Ghana converts GHARR-1 research reactor to low-uranium fuel

Ghana converts GHARR-1 research reactor to low-uranium fuel

Ghana has now converted the fuel at its only nuclear research reactor in Accra, successfully completing an international project meant to replace the use of high enriched uranium (HEU) to low enriched uranium (LEU) fuel. The three-year effort completed last week makes Ghana the first of five countries outside of…

Ghana beefs up border security amid calls for Togo intervention

Ghana beefs up border security amid calls for Togo intervention

Ghana is tightening border security following reports that frightened Togolese are trying to leave their small West African nation amid continuing political unrest. Alex Adu, a superintendent with the country’s immigration service, told Ghana News Agency that border control points remained calm but that Ghana – leading among its neighbors…

Minamata Convention on Mercury enters into force

Minamata Convention on Mercury enters into force

The Minamata Convention on Mercury enters into force today, following a 90-day period since the necessary threshold of 51 ratifications was achieved in May. The Minamata Convention enters into force with 128 signatory nations and 74 ratifying countries, including the most recent addition of Brazil last week. Among the countries…

Pangolin scales shipped from Ghana seized by Malaysian officials

Malaysian officials say they have seized another illegal shipment of pangolin scales as it passed through Kuala Lampur International Airport (KLIA) late last week. The 288 kilograms of pangolin scales were packed in sacks inside 12 cardboard boxes labeled as oyster shells, according to a report Wednesday by the Malaysia…

Merkel makes G20 ‘Compact for Africa’ case in Berlin

German Chancellor Angela Merkel pressed her case for investment in Africa on Monday as part of the G20’s Compact for Africa initiative, the focus of two-day meetings in Berlin. Merkel, whose nation holds the current G20 presidency, welcomed African leaders from Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Tunisia, the three nations that…

Muslims watch for moon signaling start of Ramadan

Muslims across Africa and around the globe begin the holy month of Ramadan this weekend, with some variations among countries based on how their religious authorities interpret the visibility of the moon that signals the start of the fast. In Saudi Arabia, the High Judicial Court said that the moon…

At Sotheby’s, Anatsui bottle-cap sculpture commands top dollar

The work of acclaimed Ghanaian artist El Anatsui commanded the top price at this week’s Sotheby’s auction, the first modern and contemporary African art sale held by the London house. “Earth Developing More Roots” sold for £728,750, or about USD$945,000, said Sotheby’s in a press release. The sculpture created in…

#globalsciencemarch events include Ghana, Malawi and Uganda

Saturday’s March for Science is based in Washington DC, but people all over the globe will be joining in some 610 satellite marches registered across the United States, Europe, Asia and Africa. That includes a march in Malawi, sponsored by the Blantyre Malaria Project. The event in Blantyre is spearheaded…

Ghana welcomes African leaders for 60th anniversary celebrations

Ghanians celebrate the 60th anniversary of the nation’s independence Monday, with events that include the 6th March Parade at Independence Square in Accra. The day celebrates the country’s 1957 independence from Britain, a milestone considered the first for sub-Saharan nations on the African continent and an achievement that advanced the end…

Tech entrepreneurs in Ghana talk innovation with Facebook exec

Top Facebook executive Chris Cox visited Ghana on Wednesday, part of a weeklong visit to three West African nations to connect with tech entrepreneurs. Cox, the Chief Product Officer for Facebook, checked out the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) in Accra to share ideas about innovation and business development….

Secret illegal fishing mission off Liberian coast nets 3 boats

The Liberian government has partnered with an environmental group to launch a new effort at curbing illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing – and so far, they’ve made arrests on three poaching vehicles. The Sea Shepherd organization has been patrolling the West African waters off Liberia for almost four weeks,…

Agribusiness in Africa: Unlocking the business potential of smallholders

Agribusiness and agriculture are primed to be the catalysts of Africa’s economic transformation and development in the coming years. According to the World Bank, they are both expected to form a USD $1 trillion industry by 2030 in Sub-Saharan Africa whilst representing 45 percent of the continent’s GDP. Considering the connection between…

Benjamin K. Musampa

Benjamin Musampa is a research associate at l'Observatoire des Amériques