Ghana celebrates its independence today, 6 March. A big military parade, political speeches and cultural performances will characterise the national celebrations at the Independence Square in Accra.

Music and dance will fill the beaches of the West African country as citizens use the public holiday to enjoy themselves and everything appears to be in the national colours of red, yellow and green to remember the independence of the country from Britain 60 years ago.

The path to independence
In 1949, after 75 years of British colonial rule, the Convention People’s Party (CPP) was founded by Kwame Nkrumah. In the first years of its existence the party organized numerous boycotts and strikes to raise awareness of and protest against the problems associated with colonialism in Ghana.

A year later, in 1950, the first cries for the right of self-determination were being uttered (“Self-Government Now!”). As a result of the agitation, many party officials were incarcerated, one of them was Nkrumah.

Nevertheless the CPP was able to win a big majority in the elections of that year. Nkrumah was immediately released from prison by Governor Charles Noble Arden-Clarke to enable him participate in the self-government administration instituted by the British.

After Nkrumah was elected Prime Minister in 1952, it took another five tumultuous years for the country to gain independence from Great Britain.

These troubled years are reflected in the Ghanaian flag as well: the red represents all the people that worked hard or even died for the independence of Ghana. The star on the other hand is a symbol for Africa’s emancipation and unity in the fight against colonialism.

Biggest African community in Germany
More than 40.000 people with Ghanaian heritage live in Germany, which makes them the biggest African community in the country from south of the Sahara. Half of them still have Ghanaian citizenship.

The main causes of emigration from Ghana were the issues associated with the efforts by the presidency of Kwame Nkrumah to quickly industrialize and modernize the country.

In the immediate period after independence Ghana was considered the richest country in tropical Africa and President Nkrumah embarked on an ambitious modernization programme, which included the building of schools and universities.

That period ended with the overthrow of the president in 1966, pushing the country into an economic crisis. Many Ghanaians’ hopes of entering the middle class were destroyed and they started migrating to other countries.

This was especially the case with students who had wanted to study abroad and people who already had gained their education in Ghana, who started leaving the country. That’s why this period is also known as the “Brain Drain”. Today almost half of Ghanaian university graduates live abroad, which is why they are dubbed the “elite immigrants”.

One of the elite immigrants is Stephen Ampofo, a successful engineer who’s actively engaged as the chair of the African German Network Association. He came to study in Germany in 1989. The son of a cocoa farmer has accomplished everything: he mastered the time intensive and expensive German courses, which he started attending in Ghana. He adjusted to a different culture and graduated from his studies. Now he can even afford to support his friends and family back home using money transfer services like MoneyGram. “I am extremely proud that I was able to give myself and my family an edge by migrating to Germany”.

Still, Stephen Ampofo cannot imagine becoming a German citizen. He wants to go home. “My monthly [money transfer] transactions are also meant to secure my future. I am helping my parents pay off the mortgage on their house which I will own in about 12 years,” he explains.

Akwasi Opoku Edusei from Mannheim has a similar story to tell. He was born in Kumasi, the second largest city in Ghana. He also came to study in Germany at the age of 28.

Today he lives with his wife in one of Europe’s biggest metropolitan areas, the Rhein-Neckar-Region. Initially, Edusei had to adjust to the climate – the Ghanaian weather is what he misses most. To him Ghana still represents paradise, which makes him even more proud on its independence day.

Akwasi Edusei is member of the Ghana Union Mannheim/Ludwigshafen, whose members are campaigning for the development of their home country. Additionally they promote the integration of Ghanaians into the German system.

Aiming to ensure that obstacles will be overcome and possibilities will be utilized, the union organizes different projects, meetings and events. As a point of contact and multiplier of information about “immigrants as entrepreneurs” this organization is one of the most active African unions in Germany. Its members will celebrate their Independence Day by talking about their former life in Ghana, their new experiences in Germany and old memories of the Independence Day celebrations in Ghana.

Quelle: Oliver Behrens

If you are a newcomer to Germany and are looking for work, you should seriously consider contacting MigrantHire, a smart matching system that can connect you to socially responsible employers.
MigrantHire was co-founded by Hussein Shaker, a Syrian refugee and Information technology student who struggled to find work in IT when he arrived in Germany.

Mr Shaker and Remi Mekki, a Norwegian entrepreneur living in Berlin together with two other Berliners established the recruitment platform MigrantHire to help the newcomers to Germany find work and integrate into society as fast as possible.
MigrantHire’s mission is to help as many refugees as possible find work in Germany.

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On Saturday, the 11th of March 2017 the NPP Hamburg Chapter celebrated Ghana’s 60 years of independence and the election of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as the president of the republic of Ghana. The event began at about 9.15pm with two beautiful ladies, smartly dressed in the NPP party colors welcoming the invited guests and taking them to their seats. The evening began with prayers by Amoako Darko and Kamal Ambassador. 

Mr. Augustine Kofi Poku, the Chairman of the Hamburg Chapter in his welcome address encouraged members of his party to be good citizens, so as to encourage non-members to join the party. He gave a vivid account of Ghana’s past 60 years and emphasis of the roles of the past presidents and those who lost their lives in the struggle to attain independence for the country on 6th March 1957.

At the event were members from other Chapters in Germany and members of the national executives led by the national president, Rev. Alex Acheampong. Admittedly it was a surprise to others seeing the pastor not only in politics, but playing a leading role. He challenged the gathering not to be spectators, but to contribute their quotas in nation building. He disclosed that German NPP chapter spent over 100,000 thousand Euros in supporting the comeback of the party to power. The President, Nana Akuffo-Addo, has since assuming office heeded advice from Ghanaians in Diaspora.

The event also witnessed the presence of nonparty members and the leadership of the Ghana community led by Nana Anane Kakyire (President) and Osei Tutu (General Secretary), Dr. Victoria Manu, Nana Owusuwaa Mprengo Queenmother of Bohyen –Kumasi and Desmond John Beddy of TopAfric Meadia Network.

In a keynote address, Nana Anane Kakyire challenged Ghanaians especially the youth to contest for leadership positions in the upcoming Ghana Union election, since himself and the general secretary are no longer contesting, he also used the occasion to praise Madam Mary Oduro, a former Women Organizer of the NPP and a former executive member of the Ghana Union for her immense contribution to the community.

The arrival of Opanin Koo Kusi a Ghanaian opinion leader and a known NDC member rekindled the entire event. He waved his flag to the audience and this single action demonstrated how tolerant and civilized the Ghanaian community in Germany has become. Belonging to different political parties only mean having diverse opinions in moving a nation forward. 

The event took place at the “Bei der Christuskirche 2 in Hamburg. The organizers must be commended for a good job, there was enough to eat and drink and Dj Cliff did a great job, Onaapo was played repeatedly with JustErick and his video crew at work.
The event was moderated by Alex Tuffour and Evelyn Garbrah.

God Bless Ghana
God Bless Germany

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African women and other immigrants in Hamburg who need support and advice on a wide range of issues including social benefits and domestic violence can contact Amnesty for Women – Städtegruppe Hamburg e. V.
This is a non-profit organization running a counselling centre and international meeting point for women in Hamburg.

The main goals of Amnesty ( for Women e.V. are to raise awareness about and to fight against isolation, segregation, repression and all kinds of violence (e. g. domestic violence, trafficking in women) which women are subjected to due to their gender and being migrants.

Amnesty for Women e.V. offers support and advice on securing social benefits (unemployment pay, social welfare, child benefits, parents’ money, allowance for nursing care); domestic violence and sexual harassment; (imminent) homelessness and apartment-hunting; family law in the case of breakup/divorce; right of residence matters; questions concerning kindergarten, school and apprenticeship; finding a suitable German language and integration course and language problems, e. g. correspondence with official agencies.

Women with special challenges (mental and or physical) are also encouraged to contact the organization.

Amnesty for Women e.V. offers counselling in English and German on Tuesday and Thursday from 2 pm to 6 pm, and on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 am to 2 pm.

You can make an appointment for counselling by dialling (0)40 384753.

Here’s the address of Amnesty for Women e.V.
22767 Hamburg
Phone: +49 (0)40 384753
Fax: +49 (0)40 385758
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Germany’s doctors are embracing the newly legal prescription of medical marijuana, which went into effect at the start of this month.

“I predict a certain increase of this therapy, though to what extent is unclear,” said Josef Mischo of the German Medical Association, referring to how doctors can now treat their patients with the drug.

“As a medical community, we welcome the fact that therapeutic possibilities have now been expanded.”

Before the German parliament (Bundestag) passed the new legislation in January, the only way for patients to use cannabis as a treatment was to apply and wait for special, individual approval - and the bar was set fairly high for those seriously ill.

Only around 1,000 people had been given this permission when the law was passed, and some even died while they were waiting for their request to be processed. Users also had to take on the costs themselves.

But now doctors can simply write their patients a prescription if, for example, they suffer from chronic pain or a serious loss of appetite due to an illness. Health insurance providers also now must cover the costs of cannabis treatments.

To oversee the new distribution and control of medical marijuana, a new Cannabis Agency has been established under the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM).

German politicians said the law was intended for those with serious illnesses - like multiple sclerosis or cancer patients suffering the effects of chemotherapy - but it is still not exactly defined as to what kinds of patients can be prescribed the drug.

This is also because, as Mischo explains, there is still relatively little data about the range of illnesses and symptoms that can be alleviated through cannabis use.

“It is good that the legislators largely left it up to the doctors to decide if cannabis should be used,” said Mischo, who is also president of Saarland’s medical association.

Mischo said that he can already see how doctors will increasingly prescribe the drug under the new law.

“Right now I can already imagine that many doctors will now, for one thing, test to see if their chronic pain patients get better with cannabis.”

Last year Germany imported 170 kilograms of cannabis for medical purposes, according to a government response to an inquiry from Die Linke (The Left Party), as reported by publishing group Funke Mediengruppe on Friday.

This was nearly double the amount imported the previous year at 92.8 kilograms, and nearly four times as much as in 2014. Germany will continue to import the marijuana it needs until the state can set up its own supervised production. Private producers could also apply for licenses.

The German Cannabis Association (DHV) said they want more clarity on how businesses could gain such licenses.

“Concrete, detailed regulations will determine whether it will actually make sense for entrepreneurs to apply for licenses,” said a representative of the lobby organization.

“What needs to be clarified is: what quantities will be given out, what varieties, what are the quality requirements, what is required of the businesses, and how many licenses will be issued.”

And while the law is likely to expand cannabis use and its health benefits for those with illnesses, doctors are still sceptical about whether the law should be expanded further to allow recreational consumption.

“For recreational use, we cannot say based on studies thus far that it is harmless,” said Mischo, who is an addiction expert.

“If someone uses cannabis for a long time as a teenager or young adult, there are negative effects. But it is not clear whether there are better protections against this when it is limited and legal, versus when it is illegal.”

Source: The Local

The Ghana community in Hamburg is looking for competent people to lead them, fortunately there are countless number of knowledgeable Ghanaians in Hamburg who can help position the Ghana community properly in Hamburg and Germany as a whole.

Besides there are a huge number of the third generation of Ghanaians, who schooled here, have command over the German language, understand the culture and the German system better, they are encouraged not to shy a way from challenges and responsibilities. Remember if you refuse to occupy positions, others with less vision, and others without the required competence will represent you.
Be bold, come forward, register and move your people forward.

Registration ends on Friday, the 31st of March 2017

The positions to be contested for are as follows:
The following Ghana Union Executive positions are to be contested for:
1. President
2. Vice President
3. General Secretary
4. Vice General Secretary
5. Welfare Secretary
6. Financial Secretary
7. Youth Organizer
8. Organizing Secretary
9. Women Organizer

To support the social and economic welfare of Ghanaians in Hamburg
To provide the needed leadership for economic growth
To stimulate the spirit of patriotism amongst Ghanaians living in Hamburg
To encourage networking amongst Ghanaian institutions home and abroad
To serve as a mouth piece of the Ghana Community.

Candidates interested in positions of the President and vice Presidents must belong to a Ghanaian affiliated organisation, for instance, Asanteman Union, GaDangme Union or Ewe Union and be Ghanaian irrespective of the passports they hold.

Candidates interested in the position of Youth Organizer must not be more than 35 years old before elections are conducted, and be Ghanaian irrespective of the passports they hold.

All other positions have no restrictions except attaining the voting age of 18 years.

Date and venue of ELECTIONS will be made available after contesting candidates have registered and campaigned for a stipulated period 

Please pass this vital information to all Ghanaians.

Desmond John Beddy 
Electoral Committee 
Tel: 017632140550
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At approximately 12:00 noon on Wednesday, August 12, 2015, a 23yr old Eritrean lady named Asmayt TEKLEAB YHDEGO was found dead in her room. The findings produced by an initial investigation point towards a peronal relationship between the victim and her perpetrator.

Having issued a corresponding arrest warrant, the police are currently searching for the victims missing partner, Hagos BELAY GABREHIWOT(born on April,2, 1990 in Adi Geda, Eritrea).

BELAY GEBREHIWOT was last seen at 12:43 a.m on August 11, 2015 near the NASPA branch on Bahnhofstrasse in Wiesbaden as well as at approximately 9:30 a.m at his current place of residence.
He is listed as a suspect at this time and the Police wish to speak to him.

The Wiesbaden Police Department and Public Prosecutors office seek answers to the following questions:
1. Who knows BELAY GEBREHIWOT and is able to provide information on his whereabouts ?
2. Has anyone seen him since August 12, 2015?
3. Did anyone see him leave the bank in question and/or the direction he took thereafter?
4. Does anyone know whether BELAY GEBREHIWOT had been in contact with any particular individual(s) ? and if so with whom?
5. Did anyone perceive any suspicious events taking place near the shelter for asylum seekers on Mainzer strasse or between the shelter and the Wiesbaden train station on the evening of August 10 or in the early morning of August 11, 2015?

Anyone with info regarding this case is asked to contact the Police Headquaters of Western Hessen - 0049 (0) 611 3450
Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or any nearby police station in Germany.

There is a reward of €2000.00 for the information.

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