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Ghana's village of 1,000 Villa fans

Why the Ghanaian village of Juaben is home to a huge number of fans of Aston Villa FC.
The Ghanaian village of Juaben is home to a huge number of fans of Aston Villa FC - and, after Villa secured safety on the last day of the season, they cannot wait for the Premier League to begin again.

Ghanaians react after Chinese man is made chief

The naming of a Chinese man as "developmental chief" in Ghana has elicited mixed reactions on social media.

Sun Qiang was named Nkosuohene - which means developmental chief - at Kwahu Abetifi, a town in the eastern region of Ghana.

The title is given to non-royals whose efforts are deemed to have had a positive impact to the society.

Photos of him being carried shoulder-high by residents were shared online, provoking comments:

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Linda Masarira tweeted: "What kind of nonsense is this @GhanaPresidency? Never in a million years will an African become royalty in China What is wrong with us? At this rate no one will ever take Africans seriously."

Kwahu Joey tweeted: "Eno be chief. It's nkosor hene and there is no power in it. It's just to honor someone who has helped a community. It was done in Kwahu Abetifi."

Seven killed by floods in Ghana

Thomas Naadi

BBC News, Accra

Floods in north-eastern Ghana have killed seven people and made many others homeless.

The country’s National Disaster Management Organisation (Nadmo) has dispatched a rescue team to assist residents of affected communities.

The flooding was caused by torrential rains and the overspill of excess water from the Bagre dam in neighbouring Burkina Faso.

As well as washing away homes, the water has also submerged a large area of cropland raising concerns about possible food shortages in the future.

Nadmo officials say they are still assessing the extent of damage.

A $93m (£71m) dam is being built in northern Ghana to minimise the impact of the floods. A similar incident last year claimed over 30 lives.

Ghana denies Nigerians are being 'harassed'

Ghana's information ministry has denied reports that Nigerian citizens are being "harassed" in the country.

On Friday, Nigeria's Information Minister Lai Mohammed had said Nigerians in Ghana were "being made... objects of ridicule".

He cited the demolition of a diplomatic property in Ghana's capital Accra in June, deportations of Nigerians and the closing of shops owned by Nigerians.

Ghana's Information Minister Kojo Nkrumah said "the outline of issues by my Nigerian counterpart is not reflective of the developments in Ghana".

The demolition of Nigeria's property was not carried out by the government and was subject to a legal dispute, he said.

Regarding the deportation, the minister said those deported had been involved in criminal activities.

On the closing of shops, the Ghanaian government said the closures affected all shop owners without correct documentation and also affected other nationalities including Ghanians.

Diplomatic relations between the two countries have been strained in recent months following trade tensions and the demolition of the Nigerian diplomatic building.

Ghana to resume international passenger flights

Thomas Naadi

BBC News, Accra

A general view of the Kotoka International Airport, in Accra
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Domestic flights resumed in May

Ghana will resume international passenger flights on 1 September, President Nana Akufo-Addo announced on Sunday, citing a drop in active coronavirus cases.

Air, land and sea borders were closed in March to prevent the spread of the virus

President Akufo-Addo said all travellers arriving in Ghana must present proof of a negative Covid-19 test result done within 72 hours before departure.

They will also be tested on arrival at the airport with the result expected within 30 minutes. The passengers will be required to pay for the test.

Those who test positive will undergo further assessment and treatment. But children under five will not be tested.

All passengers are also expected to observe the safety protocols including mandatory wearing of masks.

Airlines that fail to comply with the government directive will be sanctioned.

Ghana has experienced a continued decrease in the number of Covid-19 active cases which are now just more than 1,000 out of over 44,205 confirmed cases.

Before the coronavirus pandemic, the main Kotoka International Airport in the capital, Accra, handled about 24,500 passengers arriving from abroad every week.

Domestic flights resumed three months ago.

But the country’s land and sea borders remain shut.

Nigeria slams Ghana over 'harassment of its citizens'

Nigeria has criticised what it calls the "incessant harassment of its citizens in Ghana and the progressive acts of hostility towards the country by Ghanaian authorities".

The statement from Information Minister Lai Mohammed says Nigerians in Ghana are "being made... objects of ridicule".

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He lists a number of issues including:

Mr Mohammed says the Nigerian government is "considering a number of options aimed at ameliorating the situation" but does not say what those are.

Earlier this week, Ghana’s Foreign Minister Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey summoned Nigeria's chargé d’affaires to complain about comments attributed to her Nigerian counterpart.

Geoffrey Onyeama is alleged to have said that the crackdown on illegal foreign retail business in the country was for political gain.

In a series of tweets, she described the comment as "most unfortunate" and noted that the Ghanaian government was not targeting any particular nationality in this exercise.

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Ghanaian law bars foreigners from engaging in the retail business, especially in market areas and local business owners are putting pressure on the authorities to enforce the law, reports the BBC's Thomas Naadi in Accra.

Diplomatic relations between the two countries have been strained in recent months following trade tensions and the demolition of the Nigerian diplomatic building.