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Sister Cities: A Model for Development in Ashaiman

Honourable Ibrahim Baidoo is the Mayor of Ashaiman- a city of over 200,000 people located 30 km outside Accra, Ghana’s capital. Baidoo..

February 1, 2014 with 0 Comments

Cost of living in Ghana

December 3, 2013 with 0 Comments

Tracking Ghana’s media

By: John Van Dusen ACCRA — Ghana’s media landscape is a shell of its former self. Twenty years ago there were only a handful of..

December 2, 2013 with 0 Comments

Politics and policing are World Cup worries when Ghana faces Egypt in Cairo

By: Kallan Lyons ACCRA, GHANA- With the final African World Cup qualifying match between the Ghana Black Stars and Egypt Pharaohs set to..

November 15, 2013 with 0 Comments

Naval death reinforces need for safety policy

By: Carolyn Thompson ACCRA – A naval worker whose life jacket malfunctioned was swept away by strong currents after the life boat he..

November 14, 2013 with 0 Comments

Citi FM reporter wins award for innovative storytelling

By: Carolyn Thompson ACCRA, Ghana – Nana Boakye-Yiadom trudged through marshy and flooded fields after more than an hour riding on the..

November 12, 2013 with 0 Comments

The art of poverty

By: Carolyn Thompson ACCRA, Ghana – In a working class neighbourhood where open sewers reek of feces and vendors sit on rickety stools..

October 24, 2013 with 0 Comments

Mental Health in Ghana: Making it Matter

By: Kallan Lyons ACCRA, GHANA – Sitawa Wafula stands in front of a packed room, poised behind the podium, no notes in hand.  The..

October 16, 2013 with 1 Comment

In Old Fadama

By: Jacky Habib ACCRA, GHANA  – On a sunny Saturday afternoon, Citi FM reporter Eugenia Tenkorang and I walk through the streets of..

October 16, 2013 with 0 Comments

Nowhere to go but the gutter

By: John Van Dusen ACCRA, GHANA – The sound of a flushing toilet is as rare as a quiet morning in some parts of Accra. On a weekend..

October 15, 2013 with 0 Comments

Awoonor’s cultural legacy

By Carolyn Thompson ACCRA – Dozens of women in red and black dresses stream through the aisles, with small candles atop their heads..

October 15, 2013 with 0 Comments

Beyond the 9 to 5 in an informal economy

By: Carolyn Thompson ACCRA – The trotro was full but I didn’t want to wait. It can take half an hour for the minibuses to fill up..

October 15, 2013 with 0 Comments

Victims without voice: measuring gender-based violence in schools

By: John Van Dusen Last month Media Rights Trainer John Van Dusen and Radio Gold journalist Adams Issaka covered a release by the NGO Human..

October 14, 2013 with 0 Comments

Between a rock and a hard place, GM crops or not?

By: Kristian Jebsen ACCRA – As the international community gears up to commemorate World Food Day on October 16, Ghana is..

October 14, 2013 with 0 Comments

In Ghana, censorship or necessary caution?

By Iain Marlow ACCRA—Ghana’s Supreme Court has jailed a journalist for criminal contempt over comments related to an ongoing court case..

July 11, 2013 with 1 Comment

Rainy season comes to Accra

by Jocelyn Edwards It’s rainy season in Accra which, if you haven’t been to Africa, is a fact that might seem incidental to the..

June 17, 2013 with 0 Comments

On Ghana’s gold, “galamsey” miners and government action

By Iain Marlow ACCRA, GHANA—There’s a lot of gold in Ghana’s hills. Problematically, there’s also a lot of “galamsey.”..

May 21, 2013 with 0 Comments

Journalists doubt information will soon be free in Ghana

 Ashley Terry is a senior producer with globalnews.ca. In the spring of 2013, she served as an expert trainer with Journalists for Human..

April 22, 2013 with 0 Comments

Clash over gay rights in Accra

Gay rights have been pushed to the forefront in Accra after a group of young men, allegedly armed with canes, cutlasses, stones and broken..

March 26, 2012 with 1 Comment

Political Experts Debate Need for "African Spring"

A panel of experts on African politics squared off with students, teachers, civil servants, activists and politicians in a debate hosted by..

January 30, 2012 with 0 Comments

Political Experts Debate Need for “African Spring”

A panel of experts on African politics squared off with students, teachers, civil servants, activists and politicians in a debate hosted by..

January 30, 2012 with 0 Comments

It takes a village to raise a child… plus foreign aid and government support, of course

The tattoo on sixteen-year-old Halima Bintu’s forearm is faded, but you can still see the scars. The thin crooked letters engraved across..

December 5, 2011 with 0 Comments

JHR-AUCC Chapter Holds Official Executive Handing Over Ceremony

As the start of classes drew closer at the African University College of Communications, members of the Journalists for Human Rights School..

October 22, 2011 with 0 Comments

Rotary Launches Road Safety Campaign in Accra

The Rotary Club of Accra-Labone in partnership with the Motor Traffic and Transport Unit and the Driver and Vehicle Licencing bureaux have..

October 20, 2011

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

Akwaaba…

…Welcome to Accra, the capital city of Ghana. I arrived several days ago.  I’m not sure what I was expecting exactly – a country..

May 20, 2011 with 0 Comments

From 'Sodom' to Old Fadama

A pungent stench invades the nostrils when we step over the unusually wide, overfilled gutter. “This place is stinky” my colleague..

March 4, 2011 with 0 Comments

From ‘Sodom’ to Old Fadama

A pungent stench invades the nostrils when we step over the unusually wide, overfilled gutter. “This place is stinky” my colleague..

March 4, 2011 with 0 Comments

Buses and Bushes: a Journey from Kumasi to Accra

It was just after 6 p.m. when I arrived at the station. The sun was sinking in the sky as I lugged my bag across the dusty lot in Kumasi,..

October 8, 2010 with 0 Comments

Holding a City Ransom

The villagers don’t want to talk to Ghanaian journalists. “Africans, Ghanaians, no!” said Abu Smith, shaking his head in disgust and..

September 7, 2010 with 0 Comments

Smoke and Culture Shock on the Side of the Road

These are some definitions of culture shock: Culture shock refers to the anxiety and feelings (of surprise, disorientation, uncertainty,..

August 19, 2010 with 6 Comments

Alive, Alert and Aware

A taxi driver threatened to kill me today. I think. A simple misunderstanding over my intended destination was the root of the problem and..

August 17, 2010 with 4 Comments

Art for Advocacy

The presence of Ghana’s traditional and contemporary art in everyday life is extremely vibrant, literally.  The bright colours composing..

August 16, 2010 with 0 Comments

Putting the people back in politics

As Canadians, we could probably go for weeks without using the word ‘constitution’.  For most, it is linked more closely to the..

August 3, 2010 with 0 Comments
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