Produced by Paul Ndiho
November 30, 2023
Tech Report: Ghana’s National STEAM Day
Ghana’s National Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics, STEAM, Day was born out of the need for young people in the country to be equipped with digital skills as the world experiences rapid technological growth. Analysts say individuals who adapt and think critically are more likely to succeed in an ever-changing, technology-driven society. Made up of a consortium of leading educators in Ghana, STEAM Day prepares students for a rapidly evolving job market. VOA's Paul Ndiho spoke to Eugenia Boadi, founder of Accra-based education company Steam She Can, about the importance of the day.
November 24, 2023
Tech Report: Bringing African Languages to Wikipedia
Despite being a widely accessed and essential source of knowledge, the popular online information lexicon Wikipedia lacks many native African languages. To address the lack of language diversity in Wikipedia’s accessible information, a movement led by young Wiki’s, or techies, in Ghana aims to empower individuals to contribute to Wikipedia in their native languages, allowing volunteers to create and edit numerous Wikipedia articles in African languages. For a look into how more African languages are making their way onto Wikipedia, VOA Technology Correspondent Paul Ndiho spoke to Joris Darlington Quarshie, a Wikipedia team lead in Accra, Ghan
November 21, 2023
License Plate Tracking System Unveiled in Uganda
A Human Rights Watch report has raised concerns on privacy rights and freedom of expression after Uganda debuted a new license plate surveillance system. The system allows the government to track the locations of all registered vehicles in real-time, including foreign cars temporarily in the country. Vehicle owners must also pay a registration fee to obtain new plates with tracking devices provided by Uganda Telecommunications Corporation Ltd. VOA's Paul Ndiho spoke to Oryem Nyeko, a Ugandan researcher at HRW, about the system and its impact.
November 15, 2023
Tech Report: Artificial Intelligence’s Impact
Experts say artificial intelligence, AI, tools have the potential to make a positive impact in education, healthcare, and agriculture in Africa. While the possibilities to utilize this technology are seemingly limitless, the systems have been shown possible inherent biases. For more, VOA's Paul Ndiho spoke to Joshua Opoku Agyemang, the president of the Ghana Stem Network.
November 09, 2023
Tech Report: Addressing Challenges in Ghana’s STEM Education
Despite improvements in Ghana's education system, STEM — which teaches science, technology, engineering and math —has faced challenges in resources including training for teachers. A local organization, Ghana Stem Network, is working to address the challenge. For more, VOA’s Paul Ndiho spoke to Joshua Agyemang, president of Ghana Stem Network.
November 07, 2023
Newly Released Report Outlines Chinese Influence in African Militaries
According to a recent study titled "China’s 'Military Political Work' and Professional Military Education in Africa" by the Washington-based Africa Center for Strategic Studies, the East Asian nation is training nearly 2,000 African military officers annually at military and political academies. The study says China is leveraging the professional military education in Africa as an opportunity to promote its governance model, while deepening ties to Africa’s ruling political parties. For more, VOA’s Paul Ndiho spoke with the author of the report, Paul Nyantulya.
November 06, 2023
20 Killed After Intense Shelling Hits Khartoum
More than 20 people were killed Sunday after shells hit a market in a suburb of the Sudanese capital Khartoum, a committee of pro-democracy lawyers said in a statement. It was the latest bloodshed in the fighting since April between the forces of army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and his former deputy Mohamed Dagalo, who commands the Rapid Support Forces, RSF. VOA’s Paul Ndiho has this report.
November 02, 2023
Tech Report: UN Initiative Aims to Regulate AI for Health
The Global Initiative on AI for Health, along with other stakeholders, is looking at regulating artificial intelligence (AI) for Health. The Initiative emphasizes the importance of establishing AI systems' safety and effectiveness and fostering dialogue among stakeholders, including developers, regulators, manufacturers, health workers, and patients. For more on the initiative, VOA Technology Correspondent Paul Ndiho spoke to Darlington Alogo, founder and CEO of Mino Health AI Labs in Ghana, who is currently attending the Global Initiative on AI in Riyad, Saudi Arabia.
October 30, 2023
ICC Chief Prosecutor Calls for Release of Hostages, Aid to Gaza
The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor is calling for Hamas to release all hostages seized during its attack on Israel. The prosecutor, Karim Khan, is also asking that Israel ensure that civilians in Gaza get access to food, water, and medicine, as ground incursions into the territory by Israel continue. VOA’S Paul Ndiho has this report.
October 26, 2023
Technology Report: Streaming Live TV Signals to Smart Phones
Mobile phone technologies are being used to bring live TV broadcasts to people's living rooms in Africa. In Zambia, a new start-up, Live Access, is leveraging streaming services and mobile-friendly platforms to deliver live TV signals to smartphones and smart devices. The innovation aims to democratize access to television, providing entertainment, news, and educational content to millions of individuals. VOA’s Paul Ndiho spoke to Quinton Mutsinze, the founder of Live Access, a media company expanding the live TV experience.
October 23, 2023
Humanitarian Aid Enters Gaza
Scores of Palestinians were killed in central Gaza on Sunday after Israel stepped up its strikes on the war-torn enclave and another convoy of 17 aid trucks arrived as the Hamas-run territory faces "catastrophic" shortages. VOA’s Paul Ndiho has an updated report on in the Israel-Hamas conflict.
October 20, 2023
Israel-Hamas War: Biden’s National Address and Egyptian Aid
In his address to the nation, U.S. President Joe Biden tied Israeli and Ukrainian successes in their respective conflicts with Hamas and Russia to a U.S. national security issue. Meanwhile, there has been a decline in bipartisan support for Israel, as progressive Democrats have become more vocal in opposing Israel's occupation of Palestinian territory while calling for the facilitation of humanitarian aid in Gaza. VOA's Paul Ndiho interviewed professor David Monda of City University of New York for further insights.
October 20, 2023
Tech Report: AI-Driven Voice Cloning
ChatGPT, the artificial intelligence-powered chatbot, has altered how people use and abuse artificial intelligence in less than a year. AI-driven voice cloning technology is being utilized to impersonate people and spread disinformation. In contrast, most people are using AI for good. As the technology develops, analysts say some bad actors will use these AI tools to cause harm. For more on this rapidly evolving technology, VOA's Paul Ndiho spoke to Chukwemeka Monyei, a lawyer and cyber security expert currently in Abuja, Nigeria about the need for stricter regulation for artificial intelligence.
October 19, 2023
World Leaders React to Israel-Hamas Conflict
Gaza City doctors are struggling with scarce medical supplies and conducting surgeries on hospital floors without anesthesia to save victims of a massive blast that killed nearly 500 Palestinians. Both Hamas militants and the Israeli military dispute the facts surrounding the explosion. Protests across the Arab world have broken out as Israel gears up to deploy tens of thousands of troops in Gaza in preparation for a full-scale ground offensive. For more insight, VOA's Paul Ndiho spoke to Dr. Edgar Githua, an expert in international relations, security and diplomacy at the U.S. International University in Nairobi.
October 16, 2023
South Africa’s President Announces Willingness to Mediate Israel, Hamas Conflict
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa recently said his administration is willing to mediate the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas militants, that began on October 7. The war has so far claimed thousands of lives in the region, including foreign nationals caught in the crossfire from South Africa, Tanzania, United States, Russia and France. For more, VOA’s Paul Ndiho spoke to Mundia Paul Hakoola, a political analyst and the executive director at a Lusaka, Zambia-based research nonprofit, Continental Leadership Research Institute.
October 12, 2023
Tech Report: Empowering West African Women
Aisha Addo, Founder, Power to Girls Foundation Ghana. On October 11th, International Day of the Girl Child is celebrated, with a global observance first declared by the United Nations in 2011. In this week’s technology report, VOA’s Paul Ndiho spoke to Aisha Addo, the Founder of the Power to Girls Foundation Ghana, an organization empowering young women across West Africa.
October 10, 2023
IMF and World Bank Host Meetings in Morocco
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank are holding annual meetings in Marrakech, Morocco, Africa, for the first time in 50 years as they face a growing chorus of criticism that poorer nations are underrepresented at the two institutions. Both institutions have recently said they plan to give Africa additional seats on their executive boards. These annual meetings bring together policymakers, academics, civil society, and economic experts to tackle world economic and development issues. For an analysis of the ongoing meeting in Marrakech, VOA’s Paul Ndiho spoke to Ghazi Ben Ahmed, the founder of the Mediterranean Development Initiative.
October 07, 2023
Artificial Intelligence Exacerbates Sudan’s Civil War
AI-driven voice cloning technology is being utilized to impersonate Omar al-Bashir, the former leader of Sudan, adding confusion and disinformation in Sudan's civil war and exacerbating an already complex situation in the country. Stricter regulations and media literacy are needed to combat the spread of misinformation and mitigate the unintended consequences of such campaigns. For more on the AI advancement, VOA's Paul Ndiho, via Skype, spoke to Chukwemeka Monyei, a lawyer and cyber security expert in Abuja, Nigeria.
October 05, 2023
Technology Report: AI Re-Shaping The Future
Artificial Intelligence has evolved from Hollywood imagination to a groundbreaking reality. It's now empowering us to create personalized learning experiences, making education accessible. This revolution is further amplified by Lifelong Learning Machines, which emphasize continuous growth, and Digital Twins, which act as virtual replicas, simulating real-world scenarios. For a look into how AI is changing the technology landscape, VOA’s Paul Ndiho spoke to Kwabena Boateng, the founder and chair of HBCUA Homecoming.
October 05, 2023
US and Other Countries Pledge Additional Aid for Haiti Mission
The United Nations approved a resolution to move forward with a Kenya-led international force into Haiti to support the country’s overwhelmed police forces to battle gangs. The non-affiliated mission would be reviewed after nine months and be funded by voluntary contributions, with the U.S. pledging up to $200 million. For more on the logistics and challenges of the Kenyan forces going to Haiti, VOA's Paul Ndiho, via Skype, spoke with David Monda, professor at the City University of New York's Guttman Community College.