c1000-1100 Tenkaminen reigned as Caliph of Ghana.
He exported gold, ivory and salt and kept his wealth in gold. He put
glass windows into his palace in Kumbi and kept a menagerie of
elephants and giraffes.
(WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R6)
1068AD Historian al-Bakri wrote his "Book of the
Roads and Kingdoms." He described Ghana in the Western Sudan from
information given him by merchants and others.
(ATC, p.113) (Enc. of Africa, 1976, p.171)
1076AD The Al Moravids, a group of Muslim warriors
who lived in the Sahara, set out to conquer Ghana. They captured
Koumbi in this year but gave it back up to the Soninke in 1087. The
Muslim religious reform Almoravid movement under Abu Bakr recaptured
Audoghast and then all of Ghana.
(ATC, p.117) (Enc. of Africa, 1976, p.172)
1087 The Soninke of Ghana
recapture their capital, Koumbi, from the Al Moravids. They try to
re-establish their empire but a number of their states had adopted
Islam and others broke away to form separate kingdoms.
1203 King Sumanguru, ruler of a
break-away Ghanaian kingdom, overthrew the Soninke king and took
over Koumbi. At about the same time a new kingdom to the east called
Mali and ruled by Mandinke, was gaining power.
1471 The Portuguese arrived in
Ghana as intermediaries, bringing slaves and other goods from
Senegal and Benin in order to sell them to the Asante and other
(Econ, 2/24/07, p.73)
1482 Elmina Castle in Ghana was
built by Portuguese traders. It later became a slave holding castle.
(SFEC, 11/22/98, p.T10)
1482-1786 In Ghana fortified trading posts
were founded during this period by traders from Portugal, Spain,
Denmark, Sweden, Holland, Germany and the UK. They stretched 500km
(310 miles) along the coast.
1637 The Dutch attacked and
captured Elmina (Ghana), which up to that point was the centre of
Portuguese activity in West Africa.
1650 The King of the Fetu
(Ghana) granted permission to an English sea-captain to build on the
cape, and in the same year he also granted the same permission to
Henry Caerlof, a Swiss man who had previously worked for the Dutch
and who sailed under the Swedish flag.
1655 By this time a house had
been built on Ghana’s cape, and over the coming years it was
enlarged using slave labor into Carolusburg Fort, named after the
then Swedish king. This fort was captured and enlarged by the Danish
in 1657, and after a few more shuffles of power the English got
their hands on it 1664. In 2006 William St. Clair authored “The
Grand Slave Emporium: Cape Coast Castle and the British Slave Trade.
1670 Ashanti, a West African
chiefdom (later part of Ghana), prospered from trade of cola nuts,
gold and slaves.
(WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R49)
1670-1712 Osei Tutu, ruler of the Ashanti Empire
in what later became Ghana. He amassed a fortune by supplying slaves
to British and Dutch traders in exchange for firearms.
(WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R8)
1833 The slave trade in Ghana
1836 A Dutch regiment entered
the kingdom of the Ashanti tribe. Holland had taken this land as a
colony to mine gold and sell slaves. Slavery was outlawed but
African men were enlisted as troops in a form of indentured
servitude. The Ashanti king sent his son and nephew, Kwasi and Kwame
Boachi, to Holland for a European education in exchange for
providing troops. In 2001 Arthur Japin authored the novel “The Two
Hearts of Kwasi Boachi."
(SSFC, 1/21/01, BR p.5)
1838 In Ghana Asante King Nana
Badu Bonsu II had his head cut off by Maj. Gen. Jan Verveer in
retaliation for Bonsu's killing of two Dutch emissaries, whose heads
were then displayed as trophies. In 2008 Dutch author Arthur Japin
discovered Bonsu’s head in a jar of formaldehyde at Leiden Univ.
Medical Center. In 2009 the Dutch government returned the head of
(SFC, 3/21/09, p.A2)(SFC, 7/24/09, p.A2)
1872 Zey, king of the Asante
(Ghana), wrote to the British monarch asking for the slave trade to
(Econ, 2/24/07, p.73)
1886 Arthur Wharton
(1865-1930), Accra, Gold Coast (now Ghana)-born athlete, won the
British Amateur Athletics Association 100 yards sprint in a world
record time of exactly 10 seconds. He is believed to have been the
world's first black professional footballer.
1909 Sep 9, Kwame Nkrumah,
communist and premier of the Gold Coast and president of Ghana
(1960-66), was born.
1947 Jun 22, Jerry Rawlings was
(WP, 6/29/96, p.A20)
1951 Feb 11, Kwame Nkrumah won
the 1st parliamentary election on Gold coast (Ghana).
1954 Jun 15, The Convention
People’s Party, led by Kwame Nkrumah, won the Gold Coast elections
(later part of Ghana).
1954 Elizabeth Dewey Johns
Drake (1915-1996) and her husband St. Clair Drake received a Ford
Foundation grant to study the impact of western media in the Gold
Coast now called Ghana.
(SFC, 8/10/96, p.A20)
1957 Mar 6, The former British
African colonies of the Gold Coast and Togoland became the
independent state of Ghana. Kwame Nkrumah led Ghana to independence
from Britain. US VP Nixon and Martin Luther King attended the
(SFC, 12/6/96, p.B1)(SFEM, 2/2/97, p.15)(SSFC,
1957 Oct 10, President Dwight
D. Eisenhower apologized to Komla Agbeli Gbdemah, the finance
minister of Ghana, after the official had been refused service in a
Dover, Del., restaurant.
1957 Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana's
first prime minister, invited economist Arthur Lewis (1915-1991) to
be his adviser. Lewis helped draw up Ghana's first Five-Year
Development Plan (1959-1963), but lasted only 15 months on the job.
1958 Kwame Nkrumah, head of
Ghana, had a law passed allowing him to jail anyone suspected of
(WSJ, 8/31/05, p.D10)
1960 Jul 1, Ghana became an
independent republic within the British Commonwealth and Kwama N.
Nkrumah became the 1st president.
(PC, 1992, p.973)
1961 Mar 1, President Kennedy
established the Peace Corps. The first volunteers were sent to
(TMC, 1994, p.1961)(SFC, 8/7/96, p.A15)(AP,
Internet, 3/1/98) (SFC, 3/21/98, p.A13)
1961 John Wilson (d.1999 at 80)
published "Ghana's Handicapped Citizens." Wilson, himself blind, and
his wife Jean lived in Ghana in 1950 and began treating people who
were blinded from an infection, ocular onchocerciasis, caused by a
(SFC, 12/7/99, p.B4)
1961 W.E.B. Du Bois, Black
American writer and reformer, renounced his American citizenship and
spent his last remaining years in the West African country of Ghana.
Born in Massachusetts on February 23, 1868, Du Bois earned three
degrees at Harvard, including a Ph.D., and taught history at Atlanta
University from 1896-1910. He took a militant position on race
relations, founded the Niagara Movement, edited the Crises magazine,
was a longtime official in the NAACP and author of numerous
important works. Du Bois died in Accra, Ghana, August 27, 1963.
1964 In Ghana the Akosombo Dam
was built on the Volta River. By 1966 extensive forests and the
homes of 80,000 people were flooded to create Lake Volta. In 2006
Wayne Dunn negotiated a 2-year pilot agreement the government to
explore the lake and a 15-year follow-up to harvest timber across
875,000 underwater acres.
(SFEC, 11/22/98, p.T10)(WSJ, 1/21/07, p.A1)
1966 Feb 24, A military coup
overthrew Ghana’s Pres. Kwame Nkrumah. He fled to Guinea.
1970 Jul 27, Otumfuo Nana Opoku
Ware II, the king of the Ashanti people and born as Matthew John
Kwaku Adusei-Poku, ascended to the Golden Stool to become the 18th
King of Ashanti.
(SFC, 3/1/99, p.A19)
1970 The population
of Accra, capital of Ghana, was about 338,000.
(AHD, 1971, p.9)
1972 Apr 27, Kwame Nkrumah
(62), former president of Ghana, died in Romania of cancer.
1972 Jul 9, The body Kwame
Nkrumah (1909-1972), former head of Ghana (1952-1966), was returned
to Nkroful, Ghana, for burial.
1974 Shirley Temple was
appointed US ambassador to Ghana. She served to 1976.
(SFC, 1/26/06, p.E3)
1975 May 25, ECOWAS Treaty1 was
signed. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) was
formed in Nigeria with 15 members that included: Benin, Cape Verde,
Côte d'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali,
Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo and Upper Volta (later
1978 Jul 5, In Ghana Gen’l.
Acheampong resigned as head of state. He was succeeded by Lt.-Col.
Fred W.K. Akuffo.
(WUD, 1994, p.1691)
1979 May 15, In Ghana J.J.
Rawlings (b.1947) led an unsuccessful coup d'état that resulted in
his arrest, imprisonment, and a death sentence.
1979 Jun 4, In Ghana friends of
J.J. Rawlings (b.1947), led by Major Boakye Djan, overthrew the
military government of General Fred Akuffo in a bloody coup.
1979 Sep 24, Hilla Limann
1934-1998) was elected president of Ghana. She served until 1981.
1981 Dec 31, Lt. Jerry
Rawlings, a young fighter pilot toppled Pres. Hilla Limann.
(SFEC, 1/25/98, p.A22)
1982 The Rawlings Marxist
regime imposed stringent economic controls and market women who
violated price controls were stripped, whipped, their heads shaven
and wares confiscated.
(WSJ, 1/04/00, p.A18)
1985 American CIA clerk in
Ghana Sharon Scranage pleaded guilty to disclosing the names of US
agents to her Ghanaian boyfriend. She was prosecuted under a 1982
federal law called the Intelligence Identities Protection Act.
(SFC, 11/19/96, p.A17)(LAT, 7/15/05)
1992 In Ghana a ban on
political parties was lifted and former president Hilla Limann
formed the People’s National Convention Party. Limann ran for the
presidency but finished a distant 3rd.
(SFEC, 1/25/98, p.A22)
1992 J.J. Rawlings was elected
with 59% of the vote in disputed elections.
(SFC, 12/6/96, p.B1)(SFC, 12/9/96, p.A18)
1992 Ghana’s Constitution was
devised under the eye of J.J. Rawlings. It gave much power to the
president and did little to separate the executive from the courts.
(Econ, 12/21/13, p.77)
1993 The World Bank pumped $4
billion into Ghana and called it an “African economic star."
(WSJ, 1/04/00, p.A18)
1995 May 5, Over 100,000
Ghanaians demonstrated in the streets of Accra for the repeal of an
18% value-added tax. 4 people were killed from gunfire by government
(WSJ, 1/04/00, p.A18)
1995 George B.N. Ayittey is a
native of Ghana and an associate professor of economics at the
American Univ. in Washington. He is also the president of the Free
(WSJ, 12/15/95, p.A-16)
1996 Jul, The per capita income
(WSJ, 7/18/96, p.A10)
1996 Dec 8, Jerry Rawlings
defeated John Kufuor and his Great Alliance Party in elections 57%
(WSJ, 12/12/96, p.A13)
1996 Dec 13, The UN Security
Council chose Kofi Annan of Ghana as the next Secretary-General.
(SFC, 12/14/96, p.A1)
1996 Dec 17, Kofi Annan of
Ghana was elected by acclamation as the 7th Secretary-General of the
UN. His 5-year term will start Jan 1.
(SFC, 12/18/96, p.C2)(AP, 12/17/97)
1996 President Jerry Rawlings
brokered a string of cease-fires in Liberia only to see all 13 fall
(SFC, 5/8/96, p.A-18)
1997 Nov, It was reported that
the Pioneer Food Cannery Ltd., in Tema canned 40,000 tons of raw
skipjack and yellowtail tuna a year. The operation was owned by
Star-Kist Foods Inc., a unit of H.J. Heinz. This provided Ghana with
$60 million in exports.
(WSJ, 11/10/97, p.A17)
1997 In Ghana John Atta Mills
rose to prominence when Pres. Rawlings named him vice president, a
position he held until the 2000 elections.
1998 Jan 23, Former Pres. Hilla
Limann (64) died in Accra.
(SFEC, 1/25/98, p.A22)
1998 Mar 23, Pres. Clinton was
scheduled to visit Ghana, the first nation where Peace Corps
volunteers were sent.
(SFC, 3/21/98, p.A13)
1998 Nov 11, It was reported
that Pfizer and the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation initiated a $66
million effort to attack trachoma, a disease of the eye caused by
chlamydia. A one-gram dose of zithromax given once a year would
treat the disease. Focus was to be on Ghana, Mali, Morocco, Tanzania
(SFC, 11/11/98, p.D6)
1998 Ghana outlawed the Trokosi
(wife of the gods) practice, but failed to enforce the ban. The
system allowed young women to be given up to priests at shrines for
(SFC, 7/10/99, p.A12)
1998 Juliana Dogbadzi (24)
escaped from Trokosi, servitude under a fetish priest, in which she
had served for 17 years. She began a speaking campaign against the
(SFEC, 9/24/00, Par p.7)
1998 Divine Chocolate was
founded in Britain. The chocolate was made in Germany and in 2007
45% of shares were owned by Kuapa Kokoo, Ghana’s largest cocoa bean
(Econ, 4/7/07, p.65)
1999 Feb 25, Otumfuo Nana Opoku
Ware II, the king of the Ashanti people, died at the palace in
Kumasi. The Asantehene was born Matthew John Kwaku Adusei-Poku and
ascended to the Golden Stool to become the 18th King of Ashanti in
(SFC, 3/1/99, p.A19)
2000 Sep 12, It was reported
that Waldron’s red colobus, a loud-mouthed, red-cheeked monkey from
Ghana and the Ivory Coast, was last seen in the 1970s and was
(SFC, 9/11/00, p.A10)
2000 Dec 7, Presidential
elections were held and 10 people died in violence. Representatives
for the 200-seat parliament were also chosen. Opposition candidate
John Agyekum Kuffuor led Vice Pres. John Atta Mills 48-44% in the
1st round of elections. A runoff vote was planned within 3 weeks.
(SFC, 12/7/00, p.C18)(SFC, 12/11/00, p.F8)(WSJ,
12/11/00, p.A1)(WSJ, 1/04/00, p.A18)
2000 Dec 28, Runoff elections
were held with sporadic violence. John Agyekum Kuffour won with
56.7% of the vote over John Atta Mills.
(SFC, 12/29/00, p.B3)(SFC, 12/31/00, p.B9)
2000 The pilot TV show of
“Things We Do for Love" premiered and mirrored real-life situations
among young people in Ghana.
(SFC, 5/20/02, p.A3)
2001 Jan 4, It was alleged that
some 40% of World Bank loans and Western aid was squandered or
stolen under the 19-year Marxist regime of Jerry Rawlings.
(WSJ, 1/04/00, p.A18)
2001 Jan 7, John Kufuor
(b.1938) became president of Ghana.
2001 May 9, In Ghana a stampede
at a soccer match in Accra killed 126 people. Police had use of tear
gas to quell fans which caused panic and the stampede.
(WSJ, 5/10/01, p.A1)(SFC, 5/10/01, p.A16)(AP,
2001 Manu Herbstein (b.1936), a
South African resident of Ghana, authored “Ama: A Story of the
Atlantic Slave Trade"
2002 Aug 1, In Ghana the
government raised the cost of electricity by 60%.
(SSFC, 12/8/02, p.D6)
2003 Apr 9, A large shipment of
African rodents, including Gambian rats, dormice and sun squirrels,
arrived in Dallas aboard a commercial flight from Ghana. An
"unusually large number of sick and dead animals." Some of the
larger animals had consumed the smaller ones. African rodents
imported as pets caused a monkeypox outbreak in the Midwest that
sickened dozens of adults and children with a virus related to
2003 Aug 18, In Accra, Ghana,
Liberia's government and rebels signed a peace accord to end 14
years of vicious war with plans for elections in 2 years.
2004 Jan 10, In Ghana the
United Nations launched a yearlong commemoration of the anti-slavery
movement. The International Year for the Commemoration of the
Struggle Against Slavery and its Abolition coincides with the
200-year anniversary of Haiti, the first independent black state in
the Western Hemisphere.
2004 Apr 19, The annual
environmental Goldman Prizes were awarded in SF. Winners included
Rudolf N. Amenga-Etego of Ghana for his work in suspending a water
(SFC, 4/19/04, p.B5)
2005 Mar 25, In Ghana sparks
from a welder's torch ignited a raging fire on MV Polaris, a Greek
tanker moored in Tema, killing three people and leaving 12 others
2005 Nov 12, Africa Union
leaders from Algeria, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa and
Senegal met in Abuja for a 2-day summit titled: "Africa and the
challenges of the global order: Desirability of union government,"
with the leaders discussing the broad principles of integration.
2005 Mark Davies, a British
dotcom tycoon, went to Ghana and started TradeNet, a software
company that later developed a simple sort of eBay for agricultural
(Econ, 1/27/07, p.48)
2006 Jan 17, In Ghana first
lady Laura Bush announced a US-backed program to provide 15 million
textbooks for students in sub-Saharan Africa where more than
one-third of primary school aged children are not enrolled in
2006 Mar 29, The first total
eclipse in years plunged Ghana into daytime darkness, a solar show
sweeping northeast from Brazil to Mongolia.
2006 Apr 8, In Ghana an
overloaded motorboat carrying about 150 passengers on Lake Volta,
and 110 people are missing and feared dead. Only 40 people are known
to have survived the sinking.
2006 Jun 18, China's PM Wen
Jiabao went to Ghana, where he signed an agreement to lend the small
West African nation about $66 million to fund a number of projects.
China has leapfrogged Ghana's traditional trading partners India and
Britain to become the West African nation's biggest foreign
(AFP, 6/17/06)(AP, 6/19/06)
2006 Jun 22, The US was
eliminated from soccer’s World Cup by Ghana 2-1.
(WSJ, 6/23/06, p.A1)
2006 Jul 12, The US government
announced a five-year, 547-million-dollar aid package to Ghana to
help the African nation develop agriculture and alleviate poverty.
2006 Sep 29, The World Diamond
Council suggested that all Ghanaian rough-diamond exports be
suspended to ensure that Ivorian diamonds were not being illegally
exported. Rebel-controlled mines in Ivory Coast produced diamonds
worth up to $23 million that were being smuggled to Mali and Ghana,
violating UN sanctions and funding the rebel war effort.
(Econ, 11/11/06, p.53)
2006 Dec, Ghana floated a
5-year bond issue for the first time. It was oversubscribed.
(Econ, 10/11/08, p.36)
2006 The population of Ghana
was about 22 million.
(Econ, 6/24/06, p.52)
2007 Jan 29, The African Union
chose Ghana to head the 53-member bloc, turning aside Sudan's bid
for the second year in a row because of the worsening bloodshed in
2007 Feb, Ghana’s health budget
per person was about $31 per year as calculated by the World Health
Organization (WHO). Some 45% of the people lived on less than $1 per
day, 79% on less than $2 per day, yet funerals tended to cost
between $2,000 and $3,500.
(Econ, 2/24/07, p.22)(Econ, 5/26/07, p.49)
2007 Mar 6, In Ghana singer
Stevie Wonder introduced pianist Kofi Vordzorgbe (13) to dignitaries
celebrating 50 years of independence from British rule. Kofi was
later brought to San Francisco, Ca., to continue his music studies.
(SFC, 6/6/09, p.E1)
2007 Apr 14, In Sudan
unidentified gunmen killed a Ghanaian military officer in the
African Union's peacekeeping force in the Darfur region and hijacked
his car within yards of the AU mission's headquarters. The dead
officer was the ninth peacekeeper slain this month, raising to 18
the number of AU soldiers killed since the mission deployed in 2004.
2007 Jun 19, Ghanaians reacted
with a blend of excitement and foreboding to the news of a major oil
find off the coast of their west African nation, some viewing it as
a boon and others fearing it could turn out to be a curse.
2007 Jun 28, African Union
foreign ministers met in Accra, Ghana, to prepare a summit of heads
of state next week, the focus of which will be the creation of the
United States of Africa.
2007 Jul 1, A 3-day African
Union summit focused on forging a closer federation among the 53
member states began in the Ghanaian capital Accra.
2007 Jul 2, In Ghana African
Union leaders gathered behind closed doors for a debate on how to
beef up its continental system of government with Libya's Moamer
Kadhafi leading a push to create a confederation of states.
2007 Jul 2, In Ghana 2 British
girls were stopped with 300,000 pounds (443,000 euros, 610,000
dollars) worth of cocaine during a joint Ghanaian-British narcotics
operation. They were found guilty on November 21 and were released
on July 17, 2008.
2007 Jul 3, In Ghana African
leaders vowed to speed up the economic and political integration of
their continent to pursue the goal of a United States of Africa, but
they also agreed to study more closely how to achieve it.
2007 Jul 4, In Ghana a drive
towards forging a United States of Africa ran out of steam as
leaders filed away from a summit without agreeing on a timeline for
creating a new government for the continent.
2007 Sep 21, The Red Cross
warned that a massive aid effort is needed to cope with floods in 18
countries across Africa that have already affected at least 1.5
million people and killed at least 270 in Ghana, Kenya, Somalia,
Sudan, Togo, Uganda and other countries.
2007 Nov 21, Two British
teenagers (16) faced up to three years in jail after a Ghanaian
court found them guilty of smuggling 6 kg (13 lbs) of cocaine. The
teenagers, who pleaded not guilty, had told British TV they were
tricked into carrying the bags by male acquaintances in Ghana and
Britain and did not know their content. In 2008 the 2 girls were
sentenced to one year in jail to include time already served. They
were released on July 17, 2008.
(Reuters, 11/21/07)(AP, 1/23/08)(AFP, 7/17/08)
2007 Dec 22, Ghana's Pres. John
Kufuor said that offshore oil reserves discovered in the West
African country's waters total 3 billion barrels.
2007 Ghana issued its debut
bond this year, just a year after most of its debts were cancelled.
(Econ, 4/2/15, p.72)
2008 Jan 1, In Ghana 2 US Navy
sailors, Patrick Mack (22) of Warren, Mich., and Lonnie Davis Jr.
(35) of Riverdale, Ga., were found dead in a hotel room in Accra.
They were stationed aboard the USS Fort McHenry, which is on a
7-month voyage in the Gulf of Guinea.
(AP, 1/1/08)(AP, 1/3/08)
2008 Feb 10, The Africa Cup of
Nations, a biennial soccer tournament held this year in Ghana, ended
with Egypt’s defeat of Cameroon 1-0.
2008 Feb 20, In Ghana President
Bush sought to soothe African fears about American interests on the
continent. He said the US isn’t aiming to make Africa into a base
for greater military power or a proxy battleground with China.
2008 Feb 29, In Ghana 9
Nigerians were sentenced to 5 years each for faking e-mails and
letters, including one from the Ghanaian president, to dupe a
Frenchman out of $185,000.
2008 Jul 3, Vodafone Group PLC
said it planned to acquire a 70% stake in Ghana Telecom Co. for $900
(WSJ, 7/5/08, p.B6)
2008 Sep 2, The Third High
Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness opened in Accra, Ghana, for a 3-day
meeting. It aimed to record how much progress had been relative to
the Paris 2005 declaration for making aid work better and targets
set for 2010.
2008 Oct 19, An Israeli
businessman was kidnapped in Ghana. The kidnappers initially
demanded $500,000 ransom, then lowered it to $300,000.
2008 Nov 17, The Kenya Wildlife
Service (KWS) said a ton of ivory items and 57 suspects were netted
in a four-month operation billed Africa's largest-ever crackdown on
wildlife crime. Operation Baba also seized cheetah, leopard, serval
cat and python skins as well as hippo teeth at several markets,
airports and border crossings in Congo Brazzaville, Ghana, Kenya,
Uganda and Zambia.
2008 Dec 7, Ghanaians voted for
a new president in a tight race between two foreign-educated lawyers
hoping to lead the West African nation into an era of greater
prosperity thanks to offshore oil. Two technocrats were expected to
get the most votes in a filed of 8 seeking to replace incumbent
Pres. John Kufuor. No candidate managed to win a majority and Nana
Akufo-Addo and John Atta Mills were scheduled for a runoff on Dec
(Reuters, 12/7/08)(WSJ, 12/8/08, p.A12)(WSJ,
2008 Dec 28, Ghanaians turned
out to choose a successor to outgoing president John Kufuor in the
second round of an election seen as a test of just how stable the
west African nation is. Opposition leader John Atta Mills won
Ghana's presidential ballot by less than half a percentage point. He
inherited a fiscal deficit of 14.5%.
(AP, 12/28/08)(AP, 12/29/08)(Econ, 1/2/10, p.36)
2009 Jan 2, Ghana's leader
appealed for calm and urged his people to accept the results of a
tight presidential election as voters in a single district cast
ballots that could decide the West African nation's next president.
Election results from all other districts showed opposition leader
John Atta Mills ahead of his ruling party rival Nana Akufo-Addo by
only around 23,000 votes out of more than 9 million cast.
2009 Jan 3, In Ghana opposition
leader John Atta Mills was declared the next president in the
closest electoral race this West African nation has ever seen. The
peaceful ballot secured Ghana's place as a beacon of democracy on a
2009 Jul 11, In Ghana US Pres.
Obama met with Ghanaian President John Atta Mills. Obama praised and
scolded the continent of his ancestors, asserting forces of tyranny
and corruption must yield if Africa is to achieve its promise.
2009 Sep 22, The UN Office for
the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs announced that flash floods
and lighting have claimed 187 lives and affected 635,273 people in
west Africa since the rainy season started in June. This included
103 dead in Sierra Leone, followed by Ghana (24), Mali (20), Ivory
Coast (19), Burkina Faso (8), Niger (7) and Senegal (6).
2009 Oct 24, Pope Benedict XVI
appointed Cardinal Peter Turkson (61) of Ghana to head the Vatican's
justice and peace office, a high-profile post that cements his
reputation as a possible future papal candidate. Turkson's
appointment to his new post was announced at the end of a three-week
Vatican meeting on the role of the Catholic Church in Africa.
2009 Nov 11, In Ghana the roof
of an illegal gold mine collapsed killing 15 people, including 13
women, in one of the worst mining disasters to hit the African
(AFP, 11/12/09)(SFC, 11/13/09, p.A2)
2009 Dec 16, In Ghana 3 alleged
al-Qaeda associates were arrested in a sting operation on cocaine
trafficking. Oumar Issa, Harouna Toure and Idriss Abelrahman were
soon transferred to the US and on Dec 18 were charged with
conspiring to engage in narco-terrorism.
(SFC, 12/19/09, p.A6)
2010 Mar 27, Pirates off the
coast of Cameroon’s Bakassi peninsula seized the MV Gull, a Ghanaian
ship, and kidnapped two sailors for ransom. Pirates took control of
the ship and kidnapped its captain and an officer on board once they
found nothing worth stealing. Pirates freed the two West African
sailors on March 31.
(AP, 3/30/10)(AFP, 3/31/10)
2010 Apr 30, A Nigerian court
sentenced six Ghanaians and a Nigerian to 8 years in prison each
after they were found guilty of stealing 4,000 tons of oil products.
Rebels in the restive Niger Delta claimed to have blown up a Shell
pipeline in the creeks of the southern oil producing region and
threatened further attacks.
2010 May 26, A UN official said
some 3,200 Ghanaians fleeing ethnic strife have crossed into Togo in
2010 May 31, Business leaders
from Ghana and Zimbabwe met in Accra to forge closer economic and
trade cooperation between the two African countries.
2010 Jun 26, In South Africa
Ghana became only the third African team ever to make the World Cup
quarter-finals, as its team beat the US 2-1.
2010 Jun 27, In Ghana an
illegal mine collapsed trapping about 80 miners.
(SFC, 6/30/10, p.A2)
2012 Jun, Ghana's 2012 Mental
Health Act went into effect and allowed people with disabilities to
challenge their detention in psychiatric hospitals. On Oct 2 Human
Rights Watch said that many of those hospitalized are being chained
to trees, and face physical and verbal abuse.
2010 Sep 3, In Accra, Ghana,
Standard Bank Africa announced at an agricultural forum a 100
million dollar scheme to reach some 750,000 small scale farmers in
Ghana, Mozambique, Tanzania and Uganda in a bid to boost output.
2010 Sep 10, Ghana officials
said 17 people have died after neighboring Burkina Faso opened the
Bagre Dam's spillways that was filling amid heavy rains. Officials
in Burkina Faso announced in August they would open the spillways
and warned people.
2010 Sep 13, The US government
and the chocolate industry pledged $17 million to help end child
labor — some of it forced and dangerous — in Ghana and the Ivory
Coast, where much of the world's cocoa is grown.
2010 Oct 19, The UN said that
377 people had died in flooding in central and west Africa, with
nearly 1.5 million people affected since the start of the rainy
season in June. The highest toll was in Nigeria with 118, followed
by Ghana (52), Sudan (50), Benin (43), Chad (24), Mauritania (21),
Burkina Faso (16), Cameroon (13), Gambia (12), with other countries
reporting less than 10 dead.
2010 Oct 24, Slovenia elected
Peter Bossman (54), a Ghana-born physician, as its first black
mayor. He is known as the "Obama of Piran," the town where he lives.
2010 Dec 15, British-based
explorer Tullow Oil PLC led a consortium and started producing
55,000 barrels per day from rigs off Ghana's Atlantic Ocean coast in
the Jubilee Field, which was discovered three years ago and holds an
estimated 1.8 billion barrels of oil.
2010 The population of Ghana
was about 23 million.
(Econ, 1/2/10, p.36)
2011 Feb 10, Tullow Oil
announced a new discovery off Ghana, raising the possibility of
further potential off the West African nation which only recently
began large-scale production.
2011 Sep 6, In Ghana a boat
carrying over 90 passengers capsized on Lake Volta, killing two and
leaving 10 missing.
2011 Sep 10, Leaders of Ivory
Coast and Liberia were joined by counterparts from West Africa for
talks on security along the border between their two countries after
a bloody post-poll crisis. Presidents Alassane Ouattara and Ellen
Johnson Sirleaf were joined by Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso,
Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal, John Atta Mills of Ghana and Nigerian
summit host Goodluck Jonathan, under the aegis of regional bloc
2012 Apr 2, The Bill and
Melinda Gates Foundation gave a $12-million grant to a project aimed
at boosting yam production and doubling the income of west African
farmers of the crop. The initial focus is on 200,000 smallholder
farm families in Ghana and Nigeria.
2012 May 7, Nigeria's military
arrested 21 Ghanaians and five Nigerians for alleged oil theft as
they operated two vessels in the country's main crude-producing
region. Oil giant Shell said two new leaks had occurred on one of
its pipelines in southern Nigeria after similar incidents in recent
days blamed on crude theft.
(AFP, 5/8/12)(AFP, 5/7/12)
2012 Jun 2, In Ghana a Nigerian
Allied Air cargo plane overshot an airport runway in Accra and
crashed into a passenger bus, killing at least 10 people. The 4 crew
members of the plane survived.
2012 Jun, Ghana's 2012 Mental
Health Act went into effect and allowed people with disabilities to
challenge their detention in psychiatric hospitals. On Oct 2 Human
Rights Watch said that many of those hospitalized are being chained
to trees, and face physical and verbal abuse.
2012 Jul 22, It was reported
that the US has begun training an elite unit of counternarcotics
police in Ghana and planned similar units in Nigeria and Kenya.
(SSFC, 7/22/12, p.A5)
2012 Jul 24, Ghana’s Pres. Atta
Mills (68) died at a hospital in Accra. Vice President John Mahama
(53), who held degrees in history and communications, was sworn in
hours after. Mahama had recently published: “My First Coup D'Etat
And Other True Stories from the Lost Decades of Africa."
2012 Oct 2, A court in Ghana
ordered the 3-masted A.R.A. Libertad, flagship of Argentina's
navy, held in port until Argentina posts a court bond equal to
its value, which could be $10 million or more. Elliott Capital
Management, a $15 billion hedge fund run by billionaire Paul Singer,
filed the complaint in Ghana as part of its effort to collect on
Argentine bonds bought at fire-sale prices after the South American
country's record debt default a decade ago.
2012 Oct 11, International
investors put a $20 million price tag on an Argentine navy training
ship after a judge in Ghana ruled that the ARA Libertad cannot set
sail until the South American country settles claims for unpaid
2012 Oct 25, Hundreds of
Argentine sailors returned home after abandoning their frigate on
orders from President Cristina Fernandez, after the ARA Libertad was
detained by a Ghanaian judge in a debt dispute. The sailors arrived
home on an Air France charter because the Argentine government
couldn't send one of its own planes, for fear that it, too, could be
seized as collateral. The ship's captain and 43 crew members were
left behind with the ship at Ghana's Tema Port.
2012 Nov 7, In Ghana the
five-story Melcom Shopping Center, built earlier this year in
a bustling suburb of Accra, collapsed and killed at least 17 people.
Authorities the next day blamed faulty construction for the
collapse. Authorities soon detained Carl Henry Clerk, a municipal
works official accused of allowing the building to be built without
a construction permit. 79 people were pulled from the wreckage.
(AP, 11/7/12)(AP, 11/8/12)(AP, 11/11/12)
2012 Nov 8, In Ghana the
Argentinian crew of the seized ARA Libertad displayed weapons and
prevented Ghanaian officials from boarding the vessel. Ports
officials said the ship is costing more than $500,000 per day in
lost berthing fees.
2012 Dec 7, Ghana voters lined
up to select their next president and parliament in a ballot that is
expected to mark its sixth transparent election. 8 presidential
contenders included President John Dramani Mahama and his main
challenger Nana Akufo-Addo.
2012 Dec 8, In Ghana about 413
polling stations reopened for an unexpected second day of voting
after there were technical breakdowns on the first day of voting.
2012 Dec 9, Ghana’s President
John Dramani Mahama was declared the winner of Ghana's presidential
election, despite widespread technical glitches and protests by the
country's opposition, which claimed the vote was rigged. Mahama won
by a margin of only 325,000 votes out of 11 million. It took the
Supreme Court until August, 2013, to uphold the result.
(AP, 12/9/12)(Econ, 12/21/13, p.77)
2012 Dec 11, Ghana's opposition
party said that they plan to contest the results of the recent
presidential election. Police and soldiers raided an office where
the opposition party was re-tabulating votes in their preparation to
contest the results of last week's presidential poll, which handed a
slim victory to the incumbent.
(AP, 12/11/12)(AP, 12/12/12)
2012 Dec 15, A UN court in
Germany ordered the immediate release of Argentina’s ARA Libertad
training ship, which was seized in Ghana on Aug 2. The UN's
International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea said warships enjoy
immunity under international law and seizing the ship was "a source
of conflict that may endanger friendly relations among states."
2012 Dec 16, Ghana's government
said it will abide by the UN Tribunal's order for the immediate
release of Argentina’s ARA Libertad navy training ship seized two
months ago at the request of an American hedge fund.
2012 The population of Ghana
was about 25 million.
2013 Jan 7, John Dramani Mahama
became president of Ghana, sworn in as the opposition continues to
dispute election results in one of West African's most stable
2013 Jan 9, Argentina’s ARA
Libertad naval ship returned home from Ghana after being held there
on a claim by a Cayman Islands hedge fund.
(SFC, 1/10/13, p.A2)
2013 Jan 17, Authorities in
Ghana arrested Charles Ble Goude, the former leader of an
ultranationalist youth movement in Ivory Coast. He was wanted in
connection with violence linked Ivory Coast’s disputed 2010
presidential elections. Ble Goude was soon charged with war crimes
over his alleged role in violence linked to the and extradicted to
(AP, 1/17/13)(AP, 1/21/13)(Econ, 4/13/13, p.51)
2013 Jan 16, Armed men hijacked
the ITRI, a Panamanian-flagged tanker carrying 5,000 tons of oil,
from the Ivory Coast port at Abidjan. Officials later located the
vessel off neighboring Ghana.
2013 Jan 31, In Ghana former UN
Secretary General Kofi Annan launched a commission to tackle drug
trafficking in West Africa. Annan blamed the international community
for ignoring the threat posed by corrupted states like
2013 Mar 26, Ghana and US
officials broke ground for the National Marine Police Training
Academy in the city of Anyinase. The US was investing over $1.2
million to construct the training center.
2013 Apr 15, In central Ghana
an accident at a gold mine left 17 miners dead. Authorities said
that the miners were working there illegally.
2013 Jun 6, Ghana's immigration
service said 161 Chinese nationals, who were arrested for illegal
gold mining this week, will be deported to China.
2013 Aug 1, Ghana's government
said that its navy has intercepted a ship and arrested its crew on
suspicion of involvement in the hijacking of an oil products tanker
off Gabon last July 15.
2013 Sep 25, The body of poet
Kofi Awoonor (78) was returned to Ghana. He was among the 72
civilians shot down by Islamic extremists at the Westgate mall in
Nairobi. He had come Nairobi to take part in a literary festival.
2013 Sep 27, Ghana said it has
resolved a dispute with Argentina that began with last year's
seizure of an Argentinian naval ship over a massive debt claim.
2013 Oct 3, A smuggler's boat,
carrying migrants from Eritrea, Ghana and Somalia, capsized off
Italy’s southern island of Lampedusa. 160 bodies were soon recovered
and 155 people rescued. 366 lives were lost. On Nov 8 police said
dozens of the asylum-seekers had been raped and tortured in Libya
before starting their journey. Three traffickers were under arrest.
(AP, 10/3/13)(AP, 10/4/13)(AP, 10/6/13)
2013 Oct 31, A Ghana
immigration official said 46 more foreigners, suspected of illegal
gold mining, have been arreested in the last week, including 43
Chinese, two Indians and an American.
2013 Nov 6, It was reported
that a total of 20 dead whales have been discovered along Ghana's
coastline in the last four years, including at least eight since
September. Environmental groups said they are concerned, given the
proximity of the discoveries to the country's new offshore petroleum
2013 Nov 8, Ghana's Pres. John
Dramani Mahama fired his deputy communications minister, Victoria
Hammah, after she was recorded saying that she would stay in
politics only until she had made one million dollars.
2013 Nov 19, Ghanaian
authorities impounded the Guyana-registered MV ATIYAH and arrested
the five when they discovered it was carrying 400 kilos (880 pounds)
of cocaine worth around $50 million. On Nov 22 four citizens of
Guyana and one Ghanaian pleaded guilty to charges related to the
seizure of a ship.
2013 Dec 1, The UN said Ivory
Coast sent hit squads to Ghana to kill followers of former strongman
Laurent Gbagbo and paid Liberian mercenaries not to stage
cross-border attacks for Gbagbo.
2014 Jan 8, China's foreign
minister said Beijing was tackling illegal gold mining in Ghana,
after hundreds of his compatriots were arrested and sent home for
extracting the mineral without permission.
2014 Jan 18, BBC presenter
Komla Dumor (41), one of Ghana's best known journalists, died
suddenly. Dumor, a presenter on the BBC’s World News channel and its
"Focus on Africa" program, suffered a heart attack at his London
2014 Jan 23, Ghana said it
deported 4,700 illegal miners last year, most of them Chinese
2014 Feb 25, Ghana's Pres. John
Dramani Mahama was heckled by opposition lawmakers while he outlined
plans to boost the country's economy, as a free-falling currency
sparks frustration over living costs.
2014 Mar 28, In the Ivory Coast
Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama was elected the new head of
the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) at a summit
of the 15-nation regional bloc.
2014 May 8, In Ghana at least 4
people were killed when a helicopter crashed while heading to an
offshore oil field operated by Lukoil. Three survivors were rescued
and one person remained missing.
2014 May 26, In Ghana 6 people
were killed and three others injured when a mine collapsed in the
gold-rich Ashanti region.
2014 Jun 4, The Liberia-flagged
MT Fair Artemis lost contact with its owners off Ghana's capital
Accra. The Greek tanker with 24 crew aboard was believed to have
2014 Jul 9, In Brazil some 200
Ghanaian Muslim tourists, who entered the country to watch World Cup
games, asked for asylum. Ghana’s government rejected their claims.
(SFC, 7/11/14, p.A2)(SSFC, 7/20/14, p.A4)
2014 Aug 4, Ghana asked the IMF
for help after its currency, the cedi, fell by a third against the
dollar since the start of this year.
(Econ, 8/9/14, p.61)
2014 Aug 28, In Ghana Ebola-hit
nations met for crisis talks in Accra as the death toll topped 1,500
and the WHO warned that the number of cases could exceed 20,000
before the outbreak is stemmed.
2015 Apr 24, Ghana said 3
people have died over the last 24 hours and 14 others required
medical treatment after inhaling toxic fumes at a Chinese-run gold
2015 May 11, The presidents of
Ghana and Ivory Coast agreed to negotiate an amicable end to issues
around their maritime dispute.
2015 May 21, In Ghana Adam
Mahama, a leading member of the country's biggest opposition party,
died after being attacked with acid the previous evening. One
suspect was soon arrested and another was at large.
2015 Jun 4, In Ghana an
explosion hit a petrol station in Accra. Flooding swept stored fuel
into a nearby fire, setting off a huge explosion at a gas station
that killed over 150 people and set alight neighboring buildings.
Local media said many people had died in various parts of Accra
following two days of torrential rain.
(Reuters, 6/4/15)(AFP, 6/5/15)(SFC, 6/5/15, p.A4)
2015 Jul 20, The UN's Food and
Agriculture Organization (FAO) said markets and farms in Nigeria,
Burkina Faso, Niger, Ivory Coast and Ghana have been hit with the
deadly H5N1 virus over the past six months.
2015 Jul 31, Ghana's Medical
Association said more doctors working at public hospitals across the
country are set to join a strike demanding better working
2015 Aug 7, Doctors in Ghana
stopped providing emergency care in a strike over allowances and
2015 Aug 19, Ghana’s health
minister said it is going to bring in about 170 Cuban doctors to
work at health facilities amid a doctors' strike.
2015 Oct 5, Ghana's judicial
service said seven high court judges have been suspended following
corruption allegations by a journalist. An undercover journalist had
aired footage and recordings of judges taking bribes or demanding
sex to sway their rulings. As many as 34 judges were implicated.
(AP, 10/6/15)(Econ 7/1/17, p.39)
2016 Feb 17, In Ghana at least
53 people died when a government-operated passenger bus collided
with a truck carrying tomatoes.
2016 Nov 15, In Ghana Nana Afia
Kobi Serwaa Ampem II (b.1907), revered queen of the powerful Ashanti
kingdom, died. King Otumfuo Osei Tutu II is the deceased queen's
2016 Dec 5, The US State Dept.
said that a fake US Embassy in Ghana has been shut down after
operating for about a decade in Accra.
(SFC, 12/6/16, p.A2)
2016 Dec 7, Ghana held
elections. President John Mahama sought a second and final term.
Opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo’s New Patriotic Party said the
government has mismanaged national finances, not least revenue from
oil from an offshore field operated by British company Tullow that
began to flow in 2010.
2016 Dec 9, Ghana’s election
committee said the New Patriotic Party candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo,
had taken 53.8 percent of the Dec 7 vote, against 44.4 percent for
President John Mahama.
(SFC, 12/10/16, p.A2)
2017 Jan 7, Ghana's new
President Nana Akufo-Addo (72) pledged to cut taxes to boost the
economy at his swearing in ceremony, whilst also promising to
protect the public purse by getting value for money on services.
2017 Feb 21, Ghana's President
Nana Akufo-Addo said that he inherited an economy reeling from huge
fiscal deficits, rising inflation and high unemployment despite an
IMF program designed to stimulate growth.
2017 Mar 19, In Ghana 20 people
were killed when a large tree fell into the pool they were swimming
in at the base of a waterfall near Kintampo, crushing and drowning
people enjoying a day out at a popular beauty spot.
(Reuters, 3/20/17)(AFP, 3/21/17)
2017 Apr 24, The World Health
Organization announced that Ghana, Kenya and Malawi will begin
piloting the world’s first injectable malaria vaccine next year with
hundreds of thousands of young children, who have been at highest
risk of death.
2017 Jun 15, Malaysian customs
officials seized nearly 400 kg (880 pounds) of pangolin scales worth
5 million ringgit ($1.2 million) from Ghana.
2017 Jun 21, The Ghanaian
Supreme Court ruled that the 2016 transfer of two former Guantanamo
Bay detainees to live in Ghana was unconstitutional.
2017 Jun 22, In Ghana US
Ambassador Robert Jackson told members of Ghana’s parliament that
protocol process for travel to the US had changed. Former
presidents, lawmakers and senior government officials in Ghana will
no longer have special privileges for private travel to the United
2017 Jul 2, In western Ghana an
illegal goldmine collapsed, trapping at least 17 miners underground
2017 Sep 23, The International
Tribunal for the Law of the Sea drew an ocean boundary that appeared
to favor Ghana in a dispute with its neighbor Ivory Coast, ruling
that Accra had not violated Ivorian rights in drilling for oil.
2017 Oct 7, In Ghana at least
seven people were killed when a tanker truck carrying natural gas
caught fire in the capital, Accra, triggering explosions.
2017 Oct 17, Ghana and Ivory
Coast set up a body to implement an international tribunal ruling on
their dispute over a border running through multibillion dollar
2017 Ghana's government under
President Nana Akufo-Addo made senior high school education free.
(Econ., 12/12/20, p.49)
2018 Jan 15, Ghana's police
arrested three men after they were found with explosives. A local
newspaper, the Daily Graphic, said the suspects are Malian and
2018 Feb 24, The UN
peacekeeping mission in South Sudan said it has recalled a Ghanaian
police unit working at one of its protection camps while it
investigates allegations that some of them were involved in sexual
2018 Mar 23, Ghana's parliament
ratified a deal late today granting "unimpeded" access to the United
States to deploy troops and military equipment in the West African
nation in a vote boycotted by the opposition.
2018 Mar 27, Kidnappers in
waters off Ghana hijacked a fishing boat and steered it toward the
waters of Nigeria before using a speed boat to move three South
Koreans working on the boat elsewhere.
2018 Mar 28, In Ghana some
3,500 people protested in Accra against the expansion of its defense
cooperation with the United States, in a rare public display of
opposition to the growing foreign military presence in West Africa.
2018 Mar 31, South Korea said
it has deployed a naval vessel from its regional anti-piracy effort
to help in the search after a fishing boat was hijacked by pirates
2018 May 18, The Burkina Faso
military said 52 individuals were arrested in Burkina Faso, 42 in
Benin, 95 in Togo and 13 in Ghana last week in a joint anti-terror
and security operation in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Benin and Togo.
2018 Jun 8, A Swedish court
sentenced Kingsley Sarfo, a Ghanaian midfielder with top Swedish
club Malmo FF, to 32 months in prison after he was found guilty of
two cases of rape of an under-aged girl.
2018 Jun 12, A Ghana court
ordered the suspension of the country's embattled football
federation, paving the way for its dissolution following explosive
2018 Jun 27, Talks between
Togo's government and the country’s political opposition resumed
after a three-month suspension. The presidents of Ghana and Guinea
(Nana Akufo-Addo and Alpha Conde) arrived in Lome to further the
2018 Aug 18, Kofi Annan (80) of
Ghana, a former UN Secretary-General (1997-2006) and Nobel peace
laureate (2001), died in Switzerland. He was the first black African
to assume the world's top diplomatic post.
2018 Aug 30, German Chancellor
Angela Merkel arrived in Ghana during a three-nation West Africa
visit aimed at boosting investment in a region that is a major
source of migrants heading toward Europe. Merkel first stopped in
Senegal, another of Africa's fastest-growing economies, and will
continue on to Nigeria.
2018 Oct 2, Melania Trump
touched down at mid-morning in Ghana's capital, Accra, kicking off a
four-country visit and receiving a warm welcome on a continent her
husband once referred to derisively.
2018 Oct 30, In Germany
Chancellor Angela Merkel opened the G20 Compact with Africa meeting
saying it's critical "not only to talk about Africa but to talk with
Africa" about development needs and goals. So far 11 countries have
joined the program: Benin, Ivory Coast, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana,
Guinea, Morocco, Rwanda, Senegal, Togo and Tunisia.
2018 Ghana exported almost $6
billion worth of gold, its single biggest export.
(Econ., 9/26/20, p.48)
2019 Jan 4, Ghanaian religious
leaders said angry young Muslims have attacked a charismatic church
in Accra a day after its pastor predicted the country’s chief imam
would die this year in a New Year's eve sermon.
2019 Jan 10, Norway's Aker
Energy said it had discovered oil in commercial quantities off
Ghana, which the government welcomed as a potential boost to the
economy. Exploratory drilling indicated an "estimated 450-550
million barrels of oil equivalent (mmboe)" in the Pecan field.
2019 Jan 16, Gunmen in Ghana
shot dead an investigative journalist who helped uncover corruption
in soccer. Ahmed Hussein-Suale was shot three times by men on a
motorbike while driving home from work in Accra. He was part of a
team famous for a documentary last year that accused 77 referees and
Ghana's then soccer chief Kwesi Nyantakyi of taking bribes.
2019 Apr 30, Ghana rolled out
the world's only proven malaria vaccine for infants as part of a
landmark campaign against the deadly mosquito-borne disease, one
week after Malawi became the first country to do so.
2019 Jun 4, In Ghana two
Canadian women, charity volunteers aged 19 and 20, were kidnapped
this evening in Kumasi, some 200 km (125 miles) northwest of Accra.
2019 Jun 12, Ghanaian security
forces freed two young Canadian women who had been kidnapped at a
golf club in the city of Kumasi last week.
2019 Oct 9, A new study by the
World Health Organization said more than one-third of women in
Ghana, Guinea, Myanmar and Nigeria had been abused during child
birth in health centers.
(SFC, 10/10/19, p.A4)
2020 Mar 6, Ghana's President
Nana Akufo-Addo set the tone for new rules due to coronavirus,
warning everybody to improve personal hygiene and avoid crowds, at
the celebrations of Ghana's 63rd independence anniversary. He
ostentatiously kept both his hands resolutely behind his back when
he arrived at the ceremony to greet those seated on the dais.
2020 Mar 12, Ghana confirmed
their first coronavirus case.
2020 Apr 30, Confirmed
coronavirus cases in Ghana surged above 2,000, increasing 24% in a
matter of days. The Ghana Health Service reported 403 new cases,
bringing the total to 2,074. The spike was announced 10 days after
President Nana Akufo-Addo eased a three-week lockdown in the capital
of Accra and in the city of Kumasi.
2020 May 10, Ghana's President
Nana Akufo-Addo said that one worker at a fish factory in the
coastal city of Tema had infected 533 other employees last month.
The factory, owned by Thai Union Group PCL, was closed on April 17
and partially reopened on May 11. As of May 12 Ghana has reported
5,127 cases, including 22 deaths.
2020 Jun 6, Police in Ghana
fired warning shots to break up a rally in Accra against police
brutality after arresting the organizer. Ernesto Yeboah was charged
with failing to obtain a police permit for the protest and for
breaking the rules on public gatherings.
2020 Jun 10, Ghana's Incas
Diagnostics expects the country's regulator to approve its new
COVID-19 antibody test by the end of July, saying its kits could
help health authorities ease pandemic restrictions.
2020 Jun 19, In Ghana a
building inside the Nigerian High Commission compound in Accra was
demolished. Armed men reportedly stormed the compound and destroyed
buildings under construction. Days later Ghana's President Nana
Akufo-Addo apologized to Nigeria.
2020 Nov 12, Ghana's former
President Jerry John Rawlings (73) died in Accra after a short
illness. He led two coups, first in 1979, before twice being elected
president in multiparty polls.
2020 Dec 7, Ghana held
elections. Eleven candidates were in the race to unseat President
Nana Akufo-Addo (76), who is running for his second term. At least
five people were killed and a dozen injured in violence related to
the presidential and legislative elections. Days later official
results showed that Mr Akufo-Addo obtained 51.6% of the vote,
compared with 47.4% won by his main rival, ex-President John Mahama.
(BBC, 12/7/20)(AP, 12/9/20)(BBC, 12/10/20)
2020 Ghana officially
registered only about 25% of total deaths. Tuberculosis in Ghana
kills over 15,000 people per year, accounting for about 5% of the
(Econ., 5/9/20, p.34)(Econ., 9/19/20, p.46)
2021 Jan 7, Nana Akufo-Addo was
sworn in for a second term as Ghana's president, a day after
scuffles between rival politicians broke out in parliament.
2021 Jan 21, It was reported
that members of an alleged "baby-harvesting" and child-trafficking
syndicate have been arrested in Ghana. The 11 suspects included two
doctors, four nurses, two mothers, two social welfare officers, and
a traditional birth attendant.
2021 Feb 9, Ghana’s parliament
was suspended for at least three weeks following a surge in COVID-19
cases among parliament members and staff. Ghana’s Health Services
confirmed that there have been 73,003 cases, including 482 deaths
since the outbreak began last year.
2021 Feb 24, Ghana became the
first country to receive coronavirus vaccines through the Covax
vaccine-sharing initiative as a delivery of 600,000 doses of the
AstraZeneca vaccine arrived in Accra.
2021 Mar 29, Spain launched a
diplomatic push into Africa, marking out the continent as a
political priority with an ambitious plan to build closer economic
and institutional ties. PM Pedro Sanchez unveiled his “Africa Focus
2023" plan at a formal event in Madrid attended by the President of
Ghana, Nana Auko-Addo, the foreign ministers of Ghana and Senegal,
Kenya’s head of trade, and the president of the African Development
Bank, Akinwumi Adesina.
2021 Apr 5, It was reported
that authorities in Ghana are trying to find out what has caused
more than 60 dead dolphins to wash up on several beaches.