Newspapers in Ghana
In Ghana there are two major daily newspapers: state-owned Daily Graphic and
The Ghanaian Times, with editions of about 100,000 and about 40,000 copies
respectively. Newspaper distribution is above the average for Africa, and there
are about ten major weekly newspapers.
Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC), founded in 1935, broadcasts
radio in two national channels and television in one (since 1965). In 1995,
private radio and TV channels were allowed to operate. There are 710 radio and
118 TV receivers per 1,000 residents (2000).
Ghanaian culture - literature, drama and film
as well as art and sculpture - has attracted
international attention. Traditional dances have been
modernized by contemporary choreographers.
Writers in Ghana usually write in English. One of the
most recognized writers is Ayi Kwei Armah. In his debut
novel "They are not yet born" from 1968 he depicts
political and social corruption in independent Ghana.
Latest population statistics of Ghana, including religious profiles and major languages spoken as well as population growth rates in next three decades.
The granddaughter of Ama Ata Aidoo, who has also been
Minister of Education, is one of the established writers
of African literature and writes poetry, short stories
and novels. She was the editor of the short story
collection "Love x 21" (African Love Stories), which
came out in Swedish 2010.
Among the more attentive children's book writers is
Meshak Asare. Several of his books have been translated
into Swedish, including "Tawai's canoe" and "The secret
of the Bronze Age".
In traditional rural communities, the culture is
characterized by the ancient indigenous religions and
the chief system (see Social conditions). In the cities,
the residents are usually more Western-influenced and
the clan community has partially relaxed. However,
interest in traditional culture and craftsmanship is
considered to be increasing among the residents of the
city. The Ashanti people's traditional kente fabric in
silk, handwoven in intricate designs, is considered by
many to be a national symbol. For Ghana public policy,
Ghana wins sea rights dispute with Ivory Coast
The International Maritime Law Court ruled in favor of Ghana in a dispute
with the Ivory Coast over where the boundaries of the countries' economic zones
should go (a coastal state's economic zone is the off-coastal area where the
country in question has the right to extract natural resources). Ghana, which is
already drilling for oil in the disputed oil and gas-rich sea area between the
countries, is now entitled to continue. After the verdict, both countries
announce their intention to respect the ruling.
Gangs of party clutches commit violent crimes
The ruling NPP receives criticism for not intervening forcefully enough
against violent youth leagues that are close to the party. Among the critics are
the UN, which condemns the violence that followed in the wake of the peaceful
presidential election. Particularly noteworthy has been the Delta Boys gang,
based in the central Ashanti region. In March, more than 200 league members
attacked a government office in an attempt to force a senior official away. In
April, Delta Boys stormed a court in Kumasi to release 13 league members who
were facing criminal charges. Delta Boys have connections to NPP, but most
parties stick with similar youth groups, a total of about 20 nationwide, most
often recruited in poor neighborhoods.
Criticism against record-breaking government
President Akufo-Addo is criticized for swelling his government to 110
ministers, deputy ministers and ministers with regional responsibilities. He
defends himself by saying that the record-breaking government is a "necessary
investment" in order to achieve a rapid transformation of the country. One of
the leaders of the opposition party NDC says that the president is most anxious
to arrange work for his friends and confidants, at unreasonable costs.
"Economy in crisis"
President Akufo-Addo says that when he took office in January 2017, he was
able to take over an economy in crisis, pointing to the large budget deficit,
rising inflation and high unemployment. According to the president, almost not
one of the IMF 's loan terms has been met.
New government takes office
Nana Akufo-Addo is sworn in as president. One day later, he represents his
new government with, among others, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway as Foreign Minister
and Ken Ofori-Atta as Finance Minister.