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Why does this woman think she is ugly?


Alanah thinks she is ugly, which could not be further from the truth. She suffers from Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), a condition that causes people to become obsessed with perceived defects in their appearance. It’s thought about one in 50 people suffer from BDD, but many of us – and even some doctors – are unaware of its existence. “I ...

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Open letter to Samira Bawumia


Dear Mrs. Samira Bawumia, I am writing you this letter from a faraway land in the Upper West Region. To be very precise, Challu in the Sissala East District. My reason for writing to you this humble letter is very simple: you have inspired many and pushed positively the change campaign of the NPP and I want you to continue ...

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Who Voted For Donald Trump?


Donald Trump has beaten Hillary Clinton in the race to be president of the United States. Much of the narrative ahead of the election had been that Mr Trump was supported by angry, white men. To get an insight into which groups actually voted for him, you can look at the exit poll conducted across the country by Edison Research ...

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The lessons are clear for Ghanaians from Americans’ vote for change


The electorate in the United States of America on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, voted for change by electing Donald Trump of the Republican Party as the 45th President of the most powerful nation in the world. At the time of writing this piece, the available records showed that Trump had won 278 electoral votes so far – he needed 270 ...

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‘Cancellation Of Gazette Is Not Destoolment Of Chief’


For some time now, the chieftaincy institution has been ridiculed with certain misconceptions and distortions of facts which have been concealed by most people having the intent of taking over Stools which are already occupied. These misconceptions and distortion of facts have been seen over the years in areas where there are chieftaincy litigations regarding who is a chief and ...

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Why Africa’s Fast Growth, Development Aattracted Several External Countries

Despite conflicts and instability in some parts, Africa’s fast growth and development, at least during the past decade, has attracted several external countries mainly from Asian region, European Union (EU) and the United States. In this special interview, David Shinn, an Adjunct Professor in the Elliott School of International Affairs, a former U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia and Burkina Faso, and ...

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Russia Strugge To Regain Soviet-era Economic Influence Hit Stumbling Blocks

For more than two decades, Russia has been struggling to regain its Soviet-era economic influence, but such efforts have hit stumbling blocks which policy experts and Russian authorities themselves admittedly attributed to inadequate knowledge of investment and economic possibilities in Africa. Quite recently, Keir Giles, an associate fellow (on the Russia and Eurasia Program) at Chatham House in London, wrote ...

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Protecting The Chibok Girls From Reliving Their Horrific Experiences

In our series of letters from African journalists, novelist and writer Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani looks at what lies ahead for some of the girls who have been released by Boko Haram militants in Nigeria. To enable the 21 recently freed Chibok girls to avoid the stigma usually associated with Boko Haram captivity, a leader of Nigeria’s Chibok community has called ...

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World Occupational Therapy Day

Occupational therapy is a health care profession aimed at enabling people to live life to its fullest. To occupational therapists, a “full” life means engagement in the activities that a person wants and needs to do, no matter what injury, illness, condition, disability, lifestyle, or environment stands in the way. These everyday human activities are what we call “occupations,” and ...

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So, Where Is Ghana Heading?


I know for a fact that when I deceive myself, I feel happy, for whatever it is worth. People are endowed with this ability to pretend to be happy, perhaps to hoodwink other people into thinking they are doing well. But when the reality dawns on me, I begin to ask the more realistic questions: Who was I deceiving? Who ...

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