Unlike cocoa, shea is the only internationally traded cash crop from Africa’s shea belt that rural women still hold the indigenous processing expertise in. Continue reading “Safeguarding the livelihoods of Ghana’s rural female shea nut producers”
Ever considered jogging and picking up rubbish at the same time? It might sound odd but this activity – known as Plogging – emerged in 2016 and is fast becoming a craze across the world, particularly as the global attention on plastic pollution intensifies. Continue reading “Talking trash on Accra’s new craze – PLOGGING!”
Growing up in 80s England and overhearing the conversations from ‘uncles’ and ‘aunties’ on conditions in Ghana under Flight Lieutenant JJ Rawlings’ military rule, I remember the image created of this imposing figure was never favourable. I had uncles who vowed never to step foot on Ghanaian soil because of the turmoil they or family members had experienced under his regime. I didn’t really understand why but that feeling of wariness continued during subsequent trips to the Motherland when he was the Head of State.
The Ghanaian government has activated a condition in its immigration rules making it mandatory for all visitors without Ghanaian citizenship to submit an invitation letter along with their traditional visa application. Continue reading “Ghana’s immigration rule change”
Autism – the mental condition that affects the way people communicate and form relationships – does not discriminate. Continue reading “Fundraiser boosts autism awareness”
This piece was updated at 15:00 on 5 December 2016 to include the response from the John Lewis press office (see final paragraph). The blog was originally published at 00:36 on 5 December 2016.
There was a time – not too long ago – when the airing of the Coca Cola advert in the UK heralded the start of the Christmas season. But in my opinion, UK high street supermarket adverts are slowly but surely stealing Coke’s thunder. Anticipating what our retail chains are going to come out with annually has become a big talking point that even deserves column inches in our top newspapers. Continue reading “Where has the Black family gone from the John Lewis Christmas advert?”
Enforced child marriage generally conjures up images of young girls being wed under duress to older men. But on Ghana’s Lake Volta, in the central region of the country, one charity is saving young boys from the practice too. Continue reading “Boy slaves and forced marriage on Ghana’s Lake Volta”
I remember the first one. I was about six years old or so and innocently used to bop to it without paying too much attention to the lyrics. But as I got older and Christmas swung around again, I actually started to feel increasingly irritated when the song came on air. Continue reading “Why I am not buying the new Band Aid 30 single”