Abu Danladi's story from Ghana to Los Olivos, then Los Angeles to the MLS

9 Nov, 2020

Abu Danladi has spent the last few years trying to carve out a professional soccer career. After getting drafted No. 1 overall by MLS club Minnesota United in 2017, Danladi has spent the last year bouncing around a bit before getting back to the MLS with Nashville SC this year. 

Danladi appears to have regained his form, scoring twice in seven starts for Nashville this season after getting selected in the MLS expansion draft. All this, however, is just icing on the cake for Danladi. But, why would readers in Santa Barbara County have any interest in this MLS journeyman?

Sorting out fact from fiction when it comes to the safety of Ghana’s media practitioners

3 Nov, 2020

The ability of the media to function effectively is inseparable from democracy. And that functioning depends on cooperation from different entities in society. So a clampdown on media practitioners is an assault on democracy.

In Ghana, which is regarded as a democracy, concerns have been raised about the spate of assaults and intimidation against media practitioners.

 

These fears have been supported by the fact that Ghana has fallen in the ranking of the World Press Freedom Index.

Ghana has a housing crisis: what we found in Kumasi, and what needs to change

30 Oct, 2020

Housing is one of the most basic human needs and can have a profound impact on the happiness, lifestyle, self-esteem, and productivity of an individual. Yet the delivery of adequate housing to urban dwellers has been a considerable challenge for national governments in many developing countries.

Compound houses remain an important housing type in most West African societies. These are mostly single-storey structures with series of single-banked rooms surrounding a square and unroofed courtyard. One side of the enclosed units hosts shared amenities like toilets, kitchens and bathrooms.

Call for proposals - innovative climate-smart agroecology within community landscapes

17 Oct, 2020

The UNDP Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF-SGP) in Ghana has received funds to support the replication and scaling up of tried, tested and successful environmental practices or technologies that produce global environmental benefits and sustainable development in Ghana, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, in line with the OP6 Strategic Initiatives and the associated innovation programmes. 

From Memphis to Ghana: Movie depicts 'an African love connection'

15 Oct, 2020

Memphis writer-director Anwar Jamison didn't intend to star in his new film, "Coming to Africa," which makes its local debut Oct. 23 during the Indie Memphis Film Festival. 

Jamison says he had a "name actor" lined up for the lead role of a brash Memphis skirt-chaser and finance executive who reluctantly agrees to accompany his brother on what proves to be an eye-opening and life-changing trip to Ghana.

Japan’s Approach to Ghana Is a Blueprint for African Development

14 Oct, 2020

Foreign aid and development assistance are contentious subjects for some, since loans on offer sometimes impoverish countries rather than support economic development and improvements in standards of living.

 

However, Japan’s relationship with Ghana is a blueprint for African countries, largely due to Japan’s decision to prioritize key areas such as health care, education, labor laws, and agricultural mechanization. The concept of “tech-centric” development has formed the basis of Ghana-Japan relations.

United Airlines’ Washington to Accra flight

14 Oct, 2020

As of May 14, 2021, United Airlines will launch 3x weekly flights between Washington Dulles and Accra. The route will operate with the following schedule:

UA996 Washington to Accra departing 6:05PM arriving 8:40AM (+1 day)
UA997 Accra to Washington departing 11:45PM arriving 6:35AM (+1 day)

 

The flight will operate eastbound on Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and westbound on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

Ophelia Hayford, wife of murdered MP, Ekow Quansah Hayford quits Police an run for Parliament

13 Oct, 2020

Ophelia Hayford, the wife of the murdered Member of Parliament for Mfantseman Constituency, Ekow Quansah Hayford, has quit the Ghana Police Service in order to replace him as the Member of Parliament for Mfantseman Constituency.

Reports according to Asempa FM, an Accra-based radio station indicate that Mrs. Ophelia Hayford has been selected to be her husband’s replacement for the NPP party in the upcoming December 2020 Election.

Michael Blackson Is Building A School In His Hometown In Ghana

13 Oct, 2020

Michael Blackson wants to give back to his hometown in Ghana. In an Instagram post, the comedian announced plans to open a school in the village where he grew up to help the children in the local community get an education.

Blackson will be working with Afrobeats star Fuse ODG, who has also helped with school construction projects with other stars including British rapper Stefflon Don and social media personality and activist Chaka Bars in Ghana, Jamaica, and the Democratic Republic of Congo through I Heart Africa to help raise money for the various projects to help children from impoverished areas receive a quality education without leaving the neighborhood where they grew up.

An Entrepreneur Talks About How One Person Can Change Another’s Life

13 Oct, 2020

In the latest edition of Giving Done Right, a podcast produced by the Center for Effective Philanthropy, hosts Phil Buchanan and Grace Chiang Nicolette talk with Jason Hackmann, an entrepreneur and major donor who has quietly been investing in efforts to end childhood slavery in Ghana.

 

Hackmann discusses the role that his personal experiences and faith played in motivating him to address the cause.

Ghana Inflation Slows for Second Straight Month on Food Prices

12 Oct, 2020

Ghana’s inflation rate fell for a second month in September as food-price growth cooled further. 

Annual consumer inflation slowed to 10.4% from 10.5% reported for August, Samuel Kobina Annim, government statistician, told reporters Wednesday in Accra, the capital. The median estimate of three economists in a Bloomberg survey was 10.5%. Prices fell 0.2% in the month, the first monthly decline in a year.

Top ten finalists announced for African Business Heroes programme

12 Oct, 2020

The ten finalists have been announced for this year’s African Business Heroes programme. The programme is part of the Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative (ANPI) that was established by the Chinese investor and philanthropist, Jack Ma.

“I continue to be amazed by the passion, resilience, and vision of Africa’s entrepreneurs, and I look forward to meeting these ten extraordinary businesswomen and businessmen at the finale. I am excited to learn more about how they are driving positive change and progress across the continent,” said Ma.

Cocoa price hike benefits Ghanaian farmers

11 Oct, 2020

Ghana has announced an increase of the guaranteed the cocoa price it pays to farmers by 28% per ton for the new growing season. It's the West African nation's latest attempt to improve the livelihoods of its farmers.

Ghana is the world's second-largest exporter of cocoa, after Ivory Coast, and exports around 850,000 metric tons of cocoa each year. Most of this is unprocessed, ready to be turned into chocolate and other products in Europe and the United States. But in recent years, production has fallen by around 30%.

In Ghana, a New Gallery Hopes to Give African Art a Global Platform

9 Oct, 2020

Opening a new gallery is complicated. Opening a new gallery during a worldwide lockdown is, it’s safe to assume, even more so. But for Adora Mba, whose new space opens later this week in the Ghanian capital of Accra, it was a surprisingly positive experience. “It was actually a blessing,” she says. “I’ve had a bit more time and figured out more what I want to do with the program.

 

I feel ready now.” The ADA \ contemporary art gallery opens on Thursday October 15, with its inaugural show: a solo exhibition of the Nigerian painter Collins Obijiaku.

Women Closing the Internet Access Gender Gap in Ghana

9 Oct, 2020

Almost as many women as men use the internet in Ghana, according to a new survey from the World Wide Web Foundation. The study finds men are only 6% more likely to be online than women.

This is in sharp contrast to the large gender gap found globally where men are 21% more likely to be online than women, rising to 52% in the world’s least developed countries. In Uganda, which also featured in the study, men were 43% more likely to be online than women.

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