working at the dumpsite

If many people’s lives depended on it, they had rather die than get involved with it. The mere thought of it could send shivers down the spine of many. But scavenging for scrap and plastics at the oblogo land fill site in Mallam, a suburb of Accra, Ghana may not be that bad. Wondering why?

The income could build you a two bedroom apartment and save you high rents from landlords. It could pay your fees and get you the trendy clothes you have always wished for. It may not be the best if u have to inhale the stench of the refuse, but hey thats what nose masks are made for. Working on the land fill site may not be appealing but it could be worth considering if there are no job vacancies in corporate environments. After all, money from the bank and that from the dump site are no different.

The value is the same.

Kesewaah Awuakye

journalists at training

Twenty broadcast journalists drawn from some African countries are undergoing a two-week training course at Accra in Ghana. The programme, organized by DW-Akademie and sponsored by the German Technical Corporation, GTZ, aims to upgrade the professional competence in business and finance reporting. It is also to empower the beneficiary journalists efficient vehicles for financial literacy and to engender financial inclusion in their respective countries.

P1070577The training also formed part of an international conference on finanacial capabilities in lso in Accra, and attended by representatives of donor agencies, World Bank, African Development Bank some Central Banks in Africa among other key staeholders. As part of the training project, the journalists have been carrying out different assignment projects to especially determine the level of financial literacy among the local people as well as their entrepreneural skills.

Nicholas Osei-Wusu

Dying business

Ulrich Köhler / Sarah Mersch

DEMOCRACY MAKES GHANA SHINE

Ghana is fast becoming the most attractive destination for foreign investors in West Africa. The country has enjoyed a considerable amount of stability for the past fifteen years and this has meant that the country has been able to develop economically. Over the last decade, Ghanaians have gone to the polls twice and have been able to change their governments peacefully. And now, one can only believe that the culture of Democracy is fully entrenched. With the smooth transition from one government to the other and the  current freedom of expression that I see in this country, I have no doubt that this country has a very bright future. Well for those of us who do not  the luxury od Democracy in our  own countries, we can only stand by and admire as the BLACK  STAR shines on her people. But all is not lost, perhaps the rays from  the Black Star will one day penetrate acrooss the rest of the continent and bring about the desired change. I cannot but admire Ghanaians and the path they have taken.

Louis D Mendy

The exprience of a lifetime

The Kakum National Park is one of the wonders that might one day end up in the world records. It amazes to imagine walking on a suspended rail made of wood planks and tied with ropes. The scenic marvel is a wonder and depending on the weight on each plank, the swing or rail does swing from left to right.

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As I trudged on with fear written all over my face, shaking and sweatin, I kept staring at the sky. Perhaps in holy suplication that God would hold me if the ropes were to snap. And the swinging continued suspended in space about 50 feet off the ground. After walking the six bridges we came to the end. Looking back I breathed a sigh of relief, and asked. Had I to attempt the feat again would I make it to the end.

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Judith Akolo

Teaching High School Students in Ghana how to save money

Ghanaians generally are an enterprising people who have been trading for centuries.However,they have not been able to uplift themselves out of poverty.The reason partly for this state of affairs is that lack of financial literacy.

I had an interview with the programme co-ordinator of  ‘Junior Achievement’, Mr. Alex Ofosu at the Calvary International School at Medina in Accra, Ghana , on financial literacy programme for high schools.This programme is designed to help high school students to understand financial issues such as: savings,loans,insurance, and investment. SL270019

Eric Sampson

life on foreign land

It is exactly 12:30 and i have just stepped off the Kenya airways at Kotoka airport in Accra, Ghana. The purpose of my journey is to attend the Make Finance Journalism Work for Africa. I had not been to any west African Country before so despite the tiring hours spent in air, my eyes were still wide open as there were many things that earned my admiration. In fact, the closest i had been to Ghana was my primary 6 lesson about cocoa growing in Ghana.

One thing that struck me most was the strength of the Ghana currency, Cedes, compared to the dollar. When i first read the rates i could not believe my eyes. I moved closer to the board with the rates and confirmed the strength of the cedis. Each American dollar goes for 1.4 cedes. In my country, Uganda, each dollar is equivalent to 2000 shillings. Then later when i left the Kotoka aiport and boarded a taxi to the Eastoment Guest house where i was to stay for 2 weeks, i struggled with my conciense to accept that the drivers were doing the right thing- they were driving on the right yet back home we drive on the left. At several occasions i thought someone was running into us. This and many other aspects of life in this former gold coast, made my stay a mixture excitement and hilarity.

Samuel Kazibwe