide strike for 30 days following last-minute negotiations with the government. The strike was in response to the removal of a fuel subsidy by President Bola Tinubu, which led to increased fuel costs and a 25% inflation rate. The government's compromise includes a temporary wage increase for public sector workers, a suspension of VAT on diesel, social security cash transfers, and the introduction of gas-powered buses to reduce transport costs. A new minimum wage is also expected to be negotiated soon. Labor union leaders have high expectations for the government to fulfill its promises, and analysts agree that the workers' concerns are justified given the country's economic hardships. Despite the challenges, there is some praise for the willingness of both parties to negotiate a resolution.

2023: A challenging year for UN peacekeeping missions

29 Mar 2023  |  dw.com
UN peacekeeping missions, particularly in Africa, face challenges in protecting civilians and bringing stability to countries like the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Mali, and the Central African Republic. Analysts criticize the missions' limited operational mandates and the UN's inability to address violence effectively. The Mali mission (MINUSMA) is set to withdraw by the end of the year after a decade, following the military junta's demand. The Wagner Group, a Russian private military company, is now preferred by Mali's military rulers. Experts argue that despite the shortcomings, UN missions are still necessary in Africa, and reforms are needed to enhance their effectiveness.
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