World Press Freedom Day and the state of African media

World Press Freedom Day and the state of African media

This week Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid will be awarded the 2018 UNESCO-Guillermo Cano Press Freedom Prize during World Press Freedom Day, hosted this year by Ghana. As with the many recipients before him, he won’t see the conference sessions or attend the gala dinner in Accra. The Egyptian, known…

Ghanaian who died in NYC fire hailed as life-saving hero

Emmanuel Mensah, a Ghanaian immigrant living in the United States, is being hailed as a hero for saving the lives of four neighbors before he couldn’t escape from what is now New York City’s worst fatal fire since 1990. Twelve people died in Thursday’s blaze, among them the 28-year-old member…

Nigeria’s Buhari heads to Niamey for ECOWAS currency meeting

President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria is headed for Niger to discuss progress on a long-awaited common currency for the region’s West African Monetary Zone (WAMZ). Buhari, along with Minister of Finance Kemi Adeosun and Nigerian Central Bank head Godwin Emefiele, leave Tuesday for Niamey along with other common currency task…

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 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

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…