Sylvia Arthur, a Ghanaian of British origin, gives a tour of her “decolonised library” that she founded in Accra to honour African and Black literature. With this initiative, she hopes that Ghanaians and Africans will find pride in their literary heritage.
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The festive Christmas season in Ghana means it is high season for locally produced drinks like palm wine, Kokoroko or pito. The alcohol marketplace used to be dominated by multinationals but Ghanaians are now seeing the resurrection of traditional and local drinks.
Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo won plaudits last year when he called for an end to a dependence on foreign aid. But unemployment is high and inequality remains widespread — and thousands still seek to leave the country every year.
Ghanaians push the government to improve safety at fuel stations after four people were killed when a tanker truck carrying natural gas caught fire in the nation’s capital, triggering explosions.
E-waste, the term given to discarded electronic appliances, is often shipped by developed nations to poorer countries such as Ghana. RTD visits the country’s most infamous dumping ground, Agbogbloshie. Locals call it “Sodom and Gomorrah” after the infamous Biblical sin cities. Its air and soil are polluted with toxic chemicals, while extreme poverty, child labour and criminal gangs are also rife.
Ghana is one of several African countries where electronic goods are sent once they have been discarded by developed nations. Agbogbloshie is an enormous dumping ground near Accra where digital appliances are dismantled for scrap. The process employed by those working there involves burning off plastic casing to uncover metal components. As a result, extremely toxic chemicals are released into the environment. The site operates without any health and safety regulations, and every day those living and working there, including young children, are exposed to substantial health risks. Despite this, many Ghanaians still see the e-waste industry as a vital source of employment.
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