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John Mahama becomes first one-term president since 1992

Ghana adopted the Fourth Republican Constitution in 1992 in pursuance of multi-party democracy after long and torturous years of military rule, and this is the first time a president elected under the system has been voted out after the first four-year term in office. The first president under the Republic, …

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Four reasons why 2016 elections is historic

Several hours after polls have closed in what is indeed a historic election since Ghana settled for democratic practices in 1992, the Electoral Commission (EC) hasn’t released enough certified results to give a real feel of the trend of the results. But when all is settled and the winner is …

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Elections and the World Cup

Some people vote on ‘issues.’ Some people don’t. Apparently, smart voters vote on issues. All others are voting against their own self-interest. You’ve probably seen many variants of this argument in the past few weeks leading up to tomorrow’s elections. So why do people vote? To better their lot. That …

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A data revolution is happening in Africa

A revolution is underway in Africa and it is not one that involves crowds taking to the streets. Instead it is a revolution in the way the continent is generating and using data to help shape its future. In the past decade narratives about Africa have moved from one extreme …

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Ghana has laws, regulations and institutions to fight corruption and yet…

Almost every government in Ghana came into office declaring to fight corruption, and indeed, all the military interventions recorded in the country’s political history rode high on the wings of anti-corruption crusades to win popular support and acceptance. But 59 years on, after independence and a stable democracy since 1992, …

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Will Ghana ever have a female president?

The just ended US elections which saw Donald Trump defeating his opponent, Hillary Clinton clearly shows that America was not prepared for a female  president. Most people around the globe who had tipped Clinton to win the elections were awestruck when the final results turned in favour of Trump, making …

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Why Bill & Mellinda Gates Foundation supports World Food Prize

Gloria Uwizeyimana is a smallholder famer in Rwanda who used to struggle to feed her children. Her small plot of land did not yield enough, and did not provide her growing children with the nutrition they needed in their formative years. Gloria is not alone in her struggle. One in …

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Continuing Riposte: Of fake degrees and journals – The inconvenient conversation African universities must have

The ongoing discourse on academic credentials and credible outlets for knowledge production and dissemination is not for “much ado about nothings,” who have absolutely nothing to contribute to the discourse in ways that challenge the status quo for the betterment of our educational prospects in UPSA, Ghana, and elsewhere in …

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Blue Economy can be major contributor to Africa’s transformation and growth

Africa boasts of an abundance of natural resources, in particular aquatic and marine resources, with a potential that has not yet been fully tapped in the context of economic growth and sustainable development. The African Great Lakes constitute the largest proportion of surface freshwater in the world (27 per cent). …

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