On Dec. 15, 2010, Ghana became the latest African nation to join the oil producers' club. During a ceremony broadcast live across the nation, President John Atta Mills opened the valves on the country's first offshore drilling platform, the "Kwame Nkrumah," named after the nation's first president.

Journalist Christiane Badgley looks to see how the fledgling oil industry is changing life in Ghana and investigates the significant environmental concerns related to Ghana's fast-track development of deep-water offshore drilling.


In December 2010, Ghana joined the league of oil-producers, determined to make oil a blessing and not a curse. Christiane Badgley visits Takoradi, a.k.a. Oil City to see how things are going so far.


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Christiane Badgley's article about Ghana's oil industry, originally published by iWatch, has been highlighted by various news and advocacy organizations.