Akolor remembered in Stockholm: Members of the Ghana Union, the family of Akolor in Stockholm and friends met on Saturday in a short ceremony at Rinkeby to mark the memory of Sanle Akolor Yao (SAY), who passed away at his home in Hohoe, Ghana, after a short illness. It was a solemn occasion marked by speeches and tributes to the man. Kofi Sapathy delivered a long obituary that recounted the major incidents in his life. Akolor came to Sweden in the 1970s and worked in various places until his retirement when he moved permanently to Ghana but had been a frequent visitor to Stockholm. He was an active member of the Ghana Union and known within the Ghanaian community especially among those who have lived here for long. He spent most of his time in this country in Täby. Akolor will be laid to rest in his hometown, Santrokofi near Hohoe, on Saturday, March 3rd, 2018.

Zuma resigns: Jacob Zuma resigned as South Africa’s president, the evening before a no-confidence vote was scheduled in parliament. The rand surged. Mr Zuma is beset by corruption allegations. The new president, Cyril Ramaphosa, a former union boss and tycoon, is not. See article.

Morgan Tsvangirai is dead: Morgan Tsvangirai died from cancer, aged 65. He led the opposition to Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe even after regime thugs tried to throw him off a tall building. He won a presidential election in 2008, but Mr Mugabe won the count.

Sirleaf wins Ibrahim Prize: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a former president of Liberia, was awarded the $5m Ibrahim prize for African rulers who govern well and retire when their time is up. It is only the fifth time that the prize has been awarded since it was established in 2007, because of a lack of suitable recipients.

General screening for prostrate cancer to be introduced: Should all men in Sweden between the ages of 50 and 70 be summoned for regular prostrate cancer tests? Socialstyrelsen has so far said no. But this may now change. The old argument against general regular tests has been that it may bring about treatment that may not be needed and cause unnecessary worry. But new methods for testing can now establish with more certainty if treatment is required. The risks for lifelong side effects have also been reduced. How the new recommendations will be formed has not yet been revealed. If the suggestion is formally made, the matter will be put up for general discussion. General screening for breast cancer in females is already practised in Sweden
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