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Human rights activists in Tanzania fight to abolish death penalty

By: Roohi Sahajpal DAR ES SALAAM – Today, human rights activists around the world commemorate the 11th annual World Day Against the..

October 10, 2013 with 0 Comments

Home Again

I follow Edwina Thomas through the tight alleys of Kroo Bay in Freetown. This is one of the city’s most deprived areas. Thousands of..

March 5, 2013 with 0 Comments

Football, no matter what

Where there’s a will there’s a way. And when it comes to millions of boys the world over, from Rio slums to African villages, when it..

November 23, 2012 with 0 Comments

Riding Towards Sustainable Development

In a country burgeoning with traffic congestion, increasing economic growth, and a stark urban-rural divide, Ghana’s Bamboo Bikes..

August 23, 2012 with 0 Comments

Breaking News, Breaking Hearts: How Ghanaian Media Handles Tragedy

Journalists make the news. They find the issues, gather the reports, and tell the stories. But how they do this can have a lasting impact..

July 25, 2012 with 0 Comments

No faith in science: a Homo sapien rights issue?

Evolution is accepted by 97 percent of scientists in the United States but by only 61 percent of the public, according to the Pew Research..

July 25, 2012 with 0 Comments

Unavailable and underfunded: mental healthcare in Ghana

Like much of the developing world, mental healthcare is lacking in Ghana. Mental illnesses are deeply stigmatized and widely misunderstood,..

July 24, 2012 with 0 Comments

Polio effects linger in Ghana despite vaccines

When Maclean Atsu Dzidzienyo contracted polio as a nine-year-old, his symptoms worsened to the point where his nerves were affected and his..

July 22, 2012 with 0 Comments

Day Cares and Dump Sites: Sanitation Problems in Kumasi

This week, my colleagues and I decided to examine urban sanitation and the associated health issues for Ultimate Radio’s Morning Show. We..

July 20, 2012 with 0 Comments

Slow and unsteady: Ghana's Freedom of Information Bill

July 7th marked the 30th anniversary of the day Canada’s Access to Information Act received royal assent, becoming law. Within a year the..

July 14, 2012 with 0 Comments

Slow and unsteady: Ghana’s Freedom of Information Bill

July 7th marked the 30th anniversary of the day Canada’s Access to Information Act received royal assent, becoming law. Within a year the..

July 14, 2012 with 0 Comments

When Household Chores become Human Rights Abuses

At eleven years old, Thema, a native of Kumasi, hopes to be a nurse when she grows up. Currently, however, she is employed wandering..

July 13, 2012 with 0 Comments

Obruni Chief

Ghana is full of people who came to the country, fell in love with it and its people, and ended up staying. Rod McLaren’s story is a..

July 11, 2012 with 0 Comments

Searching for the man with biscuits

“This man continued giving us biscuits and bananas every day for close to two weeks. So it’s like he used that way to drag so many..

July 9, 2012 with 0 Comments

Finding Accountability for Vehicle Safety

  Last weekend, on a mission to buy a pineapple, some friends and I walked to the “Amakom traffic lights” – a major intersection..

July 3, 2012 with 0 Comments

Poverty prevents some Ghanaians from seeking education

Very little light illuminates the abandoned railway line that cuts down the center of the squatter community of Kejetia. The large field..

June 27, 2012 with 0 Comments

This land is your land, this land is my land

Some men wore fitted suits. Others were dressed in traditional kente clothing. The event started an hour and a half after its scheduled..

June 26, 2012 with 0 Comments

“Lutte Traditionnelle:” a photo essay

I’ve never really done sports journalism, so I jumped at the opportunity to go to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)..

June 22, 2012 with 0 Comments

Defending sexual minority rights

“Pedophiles or other sexual deviants are not welcome in Ghana.” The sign loomed over me as I stood, waiting to get my passport stamped,..

June 18, 2012 with 0 Comments

“The Road Not Taken”: maternal mortality in rural Ghana

My colleague and I took a two hour journey to a village outside of Kumasi to conduct interviews for his documentary on maternal mortality..

June 15, 2012 with 0 Comments

Ending Ghanaian child labour

Working children are everywhere in Accra. They collect the fares for trotros, mini-vans turned into buses. They stand in intersections,..

June 10, 2012 with 0 Comments

The politics of being gay

On my first day of work, I was asked how I felt about having a gay president. The question was referring to President Obama’s..

June 6, 2012 with 0 Comments

Repatriating Ghana’s “Witches”

Ghanaian witch camps are a cultural phenomenon I have yet to fully experience and understand. Although I have read much about them and..

June 4, 2012 with 0 Comments

Malaria, the hospital, and Ghanaian health care

There is an odd fear and fascination with Malaria in Canada. To many, it’s an “exotic” and deadly disease. It’s shrouded in..

June 3, 2012 with 0 Comments

The drive to protect Ghana's youth

    Francis Donkoh waited on the meridian while a police officer stopped a busy street full of afternoon traffic for him to..

June 1, 2012 with 0 Comments

The drive to protect Ghana’s youth

    Francis Donkoh waited on the meridian while a police officer stopped a busy street full of afternoon traffic for him to..

June 1, 2012 with 0 Comments

Ciao Kumasi!

Before arriving in Ghana two weeks ago, I was told to prepare myself for the shock: there will be harsh exhaust fumes, deafening noises,..

May 29, 2012 with 1 Comment

Ghana's suicide stigma

I went to the scene of a suicide on the third day of my internship. The suicide victim, later identified as a former foreign ambassador and..

May 26, 2012 with 1 Comment

Ghana’s suicide stigma

I went to the scene of a suicide on the third day of my internship. The suicide victim, later identified as a former foreign ambassador and..

May 26, 2012 with 1 Comment

Not taking no for an answer

I was already in the tro-tro to work when I began to reconsider my outfit. I must have lost weight since the last time I wore the cotton..

May 21, 2012 with 0 Comments

Malaria: not just a disease, but a way of life

It’s the most dangerous killer in West Africa, the top issue on Ghana’s health priority list, and carries a whopping price tag of up to..

May 21, 2012 with 0 Comments

Ghana's prisons: 'universities of crime'

Thanks to poor conditions, and a focus on punishment instead of rehabilitation, Ghana’s prisons have become “universities of crime,”..

May 9, 2012 with 1 Comment

Ghana’s prisons: ‘universities of crime’

Thanks to poor conditions, and a focus on punishment instead of rehabilitation, Ghana’s prisons have become “universities of crime,”..

May 9, 2012 with 0 Comments

Meet the Tognis: Las familia Circo

Yecid’s clothes don’t fit him quite right, his shoes are four sizes too large, his left wrist sometimes pops out of place and it always..

April 23, 2012 with 0 Comments

Why we do what we do: rights media in Northern Ghana.

“Always leave your office door open, because you never know who will walk in,” a kernel of wisdom from my father that has always stuck..

April 17, 2012 with 0 Comments

Ivorian refugee seeks to be reunited with father in Canada

For Rita Josiane Bole and her ten-year-old daughter, fleeing the war in Cote D’Ivoire did not mean they would find peace. Like thousands..

April 4, 2012 with 0 Comments

Ghanaian women march to promote peaceful elections

An audio slideshow of 40 women marching for peaceful elections in Tamale, Ghana On International Women’s Day, 40 women in Tamale, Ghana..

March 30, 2012 with 0 Comments

The children of Zion Bata

The children of Kachitsa Village, a small village of 1,000 in the northern outskirts of Lilongwe, Malawi, are adamant about their religious..

March 20, 2012 with 0 Comments

Radio waves inspire change in Malawi

Violet Banda is not your average 21-year-old. A poised, confident and outspoken child rights activist, Banda personifies the power of radio..

March 20, 2012 with 0 Comments

Down the road to BASCO

Vida sits in a scratched wooden chair beneath the only coconut tree in a clearing. She has a series of line scars next to her eyes and..

March 19, 2012 with 0 Comments

Hacks versus flacks: Ghana edition

“You want me to do what? You want a copy of all my questions?” It’s the third time today I have spoken with Gabriel Nii..

March 1, 2012 with 2 Comments

Grade ‘A’ Empowerment

In June 2009, Accra High School partnered with Amnesty International (AI) for an initiative called the ‘Human Rights Friendly School..

December 5, 2011 with 0 Comments

French sanctions driving Mali’s tourism industry down the drain

The debate raged on about Mali. To go or not to go. West Africa’s tourism hotspot was calling me, but I couldn’t ignore the..

November 23, 2011 with 0 Comments

French sanctions driving Mali's tourism industry down the drain

The debate raged on about Mali. To go or not to go. West Africa’s tourism hotspot was calling me, but I couldn’t ignore the..

November 23, 2011 with 0 Comments

The Road to Wli

The view was absolutely worth the climb. In early November, a group of 6 of us set out to take on Wli Waterfall- perhaps the most sought..

November 23, 2011 with 0 Comments

Open Letter to Sobbing Beggar Child

Please, for the purposes of smooth narration, allow me to lump you in with all the others: short and scruffy street brats, dirt-faced and..

November 16, 2011 with 0 Comments

Four Babies and a Mother

[pullquote]”They are human like myself so they should be given the necessary support. Even though they are not my family members,..

November 14, 2011 with 0 Comments

Journalism students in Ghana use their skills to make change for refugees

On July 15th, 2011 a group of 10 journalism students from Ghana presented a body of work, including a radio feature, print articles and a..

October 27, 2011 with 0 Comments

One little voice – a journalist defends the environment, champions human rights

Christian Baidoo was still a student when villagers from his community, Assorku Essaman, decided to chop down an ancient Brokofi tree,..

October 24, 2011 with 0 Comments

What to do about Ghana's witch camps?

The hundreds of women and few men who populate the camps sprinkled throughout Ghana’s Northern region have been branded witches by..

October 22, 2011 with 0 Comments

What to do about Ghana’s witch camps?

The hundreds of women and few men who populate the camps sprinkled throughout Ghana’s Northern region have been branded witches by..

October 22, 2011 with 0 Comments

Social Media and the Power to Create Change In Ghana

“We live in a global society. Whether we like it or not, we’re connected. “ Michelle Newlands – a Canadian intern working for..

October 20, 2011 with 0 Comments

Finding God In Ghana

I was already sweating as I darted through the path of cars and tro-tros whizzing down Labadi Beach Road. I was in an appreciative mood..

October 20, 2011 with 0 Comments

On their mark: Ramp up to the 2012 Ghanaian Elections

With over a year left before Ghanaians take to the polls and ink their thumbs for the election ballot, major political parties in Ghana are..

October 4, 2011 with 0 Comments

Freebies and a failed education system

Trending on Accra’s radio stations now is the state of Ghana’s education system.  Mostly, people are outraged! Majority of public..

September 23, 2011 with 2 Comments

Takoradi's lost daughters

Night falls fast and dark over downtown Takoradi. Market Circle, the town’s commercial epicentre, is a phantasmagoria of weird shadows..

September 22, 2011 with 0 Comments

Takoradi’s lost daughters

Night falls fast and dark over downtown Takoradi. Market Circle, the town’s commercial epicentre, is a phantasmagoria of weird shadows..

September 22, 2011 with 0 Comments

White Wedding.

I was asked to be a part of a wedding purely based on my skin colour. A teacher at the AUCC; the dean of social science, Osei Piesie..

September 19, 2011 with 1 Comment

The obruni tries to speak Twi

Recorded clips of Chris and I attempting to learn Twi became a great source of amusement for the staff at Kapital Radio. During our..

September 19, 2011 with 0 Comments

Body kept in parking lot at Kumasi Police HQ

The corpse of a suspected car thief lies in the parking lot of the Ashanti Regional Police Headquarters, a car mat with a pool of blood..

September 19, 2011 with 0 Comments

Preferential treatment v. currying favours

[pullquote]There was about twenty people ahead of me. I took out my book and settled down to wait. One hour passed. Then two hours. Then..

September 19, 2011 with 0 Comments

Does a witch have human rights?

When a young girl was killed in Kasalgu, a tiny village in rural Ghana, no one thought to call the police or hire a lawyer. Instead they..

September 2, 2011 with 0 Comments

Ghanaian banks: Fancy adverts, terrible service

In Accra not an hour goes by on local radio and television without an advert of a bank promoting some sort of potion for the financial ills..

August 28, 2011 with 0 Comments

From intention to interpretation

On the roof of our guesthouse in Kokemlemle, we sit and enjoy the African breeze that comes with the setting of the sun beginning around..

August 28, 2011 with 0 Comments

Moses in chains

Pastor Serwaa knew two journalists were coming to interview her. God told her before Kizito Abagoami, a Diamond FM reporter, and I arrived...

August 11, 2011 with 0 Comments

The strange death of Safianu Adam

On the evening of March 29th, a cab driver named Safianu Adam walked into an anti-government riot in Tamale, one of Ghana’s biggest..

August 11, 2011 with 0 Comments

How to make a comeback in Tamale

As we approached her small dress shop housed in a shed by the roadside, Fadila stood tall in her stunning dress and headscarf and welcomed..

August 11, 2011 with 0 Comments

So, we have moved to Africa

Each time one moves they must adapt to a new culture of some sort – changing neighbourhoods, towns, cities, provinces, states –..

August 11, 2011 with 1 Comment

Homosexual rights in Ghana a work in regress?

I’ve been doing this thing on Twitter called the Ghana Heat Check, where I attempt to come up with clever ways of letting my followers..

August 3, 2011 with 0 Comments

Malawi: reverting back to dictatorial roots?

I arrived in Malawi three weeks ago – just in time to see ‘the warm heart of Africa’ break into chaos. Violent protests swept..

August 3, 2011 with 0 Comments

Child labour on the streets of Ghana: the issue with underaged street vendors

We go to malls for shopping convenience.  A hundred stores within walking distance of each other; you can spend a day at the mall and walk..

August 2, 2011 with 0 Comments

Right to safe drinking water: a challenge in rural Ghana

[pullquote]“When it rains like this, it gets into the well and then the colour changes, it’s just like mud and it’s very difficult to..

July 29, 2011 with 0 Comments

Ancestors believe dirty pond is blessed in Kejebril

“The river is like a mother to us,” says one woman in the Kejebril Market. Residents of Kejebril, a small farming community in the..

July 29, 2011 with 0 Comments

A Dream Deferred

Gaga’s eye fill with tears as he watches the students in the high school courtyard laughing and joking together. His tattered and stained..

July 28, 2011 with 0 Comments

To the Book-Mobile: Ghana’s Library on Wheels

For many rural children in Ghana, a community library seems like a far away dream. However, a mobile library is giving rural children..

July 28, 2011 with 2 Comments

Ghana oil industry impacts environment and tourism at Axim Beach Resort

[pullquote]“We are removing all the buildings, making them more attractive, building new ones. This is the future plan. We believe we can..

July 28, 2011 with 0 Comments

Ghana Bar Association Educates Children on Their Rights

Knowing what rights you do have is the first way to recognizing when someone is abusing them. The Ghana Bar Association recognizes this..

July 26, 2011 with 0 Comments

Funeral of Kumasi's late Chief of Imam

The late Sheikh Imran Musah served as the Ashanti Regional Chief Imam for nine years before succumbing to diabetes at age 67. He was..

July 26, 2011 with 0 Comments

Funeral of Kumasi’s late Chief of Imam

The late Sheikh Imran Musah served as the Ashanti Regional Chief Imam for nine years before succumbing to diabetes at age 67. He was..

July 26, 2011 with 0 Comments

KNUST Graduation and a brush with royalty

Just like students graduating from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology I shook the hand of the Ashanti King. A week after..

July 26, 2011 with 2 Comments

Do the Adowa!

Adowa is a traditional dance unique to the Ashanti region of Ghana. It’s common to see performances of Adowa at formal ceremonies with..

July 25, 2011 with 0 Comments

Know Your Rights takes on gender and politics

Though the recent contest between the current president, John Evan Atta Mills, and the former first lady, Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, to..

July 25, 2011 with 0 Comments

New neo-natal facilities for Kumasi’s newborns

For every 1000 babies born alive in Ghana, 48 are expected to die. Five years ago, that number would have been far higher but infant..

July 22, 2011 with 0 Comments

New neo-natal facilities for Kumasi's newborns

For every 1000 babies born alive in Ghana, 48 are expected to die. Five years ago, that number would have been far higher but infant..

July 22, 2011 with 0 Comments

A Labour of Love

There is no closing time at Skyy FM. Reporters work until the work is done and sometimes that means twelve hour days and weekends. This..

July 22, 2011 with 0 Comments

Ivorians Seek Refugee Status in Ghana

June 20th marked World Refugee Day. But thousands of Ivorians at the Ampain refugee camp in Ghana have not yet been given that status. ..

July 22, 2011 with 0 Comments

Wedding Shower at the Kumasi Central Mosque

Last Sunday I had the opportunity to attend a Muslim wedding ceremony in the zongo surrounding the Kumasi Central Mosque. The ceremony..

July 22, 2011 with 0 Comments

Exploring primary education in northern Ghana

I had the chance to travel north last week and visit some schools in Bolgatanga, including a private academy and some public primaries. ..

July 21, 2011 with 1 Comment

Going to school in Bolgatanga

Last week I had the opportunity to travel up north to Tamale, Bawku, and Bolgatanga.  Along the way, I checked out the school situation as..

July 21, 2011 with 0 Comments

Stay Jay and E.Fine visit Kapital Radio

Kapital Radio — The Heart of Music My coworkers have developed a habit of calling me up to the studio when Ghanaian celebrities come..

July 21, 2011 with 0 Comments

Burning rubber at slaughterhouse smokes out health centre

Residents of New Takoradi are sick of breathing in toxic smoke coming from burning tires in the neighbourhood’s open slaughterhouse. The..

July 20, 2011 with 0 Comments

Tourists Prop up School in Ghana’s Stilt Village

The school in the village of Nzuluzu would not be able to function without tourism. The 500-year-old remote village is built on the water,..

July 20, 2011 with 0 Comments

jhr interns make their news debut

In celebration of Kapital Radio’s 14th Anniversary on July 1, some of the off-air staff at the station were asked to read hourly news..

July 20, 2011 with 0 Comments

Happy Birthday, Kapital Radio

Friday, July 1, was Canada Day.  It also happened Ghana’s anniversary, known as Republic Day.  But perhaps most importantly, it was..

July 20, 2011 with 0 Comments

A Christian and a Muslim walk into a bar…: religious harmony in Ghana from a Muslim perspective

[pullquote]“The Qur’an commands us to live next to them, to be kind to them, to do justice to them.  We eat their food and marry their..

July 20, 2011 with 0 Comments

Pluralism in Ghana: the Hare Krishna Movement

Nestled in a small village by a pothole riddled road is the gorgeous Hare Krishna Temple of Medie.   Every Sunday, devotees climb the..

July 19, 2011 with 0 Comments

Afro-Brazilians seek connection to Brazil

The Tabom people in Ghana are descendents of Afro-Brazilian slaves who repatriated to West Africa soon after Brazil gained independence in..

July 19, 2011 with 0 Comments

This story has sex, violence and politics

Policy – not politics. Despite the etymology, there’s a pretty big gulf between the two, especially if you’re Kofi Hanson. It’s..

July 17, 2011 with 1 Comment

Republic Day Lake Jam

While Canucks celebrated Canada Day, Ghana turns 54 years old on July 1, 2011. Luv FM’s twi platform, Nyhira FM collaborated with the..

July 17, 2011 with 0 Comments

Islamic Schools in Ghana – Educating a minority

There is no clear consensus on the exact number of Muslims in Ghana; according to official government census, Muslims make up approximately..

July 16, 2011 with 0 Comments
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