We hope you are all continuing to stay safe and warm!
Here are a few updates from us.
Change for Ghana updates
In the month of October, we celebrated Black History Month by sharing a series of posts on our Instagram. These posts showcased several UK-Ghanaian entrepreneurs, their work, and some inspirational messages from them.
In addition to this, we also shared two blog posts celebrating Ghanaian excellence, by highlighting Ghanaian owned businesses, platforms, and content creators. You can check out these blog posts here.
On the 26th of October, President Akufo-Addo commissioned 240 houses as part of the National Mortgage Finance Initiative. This program is due to scale up across other districts with 4 more years.
Netflix hired British-Ghanaian film and TV producer, Fiona Lamptey, as the new director of UK features. She earned production manager credits for films such as Attack the Block and has been recognised as for developing underrepresented talent.
Plan International Ghana has introduced washable and reusable sanitary towels for young schoolgirls. This initiative will ensure that no girl is left behind when it comes to education, by making sure that girls have access to sanitary products. Plan International Ghana plans to provide over 2,000 pads to schoolgirls in the Eastern, Central and Volta regions. You can read more about this initiative here.
Sadly there is so much currently going on in Africa that we all need to be aware of:
In Nigeria, people are continuing to protest against SARS (Special Anti-Robbery Squad), a branch of the Nigerian Police force that is known for harassing and torturing citizens. On the 22nd of October, things turned violent as unarmed, peaceful protesters were fired upon. Something that the Nigerian government and army have denied, despite the existence of plenty video evidence and eyewitness accounts. You can read more about the Lekki Massacre here. You can read more about #EndSARS and the ways you can help here.
Cameroon’s Anglophone crisis is sadly still going on. On October 24th, an unidentified group of men opened fire on school children, killing at least 6 children and leaving many injured. The Anglophone crisis stems from low level separatist protests that came in 2016 as a result of the perceived marginalisation of Anglophones by the majority Francophone government. However, things turned violent after the Cameroonian government responded to the protestors with force in 2017. Since then, over 5,000 civilians, soldiers and separatist fighters have been killed. Read more here.
#CongoIsBleeding, is the new hashtag being used on social media to draw attention to the exploitation taking place in the Congolese mines. Congo produces half of the world’s cobalt, a metal used in making lithium batteries as well as components for phones and laptops. As it’s a highly sought-after item, all efforts are placed into ensuring that production can meet demands. However, this has also resulted in child slavery, corruption, and deadly conflicts. Read more here.
(Source: Ministry of Information Ghana, Screen Daily, Peace FM Online, BBC News, Quartz Africa, Face 2 Face Africa)