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#Occupyflagstaff house: The revolution is on
09 Jul 2014 | 05:12 AM
I have a confession to make. Two confessions actually. The first one has to do my dormant blog. A little over a year ago I tried to explain away my failure to keep the blog active by claiming that I was too busy with school work and that I couldn’t make ...
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Debilitating depreciation
06 Feb 2014 | 02:21 PM
The signs were on the wall The cedi had started to fall The cedi, once appreciating the dollar The cedi, now depreciating against the dollar The dollar is scarce and the cedi is scared The free-fall laid bankrupt thinking bare Yet no one seemed to care Until the stench hit the roof Now the moment ...
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Komla Dumor: Irreplaceable broadcaster, unbeatable trailblazer
23 Jan 2014 | 03:31 PM
I was never a part of Komla Dumor’s inner circle. He never called me out for a drink. And he didn’t share any secrets with me. I am just one of those guys who enjoyed the privilege of working with him. That was more than I could ever ask for. ...
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Request for ‘presidential pardon’
10 Dec 2012 | 07:43 PM
Dear Mr. President, congratulations on your victory over Nana Akuffo-Addo in the elections of December 7. Not only am I surprised that you won but I am also quite anxious about the future of my two little toes, which I wagered that you would lose. As I write, I don’t ...
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Indecision 2012: My prediction
05 Dec 2012 | 09:06 PM
The first time I came into close proximity with John Mahama, he was Communications Minister and I was graduating from the Ghana Institute of Journalism. It was a bright, sunny afternoon in August 1999. When I say “close proximity”, I mean he was on the glorified dais and I was ...
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Why I haven’t been writing
04 Dec 2012 | 06:28 PM
Someone recently sent me a message on Facebook, seeking to know why I “just abandoned ship”. Let’s call her M but I will be quick to add that she’s not James Bond’s former boss, who recently died in Skyfall. This particular M is a Ghanaian who wanted me to explain ...
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Frimpong-Boateng: A true Ghanaian hero
30 Aug 2011 | 10:30 AM
Dearest Prof, I have seen and heard all that is going on. I am sorry they are treating you so shabbily. But if you know these people, they are an extremely “buga-buga”, seldom thinking before acting. If they say you should go, please, don’t fight them. Leave them to their ...
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Libya: The monster flees
28 Aug 2011 | 10:34 PM
“The universal pursuit of dignity and freedom is far stronger than the iron fist of a dictator.” That was how Barack Obama welcomed the entry of rebels into Libya marking what many see as the end of the brutish regime of Muamar Gaddafi. Obviously, Obama is happy that the tyrant ...
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Show us thy men, Oh God
17 Aug 2011 | 10:59 AM
Dear Lord, I know you say your ways are not our ways but sometimes I can’t help but feel that you deliberately make it impossible for us to understand your ways. After all these years, don’t you think it’s about time you demystified some of the things you do? For ...
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John Tia misses the point
15 Aug 2011 | 11:03 AM
Information Minister, John Tia, has responded to suggestions that the information ministry should be scrapped. Obviously, he cares about his job. It’s only human. But as you can see from the following Ghana News Agency report, besides doing what anyone whose job is threatened would do, Mr. Tia just doesn’t ...
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Jamal est très malade
11 Aug 2011 | 10:49 AM
There is something very wrong with deputy information minister, Baba Jamal. It could be that he suffers from a very bloated sense of his own intelligence or he thinks most Ghanaians are idiots. It’s a very serious disease and the earlier he’s cured the better for himself, his government and ...
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ENCORE: Governmental double-speak II
10 Aug 2011 | 11:25 PM
About two years ago, I tried to argue for the information ministry to be scrapped. Like most of the things I say, it fell on deaf ears and no one seemed to take notice. After hearing deputy information minister threaten staff of the Information Services Department if they fail to ...
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Much ado about a tape
08 Aug 2011 | 10:27 AM
So there is an audio tape. A man is heard on the tape offering a good package for journalists who will literally help keep government’s propaganda machine well-oiled and productive, producing all the junk you can get from a propaganda machine to help the NDC win the 2012 elections. It ...
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Save our Hospitals
04 Aug 2011 | 08:36 AM
At the start of the week, government made such a big deal of a simple ceremony to present four patient monitors to the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital. They made sure that every media organisation that matters in this country was present to cover the event to send out the message ...
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Politics of Insults?
01 Aug 2011 | 03:30 PM
Frankly, I am tired of hearing President Mills preaching about what he likes to refer to as “the politics of insults”. I have been at great pains to wrap my head around the concept. What baffles me most, which probably shouldn’t even surprise me, is the fact that many people ...
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A flying shame
27 Jul 2011 | 08:55 AM
Apparently, Ghana’s air force, like its government, is one of the most useless in the world. Its pilots have no planes to fly and according to defence minister, J. H. Smith, they come to work, read newspapers and go home in the afternoon. For doing so little or nothing they ...
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Nduom & the limping cockerel
25 Jul 2011 | 09:42 AM
Over the years Paa Kwesi Nduom has shown himself to be an efficient entrepreneur, an honest, sincere politician and, above all else, one of the best leaders Ghana may never have. I admire his dogged determination to be president. But determination can only take him so far – and that’s ...
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FLASHBACK: Where can Obed take his DFP?
24 Jul 2011 | 04:56 PM
Following the announcement that Obed Asamoah was rejoining the NDC, I remembered a piece I wrote for the 'Daily Dispatch' in October 2008. That was after the first anniversary of the founding the Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), the party he formed with the likes of Frances Essiam and Bede Ziedeng. ...
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GUEST BLOGGER: Wealthy Shepherds, Pitiable Herds
20 Jul 2011 | 12:22 PM
When I saw that BBC story a few weeks ago which showed the wealth of five of Nigeria’s top pastors, like many, I was not surprised, not in the least. I have always thought so. The words of Karl Max come to mind easily when I think of religion, people ...
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The curse of ‘Taka, Tika, Gangale’
14 Jul 2011 | 08:42 AM
In rallying the NDC to unite at their just-ended congress in Sunyani, vice president John Mahama told a story which, we hear, is very popular in the three northern regions. It’s the story of three birds – Taka, Tika and Gangale. They used to sing together as a trio to ...
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Kudos, NDC but...
12 Jul 2011 | 08:52 AM
I wasn’t in Sunyani but I followed almost every minute of the NDC congress over the weekend. I had to. I followed it not only as a Ghanaian with a keen interest in national politics but also as one of the producers for Joy FM and Multi TV’s coverage of ...
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Told ya, mother-fonkar
11 Jul 2011 | 10:26 AM
I have bought a card for Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings. It reads: “He’s slow and we don’t know where he’s leading us but don’t fonk with Mills. Told ya, mother-fonkar.” I hope it brings her some joy as she broods over the humiliation she suffered over the weekend in Sunyani, where ...
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NDC CONGRESS: Reject this ‘Mother-fonkar’!
06 Jul 2011 | 11:15 PM
This weekend, I hope the NDC delivers a strong message to Jerry Rawlings and his wife that the nation has had enough of their shameless clamour for power. The occasion would be the special delegates’ congress of the party at which they will choose the one who would lead them ...
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SIM REGISTRATION EXTENSION: What’s the point?
04 Jul 2011 | 02:03 PM
I am still struggling to make sense of the decision by the National Communications Authority to extend the deadline for the SIM card registration by 90 days. The authority claims the extension is a window for those who didn’t bother to have their numbers registered within the 18-month duration of ...
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SIM REGISTRATION: No Extension, please
27 Jun 2011 | 06:20 AM
Very few Ghanaians are unaware of the spirited campaign by the think-tank, IMANI, to get the National Communications Authority to extend the deadline for the registration of mobile SIM cards. If for nothing at all IMANI’s campaign has helped a great deal in publicising the exercise and for that reason, ...
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Trash from city hall
21 Jun 2011 | 11:05 PM
Accra stinks. And it’s filthy. No two ways about that. I wonder if there is any town or village in Ghana which is filthier than Accra and stinks worse. It’s a terrible situation. Instead of dealing with it sensibly and comprehensively, the Accra Metropolitan Assembly prefers to dabble in political ...
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Happily Divorced!
20 Jun 2011 | 01:18 AM
I have heard most, if not all, of the rumours about my marriage. Some just made me shake my head. Most others made me laugh. I enjoyed them all. But it’s time to end the rumours and announce to the world, formally, that my marriage of three years has broken ...
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SONG: Faith Hill’s ‘Stronger’
14 Jun 2011 | 11:49 PM
This is the window to my heart I just want us to be free There ain't no freedom where we are There ain't no wishes in these stars Ain't no reason to believe But don't worry baby Don't you worry Maybe this is what we need A little bruise and a ...
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POEM: Langston Hughes' Mother to son
12 Jun 2011 | 10:47 AM
Well, son, I'll tell you: Life for me ain't been no crystal stair. It's had tacks in it, And splinters, And boards torn up, And places with no carpet on the floor -- Bare. But all the time I'se been a-climbin' on, And reachin' landin's, And turnin' corners, And sometimes goin' in the dark Where there ain't been no light. So boy, don't ...
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Fellowship at Massey
08 Jun 2011 | 09:30 PM
Last night, I was named as the first winner of the Gordon N. Fisher/JHR Fellowship at Massey College at the University of Toronto. The occasion was the 14th annual awards gala of the Canadian Journalism Foundation. You can read the full story here: http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/June2011/07/c3431.html Winning this fellowship is an incredible honour ...
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Let them be gay II
08 Jun 2011 | 09:23 AM
I was raised a Christian and I attended Christian schools. I used to play the bass guitar in church but I don’t remember the last time I woke up on a Sunday and decided I was going to church. I do still believe in God, though. I know He rules ...
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Let them be gay: A facebook conversation
05 Jun 2011 | 10:58 PM
Baaba Andoh Ato, nobody really cares what happens in someone’s bedroom and I certainly don’t think it’s a BNI issue. But it goes beyond apples and melons. Yes, all these societies have things we want but they have many others that we can live without. We should focus on the ...
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Let them be gay
02 Jun 2011 | 03:38 PM
Frankly speaking, I find it difficult to understand why a virile man will want to have anal sex with another man. The whole idea of being gay baffles me. It’s one of the mysteries of life that I will never understand. But does it really matter if I don’t understand? ...
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BOOK: ‘Long Walk to Freedom’
01 Jun 2011 | 07:58 AM
Nelson Mandela’s autobiography is the best book I ever read. I just finished reading it a couple of hours ago and words cannot describe the feelings it has stirred in me. All I can say is that it has been a real education. It has shed more light for me ...
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Thabo Mbeki: What the world got wrong in Côte D'Ivoire
05 May 2011 | 07:11 AM
The second round of the Nov. 28, 2010, presidential elections in Côte d'Ivoire pitted against each other two long-standing political opponents, Laurent Gbagbo and Alassane Ouattara. For this reason, and of strategic importance, it was inevitable that this electoral contest would decide the long-term future of the country. Everybody concerned ...
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FUNNY GH: The Joke's on Mills (mostly!)
03 May 2011 | 07:38 PM
The political season has started early. The NPP just concluded their primaries for Parliamentary candidates in most constituencies. Within the NDC, the emergence of Nana Konadu, seeking to challenge the President, has brought about many groups, in support of the President or against. See existing ones below as well as ...
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GUEST BLOGGER: Nana Ama on the situation in Accra
18 Apr 2011 | 10:02 AM
Let's face it, Accra is no city. It is poorly planned, filthy, stinks, full of clogged gutters with horrendous road network. So one has to wonder why someone will have the gall to dot the town (sorry village) with billboards that say 'Accra Millennium City, keep it clean.' I have ...
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Hey Nana, Stay away from the Castle
15 Apr 2011 | 08:14 AM
Dear Nana, So now, it’s official. You really want to be president of this wretched republic of ours. Sorry, but that ain’t gonna happen. You can go ahead and win the NDC presidential primaries against a disappointing Atta Mills. But, you will lose the national election. I will bet my ...
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GUEST BLOGGER: Kwamena Essilfie Adjaye on Ivory Coast crisis
14 Apr 2011 | 08:46 PM
Many of us are deeply troubled by what is happening in the Ivory Coast. The fundamental issues are being overlooked. The consequences and ramifications of this denouement are also being overlooked. Alasanne Ouattara went to the USA in the 1960s on an African-American Institute (AAI) scholarship as a citizen of ...
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REPRISE: Dagbon - Seeking justice, damaging the peace
13 Apr 2011 | 09:40 AM
First published: April 14, 2010 When President Mills promised to bring those who killed Ya Na Yakubu Andani to justice, he picked up a very hot potato and bit more than he could chew. The recent arrest of suspects and their arraignment before court is an indication that he is ...
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GBAGBO: The humiliating fall of an obstinate fool
12 Apr 2011 | 08:25 AM
He could have gone out in a Versace suit, all dapper and with the assurance of a delicious croissant every morning, lazily lounging in a villa in any country of his choice. Instead, Laurent Gbagbo chose the path of indignity and humiliation – a former president trapped in a hole ...
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Vanderpuije has lost it
11 Apr 2011 | 08:35 AM
Apparently, a few people are happy to see the mayor of Accra directing traffic. “He’s a hands on person,” some have said and “it’s good to see him lending a hand to ease the traffic. It shows he cares.” To all this, I say ‘crap’! I am not impressed in ...
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FUNNY GH: Unemployed Graduates’ Association
08 Apr 2011 | 08:22 AM
There are all sorts of strange groupings in Ghana. Sometimes, I wonder why such groups exist. Take a group like the Retired Staff Association of the Volta River Authority, for example. Who needs a group like that? Well, I thought I had heard the worst of the weird associations in ...
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A botched Nigeria is bad for Africa
06 Apr 2011 | 08:47 AM
How is it that one of the richest countries on the African continent cannot organize an election without a glitch? The last time in 2007, the polls were a shameful fiasco. On the day of the elections, electoral materials were still being brought in from outside the country. This time ...
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Justice is not what Rawlings says it is
05 Apr 2011 | 08:08 AM
Since the High Court acquitted and discharged the 15 men who were hurriedly arraigned before it for allegedly murdering Ya Na Yakubu Andani, Ghanaians have not been spared any of the sort of nonsense which is so typical of the ruling NDC. Rampaging youth have destroyed property in Tamale and ...
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GUEST BLOGGER: Christabel Dadzie on "the basics"
04 Apr 2011 | 12:16 AM
Ok… so I am usually a very very patriotic Ghanaian. I am usually the one championing our flag – from football to politics; from social issues to economics, but today, I find it important as a patriot to tell it like it is, or as my American friends say, “call ...
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Tap that experience
27 Feb 2011 | 10:57 PM
When John Kufuor arrived at the Osu Castle to meet with John Atta Mills, the two men were all smiles. They were behaving like old buddies who hadn’t seen each other in a long while. It seemed like the perfect photo opportunity for a nation badly in need of a ...
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Stop building, start improving
14 Feb 2011 | 07:41 PM
Successive government’s over a period of about 80 years built six public universities – most of them overcrowded, ill-equipped and poorly-staffed. At the nation’s ‘premier’ university, it’s a common sight to see hundreds of students crammed into one small lecture hall, craning their necks and twitching their ears to see ...
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Some deaths are foolish
11 Feb 2011 | 06:08 AM
Nana Akuffo-Addo is usually a measured gentleman who chooses his words carefully. His speeches are often laced with quotable quotes for everyone to mull over. But his recent address to supporters in Koforidua came with just one quotable quote, which, unfortunately, is the worst I’ve heard from him – “All ...
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Battling Corruption: The force of CCTV
09 Feb 2011 | 07:33 AM
The battle against corruption is tough even for advanced countries. It’s just human nature that people don’t like to miss an opportunity (or resist the temptation) to skim a few dollars. As Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ latest covert journalistic operation has shown, such temptations abound in a place like the port, ...
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War on worms
19 Jan 2011 | 07:09 AM
This is the spokesman for the slimy bastards. We have taken over a small territory in a very popular town in the former Trans Volta Togoland. We had initially intended to co-exist in peaceful harmony with the humans here. But a few rogue worms, our wayward brethren decided to stray ...
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Spinal rediscovery
17 Jan 2011 | 07:12 AM
“…bold to defend forever the cause of freedom and of right…and help us to resist oppressors rule, with all our will and might forever more.” - Ghana National Anthem There was a time when Africans stood up for what was right, even at the peril of their lives. That was ...
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Delayed take-off
11 Jan 2011 | 09:10 PM
So, you’ve been privileged to be made captain in an aircraft. The previous pilot wasn’t doing a particularly good job even though he felt he deserved adulation for being able to navigate the plane through some turbulence. He was so full of himself that at some point he decided to ...
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Drivers are persons too
10 Jan 2011 | 10:16 PM
I once met a Ghanaian medical doctor who was working as a taxi driver in Toronto. He needed the money to pay his way through school so he could get a qualifying certificate to practice in Canada. That was in 2007. In 2008, I met a Ghanaian architect who was ...
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Bonne année
06 Jan 2011 | 11:40 PM
I’ve been away, taking a rest and trying to live like I were in Utopia – no pains or stress but lots of fun. It’s been quite an enjoyable escape. Whiles I was at it, a New Year strolled by. This is just to wish everyone who visits this blog ...
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Presentation of anti ex-gratia petition
09 Dec 2010 | 09:00 PM
This morning, I presented a petition to the Constitutional Review Commission asking for the abolishing of ex-gratia payments to politicians. It was a pretty short ceremony that took place at the entrance of the Commission’s offices at Cantonment. Commission chair, Prof. Albert Fiadjoe, received the petition in the presence of ...
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Cleared. Indeed!
01 Dec 2010 | 06:45 PM
‘Muntaka cleared’. That’s how the headlines read. The story didn’t come to me as a surprise. The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice had ‘exonerated’ former youth and sports minister, Muntaka Mubarak, of any wrong doing. I wonder if there was any Ghanaian who had expected anything different. A ...
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Guest Blogger: Anny Osabutey on a president’s legacy
28 Nov 2010 | 08:57 PM
My very good friend, Anny Osabutey is visiting the United States. He has been there for a little over a week and one of the things that have struck him most is the legacy of former president, Jimmy Carter. He visited the Carter Centre and decided to share his impression. ...
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What is Nkrumahism
26 Nov 2010 | 01:57 PM
Hardly a week passes by without Ghanaians hearing about ‘Nkrumahism’ or the fact that the ‘Nkrumahist’ parties are fragmented. I was in a car when I heard Samia Nkrumah, announcing that she would contest for the chair of the chair her father founded, the CPP. Hearing her speak sparked a ...
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Oil: It’s for us all
23 Nov 2010 | 08:51 AM
I am a proud son of the Western Region. But news that chiefs from the region, including my own Nana Kobina Nketiah of Essikado, packed themselves into vans and came to Accra with a petition, demanding 10% of revenue from the oil wealth filled me with deep shame and regret. ...
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About UDS: A Rejoinder
21 Nov 2010 | 09:34 PM
Dear Joy FM, Re: “University for Development Studies (UDS): is this a University? University indeed and University with Goats and Sheep walking on campus” My attention has been drawn to the above irresponsible comments made by the so called con artist, Ato Kwamina Dadzie and as a past student of ...
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World Toilet Day 2010
19 Nov 2010 | 08:28 AM
It’s one of my favourite days of the year again. November 19 is World Toilet Day; an occasion to take more than a moment to spare a thought for the millions of people around the world who are deprived on a daily basis of the opportunity to attend to the ...
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About UDS: A Clarification
18 Nov 2010 | 08:07 AM
Last Monday, I made a few remarks about the University for Development Studies which have irked both current and past students alike. The Alumni of the University wrote to Joy FM, demanding an apology from me. That they will not get. So, first of all, let me make it clear ...
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Allow Nyantakyi, Stop Abedi
15 Nov 2010 | 10:14 AM
What has been a very good year for Ghanaian football is ending in fiasco. This has nothing to do with the flair of our players on the pitch but it’s borne out of inexplicable boardroom maneuvering of people who should know better. Government is yet to coherently explain its attempts ...
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Who’s causing “fear and panic”?
08 Nov 2010 | 08:20 AM
“Fear and panic” should be one of the most popular phrases in Ghana this year. All over the country, there is hardly any literate Ghanaian who hasn’t heard or spoken it. It has become so popular the police (instigated by government) has been quick to use an antiquated law whose ...
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The merit of the 'insult'
01 Nov 2010 | 10:20 AM
President Mills says “insults will not help us to produce potable water.” As he fumbled – as usual – over his words at the commissioning of the new Accra-Tema rail shuttle, the president advised Ghanaians to stop what he described as “the politics of insults”. As someone who has been ...
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A cup of Mills
28 Oct 2010 | 09:12 AM
Is it strange that a class three pupil (who might just be about eight years old) cannot answer a question like “who’s the president of the country?” I don’t think so. He doesn’t have a care in the world so why on earth must he care about who the president ...
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TELECOM BATTLE: Talking values
27 Oct 2010 | 04:49 AM
A little over ten years ago, I bought my first SIM card for the equivalent of today’s 70 cedis. It was a ‘Spacefon’ number and getting that SIM for my unwieldy Nokia 3110 phone was one of the best things that happened to me that year. At the time, I ...
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Konadu’s evil machinations
25 Oct 2010 | 09:45 AM
A lot has gone wrong for the NDC since they won power. The party has become more fractured in power than it was in opposition. We know who is in charge but we don’t exactly know who is in control. The centre is simply not holding. The party’s so-called founder, ...
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Village living
21 Oct 2010 | 07:15 PM
A country where there is no potable water for the majority and nursing mothers sleep on the bare floor in hospitals and school children study under trees is nothing but one big village. In the modern world people are travelling on speed trains, performing complex brain surgeries, using sophisticated technologies ...
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Anti-exgratia petition - SIGN UP NOW
18 Oct 2010 | 09:33 PM
...According to the Encarta dictionary, ex-gratia is “given as a gift, favour or gesture of goodwill rather than because it is owed”. What this means is that the state is under no obligation to give ex-gratia to any MP, president, vice president, judge or any public officials for that matter ...
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…And we are back
17 Oct 2010 | 08:10 PM
I want to apologise for the period of inactivity and the fact that the site went down for a couple of weeks. I won’t bore you with the details. The most important thing is that we are back. I am grateful to all of those who called or sent messages ...
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Justice under fire II
01 Sep 2010 | 08:40 AM
A lot has been said and done since Dr. Kwabena Adjei’s mad effusions about the judiciary. The magistrates and judges association (I didn’t even know there was such a thing) have made it clear that politics is often the last thing on their mind. They also told Kwabena Adjei off ...
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IF...
26 Aug 2010 | 08:40 AM
A friend introduced me to Rudyard Kipling’s poem earlier this year. It’s a masterpiece and as I continue to ponder over the NDC’s needless attacks on the judiciary, I wish I had money to print Mr. Kipling’s inspiring words on cards to be distributed among all the judges in the ...
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Justice under fire
18 Aug 2010 | 08:25 AM
There is no doubt that government needs to win a court case – and fast. So far, in its bid to justifiably prosecute officials of the Kufuor regime perceived to have engaged in corruption, the Mills administration has suffered more humiliation than any government can bear. If it were a ...
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Another piece of (useless) paper
17 Aug 2010 | 08:19 AM
After months of haggling, not to mention uncertainty and needless controversy, vice President John Mahama launched the national youth policy to great funfare at Elmina. Coming just a few weeks after the dismissal of Sekou Nkrumah, who had criticized the Mills administration for literally sitting on the policy, the administration ...
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Premature Discharge?
12 Aug 2010 | 08:59 AM
It may be sheer incompetence. Or there might be a conspiracy most of us are unaware of. Either way, someone is not doing what he or she gets paid to do well. And that’s why we see people like Charles Wireko-Brobby and his uncle, Kwadwo Mpiani, smiling where they should ...
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It takes one to know one
10 Aug 2010 | 07:12 AM
I was in the Joy Newsroom on Saturday evening when I heard John Kufuor condemning his successor’s record against corruption. He said that “corruption is becoming incarnate; we see corruption everywhere.” Immediately I heard those words, I turned to one of my colleagues and said: “look who’s talking.” I knew ...
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GUEST BLOGGER: On STX, who is being mischievous?
03 Aug 2010 | 07:14 AM
By Nana Ama Agyemang Asante Somebody within the ruling NDC government has clearly gone mad. No, really. The party has announced plans to pursue the STX-Korea housing deal by sending the flawed contract back to parliament. Yes, it is the same $1.5billion for 30,000 houses that Imani Ghana warns will rack ...
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GUEST BLOGGER: Criminal Libel By The Back Door?
29 Jul 2010 | 07:20 PM
By Rodney Nkrumah Boateng It is common ground among many observers of Ghana’s media landscape that the quality of journalism in the country leaves much to be desired. The crass language, the inaccuracies, the downright deliberate lies and propaganda that pass for news are all a cause for great concern. ...
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News sources and Confidentiality
27 Jul 2010 | 09:52 AM
Here is an excerpt from Broadcast News – Writing, Reporting and Producing, [Fourth Edition] by Ted White. It is on the issue of news sources and why journalists need to keep promises of confidentiality. Hopefully, it sheds some light on the recent issues. The fastest way to lose a source ...
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CHARGED: …But, no shakin’
26 Jul 2010 | 09:18 AM
Since the police CID decided to charge me with publishing false news with the intention to cause fear and alarm, there has been an outpouring of support and encouragement from people far and near. “We are behind you,” is a phrase I’ve heard a lot recently. I’ve also heard a ...
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CHARGED: AFP Report
25 Jul 2010 | 06:03 PM
Journalist charged after refusing to reveal sources ACCRA, July 24, 2010 (AFP) - A Ghanaian journalist has been charged with reporting false information after refusing to reveal his sources to police, the head of the country's journalists association said Saturday. Ato Kwamena Dadzie, acting editor of Joy FM radio, was ...
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CHARGED: Statement from CPJ
25 Jul 2010 | 05:44 PM
In Ghana, police prosecute journalist with antiquated criminal law New York, July 23, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Ghana’s attorney general to drop prosecution of prominent journalist Ato Kwamena Dadzie under the 1960 criminal code in an attempt to get him to reveal his sources. The Criminal Investigations Department ...
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CHARGED: Statement from Danquah Institute
22 Jul 2010 | 02:57 PM
The Danquah Institute considers as disappointing, dangerous and back-stepping the action that has been taken by the Police, in particular, in responding to Government’s directive to investigate the news item in which Joy FM quoted a source as alleging that council members of the Ghana Real Estate Developers Association were ...
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CHARGED: Government Statement
21 Jul 2010 | 07:54 PM
The Ministry of Information has described as unfortunate statements attributed to the Ghana Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), National Media Commission (NMC), Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) and others in the matter of the caution statement taken from JoyFM over the publication of alleged death threats. A statement ...
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CHARGED: Statement from CDD Ghana
20 Jul 2010 | 08:58 PM
The Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) wishes to express its grave concern over the arrest and formal charge yesterday of the Acting News Editor of JOY FM, Mr. Ato Kwamena Dadzie, for refusing to disclose the source of a story carried by his radio station on the STX Housing ...
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CHARGED:... for sealing the lips
19 Jul 2010 | 08:50 PM
A few hours ago, I was charged with a criminal offence. It’s the same charge being faced by Nana Darkwa, who accused Rawlings of setting fire to his own house. The state is charging me with the offence of publishing news “with intent to cause fear and alarm” after I ...
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Sekou goes, Mills sends a message
19 Jul 2010 | 09:11 AM
President Mills chose the most inopportune time to sack Sekou Nkrumah from the National Youth Council. It would hurt him. But it puts him in good company. He’s just following the footsteps of his main political mentor, who happens to be none other than Kwame Nkrumah – Sekou’s father. Sekou, ...
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Get a mortgage, Mr. Rawlings
14 Jul 2010 | 08:59 AM
For years, it has been in the grapevine. Honestly, I never heard the Rawlingses deny the speculation that they had a mansion in East Legon. But they never confirmed it either! All they have done (or failed to do) and all they have said over all of these years suggest ...
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After the floods, no charity
12 Jul 2010 | 08:54 AM
When the earthquake wreaked havoc in Haiti earlier in the year, the Mills administration didn’t waste time to demonstrate its generosity to the rest of the world. In a swift response to international aid appeals, the government donated three million dollars to help with the relief effort in Haiti. The ...
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Pointless ‘Cantata’
11 Jul 2010 | 05:03 PM
It’s Sunday. I go to a friend’s house, switch on the TV and it’s already on the so-called “Station of the nation”. Then I see ‘GTV presents’… I hate to watch GTV but this time around, I decided to wait and see what’s about to unfold. The next slide I ...
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Parliament can’t face Wayo
07 Jul 2010 | 07:38 AM
I believe Kofi Wayo is a true patriot. I don’t know many politicians who care about this country as much as he does. He’s a bit eccentric in his ways but you can’t do what he does without being a bit of a maverick. This country needs people like Kofi Wayo ...
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7 Reasons why Ghana is out of the World Cup
05 Jul 2010 | 07:30 AM
After surprising many skeptics, the Black Stars ended their fairly good run at the World Cup by losing to Uruguay on penalties. The defeat broke many Ghanaian (and African) hearts. I really pity all those who put all their emotions into supporting the Black Stars, expecting them to win the ...
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No more predictions
28 Jun 2010 | 10:10 AM
It’s been a while since I sat down to write. I’ve been quite busy sorting a few personal issues out. But through it all, I’ve also been enjoying the World Cup and making the world realize how much of a lousy ‘pundit’ I am. So, now it’s official. Football punditry ...
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So much for austerity
16 Jun 2010 | 08:08 AM
Oh, Lord, my God, I guess I need to come and see you in the inner sanctum to understand why governments in Africa most often do things that will not make sense to their counterparts in the other parts of the world. A clear example is the decision by my ...
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A good start…
14 Jun 2010 | 09:05 AM
The Black Stars’ campaign at the World Cup got off to a good start in Pretoria, making me dread the possibility that I may just be forced to eat humble pie – yet again! It was a good performance against Serbia. Everyone in the team contributed their best. Even Richard ...
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GUEST BLOGGER: Why GES is Wrong About Mobile Phones
09 Jun 2010 | 10:00 PM
By NII MOI THOMPSON Economic historians would tell you that the clash between technology and society is as old as mankind’s struggles over the millennia to meet his material needs. The inventor of the typewriter, for example, was violently attacked by calligraphers who felt their very livelihood threatened. The list of ...
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Any woman but her
08 Jun 2010 | 07:21 AM
Dear God, what is this I hear? She also wants to be president? What have we done to deserve this, my Lord? You know, I am all for women empowerment and emancipation. I believe that our first female president would end up being our best leader, yet I hope to ...
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LAUGH IT OFF: Dead Politicians
04 Jun 2010 | 08:24 PM
A bus of politicians is driving by a farm where a man lives alone. The bus driver, caught up in the beautiful scenery, loses control and crashes into the ditch. The man comes out and finding the politicians, buries them. The next day, the police are at the farm questioning ...
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No mobile phones on campus, please
03 Jun 2010 | 09:36 PM
Dr. Nii Moi Thompson must have been having a terrible day when he granted a radio interview to comment on the decision by the Ghana Education Service to ban the use of mobile phones on secondary school campuses. His thoughts on the matter seemed distressingly porous. He said the ban ...
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BLACK STARS: A disaster waiting to happen
01 Jun 2010 | 09:16 PM
Like millions of other Ghanaians I just finished watching the Black Stars lose miserably to the Netherlands in an international friendly in Rotterdam. It was an embarrassing 4-1 trouncing. It’s the worst score line in recent friendly matches for any of the teams preparing for the World Cup in South ...
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A world-beating squad?
31 May 2010 | 08:19 PM
After their surprise performance at the African Cup of Nations in January, I vowed that I will never underestimate the Black Stars again. This was after they had forced me to eat tray upon tray of some pretty unpalatable humble pies. The taste still lingers on my emotional palates. With ...
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Our first refugees
27 May 2010 | 09:34 AM
After years of proclaiming to the world that we are the most “peace loving” people on earth, we have ‘successfully’ produced our own batch of refugees. News reports suggest that hundreds of Ghanaians fleeing tribal strife in the northern territories are being housed in refugee camps in Togo. It’s a ...
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Danke, Berlin... Ich komme wieder
21 May 2010 | 09:59 PM
It’s been ten wonderful days of learning. I’ve learnt a great deal about Germany and its rich history, its politics, its people and their cultures. And I have also learnt so much about the countries of the 14 other bloggers I came to Berlin with. I now know about the ...
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GUEST BLOGGER: Idiots for leaders?
20 May 2010 | 08:35 AM
By PHILLIP NYAKPO Is it possible that the word "flag-bearer" is used more often in Ghana than in any other country on this planet? Very possible, I think, because Ghana's steady diet of bland politics will be incomplete without it. But it is also possible that word might soon become less ...
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POSTCARD FROM BERLIN III: The goatee feeling
19 May 2010 | 10:20 PM
After a few days of weakness, I am feeling much better now. It wasn’t malaria after all and I don’t need ‘coartem’. The expert in tropical diseases was right. It was the cold temperatures that shook my bones a little and made me feel sick. Now, I know what it ...
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POSTCARD FROM BERLIN II: No “ma-la-ria”
17 May 2010 | 07:12 PM
I had long forgotten that hospitals were supposed to be spotlessly clean with friendly nurses who smile and crack jokes and doctors who don’t walk around with superior airs. But a few days ago, I regained my sense of what a hospital should be. It all happened at the Virchow-Klinikum ...
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POSTCARD FROM BERLIN: Ich bin ein Berliner
13 May 2010 | 09:37 PM
For the next ten days, I am going to be calling myself a Berliner. The German capital is a beautiful city. I love it. It’s well laid out, quite green in many areas even though there is a lot of construction going on. I came in here from Frankfurt, where ...
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RAWLINGS FIRE: More questions, still no answers
11 May 2010 | 08:52 AM
Once again, the Ghana National Fire Service has failed to miss an opportunity to demonstrate its inefficiency and incompetence. They have gained legendary notoriety for their inability to put out fires. And now they can’t conduct simple investigation to tell us the cause of a domestic fire? A lot has ...
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Cobwebs in my head: Finally, A vindication?
10 May 2010 | 10:31 AM
In the early weeks of the Mills presidency, I got embroiled in a needless argument with one of the president’s key henchmen, Koku Anyidoho. He didn’t take kindly to my suggestion that the Castle didn’t need a director of communications and a presidential spokesman. He claimed that I had “cobwebs” ...
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GUEST BLOGGER: Nana Ama Agyemang Asante on Matilda Asante
06 May 2010 | 07:25 AM
I was going to wait till I do something grand with my life and tell the world how much Matilda Asante, former news editor JOYFM, influenced my drive on the journey to get there. However, things have changed and I believe there’s no perfect time than now to tell Miss ...
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Emasculating the vandals
05 May 2010 | 09:06 AM
The decision by the authorities at the University of Ghana to turn the Commonwealth Hall into a mixed-gender hall of residence has sparked more controversy than it deserves. Of course, the failure of the university to clearly articulate why it is taking such a decision has not helped. It seems, ...
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The policy fair: Another trivial pursuit
29 Apr 2010 | 08:08 PM
I was amused beyond hysteria when I heard that government was planning to organise a policy fair. I scoffed at the idea because it didn’t make sense to me. But I thought my opinion would change when the event got underway. Three days into the policy fair and I am ...
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APPRECIATION: Matilda Asante – Friend & Mentor
27 Apr 2010 | 09:27 PM
Her steady hands, intelligent mind and elegant professional poise kept the vessel of the nation’s number one radio news team sailing in glory on the rather choppy waters of Ghanaian journalism for almost five years. It wasn’t always smooth-sailing but even in the most difficult of times, Matilda Asante maintained ...
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Deutsche ‘Bloggertour’
21 Apr 2010 | 08:46 AM
It was in February when I got a message from the German Embassy to meet with the deputy ambassador. At the meeting, the diplomat and his special aide told me about an upcoming programme for bloggers from around the world and asked me if I would like to attend. They ...
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Don’t touch my ‘chofi’
20 Apr 2010 | 07:45 AM
The decision by the Food and Drugs Board to outlaw the sale and consumption of turkey tails (popularly known as ‘chofi’) makes very little sense – if any at all. It’s completely uncalled for. Yeah, we get it. ‘Chofi’ is fatty and could therefore be unhealthy. But alcohol poses a ...
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Needless presidential surprises
19 Apr 2010 | 07:43 AM
Mr. President, You have sprung quite a number of useless surprises on us lately and I feel obliged to write and plead with you to stop wasting your time and ours. I hear that you have a lot more up your sleeves. Please keep them there. What we’ve seen so ...
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DAGBON: Seeking justice, damaging the peace
14 Apr 2010 | 08:21 AM
When President Mills promised to bring those who killed Ya Na Yakubu Andani to justice, he picked up a very hot potato and bit more than he could chew. The recent arrest of suspects and their arraignment before court is an indication that he is swallowing something he has not ...
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DAGBON CRISIS: Justice in sight?
12 Apr 2010 | 07:52 AM
Just a couple weeks after the Andani royal family complained about President Mills’ apparent lack of interest in fulfilling his campaign promise to bring those who killed Ya Na Yakubu Andani to justice, scores of suspects were arrested. Many have since been set free and others are still in detention, ...
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The NDC banditry must end
31 Mar 2010 | 09:14 AM
Enough is enough! That’s what the ruling NDC should be telling its supporters who have been on the rampage for well over a year, demanding what they believe they are entitled to. They have seized toilets and lorry parks, chased public servants out of their offices, forcefully taken over jobs ...
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REJOINDER - TECHIMAN VRS ASANTEMAN: No one wins
25 Mar 2010 | 08:57 PM
We, the rank and file of the Asante Students’ Union (ASU), National Secretariat, Manhyia, wish to register our utmost discontentment and fury about the gross and naked disrespect exhibited by Ato Kwamena Dadzie towards His Royal Majesty, Otumfuor Osei Tutu II and the people of Asanteman. We read with shock ...
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GUEST BLOGGER: Abena Obi on the Telecom industry
24 Mar 2010 | 08:25 AM
President Mills, Congratulations on such a masterful delivery of the state of nation address. Your lack of optimism was clearly shown and your inability to once again fill our hearts and minds with words that will kick the socks off our feet was made abundantly clear. A few months ago you called ...
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GHANA FIRST: No tribe, one nation
22 Mar 2010 | 08:05 AM
Over the past few days, I’ve heard and read from some misguided Ashantis who have threatened to kill me, claiming that I have insulted their chief by suggesting that his threat to kidnap the chief of Techiman was irresponsible. Some of them warned that if I don’t apologise, I shouldn’t ...
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EXCERPT: Pretending to be President
18 Mar 2010 | 09:33 PM
Jobs for the boys and girls February 3, 2005 Countrymen and women, loyalists and opponents, I have already spelt out my plans for my second term on the Black Star Stool. I must warn you that things are not going to change much and so don’t expect too much from me ...
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TECHIMAN VRS ASANTEMAN: No one wins
17 Mar 2010 | 09:24 AM
A monarch’s intemperate response to a senseless crime has raised tensions between two ancient tribes to boiling point – for the first time in more than a hundred years. For decades the people of the Ashanti and Techiman kingdoms lived their lives without thinking much about what the other was ...
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JOSHUA CLOTTEY: Not losing guard
16 Mar 2010 | 08:43 AM
The days when boxing was used to assert national superiority are well and truly over. The earlier Ghanaians accept this fact, the better. Years ago, Azumah Nelson fought as much for himself as he did for the nation. Anytime he jumped the ropes to enter the ring, he did so ...
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The IGP’s concerns
11 Mar 2010 | 08:13 AM
Hello Mr. IGP, I am sure you’ve taken your salary for this month. I am also sure that you’ve been having a lot of fun riding in a luxury car my mother’s ‘bofrote’ taxes contributed to buying and fuelling for you. You must be having a good time. But, being ...
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APPRECIATION: ‘Pretending to be President’
10 Mar 2010 | 07:44 AM
I’ve never shaken so many hands and signed my signature so often in just one day. That was the day my maiden book ‘Pretending to be President’ was officially launched. It was a launch like no other. I didn’t want an official ceremony where the first copy of the book ...
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BOOK REVIEW: Nansata Yakubu on ‘Pretending to be President’
09 Mar 2010 | 09:01 PM
Pretending to Be President is a book for everybody since we all are politicians. It’s also for persons with adept political tastes. This excellent storytelling has crafted a novel way of presenting contemporary satire, through an anthological method, constituting street theories of governance, conspiracies, expectations of citizens, realities of political ...
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BOOK REVIEW: Klokor Okai on ‘Pretending to be President’
07 Mar 2010 | 11:44 PM
Agoo! Amee! Agoo! Amee! I am the town crier sent to tell you that when a man learns to wash his hands, he eats with the elders. A pregnant son of the land has gone within himself and birthed a book; the elders say we must listen and learn. Masterfully ...
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SPECIAL INVITATION: Launch of ‘Pretending to be President’
03 Mar 2010 | 07:42 PM
I just took delivery of the very first copies of ‘Pretending to be President’. They look good and that means that all is set for my first book to hit the bookshelves in a few days. I am very delighted and humbled and deeply impressed by the quality of the ...
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BOOK REVIEW: Farida Badwei on ‘Pretending to be President’
03 Mar 2010 | 08:51 AM
With his trademark wit and candour, Ato Kwamina Dadzie brings us a series of letters which reflect the musings of ‘The Excellent One’ – President J.A. Fukuor, president of Sikaman. President Fukuor, having just won his second and final term in office, is smug ,feels somewhat invincible and just wants ...
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BOOK REVIEW: Nana Ama Agyeman-Asante on ‘Pretending to be President’
02 Mar 2010 | 04:33 PM
I have just finished reading ‘PRETENDING TO BE PRESIDENT’, the first installment in the ‘most irreverent series’ authored by Ato Kwamena Dadzie. The book made up of a collection of letters by Ato’s alter-ego is a compelling look at the state of affairs in his country as is. The imposter ...
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PRETENDING TO BE PRESIDENT: Ben Ephson's endorsement
02 Mar 2010 | 06:23 AM
Dear valued reader, It was a pleasure having Mr. Ato Kwamina Dadzie write, for a long time, a very popular column, LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT – J.A. FUKUOR in the Daily Dispatch newspaper. It was read by highly-placed persons including Ministers of State and persons at the Presidency. I had ...
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REVIEW: 'Pretending to be President'
28 Feb 2010 | 09:57 PM
By Theophilus Yartey, 'BFT Lifestyle' The rise and rise of Ato Kwamena Dadzie can never be merely put down to the fact that he is a fine radio personality with a penchant for lightening serious national issues. That would be a gross understatement of the potential of one of the ...
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Slow is unsure
26 Feb 2010 | 08:09 AM
No doubt John Atta Mills is a man of good intentions. Most presidents are supposed to be good-intentioned, right? What separates a great leader from the good ones is the energy and passion with which they deliver what their followers want. That’s why Kwame Nkrumah insisted on “independence now” whilst ...
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Kudos, Arthur K
24 Feb 2010 | 08:43 AM
I want to congratulate Dr. Arthur Kennedy for his seminal book on why the NPP lost the elections in 2008. ‘Chasing the Elephant into the Bush’ was launched in Accra yesterday. Of course, I don’t agree with everything he says in the book. But he deserves to be commended not ...
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REPRISE: Why the elephant is back in the bush
23 Feb 2010 | 11:08 PM
When the NPP lost the elections in 2008, I could have written a book on why they were kicked out of power. I am glad I didn’t. Instead, I wrote a short piece, published here on January 5, 2009, outlining in broad strokes why the NPP lost. I am glad ...
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EXCERPT: Pretending to be President
21 Feb 2010 | 10:40 PM
Hotel President May 24, 2005 The past few weeks have made me realize that it’s not easy to be a father. It’s even more difficult when you are in a responsible position. The Bible says that the iniquities of the fathers will be visited upon their sons. But in Sikaman the opposite ...
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Silencing the ‘dogs’
19 Feb 2010 | 08:32 AM
The unseen hand that pulled several strings to ensure that Tsatsu Tsikata was unjustly jailed is at it again. This time, it’s working against a hapless commentator who decided to foolishly accuse former President Rawlings of setting fire to his own house. In the absence of solid proof, Nana Darkwa ...
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GUEST BLOGGER: KAM’s rejoinder to ‘coal pot fire service’
18 Feb 2010 | 08:15 AM
Ato, I just read your piece on the 'helplessness' of our fires service and I think it is a good piece. It touches on very important issues which must be tackled by our leadership and also individuals in our own small ways. I agree with most of what you say, but ...
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COMING SOON: ‘Pretending to be President’
16 Feb 2010 | 12:08 AM
Over the years, a lot of people have suggested to me to put my writings into a book. Initially, I wasn't interested and I adamantly refused to publish. But after listening to some very close friends and some of the people I look up to, I came to the conclusion ...
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Our coal pot fire service
15 Feb 2010 | 08:10 AM
I really feel very sorry for Jerry John Rawlings. I never thought a day would come when I’d feel this way about the former dictator. But watching the ruins of the house he has lived in for the past 20 years fills me with a mixture of grief, anger and ...
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A demigod snubbed
11 Feb 2010 | 08:12 AM
Few members of the ruling National Democratic Congress joined the party to support an ideology. Most of them got under the umbrella because of one man. Since its formation the NDC has been nothing more than a personality cult, with this one man its demigod. He craves adulation, demands all ...
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If
11 Feb 2010 | 12:15 AM
If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you; If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or, being lied about, don't ...
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“Master of my fate…”
08 Feb 2010 | 08:35 AM
I watched an unforgettable movie over this past weekend. ‘Invictus’ should most definitely be one of the best movies I ever watched. Incidentally, the man playing the leading role in ‘Invictus’, Morgan Freeman, also plays the lead role in my favourite movie of all time – ‘Shawshank Redemption’. In ...
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GUEST BLOGGER: Adwoa Serwaa Bonsu on aid for Haiti
04 Feb 2010 | 07:11 AM
On Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 09:53:10 PM, a 7.3- magnitude earthquake caused massive devastation across Haiti. I only got to hear of it on CNN on Wednesday morning as I was preparing to leave for work. I was amazed and touched by the aid pouring in for the Haitians. ...
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Baby Ansaba’s shameful confessions
03 Feb 2010 | 09:02 AM
I felt very ashamed hearing Baby Ansabah speak about how he deliberately published fabricated stories to make the then candidate Mills unpopular. Ansabah (whose real name is Ebenezer Ato Sam) is the editor of the crappy ‘Punch’ newspaper. In his previous job as editor of the Daily Guide, Ansabah was ...
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Ready to shame Lugard?
02 Feb 2010 | 09:41 PM
I just read this excerpt from a book written by Lord Frederick John Dealty Lugard. He is a former colonial master and a dormitory at Achimota School – Lugard House – is named after him. “In character and temperament, the typical African of this race-type is a happy, thriftless, excitable ...
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THE BLACK STARS: Shining again
31 Jan 2010 | 08:42 PM
It was their best performance in the tournament. Yet it was the performance that ended the incredible journey of a youthful, inexperienced Black Stars squad that had been written off by so many. Having forced me to eat humble pie on more than one occasion over the past three weeks, ...
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GHANA VRS NIGERIA: More than football
28 Jan 2010 | 09:03 AM
Two teams that had been written off at the start of the African Cup of Nations in Angola are just two matches away from lifting the trophy. But one must eliminate the other before the cup gets within reach. At the start of the tournament a lot of Ghanaians, probably ...
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APPRECIATION: My favourite teacher
27 Jan 2010 | 08:03 AM
As a teenager, who had just gained admission into St John’s School, I was confronted with all sorts of temptations. I had been a stubborn chap in basic school and in secondary school there was the temptation to take it to a different level. Waywardness beckoned. There were new freedoms ...
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Reshuffling ‘Team B’
26 Jan 2010 | 07:51 AM
President Mills’ first reshuffle of his governing team took too long in coming. Now it has come and it’s left many people scratching their heads – or other parts of the anatomy below the waistline. What is the president thinking? Having been criticized for fielding a second-string team, the president ...
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Football-induced heartbreak
24 Jan 2010 | 11:00 PM
I am devastated. I just can’t believe that la Cote d’Ivoire is out of the African Cup of Nations and Ghana is still in contention. I tipped our western neighbours to lift the cup and never in my wildest dreams did I see an inexperienced Black Stars squad to go ...
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A humble pie from the Black Stars
19 Jan 2010 | 09:33 PM
I am eating a lot of humble pie tonight. I stuck my neck out and predicted that the Black Stars will be kicked out of the African Cup of Nations today. But they proved me wrong with a one goal triumph over Burkina Faso. With that they’ve qualified for the ...
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The Senility Prayer
15 Jan 2010 | 12:59 PM
Oh Lord, Grant me the senility To forget the people I never liked anyway, The good fortune to run into the ones I do And, the eyesight to tell the difference ** I got this in an email from a friend and I thought I’d share.
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The Cromwell Syndrome
13 Jan 2010 | 04:20 PM
In the 1990s death seemed to be having a good time grabbing one official of the PNDC junta after another at a certain hospital in London. The angel of death, it seemed, was lurking in the corridors of Cromwell Hospital, ambushing and capturing Ghanaian government officials who were admitted there ...
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Birthday memories
11 Jan 2010 | 09:29 AM
At the beginning of a new week, I wish to express my appreciation to all those who made the end of the last week a happy and enjoyable one for me. Last Friday was my birthday and I was deeply touched by the kindness and thoughtfulness of friends – both ...
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Opoku-Manu must go
06 Jan 2010 | 10:34 PM
Ashanti Regional Minister, Kofi Opoku-Manu, must have smoked some weeds before mounting the podium to address NDC supporters over the weekend. There are few other ways to explain the senseless speech he delivered, urging party supporters to resort to violence to resolve their differences. If he wasn’t under the influence ...
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Terror draws near
05 Jan 2010 | 09:22 AM
The back-and-forth between Ghana and Nigeria over how Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab got on a plane he tried to blow up is all so typically African. Instead of attacking our problems headlong, we like to pass the buck and needlessly beat around the bush. The Nigerian government says the guy who ...
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2010: Hoping for the best...
04 Jan 2010 | 09:03 AM
The start of the year gives each of us all a new opportunity to hope. Most of us, except the loony, suicidal few, are hoping that this year turns out better than the previous one. I have my own hopes. If all my hopes were put in a sack, it’d ...
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Bonne Année
31 Dec 2009 | 09:32 AM
The year 2009 has been an exciting one on this blog. It wouldn’t have been so without your patronage. You take time off whatever schedule you have to come visit. For that I am grateful. I am especially grateful to those of you who take even more time to generously share ...
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TRIBUTE: No more 'domestication'?
30 Dec 2009 | 09:11 AM
When I last saw Dan Lartey, he gave me a very strong and firm handshake. He looked good. He looked healthy. He looked very young for a man in his eighties and if anyone had told me that he’d be dead in 12 months, I’d have told the person to ...
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Joyeux Noël
24 Dec 2009 | 07:29 PM
Christmas is a special time to remember those close to our hearts. Those who visit this blog are as close to my heart as any friend could be. We share ideas, engage in arguments, pat each other on the back, chastise each other, encourage ourselves, poke fun at ourselves and ...
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Decongestion halted – or not?
23 Dec 2009 | 11:33 AM
The mayor of Accra, Alfred Vanderpuije, claims he has not received any instruction from the president to halt his decongestion exercise. That’s strange and throws up all sorts of questions. First, who should we believe – Vanderpuije or the two state-owned dailies – Ghanaian Times and Daily Graphic, which reported ...
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Decongestion halted
22 Dec 2009 | 09:04 AM
The mayor of Accra, Alfred Vanderpuije, has been going around churches praying for the success of his “decongestion” exercise. But God always knows better. So Vanderpuije didn’t get the answers he had hoped for. Vanderpuije’s boss, the president, has ordered him to stop chasing and beating up hapless people whose ...
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No sacred cows here
21 Dec 2009 | 09:07 AM
President Mills’ director of communication, Koku Anyidoho is being dragged before the privileges committee of parliament – for all the wrong reasons. The minority in parliament complained bitterly to the speaker that Anyidoho had insulted them in a radio interview. “President Mills will hear but will not pay attention to ...
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KINAPHARMA SWOOP: Police must apologise
17 Dec 2009 | 10:47 AM
I’ve often had suspicions about the ‘by-heart’ way the police sometimes does its work. Imagine officers raiding a place like Avenor and arresting about 300 people, claiming that they are all criminals. These may include include passers-by, hustling shoeshine boys, anyone with a screwdriver in his hand, pan latrine carriers, ...
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Gone Mobile
10 Dec 2009 | 10:16 PM
It’s taken too long but finally, it’s here. For those of you who like your internet on the go, this blog is now available on your mobile device. Just type in m.atokd.com on your mobile phone and you can access a scaled-down version of the site. On the mobile site, ...
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THE WORLD CUP DRAW: Kudos, SA
07 Dec 2009 | 07:36 AM
It’s almost impossible to take pride in much of what Africa has to offer. Until last Friday, I couldn’t readily point to anything that made me a proud son of Africa. But thanks to the stellar organisation of the World Cup Draw in South Africa, that has changed. I am ...
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A president under siege?
02 Dec 2009 | 10:51 AM
President Mills is under siege. No doubt about that. He has become such an easy target that an increasing number of people are baying to take a hit at him. What is most intriguing is that the heaviest hitters are people within his own party. The opposition can take a ...
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BASIC EDUCATION: New language policy to fail
30 Nov 2009 | 07:55 AM
They say it is informed by research and that if it’s allowed to run its course, it could turn out to be one of the best educational policies the country has ever had. Teachers have apparently been trained to implement it and make sure that it attains the desired results. ...
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GUEST BLOGGER: Ace Ankomah on Bawku 'strip show'
25 Nov 2009 | 09:34 AM
There are 2 developing news stories about the military and the law that should give Ghanaians grave cause for concern. The first is the story that 2 persons arrested in Bawku (the “Bawku Two”) were stripped naked and marched through the town. The second is the alleged absconding of one ...
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Essien & co. must go
23 Nov 2009 | 07:52 AM
The Ghana Football Association is taking too long in arriving at a decision on what to do with three key members of the senior national team who went AWOL last week. Michael Essien, Sully Muntari and Asamoah Gyan failed to join other team members on a flight to Luanda to ...
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More tales from the loo
20 Nov 2009 | 09:44 AM
Yesterday, I had a lot of fun talking about one of my favourite subjects – the toilet. How we do it. Where we do it and when we do it. It was World Toilet Day, in case you didn’t know and I had every opportunity to let ‘everything’ out. I ...
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BUDGET 2010: Hard to beat ‘ecomini’
19 Nov 2009 | 07:43 AM
I listened to finance minister, Dr. Kwabena Dufuor’s budget presentation – mostly with rapt attention. There were a few occasions when I felt myself dozing off, especially at those stages when he drifted into calling out numbers that meant nothing to me. All those numbers make my head swirl to ...
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Who let Goka out?
17 Nov 2009 | 10:16 AM
It’s hard to believe that Private Seth Goka, one of the three soldiers, standing trial for the murder of Alhaji Issa Mobila just got up and walked out of the military detention facility he was being kept in. He must have been helped. That’s my gut feeling. Alhaji Issa Mobila, ...
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Electricity Comes and Goes
16 Nov 2009 | 07:18 AM
I’ve had one of the most miserable weekends ever. Thanks to the ECG. They took out the power in Labone at 8am on Saturday. It was for a scheduled maintenance operation which was very widely advertised. Power was supposed to be restored at 6pm. It did come back on in good ...
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APPRECIATION: Nelson Mandela gets his day
13 Nov 2009 | 07:44 AM
Nelson Mandela is the greatest African of all time. No one can top that. Even Kwame Nkrumah will have a hard time filling his shoes. Mandela is an angel and on the day he’s called to the yonder, the heavens will stand still to welcome him back home. No human ...
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AFOTEY-AGBO: Another “Team B” player?
12 Nov 2009 | 08:02 AM
A little over two months ago, Nii Afotey-Agbo, the MP for Kpone-Katamanso was criticising information minister, Zita Okaikoi, for failing to live up to her responsibilities. He made history. He was the most senior member of the ruling party to publicly criticise the information minister, whose ability to deliver began ...
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GUEST BLOGGER: Abena Obi takes on Lamptey Mills
11 Nov 2009 | 09:36 AM
I am writing this article as a parent and a Ghanaian. All views represented below shall carry this tone and intent. The Great Lamptey Mills case is one of several that will never find their way to the front pages of our newspapers or the front burner of our so-called radio ...
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FALL OF THE WALL: Celebrating at minimal expense
09 Nov 2009 | 10:15 PM
The fall of the Berlin wall meant a big deal not just to the East Germans who earned their freedom with the collapse of the 96-mile concrete barrier. It also meant a big deal for the rest of the world. The iron curtain came down with the wall, marking the ...
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Desecrating the mansion
09 Nov 2009 | 07:23 AM
John Kufuor won’t be happy. The mansion he built under heavy criticism is not going to be used for the purpose he intended. And according to the former president’s chief of staff, the Indian government – which provided money for the project – would also be peeved with the decision ...
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GT-VODAFONE: What it means to 're-engage'
05 Nov 2009 | 12:03 AM
After all the noise, all that came out of the GT/Vodafone probe is a decision by government to “re-engage” the British multinational to ensure “compliance with the country’s laws”. What does that mean? Well, simply put, it means government cannot reverse the agreement. It also means that despite all their ...
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EDUCATION: All talk, no action
03 Nov 2009 | 09:12 AM
When I heard about the proposal for an ‘all parties’ forum to discuss educational delivery in Ghana I screamed an expletive. It was involuntary and it was out of exasperation. What the heck? When will government make up its mind and act with supreme urgency to fix our shambolic education ...
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PETRO-POLITICS: Reality bites
02 Nov 2009 | 08:32 AM
Our hardships have just been increased by five percent and when we look around the only person we can blame is John Atta Mills. He promised to keep petroleum prices to the barest minimum. So why have petroleum prices been hiked? I can hear some government official blaming the increase ...
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Big men on ‘trotro’
30 Oct 2009 | 09:10 AM
In a country where public transport is seen as a curse of the hustling and the impoverished, the decision by some ministers of state and MPs to use public buses (popularly known as ‘trotros’), was as unusual as it is significant – at least for them. They said they wanted ...
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After the blaze...
28 Oct 2009 | 09:40 AM
It’s been exactly one week since a whole government bureaucracy (the foreign ministry) was razed down by a fire outbreak. Without the necessary equipment to put out the inferno, fire personnel looked on in amazement as the blaze caused havoc. The next day, the president and other top government officials ...
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SPIO-GARBRAH: Unperturbed and still pissing in
28 Oct 2009 | 02:47 AM
I didn’t attend Ekwow Spio-Garbrah’s press conference but I was lucky enough to get the full text of this speech. It makes very interesting reading and I thought I should share. >>> Let me begin by thanking so many of you from the media for finding time to join us ...
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KOFI BOAKYE RETURNS: Breath again!
26 Oct 2009 | 08:15 AM
On the day he was recalled from forced leave, I had a very interesting telephone conversation with the new deputy director of police education, ACP Kofi Boakye. He was quite nice – and unexpectedly so and he wanted us to meet for a chat, so he could explain his side ...
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Why Mo Ibrahim snubbed Kufuor
21 Oct 2009 | 09:53 AM
All throughout his presidency, John Kufuor felt he was the best thing that ever happened to Ghana. He also saw himself as one of the best leaders ever to come out of the African continent. That’s why he shamelessly decided to reward himself by spending our millions to buy a ...
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Please call TB...
20 Oct 2009 | 11:19 PM
Apparently, the Nigerian Pastor, TB Joshua, gave coach Sellas Tetteh a few coaching lessons that helped him lead the Black Satellites to win the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Egypt. And being the publicity seeking type – the sort who never allows the chance to claim the credit pass by, ...
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Recharging...
20 Oct 2009 | 12:41 AM
I’ve heard a lot of things said about why I have been off air for about two weeks. I meet people on the street who say they have heard that I’ve been sacked or suspended. Right here on this blog, someone has tried to spread a rumour that there is ...
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Congratulating the Black Satellites
19 Oct 2009 | 01:37 AM
Beating Brazil at any level in world football is no mean achievement. And to walk over the stylish and hugely successful South Americans to be crowned world champions is something every nation on earth aspires to. That’s exactly what the national under-20 football team, the Black Satellites, did at the ...
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GT & VODAFONE: The 'inelegant' probe
15 Oct 2009 | 08:04 AM
Government has been groping in the dark for months, frantically looking for something to smear the agreement to sell majority shares in Ghana Telecom to the UK’s Vodafone. So far the fishing expedition doesn’t seem to be yielding much. That the Mills administration finds it necessary to publicly disagree – ...
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Governmental double-speak II
13 Oct 2009 | 08:53 PM
I learnt something recently in a training seminar. The teacher said “more warm bodies do not necessarily increase productivity and efficiency.” He was right and the inconsistencies of the government’s information management team provides ample evidence: five different people (in different parts of the national capital) doing a job that ...
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Governmental double-speak
12 Oct 2009 | 08:18 PM
What is the difference between the presidency and the information ministry? And what’s the difference between the presidential spokesman and the director of communications at the presidency? These are some of questions that have engaged my mind since John Atta Mills became president – especially with regards to his information ...
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KOFI BOAKYE RETURNS: Waiting to exhale
08 Oct 2009 | 08:00 PM
Kofi Boakye is a happy man. He’s just gotten his job back as a senior police officer after almost three years on interdiction. He's not completely off the hook, though. A service enquiry is to be instituted to investigate his conduct, which resulted in the recommendation by the Georgina Woode ...
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Move, Your Excellency, move – A Rejoinder
07 Oct 2009 | 03:57 PM
My very dear friend, Stan Dogbe, wrote a rejoinder to my article on the need for President Mills to move into the presidential palace. I’ve known Stan for almost 15 years, worked together and shared an apartment. There is very little about me that he doesn’t know and I consider ...
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THE PRESIDENTIAL MANSION: Move, Your Excellency, move
05 Oct 2009 | 07:52 AM
Mr. President, It’s my pleasure to welcome you back from the America. I get the impression that your ego was quite bruised by the fact that your drab address to the UN General Assembly was not broadcast live on state television. It’s just an impression but that’s the sort of ...
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SPIO-GARBRAH: Pissin’ in & meaning well
30 Sep 2009 | 09:08 PM
First of all let me say I love the man Ekow Spio-Garbrah. I fell in love with him several years ago. In fact, I took the decision to go to journalism school after reading his profile in the Daily Graphic. I still have a cutting of that piece with me. ...
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MABEY & JOHNSON: NDC’s porous defence
29 Sep 2009 | 08:05 AM
What does the NDC and its national chairman take Ghanaians for? That’s the question I’ve been asking myself after reading the party’s statement in response to allegations that some of its most senior members took bribes from UK construction firm, Mabey and Johnson. That statement signed by party chairman, Dr. ...
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MABEY & JOHNSON: What will Mills do?
28 Sep 2009 | 07:25 AM
The government’s response was unsurprisingly typical. “President Mills has become aware of a judgment in London, convicting a British company, Mabey and Johnson of and its directors after they pleaded guilty to making corrupt payments to certain Ghanaian public officials,” chief of staff, John Newman said in a statement. “President ...
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The awful stench of Mabey & Johnson
27 Sep 2009 | 10:10 PM
I am putting together my thoughts on this scandal and I thought I could share the details of the London court ruling with you. We have always suspected that these things happen, right? But, now, thanks to Mabey and Johnson, we have some proof – from as far back as ...
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ENCORE: School feeding programme – Cooked up to fail
23 Sep 2009 | 10:09 PM
All the confusion surrounding the school feeding programme, compels me to reproduce an article I wrote about a year ago – a few months before I set up this blogsite. I really don’t get the point of the school feeding programme. I think it’s an utter waste of money. I ...
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LETTER TO OSAGYEFO: This is your Ghana
21 Sep 2009 | 09:57 AM
Uncle Osagyefo, you may be aware that I am not one of your great fans. I think your tyranny and your obsession with building one African nation, cost this country a great deal. On this day, which would have been your hundredth birthday, I want to join the millions around ...
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Where is the “father to all”?
17 Sep 2009 | 09:52 AM
When President Mills promised to “be father to all” was he joking or he was just speaking ‘by heart’? Could it just be that he spoke without knowing what it meant to “be father to all”? The moment the NPP lost the elections in 2008, many would have expected ...
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Number one!
16 Sep 2009 | 04:02 PM
It’s really nothing to throw a party over. But I thought it’s an interesting piece of information to share with visitors that this blog is now officially the number blogsite in Ghana and on Ghana. That’s according to the official ranking on www.afrigator.com, which tracks the performance of all blogsites ...
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Adebayor did no wrong!
15 Sep 2009 | 03:38 PM
As an Arsenal fan, I was upset by the team’s loss to Manchester City over the weekend. Arsene Wenger’s squad played lousily and lost to a better team. I am taking the defeat in my stride, hoping that our team will do better in future matches and maybe, just maybe, ...
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Fire 'em, Mr. President
14 Sep 2009 | 08:10 AM
Hullo Mr. President, When the leader of a country tells his followers that he knows that he has bimbos and airheads in his administration, what does he expect the citizens to do? Laugh it off? Applaud his honesty? Or vote him out of power? Mr. President, you are reported to ...
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GROW UP OR SHUT UP: A non-response
13 Sep 2009 | 10:19 PM
All throughout the weekend, I’ve been getting a lot of calls and email from people asking me if I had seen this: news.myjoyonline.com/features/200909/35126.asp It’s an article castigating me for raising questions about the competence of Zita Okaikoi, my poor education, my failure to learn from the likes of Komla Dumor ...
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MWAAAH! – Kojo Antwi for your dancing feet
11 Sep 2009 | 08:05 AM
For years, Kojo Antwi has been moving hearts with his rhythms and rhymes. All of the popular songs he has released over a period of about three decades speak to the heart and move it in diverse, pleasant ways. On his latest album (titled ‘Mwaaah!’) Kojo is not just seeking ...
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GHANA & NIGERIA: Who’s bashing whom?
10 Sep 2009 | 08:05 AM
“The volume of water generated in Ghana is not enough to flush toilets in Lagos State”. That’s a statement attributed to Nigeria’s defence minister, Godwin Abbe. He is also quoted as saying that “the number of teachers you have to pay salaries in the whole of Ghana is not more ...
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The end of Exopa?
08 Sep 2009 | 11:21 PM
It might just be the beginning of the end of an empire. And it took just four tubers of yam to smash the glamorous empire of Ibrahim Sima to near-smithereens. The emperor of Exopa Modelling faces the prospect of a long term in jail after he was arrested for allegedly ...
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BLACK STARS: The battle is done, now win the war!
07 Sep 2009 | 10:29 PM
I wish to congratulate the Black Stars for qualifying for next year’s World Cup in South Africa. Most importantly, I also want to congratulate the President of the Ghana Football Association, Kwesi Nyantekyi, for leading the team to two successful World Cup appearances. Somehow, that man makes me think this ...
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Zita turns to facebook
04 Sep 2009 | 09:56 AM
I was quite surprised when I got a friend request from a certain ‘Minister Zita Okaikoi’ on facebook. Initially, I thought it was a prank and so I just decided to ignore it. I wondered: “Even if she’s really the one, would she be so vain to add ‘Minister’ to ...
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"Let my people go"
02 Sep 2009 | 09:39 AM
I would hate to go to jail. However, if I really need to give up my freedoms for a stint in jail, I hope I will not just be picked up and thrown there without trial and conviction. Sadly, that’s what is happening to thousands of Ghanaians across the country. ...
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APPRECIATION: Otabil's exemplary leadership
31 Aug 2009 | 10:59 PM
I’ve been fantasising a bit today about Pastor Mensa Otabil, founder of the International Central Gospel Church. He’s been celebrating his 50th birthday today and I’ve been thinking about the man, his ministry and his impact on our society. Very few will challenge the assertion that Otabil is one of ...
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NKRUMAH’S CENTENARY: A looming flop?
27 Aug 2009 | 07:08 AM
It was half a year ago when President Mills told parliament that his government will like to see Ghanaians celebrating what would have been Kwame Nkrumah’s one hundredth birthday in a grand style. The president also announced his intention to set aside a national day of remembrance for Ghana’s founding ...
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FAITH OR FOLLY: ‘Pastors’ washing the inner sanctum
25 Aug 2009 | 07:49 AM
Dear Pastor, I’ve heard that different women come to you with all sorts of problems. Some of them are looking for husbands. Others want their husbands to be delivered from the bosom of other women, often nubile with double twin-peaks, the sight of which redirects the flow of blood from ...
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Elephant steps worth following
24 Aug 2009 | 07:49 AM
The New Patriotic Party has definitely taken a bold step forward. For several months last year, they were singing “we are moving forward”. They were knocked off their tracks at the polls in December, but over the weekend they got themselves back on track and took major steps into the ...
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GUEST BLOGGER: PAV Ansah on the risks of success
21 Aug 2009 | 07:27 AM
I’ve received numerous requests from people asking me to publish some of the writings of the legendary PAV Ansah. I am yet to get permission from the publishers of ‘Going to Town’, which is a compilation of writings but I am sure they won’t object to me reproducing the following ...
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Following PAV Ansah
18 Aug 2009 | 07:19 AM
The Ghana Journalist Association has decided to name its top journalism prize after a great man – Paul Archibald Vianey Ansah. He is one of the four men who have shaped my philosophy of what journalism is all about. Besides PAV Ansah, there is Kwaku Sakyi-Addo, Kwesi Yankah (pro-vice chancellor ...
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THE WEEK AHEAD: Akwatia, Asabee and BNI
17 Aug 2009 | 05:23 AM
By the end of this week, the people of Akwatia will know who their representative in parliament will be. It most certainly will not be deputy Eastern Regional Minister, Baba Jamal. He knows that only a miracle will give him the Akwatia seat and that might explain why he has ...
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Congrats to award-winning journalists
16 Aug 2009 | 10:29 PM
Under a pall of controversy, Kofi Akordor, a columnist with the Daily Graphic has been crowned journalist of the year. He also won the columnist of the year award with “from my rooftop” column in the nation’s most popular daily. I congratulate him and all the other award winners, especially ...
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LAUGH IT OFF: What is politics?
16 Aug 2009 | 05:18 PM
One of Joy FM’s newsreaders, Dzifa Bampoe, shared the following joke with me. She didn’t write it herself. Someone sent it to her by email. She just couldn’t stop laughing after reading it and when I asked what had gotten her in stitches she unselfishly decided that I deserve to ...
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GJA AWARDS: A stain on the glory
14 Aug 2009 | 07:34 AM
I don’t think I will ever win a journalism award in this country. It would be nice if I won one but if I look at the path my career has taken, I know I won’t ever get a journalism diadem. So when someone close to me is nominated for ...
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At last, BNI gets a reprimand
12 Aug 2009 | 07:49 AM
For years, the BNI has been all brawn and no brain. It is one of the most unintelligent intelligence agencies in the world. For an intelligence agency, its officers tend to behave like brutes with little or no common sense. This might be the year when some sense is knocked ...
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Stop the NDC bandits
11 Aug 2009 | 07:33 AM
From Ashaiman to Tamale; from Bibiani to Asuagyaman and from Cape Coast to Nima, supporters of the ruling NDC have been flexing their muscles demanding that it’s their time to rule and so they should be allowed to take charge of everything – from bus terminals to public toilets. It’s ...
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Reforming the reform of the reforms
05 Aug 2009 | 11:25 PM
President Mills and members of his administration came to power with their minds made up: Kufuor’s reform of the educational reforms needed to be reformed. It was in their manifesto that the extra year Kufuor added to the duration of the secondary school programme should be done away with. And ...
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ASABEE’S VACATION: How about the monkey sanctuary?
04 Aug 2009 | 09:28 AM
Steven Asamoah-Boateng (also known as Asabee) is determined to get out of Ghana and the BNI is determined to keep him in. For the second time in as many months, the former information minister, his wife and kids have been stopped from travelling. The first time, they were not even ...
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SHOOT-TO-KILL: Are we safe?
30 Jul 2009 | 02:45 PM
The police administration insists that there is no official directive for officers to shoot and kill suspected armed robbers. That’s hard to believe, especially after the IGP decorated and rewarded the officers who recently gunned down 12 suspected “armed robbers” in Kumasi. Within a space of less than a month ...
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ERIC FRIMPONG: His very sad story
29 Jul 2009 | 10:07 PM
I read this story last night and I felt very sorry for this young man whose future has been destroyed (or almost) by an incompetence of law enforcement agents and judiciary offer in America – of all places. It’s a pretty long piece. But it’s worth the read. I am ...
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GUEST BLOGGER: Nkrumah-Boateng on Adamu Daramani
29 Jul 2009 | 09:52 AM
The (soon to be ex-?)MP for Bawku Central, Mr. Adamu Dramanu, seems to be going through a number of legal tussles as he seeks to cling on to his seat. On 16 July 2009, the High Court ruled that he could no longer hold on to the seat because he ...
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TAGOR & ABASS: Riding on ‘the ass’
27 Jul 2009 | 09:23 AM
Until last Friday the saying that “the law is an ass” was exactly that to me – a saying. But thanks to a preposterous ruling by the three appeals court judges in the case of Kwabena Amaning and Alhaji Abass, I now know that the law, indeed, is an ass ...
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GHANA@50 PROBE: A shamefully slow start
24 Jul 2009 | 07:27 AM
From the circus we were treated to on the first day of the public hearings of the commission probing the utter waste we called Ghana@50, it appears that it might take another 50 years for the panel to finish its work. I would be long dead and gone by then. ...
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EX-GRATIA NONSENSE: Good job, Mr. Yamson, but...
22 Jul 2009 | 08:00 AM
Most Ghanaians didn't need a committee to help them come to the conclusion that there was something fundamentally wrong (and almost criminal) about the package ex-President Kufuor was going to retire on. We all knew that he didn't deserve two houses, six cars and an ex-gratia of more than 400,000 ...
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APPRECIATION: President Mills’ sensitivity
20 Jul 2009 | 04:37 PM
Mr. President, I just wanted you to know that you are turning out to be the most humane and sensitive president we’ve ever had in Ghana. You may not necessarily be the most competent (you will need to do a lot more to prove your competence). And you are definitely ...
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PRESIDENTIAL JOURNEYS: Needless welcome retinue
19 Jul 2009 | 10:15 PM
So the president travels abroad for a few days. He has been away for just about four days. Upon his return, there is a whole retinue of ministers, special assistants, presidential aides and protocol officers waiting at the airport to welcome him. Why should government officials – including the vice ...
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RAWLINGS & KUFUOR: Ship ‘em off to America!
17 Jul 2009 | 07:25 AM
Rawlings and Kufuor hate each other’s guts. That’s a fact. Rawlings acknowledges it and even though he says he “cannot tolerate” his successor, he insists that he is “working on that”. Whatever that means. Kufuor, on the other hand, appears to be in denial. He says there is no bad ...
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COURTROOM BATTLES: NPP-1, NDC-1
15 Jul 2009 | 10:00 PM
The action in the courtrooms has been quite exciting today. In fact, it seemed like a football match. And so far, the NPP and the NDC have scored one apiece. First to concede a ‘goal’ was the NPP. An Accra High Court ruled that the party’s MP for Bawku Central, ...
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AMPEM-DARKO: The lawmakers’ scapegoat
15 Jul 2009 | 07:26 AM
Members of parliament are demanding some R-E-S-P-E-C-T! And they are using the director-general of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation to make their case. It all stems from William Ampem-Darko’s verbal exchanges with the MP for Adansi-Asokwa, KT Hammond. Mr. Hammond started it all by questioning the competence of Mr. Ampem-Darko (which ...
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OBAMA'S WORDS: Worth more than a million pictures
13 Jul 2009 | 09:13 AM
From the way our ministers of state and MPs were fallen over each other just to shake hands with Barack Obama, I suppose most of them are not going to bath for a few days – just to make sure that his ‘touch’ stays with them for a long time. ...
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GUEST BLOGGER: Boakyewaa Glover on Obama's visit
12 Jul 2009 | 06:52 PM
I got a short text from my friend Estella at 8:06 am ET: ‘President Obama’s speech in Ghana this morning is at 8:10, pass this text onto all of your African friends.’ So that’s how my day started on the Saturday Obama was in Ghana. It was a little euphoric ...
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OBAMA IN GHANA: The big speech
11 Jul 2009 | 02:02 PM
This is the text of President Barack Obama's speech on Saturday in Accra, as prepared for delivery and provided by the White House… He said it all. I think he read the letter I sent him and decided to knock some sense into our leaders' heads. It was a brilliant ...
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FLASHBACK: When George Bush passed by
10 Jul 2009 | 07:47 AM
Here is an article I wrote for the Daily Dispatch in February 2008 after George Bush's one-day visit, which was as big a deal as Barack Obama's – well, almost! Before George Bush’s arrival, there was the talk of investments, spotlight etc – the same things Ghanaians are so excited ...
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OBAMA IS COMING: And so what?
09 Jul 2009 | 10:51 AM
Through no fault of his Barack Obama is getting on my nerves. His impending visit has unleashed an unprecedented bout of Ghanaian foolhardiness and it’s annoying me. Yes, I am nobody – but I am annoyed all the same. Both government officials and some private individuals are behaving as if ...
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APPIAH-OFORI: What does he want?
07 Jul 2009 | 03:03 PM
The allegation by the MP for Asikuma Odobeng Brakwa, P. C. Appiah Ofori, that his colleagues on the NPP side took bribes to approve the privatisation of Ghana Telecom is hard to swallow. I doubt if any such thing happened. Appiah-Ofori just blowing needless wind and the stench will create ...
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Let’s tweet
07 Jul 2009 | 09:46 AM
I signed up on twitter.com a few months ago but I have failed to make good use of it. Not anymore. After reading about how it contributed to the near-revolution in Iran, I have decided to take full advantage of all the benefits it has to offer. I don’t want ...
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DECONGESTION: An exercise in futility
06 Jul 2009 | 10:12 AM
Of all the problems in Accra, the city’s new mayor has made it a top priority to get rid of street hawkers in the central business district and a couple of other commercial centres. It’s been tried before. Alfred Vanderpuije knows it but he seems determined to succeed where those ...
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MEET 'GHANA'S ONLY AGONY UNCLE'...
30 Jun 2009 | 09:19 AM
It so happens that I care deeply about people’s emotional well-being. I hate to see people suffer in relationships that are supposed to fill their hearts with joy. So I have been counseling a few of my friends who experience the occasional emotional roller-coaster. In preparation for this year’s ‘Joy ...
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MUNTAKA: The cover-up report in full
29 Jun 2009 | 11:42 AM
I thought initially that this document had been widely publicised on the web. That's why I didn't put it out earlier. But it seems many visitors to this site have not seen or read it. So here is it in full. After reading help clear the "cobwebs" (ahem!) in my ...
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MICHAEL JACKSON: Death comes as a blessing
28 Jun 2009 | 11:38 AM
It was the Chief Executive of Multimedia Broadcasting (parent company of JOY FM) who called to tell me about the breaking news on Sky News. “They say Michael Jackson had suffered a heart attack,” KT said. I tuned to Sky News immediately. They were showing pictures from the hospital to ...
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After the mouthwash, ‘Triple M’ gets a whitewash!
26 Jun 2009 | 08:30 AM
Muntaka Mubarak Mohammed has been covered – not cleared. Last night, Mr. Mubarak tendered in his resignation as Youth and Sports and President Mills gladly accepted it. That’s ironic considering that he resigned on the same day government issued a statement which suggested that he had been exonerated of allegations ...
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GUEST BLOGGER: GIA operations must be suspended
24 Jun 2009 | 11:34 AM
After the collapse of Ghana Airways, I took the position that we don’t need a national carrier, and that, in fact, we can’t operate a world class airline. The Kufuor administration thought otherwise and on a wave of inexplicable optimism, decided to set up Ghana International Airlines (GIA). Almost five ...
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ENCORE PRESENTATION: ... And floods came – again!
23 Jun 2009 | 08:37 AM
About two years ago, my very good friend, J. A. Fukuor wrote the following letter about the devastation caused by the annual floods in Accra. The message is as relevant today as it was then. We have a bunch of recycled problems in this country... Countrymen and women, loyalists and ...
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MP CAR LOANS: Taking us for a 50,000-dollar ride
22 Jun 2009 | 09:17 AM
Call it the Accra Auto Show and you may not be far from the truth. The various car dealerships in Accra have turned much of the space around Parliament House into some sort of an exhibition centre where they are displaying their four-wheel merchandise to lawmakers. Last Friday, instead of ...
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LUCKY DUBE: Is this freedom?
19 Jun 2009 | 08:50 AM
I love Lucky Dube. For me, he's the best reggae musician of all time and I have every song he ever sung on my ipod. I was sitting and thinking last night and these lyrics came to mind and put everything in perspective for me. Thanks, Lucky. >>> She got ...
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RECORD PROFLIGACY: 1.3 billion cedis on ‘item 13’
18 Jun 2009 | 08:43 AM
The Mills administration has set a new record in shameful profligacy. And for a government that has vowed to keep needless spending to the barest minimum, this is as shocking as it is disappointing. They tell us that democracy is not cheap. We get that. But what are we to ...
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KUFUOR’S PENSION: Unduly delayed
17 Jun 2009 | 08:57 AM
Six months into retirement and former President Kufuor has not received a single pension. He joins a long list of Ghanaian pensioners who hardly get their pensions on time. Some of those who retired before Kufuor often travel over long distances, say, from Tarkwa to Accra, to get a meagre ...
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Asabee is stopped from flying...
15 Jun 2009 | 08:05 AM
... Was he running away from justice? The former information minister says he was going on a vacation with his wife and kids. It’s a pretty striking coincidence that Steven Asamoah Boateng (aka Asabee) decided to make the trip just a few days after his former deputy, Frank Agyekum, had ...
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BNI INVITES... Don’t go!
12 Jun 2009 | 08:33 AM
You are sitting your ‘somewhere’. You get a call. “Hello”, the voice on the other end says. “This is the Bureau of National Investigations. You are cordially invited to our offices for a special interactive session.” “Is it a party?” you ask. “Oh, no,” the BNI man responds. “We just ...
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AYARIGA & HIS TRACTORS: The ‘chopping’ has begun...
10 Jun 2009 | 09:44 AM
The president’s press secretary sees nothing wrong with his acquisition of new tractors from the Agric Ministry. And the words he speaks to defend himself ring unsurprisingly familiar. “Those tractors were for sale to anybody who knew about them,” he says. They “are sold for us not at any cheaper ...
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Muntaka must go
08 Jun 2009 | 10:45 AM
The case against Youth and Sports Minister, Muntaka Mubarak, is shaping up to be the first corruption scandal of the Mills era and I am afraid the administration is not handling it as well as it should to send out a strong message that graft will not be tolerated. It ...
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AMERICA COMES TO GHANA: Letter to Obama
06 Jun 2009 | 11:53 AM
Dear Mr. Obama, I am one of the few Ghanaians (if not the only one) who didn’t want you to become American president. In the primaries, I supported Hilary Clinton with every breath in me and when you won the Democratic ticket I decided to back McCain. Don’t get me ...
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NPP storms BNI: The height of irresponsibility II
05 Jun 2009 | 08:09 AM
There are two issues I need to address and I am going to do so as briefly as I can. First is a question: Can the Bureau of National Investigations (or the police) hold anyone for a period not exceeding 48 hours? Yes! That’s what I said in the piece ...
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Never again...
04 Jun 2009 | 04:33 PM
Just a few hours ago, I heard something that made me shiver. I had goose bumps the size of boils as I listened. It left my mouth gaping and stomach churning with shock. Initially, it sounded like the voice of a beast (suddenly let lose) but after listening for a ...
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SECONDARY EDUCATION: Bring back the old system
04 Jun 2009 | 09:51 AM
It’s been more than two decades since one of Jerry Rawlings’ wet dreams culminated in the so-called educational reforms. Yet, there has never been a coherent and sensible explanation as to why the reforms were needed. All we have heard since 1987 is that the ‘new’ education system was meant ...
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NPP storms BNI: The height of irresponsibility
03 Jun 2009 | 03:24 PM
When the NPP was kicked out of power, Kwadwo O. (is it Odisika or Opesika?) Mpiani must have known that he would be required to answer a lot of questions to answer over so many things including the blatant thievery that characterised the needlessly flamboyant Ghana@50 celebrations and the criminal ...
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Huhuhuhu doesn’t do me Hu!
31 May 2009 | 08:40 AM
In my last days in journalism school a man I admire so much came to my class and delivered what may be described as a motivational speech. His message was simple: “shake the basket”. I will never forget that day and that phrase. When the speech ended, I pondered how ...
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BOOK REVIEW: ‘Abrokyir Nkomo’
30 May 2009 | 05:45 AM
After sojourning abroad for well over 15 years, a young man returns to Ghana for a holiday. It’s Christmas – the season of giving – and he came along with a lot of goodies for a dear, old family friend and her household. After distributing the gifts – including jeans, ...
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KOFI BOAKYE IN LIMBO: Let him stay there!
28 May 2009 | 03:48 PM
Hello Kofi, It’s been a pretty long while since we last communicated. Last time I wrote congratulating you on your graduation from law school, you threatened to sue me. The prospect of you taking me to court really delighted me so I called up my lawyer to start preparing my ...
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Befakor comes to his senses
26 May 2009 | 09:16 PM
Finally, Befakor has decided to do what is right. It’s too little too late but the decision by the former speaker to return items he took away from his official residence should, hopefully, help him regain a modicum of the respect he has lost. But what will help him most ...
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REPRISE: So much for African unity, eh?
24 May 2009 | 08:43 PM
In a few hours, all of us on this wretched continent will be celebrating African Union Day. May 25th will be a public holiday in almost every country - except in Morocco, which is not a member of the AU. It’s a commemoration that is supposed to remind us to ...
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POLITICS & SAKAWA: No difference
22 May 2009 | 04:53 PM
Hundreds of young Ghanaian men and women are resorting to get-rich-quick schemes, popularly known as ‘sakawa’. Most of these schemes are hatched and executed on the internet. In internet cafes from Accra to Agona Swedru and from Kumasi to Keta people are using the World Wide Web to defraud people ...
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PRESIDENTIAL GAFFES: Mills’ ‘ecomini’ ringtone
19 May 2009 | 04:00 PM
It’s been well over three months since President Mills delivered his first sessional address to parliament. But that speech is very much the subject of conversation between many Ghanaians – most of whom are still laughing at the major slip of tongue that made him say “ecomini” instead of economy. That ...
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Atta Mills in ‘Lenden’
14 May 2009 | 06:05 AM
For eight years, we had a president who took an inordinate pleasure in racking up the frequent flyer miles. Few Ghanaians – except those privileged enough to have travelled with John Kufuor – will let go an opportunity to criticise him for travelling like Gulliver. Most of his journeys were ...
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TIRED OF LOSING: Letter to Arsene Wenger
12 May 2009 | 04:18 PM
Monsieur Wenger, Because of you and your little boys, je suis tres embarrassed et humiliated. I have become a laughing stock among all my mon amis who ne comprend pas my continued support for Arsenal Football Club, which has not won any trophies in almost five years. I have supported this ...
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Shama rejects a gem
11 May 2009 | 10:03 AM
I was quite shocked and disappointed when I heard the news that the Shama District Assembly had rejected the nominee for District Chief Executive, Emelia Arthur. I have known Miss Arthur for almost a decade. I have never gone out with her for a drink but whenever we meet, we ...
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LOAD SHEDDING: Back in the dark – again!
08 May 2009 | 07:48 AM
Will there ever be a time when electricity supply in this country will be regular, stable and reliable? That should be the day when we can thump our chests and say we have arrived. But that day is so far away, I feel I will not live to see it. ...
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Doctors without conscience?
06 May 2009 | 07:41 AM
The decision by junior doctors at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital to lay down their stethoscopes and stay out of their consulting rooms has unsurprisingly sparked a fresh round of criticisms that doctors see themselves as a special breed of professionals who can hold the nation to ransom every now ...
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Still talking about cars?
04 May 2009 | 07:38 AM
A little over a month into the Mills presidency, the most talked-about issue in the country still relates to how former government officials took away cars which do not belong to them away. I don’t know about you but it’s still a very exciting subject for me. It started with ...
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A few necessary tweaks
29 Apr 2009 | 11:25 PM
A few changes have been made to the site, which I hope will make it a little more useful and increase its reach. I won’t exactly consider them as enhancements but they take interactivity on the site a notch higher. First, I realised that people had the tendency of posting ...
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Congrats Otumfuo.... but, who needs a chief?
28 Apr 2009 | 07:21 AM
The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei-Tutu has been a good chief. I like him. He’s one of the few chiefs who give the chieftaincy institution a reason to exist. As he celebrates the tenth anniversary of his coronation, I think he deserves all of the plaudits he’s being accorded. However, I think ...
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Postcard from ‘Sin City’ II
24 Apr 2009 | 03:28 AM
It’s just gone past midday. In the Barron Room of the Las Vegas Hilton, hundreds have gathered for the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) television luncheon. It’s a gathering the major television executives from across America and I am honoured and overawed to be seated in their midst. Sitting right ...
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Postcard from ‘Sin City’
22 Apr 2009 | 05:54 AM
I knew it wasn’t supposed to be a vacation but I didn’t expect it to be this hectic. First the journey was long – way too long. I’ve done the six-hour flight to Amsterdam several times and so it wasn’t much of a surprise. But the 12 hour flight to ...
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VODAFONE: NDC to eat humble pie?
17 Apr 2009 | 08:13 AM
The irony was hard to miss and so when it struck me I couldn’t help but laugh ‘within’. The occasion was the re-launch of Ghana Telecom and Onetouch under the new brand name of the company’s new owners – Vodafone. Both vice president John Mahama and communication minister, Haruna Iddrisu, ...
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Hundred Days of Mills: Not even on his marks yet
16 Apr 2009 | 07:45 AM
On his first day in office, President Mills was heard rumbling and fumbling – unable to say his vows coherently. He was also seen stumbling, unsure of his steps. The 99 days that followed those first 24 hours of the Mills presidency, have been marked variously by uncertainty, inactivity and, ...
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Let’s elect our DCEs
14 Apr 2009 | 07:46 AM
There is something strikingly missing in the government’s response to all the agitation against the nomination of certain people as District Chief Executives. It’s alright to hear the local government minister tell the agitators to back off because the president has exercised his constitutional prerogative. It’s also very heart-warming to ...
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LETTER FROM AN EX-PREZ: One BMW isn’t enough!
13 Apr 2009 | 12:20 AM
Dear friends, I have been deeply touched by the outpouring of support for me in these my moments of need. It sounds incredible but it’s very true that carpet sellers, radio DJs, office cleaners, shoe repairers and a few ‘latrine boys’ – among several others – have decided to come ...
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‘Befakor’ speaks – but says nothing!
12 Apr 2009 | 03:03 PM
After keeping mute for almost one month, former Speaker of Parliament, Ebenezer ‘Befakor’ Sekyi-Hughes issued a statement last week defending his disgraceful ‘loot’ of the house he stayed in as the third most important man in the land. His statement, though welcome, was quite disappointing in the sense that it ...
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PV’s Worries: Media control is not enough
07 Apr 2009 | 10:15 AM
A few months into the Mills presidency, one of the most powerful men within the ruling NDC has been whining about how the ruling party has “lost grounds to the opposition in the media”. In a seven-page memo to none other than the president, Paul Victor Obeng (who was largely ...
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Sakyi Hughes: Man with the loot
03 Apr 2009 | 09:22 AM
Before he became Speaker of Parliament, Ebenezer B. Sakyi-Hughes had quite a successful law practice in Takoradi. Everyone considered him a ‘made’ man and one of the wealthiest in the city. His plush house in the Beach Road suburb has acres of evergreen lawn and a lot of maids who ...
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When I was “arrested”
01 Apr 2009 | 02:32 PM
First, let me say it didn’t happen. I was never arrested. It was all an April Fools’ Day prank, instigated and executed by Israel Laryea with my full support. He came to me this morning in a every excitable state in the morning asking for ideas for an April Fools’ ...
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... And Mills took it ‘home’
31 Mar 2009 | 03:45 PM
Since he was sworn-in, President Mills has been holed up at the Castle for weeks – hardly venturing out. Then suddenly, he decides to embark on his first regional tour and where does he go first? The Central Region, his home region. A few hours before going to the region, ...
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MUSTAPHA HAMID: It is a question of judgment
29 Mar 2009 | 03:42 PM
I read the following article on the blog of Mustapha Hamid, who was Nana Akufo-Addo’s spokesman in the run-up to the December polls. I found it very interesting and quite refreshing that an NPP stalwart – no less a person than Mustapha – questions some of the choices former President ...
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Kweku Objective’s “courteous letter”
28 Mar 2009 | 09:36 AM
Someone wrote the following about me (and to me). It was published on myjoyonline.com yesterday. Since it’s about me I asked him for permission to put it up here and he consented... I have been reading a lot of articles from Ato Kwamena Dadzie for quiet some time. First of all ...
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The mansion Kufuor built
26 Mar 2009 | 04:13 PM
If we take former president John Kufuor to one of those ‘aladura’ churches, one of the first demons they will cast out of him will be the demon which made him place his luxury and comfort above the basic needs of the people he governed. It is this demon that ...
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Unwelcome Guests
25 Mar 2009 | 07:55 PM
The verdict is unanimous. From my count, most of those who visit this site are in no mood to welcome any “guest bloggers”. Last Monday, I introduced one of such guests and few thought it was a brilliant idea. Most others thought it was nothing but a stupid move. So ...
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Dagbon: Now, it’s Guns for Cash
25 Mar 2009 | 07:59 AM
Northern Regional Minister, Samuel Nayina, quite rightly, is determined to take away the illegal weapons in circulation in that part of the country. But, quite frankly, he is using the wrong approach. Shortly after assuming office, he gave the people a 30-day ultimatum to voluntarily surrender their illegal weapons. “One ...
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GUEST BLOGGER: Mills’ Blunder
23 Mar 2009 | 08:13 AM
From today, I intend to publish the writings of one or two “guest bloggers” every week. If you are interested in being a guest blogger, send me an email through ato@atokd.com. Today, Clement Appah, who is studying at the University of Lancaster, starts us off by writing about President Mills’ ...
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Horror at Winneba
19 Mar 2009 | 11:25 PM
Today, I saw the most horrific pictures I’ve ever set eyes on. They are images of young, vibrant men and women who are hanging on to dear life after being caught in a huge ball of fire at the Winneba Junction. A gas tanker collided with a salon car, leaving ...
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Who rattled the president’s cage?
19 Mar 2009 | 10:30 AM
President Atta Mills is a very angry man. Someone has gotten in his nerves and it is so serious that when he met with the executive of the Ghana Journalists Association he made no attempt to conceal his anger. His voice was shriller than usual (almost to the point of ...
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Thumbs up, Atta Akyea
16 Mar 2009 | 07:50 AM
The MP for Akyem Abuakwa South, Samuel Atta Akyea seems to be quite adept at making enemies for himself. He drew the whole nation’s ire when at the height of the electoral tensions he went to the court on a holiday to try and file a writ to stop the ...
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Kufuor to Mills: ‘Take your Chrysler’
12 Mar 2009 | 04:45 AM
There is a reason why the German manufacturers of BMW market the luxury vehicle as the “ultimate driving machine”. Their message is simple: if you are not driving a BMW, you could as well be trudging along or riding on a chariot with square tyres. Like most of us, former ...
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Cobwebs in my head: Letter to Koku Anyidoho
08 Mar 2009 | 03:04 PM
Efo Koku, You are a very perceptive man. I am very impressed with your diagnosis of the “cobwebs” in my head. I appreciate your attempt to have them removed. Sadly, you failed. Your prescription for removing the “cobwebs” wasn’t effective because you overlooked the basic reasons why they got into ...
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ENCORE: May we have the Queen back, please?
06 Mar 2009 | 10:33 AM
For the attention of Mr. Gordon Brown, Prime Minister of Great Britain; Dear Sir, I hope this letter reaches you in good health. I am a young man writing from Accra, the capital of Ghana. I hope you know where my country is. If you don't, I am very sure that ...
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REJOINDER - Team Mills: Not so “lean” after all
06 Mar 2009 | 09:36 AM
The ‘director of communications’ at the presidency, Koku Anyidoho, issued the following statement. It is in response to what I wrote about the size of the Mills government so far. I said he never misses and opportunity to rant and rave, didn’t I? Enjoy… As a professional, I have restrained ...
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The founder(s): Over-immortalised!
05 Mar 2009 | 11:12 AM
I fail to understand all the buzz around Kwame Nkrumah. I know he led this country into independence. No doubt, hehad a lot of vision. Fifty years ago, he foresaw some of the major problems we are facing today and tried to resolve them. He tried. He was a great ...
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Team Mills: Not so “lean” after all
03 Mar 2009 | 10:16 PM
President Mills has pulled a fast one on Ghanaians. In his sessional address to parliament, he proudly proclaimed that he has so far succeeded in helping government shed off some excess ‘fat’. “We have already delivered on our promise to establish a lean but effective government by realigning and reducing ...
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Dagbon: An elusive peace
02 Mar 2009 | 04:13 AM
Sometimes I wonder how King Solomon – reputed by Christians to be the wisest man who ever lived – would resolve the conflict between the Abudu and Andani clans in Dagbon. Throw in the three wise men who went to see the infant Jesus with frankincense and myrrh and the ...
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LAUGH IT OFF: Not ready to take any chances
27 Feb 2009 | 06:22 PM
Robert Mugabe goes on a state visit to Israel. While he is on a tour of Jerusalem he suffers a heart attack and passes away. The undertaker tells his minders,“You can have him shipped home for US$500,000, or you can bury him here, in the Holy Land, for just US$100.” ...
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Mills’ ‘new way’
25 Feb 2009 | 07:57 AM
“I want to make a difference.” That’s one of the key phrases I picked from President Mills’ state of the nation address last week. It’s a noble desire and it’s not hard to achieve. If the president fulfils half the pledges he made in that address, he would make more ...
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Vehicle retrieval or stark intimidation?
23 Feb 2009 | 04:49 AM
We all know officials of the former government are keeping state vehicles that do not belong to them. Some of them have refused to give these cars up and have even put them up for sale. Government needs these cars back in its fleet and it has every right to ...
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LIVE BLOG: State of the nation address
19 Feb 2009 | 09:50 AM
President Atta Mills is delivering his first sessional address to parliament today. I have seen an advanced copy of the speech but I am not allowed to spell it all out. All I can say is that president is going to cancel one of the orders President Kufuor placed for ...
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It’s official – Zita is a disaster!
18 Feb 2009 | 11:45 PM
Zita Okaikoi didn’t disappoint anyone when she appeared before parliament’s appointment committe, did she? She thoroughly lived up to expectation – all the negative ones, which preceded her appearance. The last time I wrote about Mrs Okaikoi, she had gone on radio and made an utter mess of herself. My ...
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LIVE BLOG: Nomination Hearing - Zita Okaikoi & George Sipa-Yankey
18 Feb 2009 | 01:49 PM
Information minister-designate, Zita Okaikoi is appearing before the appointments committee of parliament today. Many have been looking forward to this day for the simple reason that in her first radio interview after the announcement of her nomination she impressed very few. Sources have told me that she’s very determined to ...
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In praise of ‘populism’
17 Feb 2009 | 09:36 PM
‘Populism’ is a word that has gained popularity in Ghana with the raging debate over the retirement package for former President Kufuor and other very senior government officials – MPs, judges, ministers, the whole greedy lot. Many have described the public outcry against the retirement package as well as the ...
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Ex-Gratia: New twists, uncertain turns
15 Feb 2009 | 04:52 PM
President Atta Mills needs a committee to help him review the recommendations of the committee whose recommendations are essentially an ‘upgrade’ on the recommendations of another committee. After all the pressure that has been mounted on him to take action, that’s the best the president could come up with. It’s ...
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LIVE BLOG: Nomination Hearings - DAY V - Part 2
11 Feb 2009 | 12:47 PM
Five nominees are appearing before the appointments committee of parliament today. Barring any last minute changes, they will be regional minsters-designate. They include Ama Benyiwa-Doe for Central, Kofi Opoku Manu for Ashanti and Nyamekye Marfo for Brong Ahafo. The rest are Mahmud Khalid for Upper West and Nii Armah Ashittey ...
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LIVE BLOG: Nomination Hearings - DAY V
11 Feb 2009 | 10:15 AM
Five nominees are appearing before the appointments committee of parliament today. Barring any last minute changes, they will be regional minsters-designate. They include Ama Benyiwa-Doe for Central, Kofi Opoku Manu for Ashanti and Nyamekye Marfo for Brong Ahafo. The rest are Mahmud Khalid for Upper West and Nii Armah Ashittey ...
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LIVE BLOG: Nomination Hearings – Day IV
10 Feb 2009 | 09:49 AM
Five nominees are appearing before parliament’s appointment committee today. They include Dr. Kwabena Dufuor (finance), Henry Smith (defence) and the youthful Haruna Iddrissu (communication). Nomination Hearings – Day IV
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LIVE BLOG: Nomination Hearings – Day III
09 Feb 2009 | 04:00 AM
Hopefully, members of parliament’s appointments committee have found the ‘consensus’ which eluded them over the weekend, making it impossible for them to go ahead with the scheduled vetting of ministerial nominees. In a few hours we expect nominees, including Oteng Adjei for Energy, Mohammed Mumuni for Foreign Affairs and Collins ...
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Grace Omaboe: Acting the victim?
08 Feb 2009 | 09:30 PM
Apart from being an excellent actor (I don’t like the sound of “actress”), Grace Omaboe (popularly known as Maame Dokono) has been one of the staunchest advocates of women and children’s rights in Ghana. She’s been at it for more than 10 years. Her radio and TV programmes have named ...
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Erefua’s Expedition to the South Pole
08 Feb 2009 | 02:44 PM
Erefua Yanney is a friend of mine and she is about to make history. Only a ‘mad’ person will do what she seeks to do. Since I’ve always known Erefua to be ‘mad’ in so many ways, I wasn’t exactly surprised when I heard that she was about to embark ...
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LIVE BLOG: Nomination Hearings – Day II
07 Feb 2009 | 09:01 AM
In surprise move, parliament’s appointment committee has decided to sit on a Saturday to vet five ministerial nominees. This is a first and it indicates that the MPs are aware that things need to be sped up a bit. Today, five more nominees are up for vetting including Oteng Adjei ...
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A thirsty nation
05 Feb 2009 | 08:27 PM
There is a cholera outbreak in four of our country’s ten regions. The epidemic, according to the Ghana Health Service has been with us for more than four months. The Ghana Health Service cannot produce statistics on how many people have died. What they know is that the cholera outbreak ...
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AUDIO: Zita Okaikoi Interview on JOY FM
05 Feb 2009 | 07:49 PM
Many people have requested to hear the interview Zita Okai-Kwei, information minister-designate, granted on JOY FM’s Super Morning Show with Kojo Oppong Nkrumah. For those who didn’t tune in (or those who just want to listen again), please go the audio section for the full, unedited interview.
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Zita will be zapped – unfortunately!
04 Feb 2009 | 10:20 PM
Whiles dirt was being splashed on four of President Mills’ ministerial nominees, a fifth one was busily swimming in the mud – in the studios of a radio station. A group calling itself Alliance for Accountable Governance is demanding that four of the nominees should be withdrawn because they had ...
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Where did the other sports go?
02 Feb 2009 | 07:34 AM
I had a great weekend just by staying indoors and watching the final matches of the Australian Open. The first was a bit of a disappointment, really. Serena Williams just walked over Russia’s Dinara Safina in less than an hour. They had both played very well over the past two ...
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Mills’ appointments and disappointments
30 Jan 2009 | 09:53 AM
President John Mills doesn’t seem to be in a mood to create any job for the boys. This is exemplified in his decision to scrap four ministries created by his predecessor. With such a bold move, the president is well on his way to keeping his campaign promise of running ...
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Ghana@50: After the party, a shameful mess
28 Jan 2009 | 07:46 AM
Just about a year ago, Kwadwo Mpiani, President John Kufuor’s chief of staff was literally telling parliament (and everyone else) to stop pestering him with questions over the expenses of the Ghana@50 Secretariat, the bureaucracy established to oversee the needlessly ostentatious celebration of Ghana’s 50th independence anniversary. Today, Mr. Mpiani ...
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The politics of loo management
27 Jan 2009 | 06:08 AM
In a country where about 90 percent of the people do not have decent places to perform the final rites of digestion, the management of public toilets is big business. Never has this fact been made clearer to me than the recent disputes in several parts of the country over ...
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Voice from the grave
24 Jan 2009 | 03:37 PM
This extraordinary article by the editor of the Sri Lankan ‘Sunday Leader’ was published three days after he was shot dead in Colombo. This is an edited version of an article published in the ‘Sunday Leader’ editorial column on 11 January. Its author, who co-founded the paper in 1994, was ...
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Shameful, ‘sankwas’ MPs
22 Jan 2009 | 01:16 PM
After the unprecedented public outcry over the ludicrous and unjustifiable retirement package for President John Kufuor, Members of Parliament are coming forth with all sorts of excuses as to why they approved Chinery-Hesse’s recommendations. Some of them are claiming that they were “hoodwinked” into approving the package. But Ghanaians are ...
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John Kufuor: The Plundering retiree
20 Jan 2009 | 11:00 AM
Dear President Mills, If you’ve been looking for an opportunity to show the nation that you really have balls – a solid pair – your predecessor has provided you with one. As I write this, my blood is boiling like ‘abenkwan’ on fire and if I were anywhere near your ...
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Bawumia really had to go
19 Jan 2009 | 08:33 PM
He is a political novice. But I didn’t expect Mahamudu Bawumia to be so naive to even hope that he would be allowed to keep his job as the deputy governor of the Bank of Ghana. The soft-spoken gentleman took a leave of absence to vie for the second most ...
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SOGO Awards 2008 – THE WINNERS!
18 Jan 2009 | 07:34 PM
The SOGO Committee apologises for the delay in releasing the list of winners for this year’s coveted Awards for Senselessness of Ghanaian Origin. This should have happened on 1st January but you know what happened – the race for the Flagstaff House had gone into a photo finish, tempers had ...
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Rawlings picking on Mills already?
16 Jan 2009 | 07:29 AM
In Jerry Rawlings’ mind there has been a ‘coup’ – his third coup in 30 years. This one, however, seems different and a bit weird! In the first two coups, there was no need for him to go around the country to campaign to win the hearts and minds – ...
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Winnipeg Free Press Editorial on Ghana
13 Jan 2009 | 08:20 PM
I reject the claim that the western media deliberately portrays Africa in a negative light. My argument has always been that the image you put out is the image they will carry. Countries that want to be portrayed as a forward, looking democratic nations, allow their citizens to freely choose ...
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The ‘Donkomisation’ of a national fleet
12 Jan 2009 | 08:15 PM
You are working for a company. After a rigorous performance appraisal, your employers decide that your output is not good enough. You are fired! Immediately, you receive your dismissal letter you are required to surrender every company property in your possession, including office pins and A4 sheets. You won’t take ...
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Win some, lose some
11 Jan 2009 | 01:04 PM
I have had quite a ‘bashing’ over the past few days after the publication of the article on President Mills’ unimpressive ‘performance’ on the day of his inauguration. Those bashing me are mostly NDC faithful who claim I have been too “harsh” on their leader, who also happens to be ...
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President Mills: Stumbling, fumbling and rambling
09 Jan 2009 | 12:05 AM
President John Mills might go down in history as one of the most diffident leaders the world has ever seen. His effeminate gestures, his frail voice and the general manner he carries himself – like tossing his head about when speaking – doesn’t exude confidence in any measure. A man ...
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President Mills: An inaugural chaos
07 Jan 2009 | 09:22 PM
It was like a typical day at Makola or Kajetia – too many people and utter chaos. But this wasn’t Makola or Kajetia. This was the Independence Square and the occasion was the inauguration of the world’s newest president, John Atta Mills. The enthusiastic crowd, mostly supporters of the NDC, ...
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Why the elephant is back in the bush
05 Jan 2009 | 09:51 PM
Nana Akufo-Addo has made it very clear that he and the NPP intend to go to court to challenge some of the second round presidential poll results from the Volta Region. They are convinced that the votes from Volta were so skewed against them because their party agents were hounded ...
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Congratulations, Prof.
04 Jan 2009 | 09:20 AM
The motivational speakers of the world will soon be pointing to Prof. John Atta Mills’ victory as a very useful lesson in perseverance. The fact that he lost two previous bids led some people to write him off. His ill-health, also sent out very bad signals about his ability to ...
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Now, Rawlings looks like an angel
02 Jan 2009 | 04:23 AM
Pardon my asking but are there any wise men (and women) left in the ruling New Patriotic Party? Against all good judgment and common sense, the NPP seems so hell bent on clinging to power. Instead of conceding defeat and allowing the country to start healing from an acrimonious political ...
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Happy New Year
31 Dec 2008 | 10:09 PM
Every New Year is a blessing and I am glad that I have lived to see the start of yet another one. I may not be alive when it ends but I hope that every day of this New Year will be full of happiness, joy and laughter. That’s what ...
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Nana Addo: Just bow out
31 Dec 2008 | 07:24 AM
Hello Nana, I suppose you want to be seen as a gallant fighter, unwilling to give up until the last breath. I don’t think you support ‘Phobia’ but I am sure that, at least for now, your motto is “never say die until the bones are rotten.” That’s why you ...
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NPP: Moving forwardly outward
29 Dec 2008 | 11:19 PM
The NPP is grabbing at straws. The mighty have truly fallen and now all they can do is put up spurious challenges and do all they can to throw doubts in the minds of the electorate. But the fact remains that in the next few hours the EC should officially ...
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Nana Addo vrs Atta Mills: Prepare for the worst
28 Dec 2008 | 06:34 AM
If the nation wasn’t so tired of the politics, the 21 days leading up to the presidential run-off would have been the most exciting part of the campaign season. The propaganda has been acrimoniously intense and the politicians have been at their silliest. The accusations and counter-accusations have been petty ...
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Kojo Antwi: My Season’s delight
26 Dec 2008 | 11:11 PM
I was so delighted when I heard Kojo was going to stage a concert this year. But I was almost disappointed when I heard where he was planning to stage it. “Accra Mall?” I asked. “How the heck is he going to pull that off?” Despite my scepticism I showed ...
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Aflao Border: Open sesame
23 Dec 2008 | 09:00 AM
Sometimes I get the impression that the guys at the National Security Council (or whatever they call themselves) – I mean Dr. Sam Amo and his people – think this nation is occupied by 22 million mindless creatures. I don’t understand why they think they can take any decision, use ...
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The ‘hit list’
22 Dec 2008 | 08:43 PM
For those of you who haven’t seen it, find below the so-called ‘hit list’ purportedly drawn up by the NDC. It makes very interesting reading. But at the end of the day, is it something we should even bother our heads about? I don’t think so. I think it’s sheer ...
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Wishing Mugabe dead!
22 Dec 2008 | 04:55 AM
“Natty trash it ina Zimbabwe Mash it up ina Zimbabwe Set it up ina Zimbabwe Africans a liberate Zimbabwe Africans a liberate Zimbabwe Natty dub it ina Zimbabwe Set it up ina Zimbabwe Africans a liberate Zimbabwe” - Bob Marley in ‘Zimbabwe’ The legendary reggae musician wrote the song ‘Zimbabwe’ as a war chant in support of the ...
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NOMINATE: SOGO Awards 2008
21 Dec 2008 | 12:21 AM
For the past two years I have been dishing out the SOGO (Senselessness of Ghanaian Origin) Awards. Often, I sit in my kitchen (or loo) to select the award winners. This year, the competition is so tight I don’t want to be the only one deciding who wins what. This ...
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Sorry is all that you can say?
18 Dec 2008 | 12:58 PM
Whose idea was it for NPP operatives to go about shedding crocodile tears and apologising for unspecified wrongs? I am hope it isn’t the recommendation of a paid consultant. I think the whole thing started in Kumasi where the Mayor – chided for failing to get the people to turn ...
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A camera is smashed, a gun is drawn
17 Dec 2008 | 09:27 AM
As the nation prepares for the presidential run-off later this month, everyone realises that the stakes are even higher now than they were two weeks ago and, as a result, tempers tend to fly much more easily. But we need all the calm we can get. That’s why the two ...
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GHANA UNDECIDED: NPP ‘lost’ but...
11 Dec 2008 | 10:52 PM
It was predicted that the elections were going to be “close”. But not this close. Since I am such a ‘small boy’, I stand to be corrected but I think this has been the most competitive political race in Ghana’s history. For now, we know for sure that last Sunday’s ...
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GHANA DECIDES: We have the ‘skirt’, let’s go get the ‘blouse’
10 Dec 2008 | 08:47 PM
It’s official – Ghana’s next parliament will not be dominated by any single party. The seats are evenly distributed between the two main parties – NDC and NPP but neither has the 116 seats needed to be considered as the “majority” party. Last week, when I wrote “Let’s vote skirt ...
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GHANA DECIDES: We’ve (almost) done it
09 Dec 2008 | 08:23 AM
I voted for the first time on Sunday. I’ve been advised not to reveal the candidates I voted for. I can say with great pride, though, that I voted “skirt and blouse”. A few days ago, I wrote and urged my friends and compatriots to vote “skirt and blouse” and ...
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GHANA DECIDES: It is time
07 Dec 2008 | 12:16 AM
At long last the day is here. We’ve been looking forward to this day since the results of the last elections were declared. For four years, the politicians have had their say. They’ve coaxed us, they’ve wowed us and they’ve bribed us. In some instances, they gave us doses of ...
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GHANA DECIDES: Let's vote ‘skirt and blouse’
04 Dec 2008 | 11:00 PM
“The minority will have it’s say but the majority will always have its way.” That is a very popular saying in parliament. Working as a parliamentary correspondent, I often heard MPs saying it. Those on the majority side would say it with such glee, gloating at their ability to do ...
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GHANA DECIDES: An Electoral Commission we can trust
04 Dec 2008 | 07:50 AM
After the registration fiasco last August, the Electoral Commission has truly won back my respect for all it has done to ensure that Sunday’s elections pass off with as few glitches as possible. No matter what anyone says, I believe strongly that the EC is one of the most competent ...
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GHANA DECIDES: All eyes on us
02 Dec 2008 | 06:58 AM
The eyes of the world are on us. We are being watched and we are being tested. It’s a test we cannot afford to fail – for our own sake and that of our fellow Africans who are in dire need of a good example of a well-organised, cleanly-contested and ...
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GHANA DECIDES: The records are the same
01 Dec 2008 | 06:10 AM
Note: This article was first published on May 12, 2008 Last Wednesday, the presidential candidate of the NDC, John Atta Mills gave the best speech I’ve ever heard him make. When I listen to a speech I like to take some ‘quotable quotes’ away with me. I hardly get any ...
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GHANA DECIDES: Hold your breath
30 Nov 2008 | 06:45 PM
From:‘The Economist’ LAST year oil was found off the coast of Ghana. There was rejoicing, of course. But the mood was tempered by the knowledge of how oil has polluted the nearby Niger Delta and corrupted Nigeria. More than anything, Ghanaians were seized by a determination to avoid the “resource curse” ...
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Akufo Addo: Moving too fast forward?
27 Nov 2008 | 10:59 PM
Nana Addo, I have just one question for you. Do you want to die? I’ve just heard that your convoy has been involved in yet another accident – this time on the Accra-Takoradi Highway. This is about the third accident in as many weeks, isn’t it? Earlier this month, there was ...
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Tales from the loo
25 Nov 2008 | 01:18 PM
Warning: This article is about toilets! Don’t read if you’ve never used one. Last week, as the world marked International Toilet Day, I heard that in Ghana getting a place to attend to nature’s call is more difficult than getting a place to lay one’s head. The statistics indicate that ...
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Tired of NDC complaints II
24 Nov 2008 | 08:19 PM
When I wrote last week about being tired of NDC complaints, I was referring to their numerous complaints about the forthcoming elections. I get the sense that some of you felt I was talking about their complaints in connection with issues such as corruption, the state of the economy, the ...
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No winners as JAK jets off to Liberia
23 Nov 2008 | 02:18 PM
We launched a competition a few weeks ago asking you to predict where next JAK would travel to. You were imaginative with your responses, which came in thick and fast. Some of you said he would be going to outer space – a place called Atlantis. Others mentioned that he ...
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Kofi Annan ‘bounced’
23 Nov 2008 | 09:11 AM
There are a lot of Ghanaians (and Africans) who think Robert Mugabe is a hero. I wonder what they would be thinking now after his latest outrage: “bouncing” Kofi Annan’s visa application. Our dearly beloved Annan, the angelic peacemaker we love, has at long last decided to pay a little attention ...
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Tired of NDC complaints
19 Nov 2008 | 04:47 AM
It’s difficult to understand why the opposition National Democratic Congress seems to be complaining about anything and everything these days. And only few of the complaints merit any serious attention. They complained (and justifiably so) about Nana Akufo-Addo’s use of state resources to campaign. Their vice presidential candidate, John Mahama ...
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Your comments, my responses
18 Nov 2008 | 09:40 AM
Many people have asked me to “moderate” comments on this site. That is to say that I should edit and cut out some of the crap – and there is a lot of that here. Those calling for moderation say some of the comments are too offensive and insulting, they ...
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Noko Fio Party searches for a running mate
16 Nov 2008 | 07:57 PM
PRESS RELEASE FROM THE OFFICE OF THE FLAGBEARER BK Oduro, our dearly beloved presidential candidate, wishes to acknowledge the numerous enquiries to his office about who is running mate could be. BK believes that this is yet another indication that ours is the fastest growing political grouping in the country today. Besides, ...
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Reconciling Kufuor & Rawlings: Thanks Otumfuo, but...
13 Nov 2008 | 09:01 PM
For more than 10 years, there has been no love lost between John Kufuor and Jerry Rawlings. The two men have never missed an opportunity to show their disdain for each other. Rawlings thinks Kufuor is a “thief”. Kufuor says Rawlings is the devil – “Sasabonsam”. Whenever it suited them, ...
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Tamale Presidential Debate: Live Blog
12 Nov 2008 | 11:07 PM
I was supposed to be chatting with my friends on the internet as we watched (and listened) to the second presidential debate organised by the Institute of Economic Affairs. Sadly, my internet connection went off just when the candidates were getting on stage. So I opened a ‘word pad’ and ...
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The Presidential debate: Simul-Chat
12 Nov 2008 | 11:04 PM
With my internet connection down, I couldn’t participate in the live chat on the debate. But my friends carried on and they had a good time. I am very impressed, guys and gals. Nehemiah: hello Nehemiah: are you logged on yet Nehemiah: ? Yayra: hitrying to but the sound ain't loading Yayra: still trying ...
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Go ahead and sue, Mr President
11 Nov 2008 | 02:04 PM
Dear Mr. President, This is just a friendly reminder. Just in case you’ve forgotten, your ultimatum – issued through your spokesman – for the ‘Weekly Standard’ to retract a story about your alleged shady dealings with a Kuwaiti oil firm has expired. It expired on October 31. Many of us ...
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Barack Obama: African illusions of a messiah
07 Nov 2008 | 05:29 AM
I get it. History has been made. America has done what only America will lead the developed world to do – choose a black man (for the first time) as its leader. He’s a smart, eloquent, charismatic and seemingly sincere young man. Good for him! Good for America and, maybe ...
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Desperate to reap where they have not sown
06 Nov 2008 | 09:02 PM
Let’s not beat about the bush here. I think the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) is desperately claiming credit it doesn’t deserve. It’s all to do with Isreali businessman who was (allegedly) kidnapped by some Nigerian fraudsters. The Israeli man, named as Dror Weinstein came to Accra to transact some ...
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Why Nduom won
04 Nov 2008 | 12:02 PM
It wasn’t exactly a debate. The three main presidential candidates (plus a three-time also run) didn’t exactly engage each other in a debate but they merely fielded questions from two veteran journalists on a wide array of issues ranging from why a certain engine has not been cranking as well ...
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Where next will he travel to? – Your Comments, my responses
02 Nov 2008 | 10:10 AM
I read all your comments on my site. The webmaster is trying to incorporate a system that makes it possible for me to respond to comments as they are posted. Until then, I decided to just respond to a few below... my responses are in italics. “Ato, there is a ...
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PREDICT AND WIN: Where next will he travel to?
30 Oct 2008 | 06:30 PM
In his ‘lame duck’ days President John Kufuor has been very busy racking up the frequent flyer miles. He’s ending his presidency just as he started it. In the beginning we were told that he needed to travel the world to “sell” Ghana to investors. But these days, there isn’t ...
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LIVE BLOG: PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE
29 Oct 2008 | 05:37 PM
As the candidates debated the issues, I had a chat about it with my friends – Nehemiah (in Lagos), Lamisi (in Accra), Raymond (in Kumasi), Yayra (in Hanover), Godwin (in Michigan) Ben (somewhere in the US), and Kwame (also somewhere in the US).The timestamps are GMT+1, since Nehemiah was the ...
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LIVE BLOG: Presidential Debate [INTRODUCTION]
29 Oct 2008 | 01:05 PM
I am not looking forward to anything extraordinary. I am not going to hear anything I’ve never heard before. But I just can’t wait for the presidential debate with the four most serious contenders answering questions, asking questions of each other (hopefully) and having their ideas challenged. Democracy has never had ...
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Touch not the forest... and the “woodlot”
28 Oct 2008 | 01:16 PM
Government has made its position clear: there are no plans to sell off the Achimota Forest. All well and good. But I am not convinced. First, there is the cock-and-bull story of a certain Nii Owu, the supposed original owner the property, demanding his land back. Then there is the ...
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A democratic lottery
27 Oct 2008 | 09:51 AM
In a “normal” country, a party’s position on a ballot paper means nothing to anyone. Even those who earn a living by interpreting the meaning of numbers do not often care a hoot about whether a party is number one or number eight on the ballot sheet. Ours, unfortunately, is ...
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Now there is a lawyer in the family II
24 Oct 2008 | 02:50 AM
At the end of my ‘Newspaper Review’ programme on Friday morning, Israel Laryea walks up to me with a gleam in his eyes and a question on his mind. “In the MV Benjamin case, who was known as the ‘Limping Man’?” he asks – as if I am some sort of ...
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FROM MY ARCHIVES: Is Prof. Mills alright?*
21 Oct 2008 | 03:17 PM
Prof. John Atta Mills doesn’t look as healthy as he used to. But does it matter? For months, people have been talking about Prof. Mills’ health. It’s been the subject of numerous newspaper headlines. ‘Prof. Mills in Coma’, one headline screamed rather alarmingly, suggesting that the former vice president and ...
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Thanks y’all
20 Oct 2008 | 02:27 AM
I’ve been very touched by the outpouring of support from a very large number of people who sent emails, left comments and even called to say a few words of encouragement to me after reading “Huhuhuhu doesn’t do me hu”. I have never been in any doubt whatsoever that I ...
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'Noko Fio' Party launches campaign
19 Oct 2008 | 08:38 AM
The ‘Noko Fio’ Party has launched its campaign to gain power, promising to make sure every Ghanaian gets to “chop small, small”. The campaign was launched on Thank God It’s Friday – the first time a political party has launched a campaign on primetime TV. Ace newscaster, B. K. Oduro ...
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"Not ready to make nice"...
14 Oct 2008 | 01:18 PM
Here are the lyricsfor one of my favourite songs from the 'Dixie Chicks'. I love those 'Chicks' and this particular song, 'Not ready to make nice', which won a couple of Grammy Awards in 2007,speaks a lot about my sentiments now. Enjoy! If you get the song, please have a ...
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Now, there’s a lawyer in the ‘family’
07 Oct 2008 | 10:27 PM
Hello Kofi, Congratulations! I hear you have completed Law School and now you are a full-fledged lawyer. I couldn’t believe the news. It came to me as a shock but I’ve thought long and hard about it and guess, what, all the shock has worn off. Kofi, I remember two ...
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TOTAL RECALL: When Kofi Boakye met with alleged drug barons
06 Oct 2008 | 06:29 PM
A few days ago, the interdicted police director of operations, ACP Kofi Boakye, was called to the bar. He is now a lawyer. And his journey to the bar has been quite a joyous, glorious ride as he graduated top of his graduating class at the Ghana Law School. He ...
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The site crushed
04 Oct 2008 | 01:27 PM
This internet thing can be very annoying. A couple of days ago, the site went offline. I called up the developer and told him about it. Shortly, thereafter he called and told me the site was back on. But then I couldn't get into what they call the 'backend' - ...
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An “albatross” named Tsatsu
03 Oct 2008 | 02:41 PM
I don’t remember the last time a conference of the Ghana Bar Association generated so much excitement... and so much controversy. These events usually come and go without many of us taking much notice. They open with long, winding speeches and end with often meaningless communiqués, which are often no ...
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Oh, Baah-Wiredu!
03 Oct 2008 | 02:39 PM
“Life is incomplete without death.” I heard a pastor say this about ten years ago. It stuck in my mind and it’s what I often say – to myself and to console friends – when I hear of the death of someone they loved. On Wednesday, it dawned on me ...
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The Cockerel gets its head back on
03 Oct 2008 | 02:36 PM
If I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes, I would have dismissed it as politically- motivated deceit. But I saw it for myself and I tell you it was a refreshing sight. Can you believe it? The Convention People’s Party drew (quite) a large crowd to the Holy Gardens ...
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Unintelligent intelligence - You are banned!
18 Sep 2008 | 02:44 PM
There are very few men on earth who can thump their chest and say: “I staged two successful coups in one country.” Jerry John Rawlings is one of them. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I think he’s the only one. “I even gave advanced notice before staging the second,” ...
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Ban ‘broni wawu’, face revolt
15 Sep 2008 | 12:19 AM
Dear Papa Owusu-Ankomah, I heard some disturbing news the other day. I am told you are thinking of placing a ban on second hand clothing, with particular emphasis on underwear – popularly known as ‘broni wawu pieto’. I don’t think you wear anything second-hand. I have never seen your wife ...
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Why they are at each other’s throat
08 Sep 2008 | 11:45 PM
Hello Kwame, First let me congratulate you for taking the bold decision to go up north to assess what’s happening there for yourself. But for God’s sake, where in heaven’s name is your brother, the president? I know you are interior minister and these things fall perfectly within your domain. But ...
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A legend and true hero
07 Sep 2008 | 11:07 PM
If it were left to me to decide who gets a national medal, I will gladly hang one around Azumah Nelson’s neck every year.And I bet it won’t generate the sort of controversy that greeted President Kufuor’s decision to hang one of those medals around his neck. Correct me if I’m ...
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Obama says......
03 Sep 2008 | 08:47 AM
I stayed up through the night last week to listen to Barrack Obama deliver his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention. During the Democratic Party primaries in America, my bet was on Hilary Clinton – not Barrack Obama. I am not one of the many Africans who support Obama ...
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Money talks indeed
29 Aug 2008 | 01:41 PM
Dear Nana; Naa Nana, Naa Short! I hope this letter finds you well. I can see you have been walking a lot in the Central Region. Since walking is something you are not very used to, I pray that it doesn’t take too much of a toll on you. I have ...
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Nana’s audacious choice
29 Aug 2008 | 01:28 PM
There are many in the ruling New Patriotic Party who are not very pleased with the party’s presidential candidate, Nana Akuffo Addo. They are very annoyed (to say the least) that the candidate settled on a relative “outsider” as his running mate. But most of them dare not complain in ...
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Selling GT for a song?
29 Aug 2008 | 01:21 PM
Government’s decision to sell off 70% of its stake in Ghana Telecom has caused a lot of static in the country recently. Government is anxious to sell off majority of its share in GT because, truth be told, we are in economic dire straits and the proceeds will help ward ...
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An idiot’s guide to running a country on a shoe-string budget
29 Aug 2008 | 01:10 PM
Just a few days after President Kufuor got on jet for yet another expensive but inexplicable foreign trip, we were told that instructions have been issued to all government agencies to reduce their projected spending for the rest of the year by as much as 50%. It is yet another ...
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School feeding programme - Cooked up to fail?
29 Aug 2008 | 01:03 PM
The real intention behind the government’s decision to introduce the national school feeding programme remains quite unclear to me. Under the programme pupils are provided with at least one hot-cooked meal every school day. And for what? The idea, we’ve been repeatedly told, is to use food to literally entice ...
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May we have the Queen back, please?
29 Aug 2008 | 12:31 PM
For the attention of Mr. Gordon Brown, Prime Minister of Great Britain; Dear Sir, I hope this letter reaches you in good health. I am a young man writing from Accra, the capital of Ghana. I hope you know where my country is. If you don't, I am very sure that ...
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Grand Order of Vultures and Rats
29 Aug 2008 | 11:57 AM
I’m still recovering from the shock that our dear president’s latest set of ‘blings’ cost as a good 33,000 pounds each (and he bought five of them). You do the maths. Add up all what was spent on honouring so many people –more than half of whom we all consider ...
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National honours - Another stolen verdict
29 Aug 2008 | 10:54 AM
How will history remember President Kufuor? Only time will tell. But I’m very sure that he will be remembered as the guy who, so vain and so full of himself, decided to decorate himself with a national honour. He will also be known as the guy who gave away national ...
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A medal for Mills too?
28 Aug 2008 | 05:15 AM
What is the president up to? That’s the question I’ve been asking myself over the past few days. After announcing his so-called mitigation package, the president has done a few other things that have shocked and surprised many. First, he sacked his interior minister and made some ministerial changes. Then ...
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Politically expedient rescue package
28 Aug 2008 | 05:12 AM
There is no escaping the hard times brought on by the sudden hikes in food and fuel prices. Even if you don’t have a car and you don’t spend money to move around from one end of town to another (say you are unemployed and you have little choice than ...
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