UNGA: African leaders focus on food insecurity, climate change

UNGA: African leaders focus on food insecurity, climate change

African leaders speaking at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York laid out their case for how the destabilized global environment is impacting their nations, with food insecurity due to the Russia-Ukraine conflict a priority. The leaders of Ghana, Nigeria, and Rwanda were among those speaking at Wednesday’s…

Ghana makes its case for IMF deal as economy woes drive protests

Ghanaian politicians took to the airwaves on Monday, defending their decision to work toward an International Monetary Fund financing deal in order to pull out a country mired in economic crisis. “Times are hard globally and locally too,” said information minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, in one of several media interviews…

Opposition grows to Ghana’s Agyapa gold deal

Civil society organizations in Ghana are stepping up their opposition to the Agyapa Royalties deal advanced by President Nana Akufo-Addo, which would set up an offshore company in the Channel Island tax haven of Jersey. The deal, approved by parliament in 2018, was established by the Minerals Income Investment Fund…

Mozambique elected to UN Security Council

The nation of Mozambique will join the United Nations Security Council in January 2023, following a UN General Assembly election on Thursday. Also elected to the council are Ecuador, Japan, Malta and Switzerland, all as nonpermanent members of the 15-nation body. Ten of those nations are determined by the UN…

Google’s undersea cable makes landing in Togo

Google’s Equiano undersea cable project is about to make its landing in Togo, bringing some 37,000 new jobs with it by 2025, according to a statement released by the West African nation on Friday. “As its first landing in Africa, the subsea cable will have a direct impact on internet…

Death toll likely to rise in Ghana explosion

Emergency management officials in Ghana say an enormous explosion in the community of Apiate has leveled it, with the death toll still unknown as responders search through collapsed buildings. Ghana Police Service said the blast happened when a vehicle carrying explosives used for mining was passing through the village, between…

WHO report calls for action on growing e-waste impacts

One of the first things to notice in the new “Children and Digital Dumpsites” report from the World Health Organization is how little e-waste – castoff phones, computers and other electronics – originates in African nations. It may be the most important thing to notice, though, because the enormous amounts…

First vaccines through COVAX arrive in Ghana

Ghana on Wednesday became the first nation to receive coronavirus vaccines through the global COVAX initiative, a partnership supported by UNICEF in West Africa. “The shipments also represent the beginning of what should be the largest vaccine procurement and supply operation in history,” said UNICEF in a statement. “The COVAX…

Akufo Addo accepts, but Ghana’s opposition not ready to concede

Presidential candidate John Dramani Mahama and his National Democratic Congress say they’re not yet accepting defeat following Ghana’s election on Sunday, which appeared to give President Nana Akufo Addo the win. The Electoral Commission of Ghana delivered an updated results summary on Thursday that shows Akufo Addo and the New…

Polls close in Ghana with 2 injured in shooting

At least two people have been injured in Ghana, following a shooting at a polling station in the country’s central region. Police confirmed to national broadcaster GBC that unidentified men opened fire on the polling station at Awutu Senya East Constituency and drove off in a black SUV. The injured,…