Tafi Atome (Ghana) (AFP) The villagers of Tafi Atome, in Ghana’s Volta Region, grew up listening to tales of their spiritual links to the 1,000 or so mona monkeys that inhabit the surrounding lush forest. But they have also turned that reverence into revenue, by making the cheeky primates part of an eco-tourist attraction that benefits both animals and locals alike. Francis Acquaye, the manager of the Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary and Cultural Village, said the monkeys and the forest were considered sacred until the 1980s, when the spread ofRead More
Accra (AFP) Hundreds of Togolese nationals have fled to neighbouring Ghana to escape reprisals after a wave of anti-government protests, a Ghanaian official said on Wednesday. Paddy Tetteh, from the Ghana Refugee Board, said the first batch arrived last Wednesday and although numbers had since fallen, more were still trying to come in. “They are close to 300,” he told AFP. Most were in the northern district of Chereponi, close to Ghana’s eastern border, he added. Chereponi chief executive Abdul Razak Tahiru told reporters that food, mats, bedding and mosquitoRead More
Accra (AFP) Tullow Oil said Saturday it would restart drilling by the end of the year after a ruling in a maritime boundary dispute between Ghana and Ivory Coast. The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea found that “Ghana did not violate the sovereign rights” of Ivory Coast by drilling for oil in the region. The Hamburg-based court precisely mapped the maritime border and backed Ghana on the principle that the boundary line be based on equidistance. “Tullow will now work with the government of Ghana to putRead More
Accra (AFP) Ghana has long been known for its bountiful gold reserves and was called “the Gold Coast” during its colonial era. But illegal mining in Africa’s second largest producer is taking a heavy human as well as environmental and economic toll with more than $2 billion lost to the practice last year alone. Campaigners have been lobbying against illegal mining — known locally as “galamsey” — since February when local media revealed the dramatic impact that the practice, which often uses mercury, was having on Ghana’s soil and waterRead More
Kokrobite (Ghana) (AFP) Brett Davies paced up and down the sloping sands of Kokrobite beach in Ghana, organising surfers from 20 different countries at his annual international competition. Along the beach, some 30 kilometres (20 miles) west of Accra, dotted with dug-out fishing boats, Rastafarians were selling T-shirts and small children were playing in the sand. Davies, 42, is leading the push to bring surfers to the West African nation as a way to help boost the country’s under-developed tourism sector. The British national already runs a surf school atRead More
Accra (AFP) Twenty-two miners have now been declared dead after an illegal goldmine collapsed in western Ghana, police said, increasing the toll from 17. Nsuta district police commander Superintendent Atsu Dzinaku said the toll was revised after more family members came forward to say one of their relatives was missing. “Initially they said five, 14, then 17, now 22,” he told AFP by telephone. The abandoned mine, which was more than 80 metres (260 feet) deep, collapsed on Sunday. A decision to end a rescue operation for survivors was takenRead More
Accra (AFP) Rescuers on Thursday called off a search for miners who were trapped underground after an illegal goldmine collapsed in western Ghana, declaring 17 dead, a local lawmaker told AFP. Nsuta representative Williams Adomako said teams that were trying to rescue the miners after the pit caved in on Sunday managed to locate the body of one miner and bring it to the surface. But they were unable to reach 16 others in the stricken mine, which is more than 80 metres (260 feet) deep. Government and local officialsRead More
Accra (AFP) Rescuers were on Tuesday scrambling to locate survivors after an illegal goldmine collapsed in western Ghana, trapping at least 17 miners underground. The abandoned mine in Prestea-Nsuta, which was more than 80 metres (260 feet) deep, caved in on Sunday afternoon as the miners were coming back to the surface. “As of now, we are on the site with the rescue teams,” Nsuta district police commander Superintendent Atsu Dzinaku told AFP. “They saw a body which they are trying to get out,” he added. “They assure us theyRead More
Accra (AFP) Rescuers in Ghana are racing against time to find 14 missing miners trapped after an illegal pit collapsed in the country’s south officials said Monday. Police said they are still searching for survivors in Prestea-Nsuta, a town in Ghana’s Western Region, after an abandoned mine caved in on Sunday. “We can’t confirm if they are dead or not,” Nsuta District Police Commander Superintendent Atsu Dzinaku told AFP. “They were coming out to find some food to eat, on coming (up) they heard a noise inside, then the pitRead More