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Republic of Ghana
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Location  Africa
Capital  Accra
Area  238,533 sq km
Population  28,102,471
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  • Kofi Annan, a Ghanaian diplomat, served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1st January 1997 to 31st December 2006.

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  • Former Ghana player Ibrahim Sunday, a member of the Asante Kotoko squad that won the African Cup of Champions Clubs in 1970, was decorated with the Legend award at the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Awards in Ghanaian capital Accra on 4 January 2018.[1]

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  • Professor Isabella Quakyi from the University of Ghana has received the Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Award for women for the Western Africa Region, as announced on 5 January 2015.[2]

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  • Norway's Aker Energy on 10 January 2019 said it had discovered oil in commercial quantities off Ghana, estimated 450-550 million barrels of oil equivalent, which the government welcomed as a potential boost to the economy.[3]

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  • Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama and Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg were appointed as co-chairs of a group of 16 eminent Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Advocates on 19 January 2016 to help achieve the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which seeks to eliminate poverty, hunger and a raft of social ills, all within 15 years.[4]

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  • John Kofi Agyekum Kufuor, former President of the Republic of Ghana, served as the Chairman of the African Union - a union consisting of African states and formerly known as Organisation of African Unity. Kufuor took the office on January 30, 2007 and served as the fifth chairman of African Union.[5]

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  • Ghanaian footballer Christian Atsu won the Man of the Competition and Goal of the Tournament awards at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations football tournament.[6]

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  • Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng from Ghana received the African Heroes Award on 12 February 2012 for his pioneering role in cardiovascular care in Ghana, Africa and beyond.[7]

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  • Ghanaian actress Nadia Buari was awarded the Best African Actress award at the 2014 edition of the African Achievers Awards held at the State House Banquet Hall, Accra Ghana.

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  • Dr. Grace Ofori-Sarpong of Ghana was named as one of the winners of the 2017 Elsevier Foundation Awards for early-career women scientists in the developing world for her research in Energy and minerals engineering.

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  • Ghanaian-American writer Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah won the 2019 PEN/ Jean Stein Award for book of the year for his short story collection Friday Black.[8]

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  • Ghana was admitted as a member of the United Nations (UN) on 8 March 1957.[9]

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  • Lake Bosomtwe in Ghana, one of six meteoritic lakes in the world, was added to the list of UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves on 19 March 2016. The list recognizes regions that have maintained a healthy economy while hanging on to significant environmental values.[10]
  • China on 19 March 2015 announced to invest $1 billion to construct a 400-megawatt (MW) solar power plant in Ghana to help boost Ghana's energy needs.[11]

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  • The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on 3 April 2015 approved a three-year arrangement under the Extended Credit Facility (ECF) for Ghana in an amount equivalent to SDR 664.20 million (180 percent of quota or about US$918 million) in support of the country’s medium-term economic reform program.[12]

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  • Ghana’s mother-to-child HIV transmission has reduced from 30 per cent to nine per cent within last three years, the Ghana AIDS Commission told the Daily Graphic newspaper on 5 April 2014.[13]

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  • Ghanaian politician Samia Yaba Christina Nkrumah was named the winner of the 4th edition of the Pilosio Building Peace Award on 7 April 2014. The award was granted for her commitment to follow her father’s vision towards realizing a self-reliant, peaceful and united Africa.

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  • The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors has approved US$150 million to finance 19 university-based Centers of Excellence in seven countries, including Ghana, announced on 15 April 2014. These competitively selected centers will receive funding for advanced specialized studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-related disciplines, as well as in agriculture and health.[14]

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  • The UN Economic and Social Council on 19 April 2017 elected Ghana as a member of its Commission on the Status of Women for a four-year terms.[15]

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  • Short film Kwaku Ananse from Ghana on 20 April 2013 won the Best Short Film award at the 9th Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) held in the Yenagoa capital of Bayelsa State, Nigeria.

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  • Ghanaian sculptor El Anatsui was named as the recipient of the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 56th Venice Biennale on 23 April 2015.
  • Ghanaian sculptor El Anatsui on 23 April 2014 was elected as a foreign honorary member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences for his contributions in Visual Arts.[16]

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  • Ghana launched a fleet of drones on 24 April 2019 to carry medical supplies to remote areas, an ambitious plan to leapfrog problems of medical access in a country with poor roads.

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  • Ghana became the first African country to introduce vaccines against two of the continent's deadliest infant diseases - pneumococcal disease and rotavirus - on 26 April 2012. The project is backed by the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization.[17]
  • Ghanaian action film Run Baby Run received four awards at the 4th African Movie Academy Awards, including the awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Child Actor, on 26 April 2008.

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  • Local leaders in northern Ghana have announced the abolition of the ritual killing of babies born with physical disabilities, as reported on 29 April 2013, who were believed to have been possessed by evil spirits.[18]

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  • Ghanaian Rebecca Asamoah was crowned as the first Miss Africa Continent at Johannesburg's Gold Reef City casino on 30 April 2016.


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  • Caleb Ofori-Boateng of Ghana won a 2019 Whitley Award for his work ensuring the protection of the critically endangered Togo slippery frog.[19]

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  • President of Ghana His Excellency Mr. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was appointed as one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals Advocates on 9 May 2019.[20]

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  • Ghana and Kenya on 10 May 2018 made history as the first countries out of the 44 African countries to ratify the Continental Free Trade Area agreement which was signed in the Rwandan capital Kigali in March 2018.[21]

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  • Ghanaian Anin Yeboah, a supreme court justice, was elected as chairman of Fifa's Disciplinary Committee on 11 May 2017.[22]

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  • Renowned Ghanaian architect, David Adjaye, was honoured with a knighthood on 12 May 2017 for his services to architecture, as part of Queen Elizabeth’s biannual honours programme.

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  • Ghanian students from the All Nations University on 15 May 2013 launched a tiny model of a satellite, known as Deployable CanSat, an encouraging sign for Ghana's one-year-old space program. The device, which was designed and built by students and researchers from the university, has built-in sensors, cameras, battery, global positioning system (GPS) and transceivers that are housed in a 350 ml can.[23]

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  • Ghanaian footballer Andre Ayew was named Best African Player in France's Ligue 1 on 18 May 2015 after a great season with Marseille.

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  • GhanaSat-1, the first Ghanaian satellite, was launched into the space from Kennedy Space Center in the USA on 3 June 2017.

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  • The 2012 Africa Peace Award was conferred on Ghana by the South Africa-based African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) in recognition of the efforts of government and the people of Ghana at large to maintain peace in the country.

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  • Ghana and other thirty-seven countries met internationally-set hunger eradication targets set for 2015 to halve the percentage of hungry people well ahead of time, the United Nations food agency revealed on 12 June 2013.[24]

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  • A Ghanaian project titled Communication Technology and Networking for Development won an award at the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) Prizes 2017 in the e-science category.[25]

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  • Toyola Energy Ltd. from Ghana won the International Gold Prize at the 2011 Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy on 16 June 2011. Toyola Energy Ltd. was selected for its success in making over 150,000 efficient charcoal stoves accessible to low-income families.

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  • John Kufuor, former President of Ghana, won the World Food Prize on June 22, 2011 for cutting hunger in half while serving as president of his nation. It was the first time the award, created 25 years ago by Nobel Peace Prize winner Norman Bourlag, recognized the seminal role of national leaders in fighting hunger.[26]

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  • Ghanaian military official Delali Johnson Sakyi on 1 July 2014 was appointed as Chief Military Observer and Head of Mission for the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP).

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  • The World Bank Group on 5 August 2014 committed $5 billion in new technical and financial support for energy projects in six African countries-- Ghana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria and Tanzania.[27]

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  • Rose Amoanimaa Yeboah of Ghana won Women's high jump gold at the 12th African Games on 27 August 2019.

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  • Ghana on 28 August 2018 signed a £20m trade and investment agreement with Britain to create jobs and promote economic development in the country.[28]

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  • Italian energy group Eni made first big and viable oil discovery in Ghana, according to an official announcement on 20 September 2012.

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  • Hosts Ghana beat arch-rivals Nigeria 4-1 to win the 2017 West African Football Union (WAFU) Cup of Nations.

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  • The Nobel Peace Prize for 2001 was awarded, in two equal portions, to the United Nations (U.N.) and to its then Secretary-General, Kofi Annan from Ghana, for their work for a better organized and more peaceful world.[29]

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  • Ghanaian architect and entrepreneur Nana Akua Oppong Birmeh was included in the BBC global list of 100 inspirational and innovative women for 2017.

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  • Ghanaian Gilbert Addah, founder and executive director of Eduvid Education Ghana Limited, a youth-led organisation that conducts research into educational difficulties in Ghana and proposes solutions for them was awarded the 2013 Africa region Commonwealth Youth Award.[30]

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  • The World Bank Board of Directors on 22 October 2013 approved US$97.00 million credit to support Ghana’s on-going actions to improve the efficiency and coverage of government service delivery using Information and Communication Technology (ICT).[31]

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  • Abubakari Ahmed from Ghana was awarded the 2016 Green Talent prize by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research for his research focus on the sustainability assessment of large-scale land acquisitions for biofuel in Ghana.[32]
  • Ghana was elected as a council member of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on 27 October 2014 for four years from the African region. ITU is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies.

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  • Ghana on 6 November 2013 launched a three-year research project, named as ProEcoOrganic Africa, which aims at comparing organic and conventional farming systems to determine their level of productivity and profitability.[33]

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  • Ghanaian journalist Edem Srem and his team from MultiTvWorld on 14 November 2014 won the first-ever African Fact-Checking Awards sponsored by the AFP Foundation and Africa Check, honoring journalism in Africa that exposes misleading claims by public figures.[34]

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  • Bisa, a mobile application that allows mobile phone users to directly interact with medical practitioners without being physically present at the hospital, from Ghana received the prestigious Recognition of Excellence Certificates at the 2016 International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecom World Awards.[35]

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  • Ghana began pumping its first oil on 15 December 2010 since the discovery of an offshore oil field three years ago.[36]

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  • Ghana Navy declared the Best Performing Navy in West Africa for 2013 by the Security Watch Africa Magazine.[37]

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  • The United Nations on 23 December 2013 appointed former Ghana President John Kufuor and former Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg as special envoys on climate change to assist in engaging Heads of State and Government around the world in order to mobilize political will and action, and raise ambition ahead of the 2014 Climate Summit in New York.

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