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Gabon 2017: All set for the Africa Cup of Nations tournament

Africa’s biggest soccer showcase, the Africa Cup of Nations is certainly upon us, kicking off tomorrow (Saturday), the 14th of January. Hosts Gabon will get the ball rolling in the opening match in Libreville tomorrow in a game against debutants The Djurtus of Guinea-Bissau, in a Group A clash. We wish all the 16 teams participating in the tournament the very best. Let the 2017 games begin.

The exterior of the fake embassy in Accra, Ghana. (U.S. Department of State photo)

Fraudsters operate bogus U.S. embassy in Ghana for 10 years, and issued visas for $6,000

A crime ring of Ghanaian and Turkish citizen masterminded one of the most daring cons of all time, running a fake U.S. Embassy in Ghana for 10 years, which issued visas for $6,000. The bogus embassy opened thrice a week, flew a U.S. flag and inside hung a photo of President Barack Obama. The gang did not accept walk ins but recruited its customers from remote parts of West Africa, and the gang was only busted after a tip-off from an informant. The tip-off led to the creation of an international task force, which investigated the matter leading to the arrest of ring members, and closure of the fake embassy.

Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General, United Nations Photo credit: EPA/Nic Bothma

“I stand by the ICC”, Kofi Annan says

Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has weighed in on the ongoing debate about the relevance of the the International Criminal Court (ICC), after damaging withdrawals from the institution by three African countries. Annan said Africa needs the Court more than ever “because the most heinous crimes must not go unpunished”. Annan has previously argued that the ICC does not target Africa, and victims of heinous crimes, and others who cannot get justice in their domestic courts should have a provision to seek justice abroad.

(L) Leicester City's Algerian midfielder Riyad September 17, 2016. Photo: ANP/AFP Adrian Dennis (R)Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 26 September 2016. Photo: ANP/ EPA/Bernd Thissen.

Who is your BBC African Footballer of the Year?

The BBC African Footballer of the Year award nominees have been announced and the list includes Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ghana’s Andre Ayew, Algerian Riyad Mahrez, Senegal’s Sadio Mane and Ivory Coast Yaya. Voting is open until 28 November and the winner will be announced on Monday, 12 December. Tell us, who is your BBC African Footballer of the Year?

A fan of the Nigeria national football team cheers as he watches the World Cup match between France and Nigeria at a viewing centre in Lagos, on June 30, 2014. Photo. ANP/AFP Pius Utomi Ekpei

Nigeria clash with Algeria: Road to Russia

It’s the battle of Africa’s soccer heavyweights as the Super Eagles of Nigeria and Algeria’s Desert Foxes battle for the precious three points, vital in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia qualification. The game certainly promises to be a fascinating encounter considering the depth of both giants and high stakes on the table as the two soccer giants battle for glory in the Group B match. What’s your prediction?

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Ghana reveals a proposal to decriminalize the use of marijuana

Ghana has revealed that a bill to decriminalize the use of marijuana has been tabled before parliament. Under the proposal, marijuana users and those addicted to the drug will receive medical care and rehabilitation, rather than prosecution. However, the scope of the decriminalisation is yet to be revealed, and it’s not clear if the decriminalisation will allow the medicinal use of marijuana. We ask, is a legal and regulated marijuana industry a feasible and good idea?

Captain Thomas Sankara, President of Burkina Faso, salutes 31 August 1986 upon his arrival in Harare for the 8th Summit of Non-aligned countries. Photo: ANP

Which African hero/heroine should the University of Ghana honour with a statue?

This week we reported that Ghana’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has indicated that it would “want to remove the statue of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi from the University of Ghana campus” after a campaign led by academics. The campaigners have requested the University to give them an opportunity to “fund raise for the erection of a statue or statues of a Ghanaian/African hero(es)/heroine(s) to grace our University campus”. With a plethora of African queens, kings, ancient and contemporary heroes and heroines, who should receive this great honour?