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Cocoa processing is not a golden ticket for west Africa

IN 1876 TETTEH QUARSHIE, a blacksmith, smuggled the first cocoa beans into Ghana, hidden beneath his box of tools. He is now celebrated as a national hero; his trees, planted in the hills outside Accra, are a tourist attraction. But did cocoa make him rich? “No,” says a guide. “He harvested for the first time, and then he died.”

West Africans have been seeking fortunes in cocoa ever since. Like Mr Quarshie, they have been short of luck. Ghana and Ivory Coast produce about 60% of the world’s cocoa. Yet they mostly sell unprocessed beans. Their cocoa-export earnings are equivalent to less than a tenth of world chocolate sales. Power lies with a small group of trading firms and chocolate-makers in rich countries. “We send raw materials, they add value,” sighs Owusu Afriyie Akoto,…

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Meet the West African media personality taking the Korean entertainment world by storm

Samuel Okyere is a Ghanaian television personality firmly planting solid roots in Korea. Okyere was born on April 21, 1991, in Accra, Ghana. He spent his childhood there until he travelled abroad for schooling.

Samuel Okyere…Forbes

Okyere initially went to Seoul, Korea, in 2009 after being selected for a Korean Government Scholarship Program to study computer science. Nine years later, he has taken that opportunity and catapulted it into living his best life possible while exploring and exceeding all of his wildest dreams.

He graduated from Sogang University in 2014 but that was just the tip of the iceberg.

Clearly, Okyere has capitalized on his time in Korea well as his resume is pretty hefty. He began his entertainment career by starring in small roles in commercials.


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Prevalence of pretreatment HIV drug resistance in West African and Southeast Asian countries | Journal of Antimicro…



ART in the developing world has moved to a new era with the WHO recommendation to test and immediately treat HIV-positive individuals. A high frequency of pretreatment HIV drug resistance (PDR) can compromise ART efficacy. Our study presents updated estimates of PDR in seven countries from West Africa (Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali and Togo) and Southeast Asia (Thailand and Vietnam).


Eligible study participants were adult ART initiators, recruited from December 2015 to November 2016 in major ART clinics in each country. HIV drug resistance (HIVDR) tests were performed for all specimens and interpretation was done using the Stanford algorithm.


Overall, 1153 participants were recruited and 1020 nt sequences were…

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Uniport wins 14th West African Universities Games

University of Port Harcourt has won the 14th West Africa Universities Games (WAUG) which it hosted.

Semi-final male volleyball event of the first National Youth Games between teams FCT (White) and Abia in Abuja.

The university emerged the overall winner of the competition on Sunday after winning 75 gold, 36 silver and 24 bronze to top the medals table.

It finished the games on a remarkable note by winning all gold medals in swimming, hockey, chess and taekwondo.

University of Lagos came second with 16 gold, 24 silver and 16 bronze medals.

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Ghana’s representative, University of Cape Coast, won nine gold, three silver and four bronze to finish third at the 13-day event.

Obafemi Awolowo University was awarded the…

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It’s Nice That | Eddie Wrey photographs the women of West African market Adjamé

Whilst on a commercial assignment in the Ivory Coast, photographer Eddie Wrey entered a small, roofed marketplace to source some props. In this market he became transfixed by the sight of laden ladies filtering effortlessly through the ordered chaos like floating sculptures. Dressed in well-worn Burberry polos, Malian burkhas, and waxes in bright and primary colours, it was as if these women had condensed full department stores into neat piles and stacked them into washing bowls. Once these bowls were skilfully balanced on top of the women’s heads, the store was open for business.

Their produce swayed from side to side but miraculously never tumbled to the ground. Bras overflowed from these bowls like a cascade of colourful hair; towers of pineapples were piled back-breakingly high; and…

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West Charlotte High School Celebrates 80 Years

West Charlotte High School is celebrating its 80th anniversary this weekend. Through the 70s, 80s and 90s the school served as a national model for successful integration using crosstown busing. In its heyday, it was described as Camelot. But as busing faded out, so did the school’s reign as a beacon of education. Test scores dropped and truancy rates increased, but a family environment has remained through the school’s trials and triumphs.

Timothy Gibbs, the president of West Charlotte’s National Alumni Association spoke with Nick de la Canal ahead of the weekend festivities that includes a breakfast keynoted by alumnus and former mayor of Charlotte Anthony Foxx.

Nick de la Canal: So now that everyone knows the history of West Charlotte, can…

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