Press Review -
  • Rawlings’ new party, brouhaha over by-elections reported in Ghana
    07 july 2012 08:03:47
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - For months, newspapers and political commentators highlighted moves by Ghana’s former President Jerry John Rawlings and his wife, Nana Konadu, to form and new political party, but the stories were flatly denied by their associates. Full text...

  • Nigerian media feast on corruption, terrorism, disaster stories
    30 june 2012 14:28:48
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The continuing mind-boggling corruption case in the lower chamber of the National Assembly (parliament), the deepening war against Islamic sect Boko Haram and the rain that continued to lash Lagos and neighbouring states were the main stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • President Mills’ health, presidential debate boycott reported in Ghana
    30 june 2012 10:19:51
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The continuing debate on President John Evans Atta Mills’ health and his National Democratic Congress (NDC) party's decision against his appearance in presidential debates for December’s election were some of the stories reported in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Devastating terror attacks, arrest of Boko Haram leader reported in Nigeria
    23 june 2012 10:08:32
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Sunday's devastating terrorist attacks in Kaduna and Zaria and the arrest of the suspected mastermind of the Boko Haram bombings were the major stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • President Mills’ health, proposals to review Constitution reported in Ghana
    23 june 2012 09:01:38
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – For the umpteenth time, rumours on the health of President John Evans Atta Mills captured the headlines in Ghana with the rumour mills churning out another death message. Full text...

  • Nigerian media feast on mind-boggling bribery scam in the House of Reps
    16 june 2012 10:23:52
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The US$ 3 million bribery scam at the House of Representatives (the lower chamber of the National Assembly), given by multi-millionaire oil marketer Femi Otedola and received by the Chair of the House of Representatives Adhoc Committee on Fuel Subsidy Management, Farouk Lawan, was the main story this week in Nigeria. Full text...

  • Communal conflicts, call for peace highlighted in Ghana
    16 june 2012 07:11:31
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - A clash between two communities in the Volta Region (VR), the latest in a series of worrying communal clashes over the past month in Ghana, and a strong call for peace, especially as the country prepares for presidential and parliamentary elections in December, were some of the stories highlighted in the media this week. Full text...

  • Nigerian media awash with stories from the DANA AIR plane crash
    09 june 2012 09:11:57
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The DANA AIR plane crash in Lagos on Sunday, 3 June, 2012, which killed all the passengers on board and more on the ground, overshadowed all other stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Plane crashes, Rawlings' coup anniversary, arms cache reported in Ghana
    09 june 2012 08:03:25
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Last weekend's plane crashes in Ghana and Nigeria, the celebration of the 33rd anniversary of the coup that brought former president Jerry John Rawlings to power and the seizure of arms were some the main stories highlighted in the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • IMF’s demand for fuel price hike, registration of prisoners to vote reported in Ghana
    02 june 2012 08:00:46
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The demand of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for Ghana to remove fuel subsidy, registration of prisoners to vote and the blame game in the sale of government lands and bungalows were some of the stories reported in the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • Crude oil theft, trial of subsidy thieves, Obasanjo's outburst reported in Nigeria
    26 may 2012 07:51:56
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Crude oil theft and pipeline vandalism, government's moves to put oil subsidy thieves on trial and Obasanjo's classification of legislators as thieves dominate front pages in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Bungalow purchase, return of ‘prodigal son’ highlighted in Ghana media
    26 may 2012 07:06:42
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The ruling of the Supreme Court clearing Mr. Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, chairman of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), of any wrongdoing in the purchase of an official bungalow while he was minister of state was one of the major stories highlighted in the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • Rawlings dominates Ghanaian media with another controversial “boom”
    19 may 2012 08:52:36
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana’s former president Jerry John Rawlings, one of the biggest crowd pullers in the country, dominated the media this week with his outburst against his own party, the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC). Full text...

  • Ghana media highlights deepening rift in ruling party, raging debate on economic statistics
    12 may 2012 08:05:59
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The deepening rift in Ghana’s ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), which is threatening its survival, and the continuing debate on the authenticity of economic statistics released by the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) were some of the major stories highlighted in the media this week. Full text...

  • Moves to exterminate malaria, oil subsidy investigation, violence reported in Nigeria
    05 may 2012 14:22:47
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian government's deliberate measures to exterminate malaria, reactions to the ongoing oil subsidy report and revelations, and the never-ending cases of violence across the country were the main stories in Nigerian newspapers this week. Full text...

  • Ghana media highlight dispute on economic statistics, May Day, press freedom
    05 may 2012 09:00:31
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) are battling to win the hearts of voters on which of them is a better manager of the economy. Full text...

  • Bombers' attack on media houses dominates front pages in Nigeria
    28 april 2012 10:11:35
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Suicide bombers' attack on media houses was the main story in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Politics dominates media headlines in Ghana as December vote approches
    28 april 2012 08:03:10
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Politics, especially the rising temperature and increasing tension between the two biggest parties - the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) - dominated the headlines in the Ghanaian media this week, as the December presidential and parliamentary elections approach. Full text...

  • Rot in Nigeria's oil sector, Ibori's imprisonment dominate front pages
    21 april 2012 10:44:33
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The mind-boggling revelation of the rot in the oil sector and the jailing of former Delta State governor, James Ibori, dominated media spaces this week in Nigeria. Full text...

  • Ghana media awash with MP's declaration of war, ethnocentric language
    21 april 2012 08:15:56
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The media in Ghana this week spent nearly all their air and inch space on an extremely volatile statement by an outspoken opposition MP, who claimed he had declared war in Ghana following alleged violence against some of his party members in the ongoing voter registration exercise. Full text...

  • Inauguration of Interim President dominates Malian press
    15 april 2012 11:34:37
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Thursday's inauguration of Dioncounda Traore as the Interim President of Mali, as part of the deal ending the military putsch in the West African nation, dominated local newspapers in the country this week. Full text...

  • Ghana media highlight local coach for Black Stars, launch of “Green Book”
    14 april 2012 08:01:40
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The appointment of a local coach for the senior national football team, the Black Stars, and the launch of the “Green Book” that catalogues the “achievements” of the government in the past three years were some of the stories highlighted in the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • Church "bribe", mass rape, oil spill compensation, new tax policy reported in Nigeria
    07 april 2012 08:17:35
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - President Goodluck Jonathan's declaration that he did not commit any crime over the "gift" of a church building, the mass rape of teenage female students by armed robbers, and the demand for compensation from Shell for oil spill were the main stories this week in Nigeria. Full text...

  • Nkrumah’s ‘lost son’, reconciling Mills and Rawlings reported in Ghana
    07 april 2012 06:31:42
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The sudden emergence of a 55-year-old man claiming to be a son of Ghana’s first president and pan-Africanist, Dr. Kwame Nrumah, as well as efforts to reconcile former President Jerry John Rawlings and his chosen heir and incumbent President John Evans Atta Mills occupied the front pages of Ghanaian newspapers this week. Full text...

  • Rising debt profile, poor university entrance exam results, security concerns reported in Nigeria
    31 march 2012 08:36:47
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's rising debt profile, poor results from last week's university entrance examinations, Okonjo-Iweala's desire to grab World Bank's top job and Jonathan's optimism on security filled the front pages this week. Full text...

  • Ghana media report rumours of Rawlings’ new party, running mate of opposition candidate
    31 march 2012 08:13:03
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Rumours of the formation of a new party by Ghana’s former President Jerry John Rawlings, the naming of the running mate of the main opposition party’s presidential candidate and the military coup in Mali were some of the stories reported in Ghana’s media this week. Full text...

  • Ivorian papers hail Abdoulaye Wade’s ''fair play''
    26 march 2012 13:54:31
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Ivorian newspapers on Monday hailed the ''fair play'' exhibited by outgoing Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade, who admitted defeat by congratulating his opponent, Mr. Macky Sall, following Sunday's presidential runoff. Full text...

  • Power outage, suspension of Rawlings’s aide played up in Ghana media
    24 march 2012 08:57:22
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A nationwide power outage last Wednesday night, the suspension of Kofi Adams, an aide of former President Jerry Rawlings, from the ruling National Democratic Party, hullabaloo over government’s “boycott” for some radio stations because of “bias” against it were some of the stories that were played up in the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • Cut in workers' salaries, lawmakers' jumbo allowances, oil spill reported in Nigeria
    24 march 2012 07:43:33
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Government's resolve to cut workers' salaries, self-approved jumbo allowances for lawmakers, bribery scandal in the legislature, court order on Shell to compensate communities for oil spill dominated front pages in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Ivorian press eulogises late Culture minister Bernard Zadi Zaourou
    21 march 2012 19:14:19
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - The Ivorian press Wednesday paid tribute to the former culture minister, Bernard Zadi Zaourou, who died Tuesday of heart complications. Full text...

  • Power shutdown, security concerns, deportation saga reported in Nigeria
    17 march 2012 10:25:02
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The shutdown of the Kainji Power Station, the pledge by northern political leaders to deal with security problems and yet another apology from the South African government over the deportation saga with Abuja dominated the front pages in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Ghana media play up controversies on funding of education, gas plant location
    17 march 2012 10:22:44
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Two controversial subjects – claims of the main opposition party’s presidential candidate that he would make education free through to second cycle and relocation of a gas plant - were some of the stories played up by the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • Tanzanian newspapers highlight end of doctors' strike
    17 march 2012 09:58:33
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Tanzanian newspapers this week highlighted the end of a strike by medical doctors working in government hospitals following intervention by President Jakaya Kikwete who described their action as "unethical". Full text...

  • Funerals of Brazzaville blast victims dominate Congolese press
    17 march 2012 08:33:53
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Congolese newspapers published this week were dominated by last Sunday's funeral of 145 of the 223 victims of the 4 March ammunition depot blast in northeast Brazzaville. Full text...

  • Murder of British, Italian hostages, deportation row dominate front pages in Nigeria
    10 march 2012 11:14:19
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The killing of two Europeans by their abductors as well as the deportation of 125 Nigerians from South Africa overshadowed all other stories in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Tanzanian dailies focus on int'l women’s day, doctors’ strike
    10 march 2012 08:17:16
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Gender equality and the second strike by doctors in public hospitals this year were issues that dominated the Tanzanian newspapers this week. Full text...

  • Mills’ US visit, independence celebrations captured by Ghanaian media
    10 march 2012 07:40:39
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – President John Evans Atta Mills’ official visit to the US and the 55th independence anniversary celebrations were some of the stories that occupied the front pages of newspapers in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Pre-independence uprising, ‘explosion’ of former A-G reported in Ghana
    03 march 2012 07:52:24
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Ghanaian newspapers this week remembered an uprising triggered by the killing of three ex-military men by the colonial masters which accelerated the country’s independence and an “explosion” of the immediate past Attorney-General (A-G), Martin Amidu, as he questions the loyalty of state-attorneys pursuing the court case in which a businessman is charged with fraud in a raging judgement debt case. Full text...

  • Ojukwu's burial, corruption trial of former State governor dominate front pages in Nigeria
    03 march 2012 07:37:21
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The burial of the former military leader of Biafra, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, and James Ibori's admittance, in London, that he stole from the government coffers when he was in power as State governor dominated front pages in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Subsidy palliatives, inflation, rampaging lion reported in Nigeria
    25 february 2012 12:17:47
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The disbursement of funds for subsidy palliatives, rising inflation as a result of the subsidy removal, breakthrough in anti-malaria drugs, and the rampaging lion which killed two herdsmen and 30 livestock were some of the stories which made headline news in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Football, fire, judgment debt reported in Ghana media
    25 february 2012 08:53:40
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The fallout from the poor performance of Ghana’s senior national football team, the Black Stars, at the just-ended African Cup of Nations in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea, fire at a spare parts market in Kumasi, Ghana’s second biggest city, and continuing saga of the huge judgement debt paid to a businessman were some of the stories highlighted in the media this week. Full text...

  • Tanzanian dailies say local footballers should take a leaf out of Zambia’s book
    18 february 2012 10:15:02
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – After Tanzania emerged from a devastating strike by medical doctors in public hospitals, the country’s media this week turned their attention to varied issues but Zambia’s victory at the African Cup of Nations in Libreville, Gabon, was the only event that brought them together. Full text...

  • Jonathan's job-creation moves, rainstorm in Lagos reported in Nigeria
    18 february 2012 10:05:00
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Government's determination to generate 370,000 jobs, a rainstorm and its havoc in Lagos, high electricity tariffs and jail term for Nigerian suicide bomber in the US were some of the stories which made headlines this week. Full text...

  • Mills’ State of the Nation address, arrest of drug barons reported in Ghana
    18 february 2012 08:15:27
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Ghana’s President John Evans Atta Mills’ State of the Nation address to Parliament on Thursday and announcements of arrest of two drug barons were some of the stories that were reported by the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • Nigerian media report the continuing orgy of violence
    11 february 2012 11:27:24
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The unending orgy of violence, especially the non-stop bombing campaign (almost on a daily basis) by the Boko Haram Islamic sect members, filled newspaper front pages in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Ghana media report judgement debts, elimination of Black Stars from CAN 2012
    11 february 2012 10:34:20
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The payment of huge judgement debts continued to dominate the Ghana media this week, with newspapers reporting the commencement of the trial of one case and interrogation of two former Attorneys-General by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament for another payment. Full text...

  • Doctors' strike still makes headlines in Tanzanian press
    04 february 2012 08:47:56
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – For the second week in succession, the strike by doctors working in public hospitals and manoeuvres by health authorities to avert a disastrous situation as the public became impatient with the stalemate between the two parties, made headlines in the Tanzanian dailies this week Full text...

  • Domestic issues dominate Nigerian media
    04 february 2012 08:40:57
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Domestic issues and violence, including the Boko Haram menace and the mass burial of its victims, dominated front pages in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Arrest of businessman over payment of huge judgement highlighted in Ghanaian media
    04 february 2012 08:11:42
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The arrest of a businessman who was paid a huge jugement debt, presentation of an interim report by the anti-graft institution on the matter, President John Evans Atta Mills’ rejection of legalisation of gay rights and the quarter-final berth of the Black Stars in the on-going African Cup of Nations were some of the major stories highlighted in the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • Nationwide medics’ strike dominates Tanzanian press
    28 january 2012 10:02:33
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – The continuing strike by doctors in government-run hospitals dominated the media in Tanzania this week as health authorities made vain attempts at persuading the medics to go back to work. Full text...

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