Arts and culture, an alternative to grow African economies

By Dasmani Laary Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) governments have been urged to shift their focus from timber, cocoa and minerals exports, and introduce relevant polices and funding into arts and culture to rapidly expand their economies. “Giving meaning to the role of arts and culture manifested in traditional music, dance, clothing and drama can earn countries billions of dollars to spur growth and create jobs,” culture experts meeting in Ghana’s capital, Accra said. Culture is a powerful tool for poverty eradication, helping to meet the ambitious goal…

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In Liberia UNFPA Alarms Over Teenage Pregnancy

By Philip T Singbah, GBARNGA, LINA—The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has expressed concern about the high rate of teenage pregnancy in Liberia. UNFPA Country Representative Dr. Oluremi Sogunro says teenage pregnancy has become prevalent in the country over the past few years, especially among school-age children. In remarks at the eighth graduation ceremony of the UNFPA Fistula Program for 20 Fistula survivors in Suakoko, Bong County recently, Dr. Sogunro said the issue of teenage pregnancy must be given attention by relevant authorities because it damages the future of young…

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