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Accra’s James Town district known as “the original port of city leading to the development of Ghana as a nation” opened its streets from August 23-24, 2014 for public engagement in art and cultural festivities. Chale Wote Street Art Festival took over James Town rearranging the streets into dynamic exhibition rooms, giving artists space to express and amplify their creative voices.
News of Ebola in West Africa immediately sent me back to the spring of 1974, when another highly contagious and deadly hemorrhagic virus known as Lassa fever swept through my hometown of Jos, Nigeria. All through that hot and dry season, people drove straight through my city with their car windows closed, even though they had no air conditioning, so as not to catch what they feared to be blowing in the wind.
I have been observing the increasing number of expatriates and volunteers in Uganda and the organizations that they work with. I thank those that are doing an honorable job in various parts of our country and those that have developed programmes that continue to help our nation. At the same time, I thank the various employers and organizations that continue to welcome these brothers and sisters into the country.
In the 1990s, as the war continued to escalate in southern Sudan, northern Sudanese activists arrived in conflict-affected areas in what was called a peace convoy. Initially the activists felt they were “mistrusted and no-one wanted to speak” to them, but after some days, this changed and people began to open up.
South Africa is currently a hotbed of aggressive discourse, especially as Gazans look to South Africa for empathetic support, and because its history as an apartheid state is often compared to Israel today. This has left the government stuck between maintaining diplomatic relations between the two countries while still upholding Mandela’s legacy that “Our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians”.
Millions of activists and global citizens are calling for the permanent boycott of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and other harmful agro-chemicals. Research studies have shown that “genetically-modified foods can lead to serious health conditions such as the development of cancer tumors, infertility and birth defects, in addition to the seeds being harmful to the environment”.
As the number of migrants and asylum seekers reaching southern Europe’s shores this year continues to climb – to about 75,000 at last count – so too does the death toll from attempts to cross the Mediterranean in over-crowded, unseaworthy boats. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) estimates that more than 800 migrants have died trying to make the treacherous crossing from North Africa since the beginning of the year.
The Ahafo mine, in dense forest in central Ghana, is operated by Newmont Gold Ghana Limited (NGGL), a subsidiary of US-based Newmont Mining Corporation. When I visited the area in February 2014, the communities that host the mine looked very small in comparison with the scale of NGGL’s revenues: US$528 million in 2009, about 10% of Ghana’s total exports and 4.5% of its total foreign direct investment.
‘As a child in Haiti laying in my bed, I heard the Tams Tams of the Vodou drums beating all nights. These beats were telling the stories of my African ancestors, of their struggles, and their survival, their self determination and resistance to domination to keep their dignity. However, the Christian schooling system and the social setting alienating children from their African Traditional heritage and demonized it.