Accra (AFP) A young woman hangs limp in the arms of men bringing her from the ocean to the sand as part of their lifeguard training in Accra, the capital of Ghana. While restaurants and hotels are bracing for the wave of Easter weekend tourists coming to the white sandy beaches along the Atlantic ocean, about 50 volunteers participated in the Ghana National Aquatic Rescue Unit (GNARU) training. Set up in 2016, the unit prepares for responding to drownings and heart attacks. Without official statistics, it’s difficult to know howRead More
Accra (AFP) Some of the girls wear hijabs, others are barefoot and the sandy pitch is marked out in charcoal. But the 14 players could be Ghana’s rugby stars of the future. One of them, Maimuna Dawda, used to watch matches on television before she got the chance to hold the oval ball for herself in 2016. Now, the 14-year-old plays three games of short-format seven-a-side every week at the Kanda Cluster of Schools that she attends in the capital, Accra. In places like Ghana, where society is still overwhelminglyRead More
Accra (AFP) Prolific Liverpool scorer Mohamed Salah was named African Player of the Year in Ghanaian capital Accra on Thursday, the first Egyptian to win the award since Mahmoud al Khatib in 1983. The 25-year-old has scored 23 goals in 29 matches in all competitions this season for the Premier League outfit after moving from AS Roma in the summer. He also starred for resurgent Egypt, who last year finished runners-up to Cameroon in the Africa Cup of Nations and secured a first World Cup appearance since 1990. In theRead More
Accra (AFP) Joseph Awuah-Darko sits on a stool at one of the world’s largest electronic waste dumps, watching polystyrene and insulation cables burn on the blackened ground. “It’s survival and dystopia,” says the 21-year-old British-born Ghanaian, surveying the stretch of wasteland around him as dense plumes of acrid smoke rise into the air. Awuah-Darko and his university friends have ambitious plans for the sprawling Agbogbloshie dumping ground in Ghana’s capital, Accra. In January this year, he co-founded the non-profit Agbogblo.Shine Initiative, which encourages people working at the dump to turnRead More
Accra (AFP) Ghana’s “long and arduous journey” to boost offshore oil exploration and extraction will be fuelled with billions of extra dollars after a key court victory over Ivory Coast. Thanks to efforts by successive governments and conquering lawyers at the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) over a disputed maritime boundary with Ivory Coast which resulted in a ruling in Ghana’s favour, the money will soon will be pouring in. Ghana has produced oil commercially since 2010, leading to a burst of growth that transformed itRead More
Accra (AFP) More than 500 Togolese nationals have sought refuge in neighbouring Ghana because of a government crackdown on opposition protests, the UN refugee agency said Friday. “So far, 513 asylum seekers have been registered by the Ghanaian authorities,” UNHCR spokesman Babar Baloch said in a statement. They crossed the border to Chereponi, Zabzugu and Bunkpurugu-Yunyuo in Ghana’s remote northwest and most were staying with local families or in community centres, he added. “Togolese seeking safety, including women and children, told UNHCR staff they had fled on foot, walking fromRead More
Accra (AFP) Ghana’s government has promised the immediate closure of high-risk fuel stations after a tanker carrying natural gas caught fire and caused an explosion that killed seven. A total of 132 people were also injured in the blaze at the liquefied gas filling station in the Legon area of Accra last Saturday, which spread to a nearby petrol station. Ghana’s presidency said it was the ninth such incident in the last three years. The deadliest was in June 2015, when more than 150 died in a fire and explosion,Read More
Accra (AFP) At least three people were killed and dozens injured after a tanker truck carrying natural gas caught fire in Ghana’s capital, Accra, triggering explosions at two fuel stations, emergency services said Sunday. Ghana National Fire Service spokesman Billy Angalate said two of the victims died at the scene of the incident in the Legon area of the city on Saturday night, and the third in hospital. “In all, 35 people were affected. Out of the 35, three of them died, the rest are at the hospital. Five them,Read More
Accra (AFP) Ghana’s government on Sunday promised to tighten safety at fuel stations across the country after seven people were killed and scores more injured when a tanker truck carrying natural gas caught fire in the capital and triggered explosions. The fire and blasts in the Legon area of Accra on Saturday gutted a liquefied gas filling station and a nearby petrol station, sending local residents running from their homes, as huge fireballs lit up the night sky. The head of the Ghana Standards Authority, Alex Dodoo, said there hadRead More
Leklebi Fiape (Ghana) (AFP) Like many people around the world, 80-year-old Kofi Afadi can’t start his morning without a cup of coffee. “Every morning when I take coffee I feel happy and go about my day,” the farmer told AFP in his village in the green hills between Lake Volta in Ghana and the border with Togo. “When there is no coffee it seems I am the most miserable person around here,” he said. In common with many of his fellow coffee farmers, Afadi, whose dark hair and moustache areRead More