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The diploma mills fooling Ghanaians with fake honourary doctorate degrees

Some months ago somewhere in Yamousoukro, Ivory Coast, while attending a meeting, a veteran journalist from an eastern African country shared his love for Lagos with us. “I love night life in Lagos. It’s the only time I go out in the city,” he said. “That’s when you get to …

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Offshore companies in the global economy

The global media is awash with news of the Panama Papers, and it is the biggest leak in journalistic history. The documents show how several politicians and public officials have hidden their assets through offshore companies in tax havens. But what are offshore companies and how do people hide wealth …

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April Fools’ Day and its origins

“Mama, why is April One referred to as April Fools’ Day?”, nine-year-old Lambee asked his mother. The mother who was astonished about the question promised to find out the history behind the day for little Lambee when she gets to work. It was said that in 1708 a correspondent also …

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Personal development for national development – Ghana needs a paradigm shift

Introduction Many concerned Ghanaians have raised questions about Ghana’s development strategy. The questions have ranged from what vision the country has to what the country’s specific development agenda is? Some have even argued for an agenda or vision that every political party that comes into power would execute irrespective of …

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Financial illiteracy and microfinance fraud in Ghana

The rate at which some micro finance institutions in Ghana are fraudulently extorting monies from local investors, especially petty traders, is very alarming.  There is therefore the need for the relevant authorities and agencies in the country to constantly offer financial literacy to potential investors to save the situation. Historically, …

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I don’t wish to be a ‘kayayo’

At night in many parts of Accra, many female head porters are seen sleeping in open spaces and this makes them vulnerable to the vagaries of the environment and violence from acquaintances and strangers. These female head porters (kaya yei) often come from distant rural communities in search for greener …

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Struggling to remain in school in rural Ghana

It is a quarter of an hour to midday. Emma is still in the bush surrounding of Suano, unsure of reaching home in time for his afternoon shift classes. He starts sobbing uncontrollably as fears of missing another school day grips him. The 12-year old class four- pupil finally emerged …

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Crime check at Kwame Nkrumah Circle

Not only does it occur during the night, but it has become difficult when one arrives even during the day, to use the various routes of the Kwame Nkrumah Circle to various destinations- just because of the crime rate. Over the years, the increase in crime activities at Circle in …

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Ghana’s e-government public-private partnership and the value of long-term strategies

Most African countries have realized the importance of private investment and are experimenting with private sector partnerships for the construction, maintenance, and/or operation of capital intensive projects. Where they have succeeded, as with Ghana’s e-government public-private partnership (PPP), results benefit the entire society. In April 2010, the Government of Ghana …

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The nanny business in Ghana

Nannies provide important services in many homes in Ghana and around the world. Their services can never be underestimated as they cater for the wellbeing of children in the absence of their parents. In Ghana, and in most parts of Africa, nannies are not normally well trained people to shape …

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