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The Gambia I want to remember is the one without Jammeh – Sheriff Junior

An elated Gambian journalist living in exile for 15 years, says for once, after 22 years the Gambian people got it right and he is packing to return home. Sheriff Junior who has been in self-imposed exile in Dakar, Senegal believes that the election results reflect the collective will and …

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Giving Africa the power to develop

Whenever African countries send out trade delegations to solicit for investments from businesses in developed countries there has always been excitement about the prospects of high returns on investment from the continent. But this excitement has regularly been dampened when discussion turns to electricity. In a continent where 620 million …

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How politics in Ghana overshadows Christmas

Christmas is approaching, very close, but can hardly be heard about or felt. No Christmas carols at home, on radio and TV, no Christmas wares displayed in the various markets and this is hardly typical of Ghana, a country with over 70 per cent of its populace being Christians. Christmas …

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Livelihoods of fishermen sacrificed on the altar of crude oil

The discovery of crude oil in commercial quantities in Ghana in 2007, and subsequent production of the commodity in 2010, initially brought a lot of joy and high expectations from Ghanaians, especially the residents of the Western Region. The people had high hopes of employment opportunities, potential reduction in prices …

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Alluvial mining destroying River Pra

Water is life as the popular saying goes because it’s an essential commodity for man’s survival since the resource constitutes 70 per cent of the human body and the earth. Water also plays a major part in the productive life of Ghanaians for both domestic and industrial purposes. In Ghana, …

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How Hershey brought its ‘Miracle Food’ to Ghana

Four years ago, a business consultant from Project Peanut Butter (PPB) walked into my Department of Commerce office in Arlington, Virginia and showed me a 60 Minutes news clip called “Plumpynut: The Miracle Food”. It described a ready-to-use therapeutic formula (RUTF) that treats a malnourished child in a number of …

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Open letter to Carlos Lopes

Dear Dr. Carlos Lopes, You have just signed off and stepped down from the position that you occupied for four years as UN Under-Secretary and Executive Secretary of one of the very significant institutions in Africa, the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). I am writing you this open letter because …

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City of Quito, the Capital of Ecuador

Quito, the Capital of Ecuador, was founded in the 16th century on the ruins of an Inca city and stands at an altitude of 2,850m. The city was hit by earthquake in 1917, but despite that, the city has the best-preserved, least altered historic centre in Latin America. The monasteries …

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Are child abuse cases really going down?

The sexual abuse of girls is quite prevalent in our society as the victims suffer mental and physical abuse as a result. The trend in defilement and other rape cases reported shows that the victims brought up in burgeoning slums are more vulnerable. In these areas, girls are more exposed …

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