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Saturday 31 January 2015

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(Lusaka Times 01/30/15)
Lusaka, 30th January 2015—His Excellency Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia has invited President John Dlamani Mahama of Ghana to visit Zambia to improve the existing bilateral relations between the two countries. During a bilateral consultation called by Ghana on the margins of the on-going African Union Summit of Heads of State, President Mahama accepted President Lungu’s invitation and promised to undertake a State Visit to Zambia in April 2015. The main focus of the State Visit will be economic cooperation in the area of small-scale mining, agriculture and tourism.
(AFP (eng) 01/30/15)
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday told African leaders gathered for an annual summit to not cling to power and respect the wishes of their people. "People around the world have expressed their concern about leaders who refuse to leave office when their terms end. I share those concerns. Undemocratic constitutional changes and legal loopholes should never be used to cling to power," he said in a speech at the start of an African Union summit. "I urge all leaders, in Africa and around the world, to listen to your people. Modern leaders cannot afford to ignore the wishes and aspirations of those they represent." In October, chaos in Burkina Faso erupted as lawmakers prepared to vote to allow 63-year-old...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/30/15)
ADDIS ABABA Fri Jan 30, 2015 (Reuters) - Ninety-year-old Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, one of Africa's most divisive figures, ascended to the rotating chairmanship of the African Union (AU) on Friday, casting a shadow over the continental body's relations with the West. The only leader Zimbabwe has known since independence from Britain in 1980 assumed the largely ceremonial role when he was handed the AU flag and gavel at a summit in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. In his acceptance...
(Xinhuanet 01/29/15)
ACCRA, Jan. (Xinhua) -- Ghana expects the crude oil output at its Jubilee oil field to shoot up in the next three years thanks to the expansion projects on what is also known as the "Larger Jubilee" field. Development and appraisal of the remainder of the entire field are still in process and are expected to be completed by the end of the year, said Ghana's Minister of Petroleum Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah. The other parts of the field to be...
(Xinhuanet 01/29/15)
ACCRA, Jan. (Xinhua) -- Ghana's annual producer price inflation (PPI) dipped by 3.4 percentage points to record 34.2 percent in December from 37.6 percent in the previous month, said the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) on Wednesday. Mining and quarrying sectors, which account for 13.97 percent of all industries, hit a record year-on-year inflation rate of 43.3 percent, a 2.7-percent increase from the previous month. Inflation for the manufacturing sector, the largest industrial sub-group with 69.75 percent share of all industries,...
(Ghana Web 01/29/15)
Two men, one a former student of Accra Polytechnic, who attempted to outwit the police by transporting substances suspected to be Indian hemp in a fake diplomatic registered vehicle, have been arrested. The suspects, Ahmed Haruna, 39 and Akoto Castro, 24, had concealed 446 slabs of suspected Indian hemp in seven fertiliser sacks in the Toyota Landcruiser with registration number CD 182/13. The suspects were arrested in a chase by the police in a town called Osiabura, after they had...
(Ghana Web 01/29/15)
Work on 73 community senior high schools (SHSs) out of the 200 promised by the government is progressing steadily. In the Western Region, construction work on some of the schools is about 75 per cent complete, while at some locations in the Eastern and Central regions work on the schools is about 60 per cent complete. The Minister of Education, Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, inspected progress of work at selected places in the three regions last Tuesday. She was accompanied...
(Spy Ghana 01/29/15)
The Director General of National Information Technology Agency (NITA), administrator of government websites, William Tevi, said new protocols have been instituted to strengthen IT security. According to him, government has begun an uphackersgrade of protective softwares for its websites to stop hackers from taking them down in future. It could be recall that early this month, government’s website has been taken over by hackers. Meanwhile the Government of Ghana and the Turkish government have come together to work towards bringing...
(Myjoyonline 01/29/15)
The evidence is all around us. Ghana does not have enough educated people and it is costing this nation a great deal. Yet, we have over schooled the society to our own detriment. Our obsession to pass exams has taken over common sense and the need to broaden our knowledge. Chew-pour-pass-and-don’t-apply, is our understanding of education. To us, schooling has been reduced to attendance and education has been reduced to schooling. We only value things that can be marked and...
(Bloomberg 01/29/15)
(Bloomberg) -- African nations should consider cutting fuel subsidies and oil exporters must curb spending as a slump in crude prices takes its toll on government revenue, International Monetary Fund Manging Director Christine Lagarde said. An almost 60 percent drop in oil prices since June has forced policy makers in Nigeria, Africa’s biggest crude producer, to devalue the currency, raise interest rates to a record and consider shaving the 2015 budget by 8 percent. As President Goodluck Jonathan seeks re-election...
(Dw-World 01/29/15)
Boko Haram, Ebola, Central African Republic, South Sudan - African leaders have much on their agenda at their summit this weekend. At the top of the list is the creation of an anti-terrorism force. At the beginning of the week, the President of the African Union commission Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, picked Boko Haram as the top issue on the agenda of the AU summit to be held on January 30 and 31 in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. "We are deeply horrified...
(AFP (eng) 01/28/15)
A late diving header by Andre Ayew took Ghana through to the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations on Tuesday alongside favourites Algeria in a dramatic denouement to Group C. Ghana came from behind to beat South Africa 2-1 in Mongomo to secure their berth in the quarter-finals as winners of the group, having looked set to finish bottom with barely 20 minutes to play. Meanwhile, the Algerians beat Senegal 2-0 in Malabo thanks to a goal in each half from Premier League stars Riyad Mahrez and Nabil Bentaleb to go through in second place at the expense of the Lions of Teranga.
(Spy Ghana 01/28/15)
The President of Ghana, H.E John Dramani Mahama has sworn in five new justices to the Court of Appeal. He charged them to carry out their duties in fairness and dispense justice. John Mahama said, judges are the repositories of justice delivery, and that it is incumbent on them to be clear-headed in the discharge of their duties without fear or favour. At a swearing in ceremony the President called on the judges to work on their temperaments and delivery...
(BBC News Africa 01/28/15)
Andre Ayew scored a late goal to put Ghana into the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals as Group C winners. Ayew bravely headed home Baba Rahman's left-wing cross after his side had earlier looked like being eliminated. Mandla Masango had given South Africa the lead with possibly the goal of the tournament when he scored a spectacular volley from 25 yards. Ghana piled on the pressure after the break and substitute John Boye drove home an equaliser before Ayew struck...
(Ghana Web 01/28/15)
Massive fuel shortage is said to have hit the Police Service, causing the institution to ground hundreds of its operational vehicles nationwide, citifmonline.com has gathered. According to highly placed sources in the Police Service, this has seriously affected the operations of the service, including the recently inaugurated visibility patrol programme. The Police Service is also said to be indebted to a number of oil marketing companies who have halted supplies to the service because of non-payment. The current shortage has...
(Ghana Web 01/28/15)
There has been another postponement of the reconvening of the first meeting of the third session of the sixth parliament. The resumption date was supposed to be today. It has been postponed to Tuesday, February 3, 2015 with many political watchers attributing the latest development to the current economic crisis facing the country. Postponements of reconvening dates for meetings of the current parliament have become a common feature with sometimes the postponements travelling from two to three weeks after the...
(Myjoyonline 01/28/15)
An NDC youth group in Tamale, 64 Bench, has raised concerns over recent calls on the NADMO boss Dr. Kofi Portuphy to resign after winning the NDC National Chairmanship bid. The calls according to the group are mischievous and calculated attempts to destroy his reputation. In a statement signed by the Press Secretary, Alhaji Abukari Malba, the group said Dr Amoako Baah's citation of Article 78 section (3) to back his call for the NADMO boss' resignation is inaccurate. The...
(Myjoyonline 01/28/15)
The Eastern Regional Youth Organizer of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) says persistent demonstrations and hurling of insults at the president cannot enhance the electoral chances of the opposition NPP in any way. Haruna Apaw-Wiredu claims that the New Patriotic Party (NPP's) agenda is to capitalise on the few challenges confronting the economy, just to score cheap political points. Inaugurating the Tertiary Educational Institutions Network (TEIN) chapter of the Methodist College of Education (METCOE) in Akyem-Oda in the Eastern...
(CNN 01/28/15)
(CNN)Algeria and Ghana are through to the quarterfinals of the 2015 African Cup of Nations at the expense of Senegal and South Africa after a dramatic conclusion to the competition's "Group of Death" Tuesday. All four teams had a chance of qualifying before kick-off with Senegal requiring just a point to be sure of their passage to the next stage. However, a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Algeria coupled with Ghana's late 2-1 win over South Africa ensured Alan Girese's men would not be progressing from Group C.
(Reuters (Eng) 01/28/15)
Ghana produced a storming comeback and Algeria ratified their top ranking as both advanced to the African Nations Cup quarter-finals with victories in their last Group C matches. Ghana were a goal down at halftime but beat South Africa 2-1 in Mongomo with two late strikes while Algeria ended Senegal's hopes with a 2-0 triumph in Malabo. Both finished on six points, and will play in the last-eight in Malabo on Sunday, but Ghana top the group on the head-to-head...

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(Ghana Web 01/29/15)
Two men, one a former student of Accra Polytechnic, who attempted to outwit the police by transporting substances suspected to be Indian hemp in a fake diplomatic registered vehicle, have been arrested. The suspects, Ahmed Haruna, 39 and Akoto Castro, 24, had concealed 446 slabs of suspected Indian hemp in seven fertiliser sacks in the Toyota Landcruiser with registration number CD 182/13. The suspects were arrested in a chase by the police in a town called Osiabura, after they had initially ignored signals by a police patrol team to stop. Chase Briefing the Daily Graphic, the Volta Regional Crime Officer, Chief Superintendent of Police, Mr Kofi Abraham, ,said at about 5:p.m, a patrol team led...
(Ghana Web 01/29/15)
Work on 73 community senior high schools (SHSs) out of the 200 promised by the government is progressing steadily. In the Western Region, construction work on some of the schools is about 75 per cent complete, while at some locations in the Eastern and Central regions work on the schools is about 60 per cent complete. The Minister of Education, Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, inspected progress of work at selected places in the three regions last Tuesday. She was accompanied by her two deputies, Mr Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa and Mr Alex Kyereme, as well as the Chief Director of the ministry, Mr Enoch Cobbinah. The visit took the minister and her entourage to Bamiako in the Nzema East District in...
(Spy Ghana 01/29/15)
The Director General of National Information Technology Agency (NITA), administrator of government websites, William Tevi, said new protocols have been instituted to strengthen IT security. According to him, government has begun an uphackersgrade of protective softwares for its websites to stop hackers from taking them down in future. It could be recall that early this month, government’s website has been taken over by hackers. Meanwhile the Government of Ghana and the Turkish government have come together to work towards bringing...
(Myjoyonline 01/29/15)
The evidence is all around us. Ghana does not have enough educated people and it is costing this nation a great deal. Yet, we have over schooled the society to our own detriment. Our obsession to pass exams has taken over common sense and the need to broaden our knowledge. Chew-pour-pass-and-don’t-apply, is our understanding of education. To us, schooling has been reduced to attendance and education has been reduced to schooling. We only value things that can be marked and...
(Dw-World 01/29/15)
Boko Haram, Ebola, Central African Republic, South Sudan - African leaders have much on their agenda at their summit this weekend. At the top of the list is the creation of an anti-terrorism force. At the beginning of the week, the President of the African Union commission Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, picked Boko Haram as the top issue on the agenda of the AU summit to be held on January 30 and 31 in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. "We are deeply horrified...
(Spy Ghana 01/28/15)
The President of Ghana, H.E John Dramani Mahama has sworn in five new justices to the Court of Appeal. He charged them to carry out their duties in fairness and dispense justice. John Mahama said, judges are the repositories of justice delivery, and that it is incumbent on them to be clear-headed in the discharge of their duties without fear or favour. At a swearing in ceremony the President called on the judges to work on their temperaments and delivery...
(Ghana Web 01/28/15)
Massive fuel shortage is said to have hit the Police Service, causing the institution to ground hundreds of its operational vehicles nationwide, citifmonline.com has gathered. According to highly placed sources in the Police Service, this has seriously affected the operations of the service, including the recently inaugurated visibility patrol programme. The Police Service is also said to be indebted to a number of oil marketing companies who have halted supplies to the service because of non-payment. The current shortage has...
(Ghana Web 01/28/15)
There has been another postponement of the reconvening of the first meeting of the third session of the sixth parliament. The resumption date was supposed to be today. It has been postponed to Tuesday, February 3, 2015 with many political watchers attributing the latest development to the current economic crisis facing the country. Postponements of reconvening dates for meetings of the current parliament have become a common feature with sometimes the postponements travelling from two to three weeks after the...
(Myjoyonline 01/28/15)
An NDC youth group in Tamale, 64 Bench, has raised concerns over recent calls on the NADMO boss Dr. Kofi Portuphy to resign after winning the NDC National Chairmanship bid. The calls according to the group are mischievous and calculated attempts to destroy his reputation. In a statement signed by the Press Secretary, Alhaji Abukari Malba, the group said Dr Amoako Baah's citation of Article 78 section (3) to back his call for the NADMO boss' resignation is inaccurate. The...
(Myjoyonline 01/28/15)
President John Mahama has sworn in five new Court of Appeal judges, charging them to dispense justice in fairness to all people and soberly uphold the rule of law in the discharge of their duties. The judges are Justice L.L. Mensah, Justice Henry Kwofie and Justice Mabel Agyemang. The rest are SADA Board chair Justice Angelina Domakyaareh and Justice G.S. Suurbaareh. At a brief ceremony at the Flagstaff House Wednesday, Mr. Mahama urged the judges to ensure fairness to all...
(Ghana Web 01/27/15)
The Nigerian High Commissioner to Ghana, Ademola Oluseyi Onafowokan has condemned the National Security and the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) over the demolishing of Nigerian campaign billboards in Ghana. The Ambassador told TV3 that he would not have protested the demolishing of the billboards that bore campaign messages of political parties in Ghana if indeed they contravened the laws of Ghana. “If they contravened the laws of Ghana and they are demolished, yes I would understand because I would not...
(Ghana Web 01/27/15)
An Accra Circuit Court has sentenced Eric Selorm Nortsu, unemployed, to a five-year imprisonment in hard labour for defrauding by false pretense. He pleaded not guilty but after trial he was convicted and sentenced accordingly. The court also ordered that the convict refunds the amount of GH? 55,200 to the 19 victims from whom he collected monies from. Detective Chief Inspector Samuel Sarkah told the court that the complainant in the case was a trader. He said in December, 2013,...
(Spy Ghana 01/27/15)
The Nkawkaw Police Command are hunting for Odiasempa for allegedly embezzling a whooping amount of GHC 100,000 (1billion old cedis) belonging to an Nkawkaw based radio station, OboubaFm, in the Eastern region. The accused, Enoch Kissi, alias Odiasempa, the former Marketing Manager of the station (Obuobafm) is on the run after management of the station reported the case to the police. Enoch Kissi, who is also aspiring to become an assembly member for Kwahu Mpraeso might lose the contest because...
(Ghana Business News 01/26/15)
The Canadian Government has presented two speed boats, oxygen cylinders and scuba diving fins to the Ghana Navy to enhance its patrol of Ghana’s waters. Mr Christopher Thornley, Canadian High Commissioner to Ghana, presenting the items on behalf of the Canadian Government said the items form part of a one million dollar support to the Ghana Armed Forces. Mr Thornley said the support, which comprised equipment and training of personnel was to cement the partnership between the two countries. He...
(BBC News Africa 01/24/15)
A senior official in Ghana's ruling party has laughed off criticism for wearing his wife's coat during an official visit to Germany, it's reported. Johnson Asiedu Nketia, general secretary of the National Democratic Congress, was snapped wearing a camel-coloured, fur-trimmed number on the trip, and was promptly ridiculed by fellow politicians and social media users, the Graphic website reports. Mr Nketia says nobody in Germany mentioned his choice of attire, but it was a different story back home in Ghana,...
(Xinhuanet 01/23/15)
ACCRA, Jan. (Xinhua) -- Chinese ambassador to Ghana Sun Baohong has asked Ghana to maintain what she described as its "splendid civilization," culture and national identity. The Chinese ambassador said "modernization does not mean abandoning our culture," and therefore urged Ghanaians not to ignore their culture as a result of modernization. The Chinese ambassador gave the advice on Tuesday when she paid a courtesy call on Nii Adjei Kraku II, Tema Paramount Chief, as part of a working visit to...
(Xinhuanet 01/23/15)
ACCRA, Jan. (Xinhua) -- The official government portal of Ghana ( www.ghana.gov.gh ) was reportedly hacked by unidentified persons on Wednesday but got restored a day after, local media reported Thursday. The state-run Daily Graphic said that, as of Wednesday morning, the site linking the websites of almost all ministries, departments and agencies, had gone and been replaced with strange inscriptions. "The portal has been hacked by one AlsancakTim of Efeler Special Operations," the daily reported, adding that the identity...
(Xinhuanet 01/23/15)
ADDIS ABABA, Jan. (Xinhua) -- African economies will continue to grow in 2015 due to private investment and consumption which have been key drivers of gross domestic product (GDP) over the past years, according to the UN World Economic Situation and Prospects 2015 (WESP). Africa's GDP is expected to accelerate from 3.5 percent in 2014 to 4.6 percent in 2015 and 4.9 percent in 2016. In his presentation on the report on Thursday at the UN Economic Commission for Africa...
(BBC News Africa 01/22/15)
The majority of the Ghanaian government's websites, including its main site, have been hacked and are currently offline. A message reading "Hacked by Alsancak Tim" appeared on the sites. On its social media accounts, Alsancak Tim describes itself as a nationalist Turkish hacker group. The deputy communications minister said experts were working to restore the websites by the end of the day and were investigating who was behind it. On the Facebook page of the Alsancak Tim group, which uses...
(Bloomberg 01/22/15)
Elizabeth Biney remembers as a little girl watching monkeys play in her yard and parrots flit above the sloping roof of her colonial house in the Ghanaian capital, Accra. “There were birds all over the place,” Biney, now 58, recalled in an interview. “There were so many trees you couldn’t see the sky.” Today her home in the Ridge neighborhood is one of the last century-old houses built by the British colonial administration. Developers have invaded the area, chopped down...

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(AFP (eng) 01/30/15)
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday told African leaders gathered for an annual summit to not cling to power and respect the wishes of their people. "People around the world have expressed their concern about leaders who refuse to leave office when their terms end. I share those concerns. Undemocratic constitutional changes and legal loopholes should never be used to cling to power," he said in a speech at the start of an African Union summit. "I urge all leaders, in Africa and around the world, to listen to your people. Modern leaders cannot afford to ignore the wishes and aspirations of those they represent." In October, chaos in Burkina Faso erupted as lawmakers prepared...
(Xinhuanet 01/29/15)
ACCRA, Jan. (Xinhua) -- Ghana expects the crude oil output at its Jubilee oil field to shoot up in the next three years thanks to the expansion projects on what is also known as the "Larger Jubilee" field. Development and appraisal of the remainder of the entire field are still in process and are expected to be completed by the end of the year, said Ghana's Minister of Petroleum Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah. The other parts of the field to be developed include West Cape Three Points (WCTP). The Jubilee field, which started production in December 2010, produces about 105,000 barrels of oil per day (BOPD). The commencement of gas production at the Atuabo gas processing plant is expected to ease...
(Xinhuanet 01/29/15)
ACCRA, Jan. (Xinhua) -- Ghana's annual producer price inflation (PPI) dipped by 3.4 percentage points to record 34.2 percent in December from 37.6 percent in the previous month, said the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) on Wednesday. Mining and quarrying sectors, which account for 13.97 percent of all industries, hit a record year-on-year inflation rate of 43.3 percent, a 2.7-percent increase from the previous month. Inflation for the manufacturing sector, the largest industrial sub-group with 69.75 percent share of all industries,...
(Bloomberg 01/29/15)
(Bloomberg) -- African nations should consider cutting fuel subsidies and oil exporters must curb spending as a slump in crude prices takes its toll on government revenue, International Monetary Fund Manging Director Christine Lagarde said. An almost 60 percent drop in oil prices since June has forced policy makers in Nigeria, Africa’s biggest crude producer, to devalue the currency, raise interest rates to a record and consider shaving the 2015 budget by 8 percent. As President Goodluck Jonathan seeks re-election...
(World Bulletin 01/28/15)
The government of Ghana on Tuesday signed a $7-billion deal with Italian oil giant ENI and Dutch-owned energy firm Vitol for the production of 180 million cubic feet of natural gas. "It's been a long road from when exploration started to today, when we finally have the opportunity to sign the official agreement for the beginning of development of production of the offshore Cape Three Point project," Ghanaian President John Mahama said after the signing ceremony. "We expect the gas...
(Spy Ghana 01/28/15)
The Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) has recommended two new hybrid maize seeds suitable for improved yields and productivity. It said the Abontem and Omankwa, varieties of seeds have high disease resistance, and favourable for all weather patterns. Mr Michael Addai, Agricultural Extension Officer at the Nkoranza South Municipal Directorate of MOFA, gave the recommendation when he addressed about 20 maize farmers at a trainer of trainers’ workshop at Fiapre, near Sunyani. The workshop was organised by the Centre...
(Spy Ghana 01/28/15)
The University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) in partnership with University of Molise in Italy, and Guru University in Uganda are implementing 70,000 -Euro project to improve agriculture productivity. Rev Dr OpareRev Dr Opare The three-year project dubbed: “Strengthening innovations and technology dissemination for sustainable development in cereals and cocoa,” is being implemented in Techiman, Nkoranza South and Asunafo North Municipalities of Brong-Ahafo Region. It is targeting 40 cocoa and maize farmers in the beneficiary districts. The Reverend Dr...
(Spy Ghana 01/28/15)
UT Bank has presented the grand prize of GH₵ 100,000 to the winner of its “100 for 100” promotion Madam Florence Ntow Agyekum, a trader. Madam Florence Agyekum, a bulk distributor of fruits to other traders, was presented with the grand prize at the Takoradi Market Circle. The event, which saw several other winners take home prizes such as fridges, home theatres, other home appliances and mobile phones, attracted the market women and shoppers alike as well as passers-by. According...
(PANA 01/28/15)
Africa's leadership must do more and better for African youth, African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma told the 26th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council of the African Union. Addressing the session at its opening session Monday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Dlamini-Zuma suggested measures that could be taken as increasing investments in education in science and technology, skills development through vocational training and better treatment of teachers.
(African arguments 01/28/15)
I have vowed never to use the overused phrase 'Africa Rising' ever again, having long been somewhat cautious of the integrity of the projected growth rates and prospects for inclusive prosperity as I wrote here. However, while there is a lot to be positive about regarding African economic development, the commodity-driven stellar growth narrative is now being subverted by the oil price collapse. Using estimates produced by the World Bank, the falling oil price could hit African economies much harder...
(Myjoyonline 01/27/15)
Government has signed a 7 billion dollar agreement with energy firms ENI and VITOL for the development of oil and gas off the western cape three points. The project is expected to augment Ghana's power needs and ameliorate the increasing power crisis in the country. The agreement was signed on Tuesday at the Peduase Lodge at Aburi in the Eastern Region. Officials of the two companies together with President John Mahama and his vice, Papa Kwesi Amissah Arthur were present...
(Spy Ghana 01/27/15)
The government of Ghana, ENI and Vitol companies on Tuesday signed an agreement for work to start on the offshore Cape Three Points Integrated Oil and Gas Project.cape three point oil and gas project President John Dramani Mahama and Vice President Paa Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur were at the signing ceremony. Mr Emmanuel Armah Kofi Buah, Minister of Energy and Mr Alex Mould, the Chief Executive Officer of Ghana National Petroleum Company, signed for Ghana. Mr Antionio Vella, Chief Upstream Officer...
(Spy Ghana 01/27/15)
OccupyGhana has dispel rumors making the rounds that Dr. Alex Tweneboah, former President of GREEDA, who was busted by the police for SIM Box fraud, is a member of the group. Dr. Alex Tweneboah In a press release, OccupyGhana stated categorically that “This is false. Dr. Alex Tweneboah has not been and is not a member of OccupyGhana.” Meanwhile, ccupyGhana states that it is in full support of all legitimate actions to arrest and prosecute all criminals for various offences...
(Spy Ghana 01/27/15)
The management and staff of the National Investment Bank have held a special Thanksgiving Service for a successful 2014 as well as seek God’s guidance for 2015.National Investment Bank, NIB The service was on the theme “Crowing the year with God’s Goodness” and in attendance was the Dansoman Youth Choir. The immediate past Moderator of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Rev Francis Amenu, praised the bank for not focusing on profit only but also on the spiritual as well. He said...
(Ghana Web 01/27/15)
Employers have added their voice to calls on the government to focus more attention in the provision of constant energy to guarantee sustainable and reliable supplies to businesses in the country. “Without energy, businesses cannot operate and operate effectively to meet their aspirations and that of the country as a whole”, Mr Alex Frimpong, Chief Executive Officer(CEO) of the Ghana Employers Association (GEA) said at a news conference to announce the new minimum wage for the year. The call comes...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/27/15)
Tue Jan 27, 2015 ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Traditional markets sell more than 85 percent of the food consumed in sub-Saharan Africa, and rather than replacing them with Western-style supermarkets, governments should train local vendors to improve food safety, researchers say. Contrary to popular conceptions, open-air local markets often have safer milk and meat than supermarkets in much of Africa, according to a book released on Tuesday by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). Local vendors offer fresher products...
(Bloomberg 01/27/15)
Standard Chartered Plc (STAN), the British bank that has operated in Africa for more than 150 years, said the continent remains part of its consumer banking plans even as the lender reviews its global branch network. While the lender is considering closing branches as more customers migrate to online and mobile transactions, it is still Standard Chartered’s “ambition to be the leading international retail bank within our footprint in Africa, Asia and the Middle East,” Diana Layfield, Africa chief executive...
(Ghana Web 01/26/15)
Finance Minister Seth Terkper says Ghana faces a potential fall in revenue this year mainly from the fall in global crude oil prices. The Minister also warns that fall in prices of gold and cocoa will also take a toll on the country's finances. Mr Terkper was addressing senior officers of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) last week. The Minister was commending the GRA officials for falling short marginally in achieving its 17.61 billion target last year by 2.7%,. Mr...
(Ghana Web 01/26/15)
The Volta River Authority (VRA) says it cannot fully utilize the 120 million standard cubic feet gas produced by the Ghana National Gas Company because some of its plants have shut down for maintenance. According to the company, the said plants would be ready by March, this year. Samuel Fletcher, Head of Corporate Communications of VRA, in a statement, said the first TICO Unit has recently been returned to service after a long period. “We expect the process of conversion...
(Business Ghana 01/26/15)
The Chinese Ambassador, Ms Sun Baohong, last Friday interacted with officials of the Minerals Commission to exchange views on China-Ghana relations in the mining sector. Briefing the media after the closed-door session, Ms Sun said the meeting was fruitful and she looked forward to expanding the cooperation between the two countries in the area of mining. She said there was the need for concerted efforts in educating Chinese investors on the rules in investing in the mining sector. Ms Sun...

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(AFP (eng) 01/28/15)
A late diving header by Andre Ayew took Ghana through to the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations on Tuesday alongside favourites Algeria in a dramatic denouement to Group C. Ghana came from behind to beat South Africa 2-1 in Mongomo to secure their berth in the quarter-finals as winners of the group, having looked set to finish bottom with barely 20 minutes to play. Meanwhile, the Algerians beat Senegal 2-0 in Malabo thanks to a goal in each half from Premier League stars Riyad Mahrez and Nabil Bentaleb to go through in second place at the expense of the Lions of Teranga.
(BBC News Africa 01/28/15)
Andre Ayew scored a late goal to put Ghana into the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals as Group C winners. Ayew bravely headed home Baba Rahman's left-wing cross after his side had earlier looked like being eliminated. Mandla Masango had given South Africa the lead with possibly the goal of the tournament when he scored a spectacular volley from 25 yards. Ghana piled on the pressure after the break and substitute John Boye drove home an equaliser before Ayew struck. With 17 minutes remaining, Ghana were on the way home as they trailed 1-0 but Boye's equaliser gave them hope and then Ayew's strike confirmed they would finish ahead of Algeria, who qualified with them after beating Senegal 2-0, on...
(CNN 01/28/15)
(CNN)Algeria and Ghana are through to the quarterfinals of the 2015 African Cup of Nations at the expense of Senegal and South Africa after a dramatic conclusion to the competition's "Group of Death" Tuesday. All four teams had a chance of qualifying before kick-off with Senegal requiring just a point to be sure of their passage to the next stage. However, a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Algeria coupled with Ghana's late 2-1 win over South Africa ensured Alan Girese's men would not be progressing from Group C.
(Reuters (Eng) 01/28/15)
Ghana produced a storming comeback and Algeria ratified their top ranking as both advanced to the African Nations Cup quarter-finals with victories in their last Group C matches. Ghana were a goal down at halftime but beat South Africa 2-1 in Mongomo with two late strikes while Algeria ended Senegal's hopes with a 2-0 triumph in Malabo. Both finished on six points, and will play in the last-eight in Malabo on Sunday, but Ghana top the group on the head-to-head...
(AFP (eng) 01/26/15)
Ghana's Black Stars are keeping their feet on the ground ahead of Tuesday's decisive Africa Cup of Nations Group C clash against South Africa after a dramatic win over Algeria. On Friday, skipper Asamoah Gyan returned from a bout of malaria to sink tournament favourites Algeria in stoppage time in Mongomo as the Black Stars bounced back from a 2-1 loss to Senegal with a 1-0 success against the continent's best team. A win over South Africa on Tuesday will...
(BBC News Africa 01/24/15)
Ghana coach Avram Grant says Asamoah Gyan is "one of the greatest players" he has ever worked with. Grant watched as Gyan kick-started Ghana's Africa Cup of Nations campaign with a last-gasp winner against Algeria on Friday. Gyan's goal lit up what had been a dire contest on a bobbly surface in Mongomo. "I have coached some of the great players - and he's one of the greatest," said the former Chelsea boss. The former Israel, Portsmouth and West Ham boss managed Ivory Coast legend Didier Drogba, former Germany midfielder Michael Ballack and England's Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge.
(Citifmonline 01/23/15)
Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan has been named in the Black Stars team for today’s [Friday] must-win game against Algeria in the 2015 African Cup of Nations. The forward missed Ghana’s loss to Senegal in last Monday’s group opener, but returns to lead the team after recovering from a ‘mild case of malaria.’ He will partner now partner Jordan Ayew up front as the Black Stars go in search of the win that will keep them in the tournament. Gyan...
(Spy Ghana 01/23/15)
Ghana are a shade ahead of Algeria in terms of statistics as both teams set up a fourth meeting at the Nations Cup with a second Group C clash in Mongomo, Equatorial Guinea on Friday. The Black Stars have won a match more than the North Africans in their tenth meeting in all competitions, with Ghana needing a win to give their campaign a chance following an open day loss to Senegal on Monday. Ghana have won four of their...
(Ghana Web 01/23/15)
Executive Committee member of the Ghana Football Association, Lilian Addy, has revealed that the Sports Ministry were the major beneficiaries of the World Cup coefficient money. Lilian Addy, who is the Chairperson of the Ghana Women’s League Board, says the Ministry took five out of the seven coefficient money expected to be given to the management committee members of the Black Stars at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The Black Queens management committee chairperson was reacting to an...
(Xinhuanet 01/23/15)
MALABO, Jan. (Xinhua) -- The Confederation of African Football (CAF) said on Thursday that the hosts for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations will be announced on April 8 in Cairo, Egypt. According to the continental football body's statement, Algeria, Egypt, Gabon and Ghana are competing to replace strife-riven Libya who will not go ahead with their hosting of the finals for security concerns. The CAF also announced that the host nation will play games in the qualifiers, but its...
(Ghana Web 01/22/15)
Astute sports broadcaster and business administrator, Carl Tuffour has stated in clear terms that Ghana doesn’t have the right players for the novelty 3-5-2 formation that has been introduced by Coach Avram Grant. Mr. Tuffour, an ace sports critic, alluded to the fact that to play such a system, you need lateral players who can defend solidly as well as surge forward, join the attack and deliver decent crosses but he doesn’t think we have such players in our team...
(Spy Ghana 01/22/15)
Head coach of Algeria, Christian Gourcuff, has said he is aware of threats from Ghana’s lead striker Asamoah Gyan in their clash on Friday, at the Estadio De Mongomo, Mongomo, in the second Group C game.wpid-Algerianew.jpg Coach Gourcuff said at a post-match conference that, they are aware of the qualities of the player and has mapped out well-rehearsed strategy to contain him. According to coach Gourcuff, Gyan is one of the quality players in the competition and his presence could...
(Spy Ghana 01/21/15)
Striker Islam Slimani says Algeria will approach Friday’s Africa Cup of Nation’s showdown against Ghana calmly. The Desert Foxes are the favourite to scale past the Ghanaians after a resounding 3-1 win over South Africa while the Black Stars stuttered against Senegal. The two teams go at each other at the Municipal stadium in Mongomo in an eagerly awaited contest on Friday. Slimani, who plays for Sporting Clube de Portugal, says they will approach the game cautiously.” “We will approach...
(Myjoyonline 01/20/15)
Managing News Editor of the Insight Newspaper Kwesi Pratt says Black Stars players opted to participate in the AFCON because they see it as an opportunity to make money. He, therefore, said it came not as a surprise to him that the Black Stars lost their Group C match to the Teranga Lions of Senegal. Speaking Tuesday on Peace FMs morning show ‘Kokrokoo’, Mr Pratt said “we all know that the Blackstars will lose. Anyone who did not know this...
(AFP (eng) 01/20/15)
Algeria and Senegal secured come-from-behind victories on Monday as the Africa Cup of Nations group of death sprang to life with seven goals in a Mongomo double-header. Title favourites Algeria trailed South Africa and could have been even further behind before an own-goal set up a 3-1 Group C triumph. Slow-starting Senegal also trailed only to snatch a 2-1 win over Ghana via a Moussa Sow goal three minutes into stoppage time. The results left Algeria top of the table...
(Africatime 01/19/15)
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(BBC News Africa 01/19/15)
Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan is suffering from "a mild bout of malaria" and may not play against Senegal on Monday. The Ghana Football Association said the striker was admitted to a hospital in Mongomo on Saturday evening and released on Sunday morning. The disease was caught "at an early stage" and Gyan is said to be responding to treatment. Senegal boss Alain Giresse must decide on the fitness of Sadio Mane, who has been out with a calf injury. The...
(AFP (eng) 01/19/15)
The Africa Cup of Nations group of death springs to life Monday with title favourites Algeria, former champions Ghana and South Africa, and Senegal seeking winning starts. Ghana and Senegal get the ball rolling at the 15,000-capacity Neuvo Estadio de Mongomo, followed by Algeria against South Africa. And with 21 of 29 Cup of Nations champions making a winning start en route to glory, the importance of securing maximum first-round points cannot be exaggerated. Group C, based in eastern Equatorial...
(AFP (eng) 01/19/15)
Ghana skipper Asamoah Gyan is doubtful for Monday's Africa Cup of Nations Group C clash against Senegal after receiving treatment for malaria. Gyan was admitted to hospital with symptoms of "mild malaria" in Mongomo on Saturday but he was discharged on Sunday, the Ghana Football Federation (GFA) reported on their website. The GFA said they will continue to monitor the striker who plays his club football in the United Arab Emirates. Gyan did not train with the rest of his...
(AFP (eng) 01/19/15)
Ghana star Andre Ayew on Sunday claimed that the Black Stars "are not here to win the trophy" ahead of their opening Africa Cup of Nations game against Senegal on Monday. Ghana have been continental champions four times, but not since 1982, although they have reached at least the semi-finals in each of the last four tournaments. "We have lots of young players and I wouldn't say we are here to win the trophy. We'll go one game at a...

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(The Guardian 01/26/15)
Ghanaian Highlife artiste, Nana Quame visited e.TV’s The Late Nite Celebrity Show to enumerate some of the challenges he is facing after a long hiatus. With seven albums under his belt, Nana Quame revealed “It’s not easy getting artistes to feature on my songs currently. "Many of these artists don’t want to work with me anymore. I want to make myself believe they are busy doing other things or songs. "I called on some artists to feature them and they kept dragging their feet. And I even approached one who opened up and said ‘I don’t want to do a track with you because you did one with Samini’. “I keep telling people, let’s give...
(Ghana Web 01/22/15)
Model, TV Presenter and Singer Deborah Vanessa Owusu, more commonly known in entertainment circles as Sister Debbie, has revealed that she never stated anywhere that she earned $8000 with her nude picture as some media houses have reported. Speaking in an exclusive interview on Neat FM’s “Entertainment Ghana”, Sister Debbie said whoever will believe that story is either ignorant or is up to some mischief. “First of all, the story is a misquotation or misinterpretation. That is not what I said because I posted my artistic nude picture on Instagram not on YouTube. YouTube and Instagram, they have nothing to do with each other. They are two different platforms and two different entities. So how can I make money on...
(Citifmonline 01/08/15)
In 2015, television gets more exciting as a new Nigerian telenovela, Hotel Majestic, births on Africa Magic. The daily telenovela premiered on January 5 on Africa Magic showcase at 7:00PM GMT. Hotel Majestic focuses on the Emeni family as they fight one another and the outside world to protect a hotel that has been in their family for decades. The Hotel, which is situated in a beautiful and flawless riverside community in Nigeria, has been in the family since the...
(Ghana Web 01/08/15)
The President, John Dramani Mahama has jokingly called on ace highlife singer, Charles Kwadwo Ofosu, known in showbiz as Daddy Lumba to grant him the copyright to his hit song, 'Yentie Obiaa'. The President said his call is necessary as his name has become synonymous with the lyrics of the song. “I think Lumba must give me the copyright to the song…,” he joked in an interview Wednesday as part of events marking the two years of his presidency. The...
(Ghana Web 12/30/14)
The organisers of a musical bash dubbed “New Year Bash With Abrantie Amakye Dede”, slated for January 1, 2015 at the Abrantie Spot, have promised music fans that the much awaited event would be full of fun and excitement as there would be hot performances by the highlife legend Abrantie Amakye Dede, Kofi B and Lee Duodu. According to the organisers, music lovers and fans of Abrantie, Kofi B and Lee should expect a fun-packed night at the event which...
(Ghana Web 12/23/14)
Airtel Ghana brand ambassadors, Kalybos, Ahoofe Patricia and DKB will join music giants such as Shatta Wale, M.anifest, Stonebwoy, Guru, Keche, MzVee and Kontihene to thrill fans at the Decemba 2 Rememba concert which will come off at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC) on December 24. Both Kalybos and Patricia have won the hearts of many Ghanaians with their hilarious comedy series dubbed ‘Boys Kasa’. DKB, born Derrick Kobina Bonney, was Ghana’s representative at the Big Brother Africa Stargame...
(Ventures-Africa 12/23/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – Tourism, the fastest growing economic sector within Africa, serves as one of the core investment opportunities on the continent. But beyond the safari experience, innovative companies offer a look into Africa which is capable of penetrating this global culture. “There is no reason the world shouldn’t experience the environments that breed such dynamic people,” said Cherae Robinson, Founder and CEO of Rare Customs. Cherae is the brilliant mind behind “Tastemakers Africa”, a mobile app and website that allows travellers secure exquisite, adventurous and curated trips across Africa.
(Spy Ghana 12/19/14)
Talented actress Nana Ama Mcbrown has finally reacted to accusations that she snitched her boyfriend Maxwell Mensah from musician Mzbel. The award-winning actress on Pluzz FM in an interview with Sammy Flex on Friday made it clear that she has never in her life snatched any man from her woman but the men rather run after her. The rumour of Nana Ama Mcbrown stealing Mzbel’s boyfriend gained roots after the actress was seen hanging around with Maxwell three months after...
(Ghana Web 12/19/14)
The 3-day Becca Girl Talk Festival officially commenced with the deputy minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts Dzifa Gomashie in attendance. The 3-day festival at the National Theatre started with a workshop yesterday, Thursday 18th December 2014; and continues today with the ultimate show happening on the 20th of December 2014 where musical performances and other entertaining acts will be offered. Becca posed for pictures with students and other patrons.
(Myjoyonline 12/18/14)
Ghanaian actor, Ekow Smith Asante has expressed disappointment at a confession by HIV/AIDS ambassador, Joyce Dzidzor Mensah she lied about her HIV status. In 2013, Ekow Smith Asante starred in a movie about Dzidzor’s real life story of how she contracted HIV and how she did not allow stigmatization, scorn, and molestation to dampen her spirit. The movie, ‘My Cross Roads’, premiered at the National Theatre on Friday, October 4, 2013 and received rave reviews. Apart from Ekow and Dzidzor,...
(Leadership 12/16/14)
Top music acts from across the African continent will dazzle guests, VIPs and members of the football community at the forth-coming 2014 Glo-CAF Awards scheduled to hold in Lagos on January 8, 2015. The top acts expected to do their stuff at the high octane continental event are Congo DRC’s multiple award-winning song writer, singer and guitarist, Fally Ipupa; global Jazz icon, Hugh Masekela from South Africa and Egyptian folk singer and the first person from an Arab country to...
(Xinhuanet 12/15/14)
NAIROBI, Dec. (Xinhua) -- Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama said Sunday seven bilateral agreements his government inked with Kenya on Saturday will help spur economic growth between the two nations. Speaking at the end of his four-day visit to Kenya, Mahama said agreements which included trade, education, tourism and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) will open up new economic frontiers for mutual benefits. "We can take it (intra-Africa trade) to another level. We have historically cooperated together in the liberation struggle from colonial
(Ghana Web 12/09/14)
Beads are small decorative objects that are formed in a variety of shapes and sizes from materials such as glass, plastic or wood which is pierced together for threading. They are categorised into glass beads, wood beads, base metal beads, mirage beads and gem stones. It is now common knowledge that ladies love to look pretty not sparing any expense in choosing nice clothing, shoes or accessories. Both men and women look amazing with beads especially when worn right, interestingly...
(Spy Ghana 12/08/14)
The 2014 MTN Saminifest, held at the Trade Fair Center last Saturday projected never seen performances from our top musicians. The event was brought to us by MTN Ghana and was supported by Club Beer, Kasapreko Alomo Sankwan, Fiesta Condom and more. It is an event held to celebrate 10 successful music years of BatMan now known as Samini. If you werent at the Trade Fair then you should admit you missed one of the best actions ever. You can...
(Citifmonline 12/05/14)
All is set for the much awaited Citi FM MOGO Dance Party tonight at the plush Alisa Hotel. The legendary Nana Ampadu and the Ramblers International Band will lead the pack of performers; the versatile Okyeame Kwame and the smooth Akwaboah. Highlife, the authentic Ghanaian music genre, has for several decades served the people of the West Africa with timeless melodies. The MOGO Dance Party would see the performers keeping patrons on their feet in a party atmosphere in celebration...
(Citifmonline 12/01/14)
Citi FM’s Music of Ghanaian Origin (MOGO); arguably Ghana’s most authentic highlife musical celebration is set to thrill its numerous patrons once again with a parade of some of the nation’s legendary Highlife musicians. This year’s event, dubbed the MOGO Dance Party, comes off on Friday December 5 – Farmers Day – at the plush Alisa Hotels in Accra. The legendary Nana Ampadu and the Ramblers International Band will lead the pack of performers; the versatile Okyeame Kwame, the smooth...
(Leadership 11/20/14)
It was another night of glamour and panache as this year’s edition of the prestigious Africa International Film Festival, AFRIFF, came to a glittering end Saturday in Calabar, the Cross River State capital. The grand finale of the festival, which kicked off amid gaiety on Sunday, November 9, held at the Cultural Centre, Calabar, with top Nollywood stars, producers, directors and stakeholders from Africa, Europe, America and other parts of the world in attendance. Leading Nollywood stars at the event...
(Ghana Web 11/17/14)
Versatile Ghanaian Actress and Producer, Yvonne Okoro and Singer Efya Awindor were last Friday November 14, 2014 unveiled as a brand Ambassadors for the Head of State Awards Scheme Ghana (Duke of Edinburgh International Award)at a cocktail reception at the Artist Alliance gallery in Accra. The two young and talented celebrities will use their positions to advocate and serve as role models to young Ghanaians who enroll and participate in the Program. They will act as spokespersons during award presentations...
(Citifmonline 11/12/14)
The long wait is finally over for Londoners—and surely the movie is worth the wait… The much talked about Shirley Frimpong Manso’s movie Love or Something Like That which has received rave reviews and has successfully turned even harsh critics into praise singers will receive a London premiere on 28th November, 2014 at the Odeon Cinema in Greenwich. The’ red carpet’ premiere which will introduce the movie for the first to audience outside Ghana will be attended by the cast...
(Citifmonline 11/10/14)
Under fire female Ghanaian musician, Itz Tiffany has blamed the devil for her current troubles sparked by a leaked sex tape. “I leave all to God. What the devil wants to do is to destroy me but this is not going to stop me from walking into the studio to record. Before anything happens to anybody God knows why it happens to you. It happened, I will deal with it, it’s my past it’s caught out with me but life...

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(Bloomberg 01/29/15)
(Bloomberg) -- African nations should consider cutting fuel subsidies and oil exporters must curb spending as a slump in crude prices takes its toll on government revenue, International Monetary Fund Manging Director Christine Lagarde said. An almost 60 percent drop in oil prices since June has forced policy makers in Nigeria, Africa’s biggest crude producer, to devalue the currency, raise interest rates to a record and consider shaving the 2015 budget by 8 percent. As President Goodluck Jonathan seeks re-election on Feb. 14, he’s avoided further cutting fuel subsidies that cost as much as $7 billion a year, after an attempt to do so in 2012 sparked protests. Subsidizing countries “should think about reducing and...
(BBC News Africa 01/28/15)
Andre Ayew scored a late goal to put Ghana into the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals as Group C winners. Ayew bravely headed home Baba Rahman's left-wing cross after his side had earlier looked like being eliminated. Mandla Masango had given South Africa the lead with possibly the goal of the tournament when he scored a spectacular volley from 25 yards. Ghana piled on the pressure after the break and substitute John Boye drove home an equaliser before Ayew struck. With 17 minutes remaining, Ghana were on the way home as they trailed 1-0 but Boye's equaliser gave them hope and then Ayew's strike confirmed they would finish ahead of Algeria, who qualified with them after beating Senegal 2-0, on...
(CNN 01/28/15)
(CNN)Algeria and Ghana are through to the quarterfinals of the 2015 African Cup of Nations at the expense of Senegal and South Africa after a dramatic conclusion to the competition's "Group of Death" Tuesday. All four teams had a chance of qualifying before kick-off with Senegal requiring just a point to be sure of their passage to the next stage. However, a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Algeria coupled with Ghana's late 2-1 win over South Africa ensured Alan Girese's men would not be progressing from Group C.
(World Bulletin 01/28/15)
The government of Ghana on Tuesday signed a $7-billion deal with Italian oil giant ENI and Dutch-owned energy firm Vitol for the production of 180 million cubic feet of natural gas. "It's been a long road from when exploration started to today, when we finally have the opportunity to sign the official agreement for the beginning of development of production of the offshore Cape Three Point project," Ghanaian President John Mahama said after the signing ceremony. "We expect the gas...
(BBC News Africa 01/24/15)
Ghana coach Avram Grant says Asamoah Gyan is "one of the greatest players" he has ever worked with. Grant watched as Gyan kick-started Ghana's Africa Cup of Nations campaign with a last-gasp winner against Algeria on Friday. Gyan's goal lit up what had been a dire contest on a bobbly surface in Mongomo. "I have coached some of the great players - and he's one of the greatest," said the former Chelsea boss. The former Israel, Portsmouth and West Ham boss managed Ivory Coast legend Didier Drogba, former Germany midfielder Michael Ballack and England's Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge.
(Bloomberg 01/24/15)
Ghana plans to sell three-year local-currency bonds next month, the first issuance after a sale was canceled in October when borrowing costs soared to the highest level in Africa. The Bank of Ghana will offer 630 million cedis ($193 million) of notes on Feb. 19, with proceeds used to roll over maturities, reorganize debt and manage liquidity, the Accra-based regulator said in a statement published in the state-owned Daily Graphic newspaper Friday. The world’s second-biggest cocoa producer scrapped sales of...
(BBC News Africa 01/24/15)
A senior official in Ghana's ruling party has laughed off criticism for wearing his wife's coat during an official visit to Germany, it's reported. Johnson Asiedu Nketia, general secretary of the National Democratic Congress, was snapped wearing a camel-coloured, fur-trimmed number on the trip, and was promptly ridiculed by fellow politicians and social media users, the Graphic website reports. Mr Nketia says nobody in Germany mentioned his choice of attire, but it was a different story back home in Ghana,...
(Dw-World 01/24/15)
The world's population is constantly growing, and with it the interest of investors in Africa's arable land. The continent has vast untapped potential - but can local producers compete with foreign companies? The wind whistling through Berlin on Monday (19.01.2015) was icy. Three Italian tourists carefully navigated the frozen puddles on the sidewalk as they scurried to the Brandenburg Gate, ignoring the black limousines gliding past them in front of the exclusive Adlon Hotel. These limos were unloading delegates to...
(Ips News 01/24/15)
Abu Dhabi — Diversification of Africa's electricity sources by embarking on renewable energy solutions - such as solar, wind, geothermal and hydro power - is being heralded as a solution to the continent's energy poverty. But although a number of countries are already reaping benefits from investment in renewables, there is concern that many of the countries are yet to exploit those resources. African ministers and delegates at the Abu Dhabi International Renewable Energy Conference in Abu Dhabi from January...
(BBC News Africa 01/22/15)
The majority of the Ghanaian government's websites, including its main site, have been hacked and are currently offline. A message reading "Hacked by Alsancak Tim" appeared on the sites. On its social media accounts, Alsancak Tim describes itself as a nationalist Turkish hacker group. The deputy communications minister said experts were working to restore the websites by the end of the day and were investigating who was behind it. On the Facebook page of the Alsancak Tim group, which uses...
(Bloomberg 01/22/15)
Elizabeth Biney remembers as a little girl watching monkeys play in her yard and parrots flit above the sloping roof of her colonial house in the Ghanaian capital, Accra. “There were birds all over the place,” Biney, now 58, recalled in an interview. “There were so many trees you couldn’t see the sky.” Today her home in the Ridge neighborhood is one of the last century-old houses built by the British colonial administration. Developers have invaded the area, chopped down...
(Ventures Africa 01/22/15)
VENTURES AFRICA – CEOs representing some of Africa’s most attractive mining companies will gather in Cape Town, South Africa, from the 9th to the 12th February 2015, for the annual Investing in African Mining Indaba. The Indaba is a summit that brings together major mining players, and provides a platform for further investment around the continent. More than 900 mining corporates are already confirmed to attend the event. “For more than 20 years, Africa’s mining companies have played a pivotal...
(Bloomberg 01/21/15)
Plunging oil prices and a potential bailout from the International Monetary Fund are spurring Ghana’s NDK Asset Management Ltd. to buy more of the country’s stocks and less of its debt. The investor, which has increased assets to 133 million cedis ($41 million) since starting operations in 2011, plans to boost investments in equities to 10 percent of assets this year from 6 percent in 2014, John Ofosu Awuku, a money manager, said by phone from the capital, Accra, yesterday...
(Ventures-Africa 01/21/15)
VENTURES AFRICA – The Board of Executive Directors of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) has approved a new round of financing worth $189.4 million for development projects covering important sectors in several member countries and also some Muslim communities in non-member countries. This came following the 302nd Board meeting of the lender, which held in Jedah, Saudi Arabia from Sunday, January 18 to Tuesday, January 20, 2015, under the chairmanship of IDB President Dr. Ahmad Mohamed Ali. The Board reviewed...
(Voice of America 01/20/15)
 
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JOHANNESBURG— Economic experts from across the African continent say this may be an exciting year for African economies, which could be ready to move out of their traditional roles and into new sectors. African nations have struggled for decades to go beyond their role as providers of basic raw materials, like oil, gas, minerals and agricultural products. Their efforts have had mixed success. While nations like South Africa and Kenya have managed to diversify their economies, others, like Angola and...
(Bloomberg 01/20/15)
The International Monetary Fund cut its 2015 economic growth forecast for sub-Saharan Africa by almost 1 percentage point as falling oil prices curb output in the region’s biggest economy. The growth outlook in Nigeria, the continent’s largest oil producer, was lowered to 4.8 percent from 7.3 percent estimated in October, the IMF said in its World Economic Outlook update released Tuesday in Beijing. Sub-Saharan Africa’s economy is forecast by the IMF to expand 4.9 percent this year, down from a...
(BBC News Africa 01/19/15)
The BBC is launching an award in honour of its presenter, Komla Dumor, a year after his unexpected death aged 41. Komla Dumor was an exceptional Ghanaian broadcaster who in his short life made an extraordinary impact - in Ghana, in Africa and around the world. He represented a confident, savvy and entrepreneurial side of Africa. Through his tenacious journalism and compelling storytelling, Komla worked tirelessly to bring a more nuanced African narrative to the world. The BBC is committed...
(BBC News Africa 01/19/15)
Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan is suffering from "a mild bout of malaria" and may not play against Senegal on Monday. The Ghana Football Association said the striker was admitted to a hospital in Mongomo on Saturday evening and released on Sunday morning. The disease was caught "at an early stage" and Gyan is said to be responding to treatment. Senegal boss Alain Giresse must decide on the fitness of Sadio Mane, who has been out with a calf injury. The...
(World Bulletin 01/19/15)
Ghana's navy has freed a tanker ship hijacked off the coast of Nigeria and arrested eight pirates believed to be responsible for seizing it, a military spokesman said on Sunday. Pirate attacks have increased in West Africa in recent years, jacking up insurance costs for shipping companies. Experts say gangs based in the waters off Africa's top oil producer Nigeria are extending their reach across the region's Gulf of Guinea. Colonel Aggrey Quarshie would not say when the MT Mariam...
(Bloomberg 01/17/15)
Ghana and four other West African nations are ready to provide soldiers to a regional military force to fight Boko Haram, Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama said. The force could be created immediately once the African Union or United Nations establish a mandate, Mahama said in a phone interview on Friday from the capital, Accra. The presidents of Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria are prepared to contribute troops, though “they want it structured properly and to have their appropriate mandate...

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