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Driving Africa’s growth through the AfCFTA opportunity

Standard Bank Group’s 160-year history in Africa makes the Group more than a financial services organization. The Group has become a core and an indispensable member of the African community, offering not just integrated...

Why Kyiv would still face big hurdles in using the US-made fighter jets

Ukraine’s quest for US-made F-16 fighter jets received a big boost over the weekend when US President Joe Biden gave his backing for Kyiv’s pilots to be trained to fly them.Biden’s comments at a...

The first female PhD scientist, Elizabeth Ohene

She achieved everything that there was to achieve and more. It is her work with the Volta Lake that is my abiding memory.In paying my last respects to Dr Letitia Obeng, Ghana’s first female...

“My daughter told me she wanted to die so I gave her permission to end it” – Mother reveals

Note: This essay includes discussions of self-harm and suicidal ideation.My daughter, who is now a 28-year-old therapist leading a happy and productive life, almost didn’t make it to adulthood due to mental illness.Faith was...

I was cursed at my cult leader’s mom’s funeral: Here’s what happened next – Lady narrates

At my mother’s funeral, I discovered that she was a cult leader. Without telling me, she’d started her own religion, a mashup of Judaism, Jesus and herself.Those who believed in her called her “Momma.”...

Affordable Housing out of reach for working class in Accra

Bright Adu Larbi, a 38-year-old security guard making 500 Ghanaian cedis (US$45) a month, didn’t need the ongoing economic crisis to feel overwhelmed by the cost of living in Ghana’s capital city, Accra. For...

Shisha smoking raises heart rates and high blood pressure: A National Call for Action

I feel sad seeing so many youths engaging in this shisha smoking. It is rather unfortunate that as young men and women, most of us leave life in the present and do not consider...

Hookup leaves one unhappy, sexually unsatisfied and confused

Freitas, Donna (2013), a book, titled “The End of Sex: How Hookup Culture is Leaving a Generation Unhappy, Sexually Unfulfilled, and Confused About Intimacy,” struck me after reading the abstract.  In reading the book...

Sex workers are the unlikely beneficiaries of Twitter Blue

Twitter has long been one of the friendliest, or perhaps just least hostile, social media platforms for sex work. As it launches into a slow death spiral, many sex workers are still paying for...

Ghana in search of the true leader/president

Dear Honorable Ghanaians, as a citizen, I want to take this opportunity to share my views with you. I should be very excited over your critiques and criticisms. And I would also be pleased to accept your opinions as well.On 7th January...

How King Charles’ coronation would have happened in Ghana

In BBC's series of letters from African journalists, it received one from Elizabeth Ohene who considered how the coronation of King Charles III would go if it were in Ghana, known as the Gold...

Martin Amidu: Gold Mafia documentary – Akufo-Addo reaped what he sowed

“- But in these cases, we still have judgement here; that we but teachBloody instructions, which, being taught, returnTo plague the inventor; this even-handed justiceCommends the ingredients of our poison’d chaliceTo our own lips….”...

How groundnut soup helps check erectile dysfunction

In my first article, I reported the many benefits derived from groundnut soup. The benefits are enshrined in the peanut used for groundnut soup. The reason why groundnut soup could help men’s sexual health...

World War II shipwreck of SS Montevideo Maru, which sank with over 1,000 POWs, found in South China Sea

A Japanese merchant ship that sank during World War II while carrying over 1,000 prisoners of war in Australia’s largest loss of life at sea has been found.The Montevideo Maru was discovered off the...

Fishing sector in Fukushima survives nuclear accident

Kinzaburo Shiga, 77, returns to Onahama harbor in the early hours of the morning after catching a trawler full of fish off the eastern coast of Japan.The third-generation fisherman, though, won't go right to...

Why Tanzania may be the fastest developing economy in East Africa

Despite having the highest capital finance in Africa for e-mobility start-ups, Kenya lags behind its neighboring countries in terms of electric vehicle adoption with only 350 EVs on its roads. Tanzania takes the lead in...

How a beautiful professional lawyer quit her profession to serve coffee

This as-told-to essay is based on a conversation with Madeline Chan, 29, owner of Mad Roaster in Singapore. It's been edited for length and clarity.As ironic as it may sound, I wasn't a coffee...

Ancient DNA exposes the imperial mysteries that drove China to construct its Great Wall

A nomadic kingdom that traded on the Silk Road, constructed elaborate graves for its dead, and conquered far-off areas on horseback ruled the Asian steppes for three centuries starting in 200 BC.Known as the...

Taiwan’s extraordinary 111-year-old forest railway gets a makeover

Snaking through the dense forests of Alishan, one of the tallest mountain ranges in Taiwan, the 111-year-old Alishan Forest Railway has long been a popular attraction for train fans.And now, the train’s operators are...

‘Historic moment’: India’s first underwater metro route completes maiden run

Flowers, a coconut and a round of cheers were part of the celebrations following the inaugural test run through India’s first underwater metro tunnel on Wednesday.The Kolkata metro’s newest line, set to open to...

World leaders are lining up to meet Xi Jinping. Should the US be worried?

Since late last month the Chinese leader has hosted heads of state and government chiefs from Spain, Singapore, Malaysia, France and the European Union – an unusual pace of diplomatic activity that comes as...

Amanda Cartey writes: A brush with crime; my experience outsmarting a thieving taxi driver

In the past few years, I have heard many stories about people's experiences with taxi robberies but I always thought it was just a tale.They talked about how taxi drivers tricked them by locking...

This why more men are committing suicide than women

About 70% of suicides recorded in the country are committed by men, a community psychiatry nurse at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital has disclosed.The total number of people in the country who take their...

‘Sweet Mother’ hitmaker sold more copies than any of the Beatles’, so why haven’t you heard of him?

Twenty years ago the man who recorded one of the most successful songs of all time was thrown off a motorbike by a car in Calabar, Nigeria. He hit his head on the road...

Are there any travel disruptions across Easter 2023 in London?

Whether you want to go home to be with your family or take advantage of the bank holiday for a long vacation, Easter is frequently a busy period for travel.Unluckily, this makes it one...

Royals who will appear on Buckingham Palace balcony on coronation day revealed

The King’s long-promised ‘slimmed down’ monarchy will be represented on the Buckingham Palace balcony on coronation day, according to reports.A group of 15 working royals will take centre stage for the historic moment after...

Where do the Silk Roads lead to?

First coined in the 19th century, the term "Silk Road" refers to a much more ancient reality, dating back to the first exchanges between China and the Roman Empire. Beyond their purely commercial dimension,...

Discrediting Dr. Bawumia’s credibility in political rhetoric is an exercise in futility

In the world of politics, rhetoric is a powerful tool that is often used to sway public opinion and win elections.It is the art of using language effectively to persuade or influence others,...

Shamima Muslim: Why not you?

When I received the call to make a statement here today, I was initially stunned, then excited, and then really anxious. I asked myself, why me? But then I asked myself, why not me?I...

Surge in prices of sanitary products a hidden canker

Sanitary products such as pads, tampons and menstrual cups are essential for maintaining good menstrual hygiene.However, the high cost of these products in Ghana has led to many adolescent girls and women being unable...

People with 6-packs risk being depressed – Prof. Raphael Nyarkotey Obu

I chanced on this important study in the men’s health article in the Times of India(2018) and I would to share it with you.We cannot be wiser than God indeed. Well, today, the craze...

Did the Princess of Wales violate royal protocol?

King Charles III and senior royals attended a service at Westminster Abbey earlier this week to observe Commonwealth Day and honor the 56 nations that make up the international organization, despite the blustery weather.The...

Mfantsipim: Ghana’s first secondary school which had an 18-year-old as its headmaster

On April 3, 1876, one of the big schools which has so far transformed many lives in the country was birthed.Mfantsipim is Ghana’s very first secondary school. It has been described by many...

The true state of tollbooths prior to the reintroduction of toll collection

The conversation about road tolls has been resurrected again following a document which emerged on Monday, February 14, 2023, with some proposed rates for the reintroduction of tolls of some of Ghana’s roads.Per the...

World War III must be prevented

The precise import for the formation of the United Nations (UN) was to come together to resolve conflicts that might result in war.The UN replaced the League of Nations.The aftermath of World War II...

Nkuto reduces stretch marks

Nkuto (shea butter) is from the shea tree, Butyrospermum parkii, also called Vitellaria paradoxa. Shea butter is made from the nuts found on the tree by removing the outer shell.The nuts are crushed by...

#IWD2023: Embracing Equity for National Development; the University of Ghana Example

Elizabeth Frances Sey, the first female to obtain a degree from the University of Ghana, graduated in 1953 - just 5 years after the establishment of the school. But it took 70 years to...

“A new perspective on the universe: Aida Muluneh’s art series ‘The World is 9’

Aida Muluneh is a contemporary Ethiopian artist leading the charge in her home region to change the narrative portrayed in the global media about Africa. She has been a victim of war, read about...

Sustainability and the effects of Carbon credit to the mining sector in West Africa

The mining sector in West Africa has long been associated with environmental degradation, particularly in relation to carbon emissions. Mining activities, particularly those related to gold and other precious metals, often involve the use...

Why Ghana holds a parade on Independence Day

Ghana on March 6 marks its Independence day. The day is in commemoration of Ghana proclaiming freedom from colonial rule.After about 83 years of being ruled by some European countries, Osaagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah,...

Ghana Month: Details of Nkrumah’s first official vehicle worth $69000

The legacy of Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s first Prime Minister and President, remains in the hearts of Ghanaians. It is not only his good works that continue to linger in the hearts and minds of Ghanaians....

Protecting Our Wildlife: A closer look at the Forestry Commission’s Wildlife Division

Imagine a world without any animal species - no birds in the air, no fishes in the sea, no mammals on land, reptiles, amphibians, mollusks, or crustaceans - in fact, imagine a world without...

Nigeria elections 2023: Will there be a re-election?

Nigeria held its presidential and national assembly elections on February 25, 2023, which was hotly contested and marred by allegations of vote buying, voter suppression, and other electoral malpractices. According to the Independent National Electoral...

The strange love for reggae and Jamaican Patois in Ghana

Afrobeats may be the popular music in Ghana and many other African nations right now, but Jamaican music is still played loudly practically constantly in Ghana's roadside and beach bars. Reggae night is held every...

Youth take over NDC

As the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) heads to its Presidential and Parliamentary primaries, quite a significant amount of youth have shown interest in taking up the mantle to lead.Thirteen aspirants have filed their...

The woman whose stolen images were used to scam men out of thousands

For over a decade, stolen images of a former adult star have been used to scam victims out of thousands of dollars. How does it feel to be the unwitting face of so many...

February 24, 1966: The Lessons NOT Learnt

Friday, February 24, 2023 marked exactly 57 years since the first brutal maiming of a Ghana under construction on Friday, February 24, 1966. It was a brutal and reckless maiming without much thinking because...

Joleon Lescott column: Potter’s Blues unlikely to end any time soon

Graham Potter appears to be on borrowed time ahead of Chelsea's trip to Tottenham on Sunday.If I'm being honest, I can’t see him riding out this rough period, which is a shame because I...

Meet Charles Asiedu, Asiedu Nketiah’s son eyeing Tano South parliamentary seat

A number of young people on both sides of the political divide, that is in the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) are eyeing seats in the legislature...

How Heron Preston is turning trash into treasure for his Yew York Fashion week debut

Heron Preston has never presented during New York Fashion Week. That fact is a bit surprising considering how much inspiration he gets from New York City, where he currently resides. But that all changes...

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