Produced by Senanu Tord
October 26, 2023
Ghanaian Environmental Specialists Call on Lawmakers to Repeal Mining Law
Ghanaian environmental advocates are calling on lawmakers to repeal a law passed last year that allows regulated mining in the nation’s forest reserves which advocates argue threatens protected biodiversity. For more, reporter Senanu Tord filed this report from Atewa, Ghana.
October 20, 2023
Liberian Fact Checkers Help Dispel Misinformation As Nation Awaits Election Outcome
Liberian fact checkers are helping sanitize the West African nation’s media space amid a pending election outcome where analysts predict a presidential run-off as incumbent President George Weah and his opposition rival, former Vice President Joseph Boakai are at neck and neck. For more, reporter Senanu Tord filed this report from Liberia’s capital, Monrovia.
October 14, 2023
Thousands Rally to Raise Breast Cancer Awareness in Ghana’s Capital
Thousands of people took to the streets of Ghana's capital last week to raise awareness of breast cancer. Event organizers aimed to dispel myths about breast cancer and encourage early detection. Senanu Tord reports from Accra. (Camera: Senanu Tord and Samuel Mintah)
October 10, 2023
Liberians Vote in Presidential Election
Liberians took to the polls early on Tuesday for a general election where President George Weah is seeking a second term after six years marked by corruption allegations and economic hardship. VOA’s Linord Moudou spoke to VOA reporter Senanu Tord live in Monrovia for the latest on the election.
August 26, 2023
ECOWAS, West Sanctions Rise Niger Food Prices
Analysts observing political developments in Niger report economic sanctions placed on the West African nation by the regional ECOWAS bloc and Western nations have spiraled nationwide food prices and could potentially lead to food insecurity. For more, reporter Senanu Tord produced this report from Ghana’s capital, Accra.
July 18, 2023
New Sierra Leone Bill Doubles Number of Female Lawmakers
Thanks to a gender equality bill, Sierra Leone's new parliament will have the largest female representation in the country's history with 41 women lawmakers, more than double that of the last election. Senanu Tord reports from Port Loko, Sierra Leone.
July 17, 2023
Sierra Leone's Parliament Doubles Female Lawmakers
PORT LOKO, SIERRA LEONE — Sierra Leone's new parliament will have the largest female representation in the country's history, with 41 women lawmakers, more than double that of the last election. Activists say that number could have been higher had a new law that reserves 30% of leadership roles for women been followed correctly.
June 30, 2023
Sierra Leone Peace Calls Intensify
Calls for peace and unity have intensified in Sierra Leone after leaders of the opposition All People’s Congress reported the death of a supporter that was shot during an address by presidential candidate Samura Kamara, and raised concerns by observers that said the vote count for the June 24 polls were marred with irregularities. For insight, reporter Senanu Tord produced this report from Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown.
June 23, 2023
Sierra Leone Journo’s Plead Improved Protection
Female journalists in Sierra Leone have expressed concern over the number of their colleagues being harassed and blocked from covering events, especially as the West African nation edges closer to its elections slated for Saturday. As a result, media associations and human rights groups are calling on government to ensure better protection and support for journalists. For more, VOA’s Senanu Tord produced this report where he spoke to authorities, media associations and journalists from Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown.
June 04, 2023
African Trade Agreement Impacted by Regional Politics
Pledges by African leaders to boost Africa’s economy through the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) – an agreement set to witness increased regional trade on the continent – have faced challenges as the construction of road networks are being blocked by regional politics. For more, reporter Senanu Tord produced this report from Ghana’s capital, Accra that documents the works of the AfCFTA, its potential and how livelihoods are being affected by politics in Africa.
May 06, 2023
African American Promotes Ghana Move
African American entrepreneur Chaz Kyser recently gave in to calls by Ghana to have U.S. citizens of color move to the west African nation for investment and to better connect with their African ancestry. Since her move to Ghana, Kyser has built a support system focused on helping African Americans, especially women, better settle in the west African nation while nurturing investment opportunities. VOA’s reporter Senanu Tord has more from Ghana’s capital, Accra.
April 16, 2023
Ghanaian Activist Swims Volta River to Spotlight Pollution
An activist in Ghana is swimming the nearly 500-kilometer-long Volta River, including Lake Volta, to bring attention to worsening water pollution. Yvette Tetteh is also collecting water samples along the way to test for pollution. Senanu Tord reports from Lake Volta, Ghana.
April 15, 2023
Ghana Activist Swims Volta River to Highlight Water Pollution
An activist in Ghana is swimming the nearly 500-kilometer-long Volta River, including Lake Volta, in the south of the country to bring attention to worsening water pollution. Yvette Tetteh, who will swim several hours per day for over a month, is also collecting water samples along the way to test for pollution. The activist is being accompanied by researchers from the Or Foundation, which is supporting her swim and advocates against textile waste Senanu Tord reports from Lake Volta, Ghana.
April 01, 2023
Ghana’s Youth Use Art to Push Against Extremism
Islamist militant attacks in southern Burkina Faso have raised concerns that young people across the border in Ghana may be drawn to extremism due to a lack of economic opportunities. Aid group Rural Initiatives for Self-Empowerment, or RISE-Ghana, is using arts and entertainment to rally youth against extremism through a program they call "Peace in Schools." Senanu Tord reports from Bolgatanga, Ghana.
March 10, 2023
Ghanaian Aid Group Aids Vulnerable Kids with Basketball
DUNK Grassroots, a Ghanaian aid group that focuses on empowering youth says it has capitalized on increased nationwide interests in basketball and the Basketball Africa League by implementing programs linked to the sport that are empowering vulnerable kids in at-risk communities. For more, VOA’s Senanu Tord spoke to authorities and kids in Jamestown, Ghana.
February 28, 2023
Ghana Tax Hikes Impact Vulnerable Women, Girls
Ghanaian activists report that recent tax hikes on imported goods are making sanitary pads unaffordable to vulnerable women and girls who are forced to skip school during their periods. Activists are calling for the scrapping of tax hikes and for government to produce locally made biodegradable pads that will help vulnerable women and girls. For more, VOA’s Senanu Tord speaks to activists, experts, and lawmakers from Ghana’s capital, Accra.
February 09, 2023
Rwandan Farmers Profit from Electric Vehicles
Ox Delivers, a British company that is focused on making and selling electric trucks and has operations in Rwanda, said they plan on expanding further into East Africa to ensure that more farmers in the region can benefit from the reduced costs that come with their services. For more, VOA’s Senanu Tord speaks to experts from Rwanda’s capital, Kigali.
December 03, 2022
Rwanda Uses Comics, Anime to Boost Child Literacy
Rwandan animators responsible for creating comic books and games say they will be using their skills to create animations that will boost child literacy in the East African nation, a development that is happening amid reports by the United Nations that says only 35 percent of African students have minimum competency in reading and 22 percent in mathematics by the end of primary school. For more, VOA’s Senanu Tord speaks to Rwandan animators.
July 30, 2022
African Wildlife Experts Push for Conservation Amid Urbanization
Strides made by Rwanda in nature conservation after opening its first ecotourism park are applauded by wildlife experts who urge Africa to follow Kigali after highlighting the impact of urbanization on Africa’s biodiversity. For more VOA’s Senanu Tord speaks to experts and Rwandese officials.