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Right to Dream - Africa's only girls' football and education programme

Joy & Marion take Sportshour on a tour of the Right to Dream academy in Ghana
Ahead of the Women's Africa Cup of Nations in Ghana, footballers Joy & Marion take Sarah Mulkerrins on a tour of the Right to Dream academy - which offers Africa's first and only girls' football and education programme.

Both speak about their hopes for gender equality in the sport and how they can't wait to watch women's football matches inside stadiums during the tournament. 

We also hear from the academy's Head of Football, Gareth Henderby, who says the talent among girls in Africa is huge but their opportunities are very limited.

Photo: Right to Dream academy (Right to Dream)
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Prince Charles calls slavery an 'indelible stain'

Prince Charles
Reuters
Ghana is the latest stop on Prince Charles' tour of West Africa

The Prince of Wales has acknowledged Britain's role in the transatlantic slave trade but stopped short of giving an official apology, which is likely to disappoint campaigners who have long called on the British Royal Family to do so.

Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne and next head of the Commonwealth, is in West Africa, and in a speech to a conference in Ghana's capital, Accra, he said:

The appalling atrocity of the slave trade and the unimaginable suffering it caused left an indelible stain on the history of the world.

While Britain can be proud that it later led the way in the abolition of this shameful trade, we have a shared responsibility to ensure that the abject horror of slavery is never forgotten, that we uphold the existence of modern slavery and human trafficking and that we robustly promote and defend the values which today make it incomprehensible for most of us that human beings could ever treat each other with such utter inhumanity."

Britain outlawed the slave trade in 1833. It has never apologised for its role in slavery.

Reparations to the tune of $22bn (£17bn) in today's money were paid to former slave owners to compensate them for the loss of their human property. But slaves themselves did not receive reparations nor have their descendants.

British taxpayers' money was used pay off the 46,000 or so former slaver owners, and these payments only ended in 2015.

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Female traffickers arrested in Ghana

Thomas Naadi

BBC Africa, Accra

Police in Ghana have arrested five women suspected of operating a human-trafficking ring.

They allegedly took young women from Nigeria to Ghana, promising them lucrative jobs.

They told the parents of the trafficked women that they operated businesses in Ghana and needed people to work in sales, police said.

But when the women arrived in Ghana they were forced into prostitution and warned never to alert the Ghanaian authorities.

They were also forced to pay the traffickers, believed to be Nigerian, $60 (£46) a day until they had covered the cost of bringing them into the country.

The police are currently searching for other suspects and also making efforts to find the trafficked women.

Seven young women, between the ages of 22 to 26 who were allegedly forced into prostitution in Tarkwa - a mining town in southern Ghana, have already been rescued.

University council dissolved after 'jamboree' riots

Favour Nunoo

BBC Pidgin

A student prepares to strike a sign with a blunt object
Kwesi Debrah
Campus property, including this sign post, was destroyed in Monday's protest

The Ghanaian government has dissolved the governing council of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Knust) following violent protests on Monday.

A seven-member interim committee has been appointed to manage the affairs of the university and directed to re-open the university within 14 days for academic work to resume.

The trouble started at Knust, which is in Ghana’s second largest city of Kumasi, last Friday night.

Eleven students were arrested by police after taking part in their usual end-of-week party, known as a jamboree, which the university authorities had recently banned.

Monday's planned peaceful protests turned violent resulting in the indefinite closure of the university on Tuesday.

The interim committee has been given three months to manage Knust's affairs and return it to normalcy.

There have been calls for the vice-chancellor of the university to be sacked, but authorities say he will remain in office until the interim committee decides otherwise.

Ghana university closed after 'jamboree' riots

Favour Nunoo

BBC Pidgin, Accra

Ghana university
Attah Poku
Some students have been leaving ahead of the deadline

Ghana's Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Knust) has been shut down and students ordered to leave the institution following violent protests on Monday.

The trouble started at Knust, which is in the country's second largest city of Kumasi, last Friday night after 11 students were arrested by police after taking part in their usual end-of-week party, known as a jamboree, which the university authorities recently banned.

The students mounted roadblocks, vandalised property and boycotted lectures on Monday, accusing the university's security and management of brutality.

A joint task force of police and military personnel has now taken over the university campus to maintain calm.

Students have been given up to 12.00 GMT on Tuesday to vacate the campus.

Only foreign students have been exempted from the decision - the authorities say they will be given security protection in their hostels.

Ashanti Regional Minister Simon Osei Mensah, who announced the decision, maintains the shutdown is necessary in view of the extent of the damages.

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