Like the precious metal that led colonists to call it the Gold Coast, Ghana‘s economy has the glint of opportunity, but investors might have to remove a layer of dust to see it. The country of 25 million people, a vibrant democracy visited by the last three sitting U.S. presidents, has become the preferred West African beachhead for Read more
The National Black Arts Festival, held each year at venues around Atlanta, has attracted Ghanaian artisans for years.
Kumasi, an inland city known for cultural exports like drums, carvings and traditional woven kente cloth worn by royalty, is modeled its own arts festival after Atlanta’s, leading to stronger ties that have spilled over into education and humanitarian efforts.
Delta Air Lines Inc. will suspend service between Atlanta and Accra, Ghana, and Monrovia, Liberia, in August amid “persistently high jet fuel prices and fluctuations in passenger demand.” The Monrovia flight is routed through Accra, which Delta had been developing as a West African hub. Although the Atlanta flight will be phased out, Delta will increase its weekly frequency from New Read more
The airport in this West African capital doesn’t look like much when coming from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, with its gleaming new international terminal, five runways and transit systems.
In Accra, arriving passengers have to disembark onto hot tarmac and board a bus that drives them to the arrivals hall. But things are changing…
Software from Africa? The question sounds like a joke to many, but there’s no punchline. Companies in Ghana are serious about a promising new industry taking hold in their country. From indigenous startups and mid-sized firms founded by foreigners to new offices from multinational giants like Google and IBM, the software scene in the capital city of Accra is blossoming. It’s no Silicon Valley, Read more
Ghana is celebrating the eradication of Guinea worm disease, thanks in part to the Carter Center. On July 28, Vice President John Mahama announced in Tamale, Ghana, that the country had 14 consecutive months of no indigenous cases of the worm disease. President Carter offered his congratulations and said that this triumph showed that more Read more
The mayor of Kumasi, a commercial center in northern Ghana, visited Atlanta to drum up support for an upcoming black arts festival in his city. During a brief visit, Samuel Sarpong announced the Kumasi International Black Arts and Cultural Festival, which will be held in November. Mr. Sarpong sought advice and support from Atlanta's National Black Arts Festival, which holds year-round educational Read more
A nonstop Delta Air Lines flight from Atlanta to Accra has bolstered Ghana's case for attracting foreign investment and helped the country's diaspora stay connected to their families, said Alfred Vanderpuije, mayor of the Ghanaian capital. Since it launched last June, the flight has augmented efforts to make Accra a focal point for business in West Africa, Mr. Vanderpuije told GlobalAtlanta. Delta flies Read more
Emory University has received a $2.5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to study the health risks of contaminated water in Accra, Ghana and other cities in developing countries. The Center for Global Safe Water in Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health will bring together experts from around the world to develop Read more
Delta Air Lines Inc. launched the first direct flight between Liberia and the United States in 20 years from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Sept. 4. The flight landed on Sept. 5 at Roberts International Airport near Monrovia, Liberia’s capital, to be greeted by Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and other dignitaries. Before the outbreak Read more