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'We are afraid of Free SHS' by Elizabeth Ohene

I have unfinished business on the subject of Free SHS and I apologise for the no-show last week. We were on the subject of whether in the light of economic difficulties, parents shouldn’t be made to carry some of the burden of the Free SHS/TVET.

'Furman University students tour Prampram' by Anny Osabutey

INSIDE the foyer of AGBAZO WE, a prominent FAMILY HOUSE famed for the selection of Chief Fishermen for Lakple, Lower Prampram landing beach, the Chief Fisherman, Nene Sorsey Quarshie, patiently sat in a plastic chair in readiness to welcome a group of students from Furman University, South Carolina, United States of America.

Why cassava could be a way to keep food costs down

In the BBC's series of letters from African journalists, Ghanaian Elizabeth Ohene considers the call of Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni for people to eat the humble cassava as the price of wheat soars around the world.

'Who is afraid of free SHS?' by Elizabeth Ohene

I am not sure I can work out which part of the Free SHS it is that seems to rile up some people quite so much. I don’t think there is any argument that we all agree that the shortest route to achieving our development goals is to get an educated workforce, an educated population.

'Mr. President, We Want our Forest Back' by Bright Simons

Long before there was Ghana, Achimota Forest was a sanctuary in which certain economic activities and despoilment were banned, and runaway slaves mingled anonymously among the sacred groves secure from recapture. It was the ultimate “retreat” from the sometimes-terrifying normality of war and politics.

'Mahama comes like kakai' by Enimil Ashon

I don’t think there is a Ghanaian above 10 who does not know, or has not known since mid-December 2021 that John Dramani Mahama will contest the 2024 elections, and I would if I were him.

'Five levels of anger' by Lawrence Darmani

How do you explain why two people—let’s say a man and his wife—who start a chat over a simple matter, soon get so worked up that the husband pulls a gun from a bedroom drawer and shoots his beloved dead?

Nigeria's illegal oil refineries: Dirty, dangerous, lucrative

The deaths of more than 100 people following an explosion at an illegal oil refinery in southern Nigeria has thrown a spotlight on the lucrative world of illicit refining, which the BBC's Mayeni Jones and Josephine Casserly have been investigating.

'New mindset, way to go after Easter' by Kobby Asmah

For many holiday revellers, Easter is a period to wind down and make merry. In fact, for the five days of the period beginning from Holy Thursday to Easter Monday, a cocktail of activities take place across the country, especially at Kwahu in the Eastern Region and many parts of the Volta Region.

'The new normal is the normal' by Elizabeth Ohene

Suddenly, I find I am hesitating at doing what should be normal, regular and instinctive. Last Saturday, I went to visit Sena and Akua, my favourite nephew and niece who had been away in boarding school and I hadn’t seen for quite a while.