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Embracing our values makes for responsible parenting

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But as Ghanaian parents, shouldn’t a little more meaningful thinking go into how we name our children?

Shatta Wale, Stonebwoy

Opinions

At a time when we are yet to find our way clear out of the grip of vigilantism on our politics, the last thing we should be encouraging is a culture of gangsterism complete with gun violence arising out of musical feuds.

On a daily basis, I see people speeding while using their mobile phones. Image credit - The Plymouth

Opinions

Ghanaian legal luminaries pride themselves with having some of the finest laws in the world which other countries come here to learn from. The question is, what is good about fine laws on paper which are not enforced?

Online education can be traced back to as early as the 18th century. It was popularly called distance education. Its evolution and progression over the last 300 years run parallel with innovations in communications technology, ...

Joseph Anokye is the Director General of NCA

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Jean Adukwei Mensa, Chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Ghana.

Opinions

There is currently a sense of local autonomy but heavily centralised and controlled in Ghana.

Kobina Ansah, the writer

Opinions

The Ghanaian problem is simply a problem of character! You can’t have an American dream with a Ghanaian attitude. You can’t desire a nation where the laws and systems work when the people therein are not willing to make the laws work.

Who speaks for the voiceless? Image credit - vnation

Opinions

Traditionally, any time fuel prices are increased substantially in Ghana, transport fares are adjusted to match the increment.

A hospital for Adansi North lies waste

Opinions

Existing government facilities are overstretched and the no-bed syndrome is rife in our major health facilities.

Appeal to President Akufo-Addo: speak, to check the ‘rogue elements’

Opinions

Awuni had needed police protection and had even had to flee the country.

The author, Dr. Raphael Nyarkotey Obu, RND, PhD

Opinions

Today, foreign nutritional networking companies have infiltrated the market in Ghana, making huge billions of dollars in our country and transferring all these back to their countries.

The Author, Kobina Ansah

Opinions

Just as he may expect his woman to stay faithful to him and him alone, he must make a conscious effort to stay clear off other women when he walks down the aisle with one.

DECISION TO RECUSE MYSELF FROM AFCON 2019, EGYPT AND RETIRE FROM THE NATION TEAM – ASAMOAH GYAN

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DECISION TO RECUSE MYSELF FROM AFCON 2019, EGYPT AND RETIRE FROM THE NATION TEAM – ASAMOAH GYAN

Stonebwoy Apologizes For Gun Incident At 20th VGMA Awards Ceremony

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Stonebwoy Apologizes For Gun Incident At 20th VGMA Awards Ceremony

Press Release: Marricke Kofi Gane Announces His Candidacy For 2020 Presidential Race

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Press Release: Uniformed man seen kicking young man in video not police officer

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Hearts Appoint Frederick Moore As Chief Executive Officer

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CHARLES BISSUE STEPS ASIDE IN THE WAKE OF BRIBERY ALLEGATION

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Ghana’s Democracy Under Threat with the Existence of Political Party Thugs

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PRESS STATEMENT: OCCUPYGHANA CONDEMNS RECENT ELECTORAL VIOLENCE AND DEMANDS INDEPENDENT INQUIRY

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We condemn all such acts and call for the perpetrators to be brought to book and punished in accordance with the law.

President Akufo-Addo Congratulates Lydia Seyram Alhassan, MP-Elect For Ayawaso West Wuogon

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It is important also to state that the New Patriotic Party, the party from which my Government was born, would never dream of competing with any other political party in unleashing violence on the Ghanaian people.

Joint Statement by Ghana Police And EOCO on The Arrest of Nana Appiah Mensah in Dubai

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Joint Statement by Ghana Police And EOCO on The Arrest of Nana Appiah Mensah in Dubai

Appointment Of New Service Chiefs

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Appointment Of New Service Chiefs

President Akufo-Addo Removes Three Justices Of The High Court From Office

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Standardisation and economic growth

Features

With regard to governments, standards provide the technological and scientific bases that underpin health, safety and environmental legislations. Similarly, for individuals, standards can contribute to quality of life in general.

Are we really getting tired of media freedom? (2)

Features

This is the first time since the research group began tracking media freedom trends in Africa that the tables have turned. Now, the report shows that in 25 out of 31 countries surveyed, support for media freedom has declined. In Ghana, 57 per cent of respondents say they want the government to control the media.

Quarrel with the Press

Features

What sparked this new three-way confrontation—Government on one side; and the press ostensibly backed by the NDC on the opposite, are a death and a run-for-life of journalists; and government is under fire for either doing nothing or too little in the clear behalf of journalists, ...

The M/V Lake Bosomtwi on her maiden voyage to the port of New York. Image credit – ghanashippingguide

Features

From the operations of Black Star Line came the opening of Tema Shipyard and Drydock to dock and repair the Black Star Line Vessels.

Are we really getting tired of media freedom?

Features

The findings show that media-freedom supporters are now outnumbered by those who believe governments should have the right to prevent publications they consider harmful. Among the key findings, the report shows that in 25 out of 31 countries tracked since 2011 support an unfettered media declined.

Amina washes laundry with her son Ali, 6 months, in Motonko Village Sierra Leone. Amina married when she was 13-years-old. Image credit - ReliefWeb

Features

A global snapshot shows that every two seconds, a girl is married before she is physically or emotionally fit enough to become a wife or a mother.

The late Bob Marley with his wife Rita Marley

Features

As a reggae fan, I became fond of The Legend at 16. In fact, I had wanted to be a Rastafarian by virtue of my passion for reggae. The thoughts of growing dreadlocks appealed to me, but my late father raised a stern objection.

Paradox at sea: More trawlers on Ghana's waters against dwindling stocks. Image credit - graphiccomgh

Features

But according to Prof. Akpalu, out of about 76 trawlers operating on Ghana’s waters, only one is wholly owned by a Ghanaian. The rest are owned by Chinese.

Trends in Mobile Application Development. Image credit - Hacker Noon

Features

Current records show approximately 4 billion people worldwide own a smartphone. Thirty seven percent of the growth is said to occur in developing economies.

Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta

Features

The tripartite agreement follows a new Fiscal Capping Law and a new Fiscal Council introduced to reset the clock in Ghana’s economic management systems.

New Technologies and Africa’s Development. Image credit - theukdomainuk

Features

Knowledge has now become the key to wealth creation and the alleviation of poverty.Fact is, all successful economies in the world today are knowledge-based and technology-driven.

Promoting quality inclusive education: Need for sign language interpreters. Image credit - GNA

Features

TIME TO TAKE HIV TREATMENT SERIOUS

Editorials

It is regrettable that Ghana who was tipped as far back as 2012 to be the first country on the African continent to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS has not as yet succeeded.

Press Freedom Must Mean Freedom And Responsibility

Editorials

Truth is that some media professionals have taken freedom of the press for granted and thrown professional ethics to the abyss.

COP Mrs Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah

Editorials

It is also very disappointing that the police service is behaving as if it has no communication policy in place. A senior officer says the girls have been found or their whereabouts are known but in the same breath the very Police Administration denies the abducted victims have been located.

Pay attention to the roads

Editorials

The importance of roads is well appreciated, viewed against the backdrop that they link producers to markets, workers to workplaces, students to schools and the sick to hospitals.

File image – Circa 2015, an unidentified location in Accra following a heavy downpour that left parts of the capital severely flooded.

Editorials

As if we were possessed then, all of a sudden we discovered all the causes and solutions to floods. We were overtaken by a certain powerful force to put measures in place to curtail once and for all the flooding menace.

James Klutse Avedzi, PAC Chairman

Editorials

Quite honestly, many Ghanaians are not enthused about the warnings that have been issued to the public officials over the period because everyone is fully aware that nothing would come out of it.

Death penalty: To expunge or not to

Editorials

The death penalty has been justified by many, while it has been criticised by others.

No hard-line stance in vigilantism talks

Editorials

Since we ushered in the Fourth Republic in 1992, the activities of political vigilante groups have become an albatross around our neck and in some cases marred the beauty of democratic governance.

File image - A flooded section of an unidentified neighborhood in Accra.

Editorials

Ghana, like many other developing countries, has not done well in terms of disaster management plans, ...

Minister of Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh

Editorials

Let’s Enforce Speed Limiters on all Commercial Vehicles! Image credit - Extreme Tech

Editorials

It is important that as the country rolls out on the measures, drivers, particularly commercial drivers, also adhere to road regulations in order to prevent road accidents.

Why government should support women entrepreneurs

Editorials

Right from start-ups to growing businesses, women entrepreneurs struggle in the male dominated business world to survive.

Open letter to the manager of British Airways in Accra

Letters

The British Airways flight to Accra was horrible.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

Letters

FUND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE WORK IN GHANA, IMPLEMENT THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ACT AND RELATED LEGISLATION AND CREATE SEXUAL HARRASSMENT POLICIES IN SCHOOLS AND WORKPLACES IN GHANA

Open Letter to the Ministers of Highways and Railways

Letters

The people of Tarkwa are suffering because of the very poor nature of the road on the outskirts of the municipal area from Tarkwa Senior High School to Wassa Agona.

An Open Letter to Afenyo-Markin

Letters

The call for Ahmed Jinapor’s promotion to Associate Professor because his brother is a staff at the Office of the President, is as absurd as Hilda’s case.

President Akufo-Addo writes to Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, NDC Chairman

Letters

File image - Irbad Ibrahim

Letters

Please, brother, take a cue from the saying that “If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.” Right now you are in a hole but you don’t seem to realise it.

Mr. Isaac Adongo

Letters

Second, I am very disappointed with the tone and the inherent rudeness of your letter, which should not be part of the job description of an “honourable” Member of Parliament

Mr. Kofi Totobi Quakye, former National Security Minister

Letters

I have been scandalized by the suggestion that the armed, masked men who set upon innocent Ghanaians are agents of our national security apparatus. High ranking appointees of your administration have severally made this claim ...

Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa. Ranking Member, Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs

Letters

Sir, you have not complied with this provision since assuming the position of National Security Minister and thereby undermining Parliament's Constitutional mandate of oversight.

An Open Letterto Otumfuo Nana Osei Tutu II

Letters

Nana, you have a great understanding of our political history, but as a King, you speak candidly. I am not a King, so, I speak plainly. The division and lies started on 4th August 1947.

A Letter to Pepper Dem Ministries – Are You Misandrists or Feminists?

Letters

But you Akosua Abebrese from a village which isn’t even shown on the map of Ghana think that because your father ...

Ex-Ghana president, John D. Mahama. Image credit - qedng

Letters

You cannot leave office, accept the retirement package and vie for the same office again. That is called ‘’double dipping’’ and it is illegal.

Bishop John Bonaventure Kwofie

Interviews

How can somebody like me from a small tribe - the Ahanta people in the Western Region - be called to go to work in Accra; I mean how are the people going to receive me?

DecoKraft’s Akua Obenewaa Donkor

Interviews

My chocolatier journey began when I came across the word “chocolatier” in a magazine. It piqued my curiosity, ...

Angolan businesswoman, Isabel dos Santos

Interviews

In 2013, according to research by Forbes, her net worth had reached more than three billion US dollars, making her Africa's first billionaire woman. Five years have passed ever since and her wealth has continued to grow.

Related: Exclusive Interview: Marricke Kofi Gane Talks Political Future and More - Part 3

Interviews

AA: Like any armchair football coach, the armchair politician’s task is always the easiest; it becomes a different story when the reality hits him in office. What is your take on that?

Exclusive Interview: Marricke Kofi Gane Talks Political Future and More – Part 2

Interviews

Well, let me put it this way – it is not enough if I wish to stand – the people must also want me to stand, after all, they will be the ones to vote for me. What I can say however is this - if I do make an announcement to stand in 2020, it will be because the people believe in me. Do I believe I am ready myself?

Exclusive Interview: Marricke Kofi Gane Talks Political Future and More - Part 1

Interviews

I am not sure there is a very new me from when we last spoke. I think it’s more the case that the Author side of me has been asked to proceed on leave, hahaha, and my more vocal and politically inclined self, awakened. Both have always been there.

The developing world is an easy target for populists – Kofi Annan

Interviews

There has been much debate about democratic dysfunction in the advanced world due to paralyzing polarization exacerbated by fake news and social media manipulation. Isn’t this also an issue in the fledgling democracies of the developing world, from Malaysia to Kenya, Nigeria and elsewhere?

The story is titled 'The Shimmer in the Photo Album', and it revolves around 4 children and their grandfather, and a series of time-porting adventures and mysteries they go through. The title was purely to create curiosity and thereby encourage anyone to pick up through book.

Abel Manomey (1st left) celebrates a goal with Gt. Olympics teammates. File image credit - @images_image

Interviews

SA: I find your reference to the use of occultism/juju in the Ghana Premier League very intriguing. I do recall a video on Twitter of several Gt. Olympics players walking backwards into a stadium with hopes of picking up the 3 points as they sought to escape relegation towards the end of the 2017 season. Did that really happen or was that clip a prank?

Abel Manomey (1st left) celebrates a goal with Gt. Olympics teammates. File image credit - @images_image

Interviews

They have done well so far. They registered players last season for them to be insured but they need to be cushioned by the Ghana Football Association (GFA), and other corporate bodies since it is a huge financial burden on the PFAG. Also, in my case, Mr. Baffoe personally called and assured me of the association paying any debt incurred at the hospital resulting from my recent injury.

An Interview with Farida Nabourema - Part 2

Interviews

An Interview with Farida Nabourema - Part 1

Interviews

Need for fair and just pension for workers

Commentary

True to the mandate, SSNIT has invested these monies mainly in the housing, hotel, health, transportation and educational sectors. It also has equity in many organisations and institutions.

Snr. Government Minister, Mr. Yaw Osafo Marfo.

Commentary

Introduction Of The Two Track System Of Admitting Students Into SHS

Commentary

Under the new system, students in SHS two and three will continue with the normal system but run a semester system just like the universities.

National Revenue Targeting And Expenditure Projections

Commentary

It is commendable for the government to put in place the necessary reforms to support revenue mobilization, such as the issuance of a National ID Card, Tax Identification Number, National Digital Property Addressing System,...

Ghana’s Growth And The Missing Jobs

Commentary

Youth unemployment is a serious threat to national security. The problem in securing decent jobs after school may increase the vulnerability of young people to social vices and disorders.

IGP David Asante Apeatu

Commentary

The unfortunate killing of seven people in the Ashanti Region suspected to be armed robbers has raised a number of questions regarding the professional conduct of the Police in certain respects.

Finance Minister, Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta

Commentary

Numerous economic problems facing the country include expansion in education at all levels, infrastructure, agriculture, health and other essential facilities needed for the overall growth of the economy.

Contributions Of Late VEEP Amissah-Arthur To Ghana’s Development

Commentary

From Degraft Johnson, Ekow Arkaah, Prof. Atta Mills to Amissah-Arthur. Your Excellency, Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur: You served your nation well and you will forever remain in our minds and in our hearts. Rest in Perfect Peace.

Ghana's progress in fighting corruption

Commentary

No wonder the Commission wants civic education to be re-introduced into the basic school curricula. Another way to find out if Ghana is making any concrete progress in its fight against corruption is to monitor and examine progress made in achieving goals and commitments.

Need To Take Precautionary Measures At The Onset Of The Rains

Commentary

Image credit - @MBawumia

Commentary

Older people are encouraged to use all accepted means to demand from government and policy-makers the implementation of promises made in their speeches, including that of the Freedom Pass in 2017, the Aged Bill and improving their health status which among others came out last Sunday at the Luncheon at the State House.

Ghana Football: Meeting Between Government and FIFA

Commentary

Fair play in competitive football is the needed hallmark or yardstick for all tournaments, whether at the sub-district, regional, national or international level.

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The police have a responsibility to enforce the law and that includes motorbike riders as well.

At Large

At the moment, our roads do not feel like there is any rule of law in this country.

I have it on good authority that the biggest number of people arriving at Accident and Emergency departments in all hospitals and clinics in the country are motorbike riders and those they have been in contact with.

Have we had governments?

At Large

The latest was when I read from citinewsroom that: “Eighty-six vehicles purchased by the Rawlings administration remain unused after nearly 20 years.

I will begin this week with the question I posed in my last paragraph last week: Can we seriously conclude, looking at ourselves, so far, that the Black man is capable of solving his own problems?

Our police and us in an era of kidnapping

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The current cases of kidnapping and their handling by our police would seem to suggest the police is not worth trusting to ensure a safe society for us.

My devoted readers would know that I believe in law and order and been a champion and defender of police causes.

Rosewood in the Kalakpa Reserve of Abutia in the Volta Region

At Large

It was never clear the identity of the person who had the permit but suddenly lots of trucks started going into and emerging from the Reserve loaded with Rosewood.

I am glad to hear that the Forestry Commission says we are not losing the forest cover in our country at the rate a recent report claimed.

Do we have scientists in Ghana?. Image credit global giving

At Large

In addition to, or because of our poverty, our souls have become so calloused with cheating and wickedness, that we use gutter-water to grow our carrots and veggies; which explains why Europe and America are not buying them from Ghana.

Comparing Ghana of the 1990s and Ghana of today, I conclude that as a country, the only progress we have made is our ability to illegally amass wealth at the expense of the poor to acquire western and Chinese goods.

Journalists under attack in our democracy!

At Large

And when an important journalist like Manasseh Azure Awine has to flee Ghana for his life, we must ask searching questions and demand of our government credible answers.

It is disquieting and shocking to read of real and serious threats to the profession of journalism in Ghana at the moment in the presidency of the acclaimed fighter for and defender of media freedoms, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

The writer, Elizabeth Ohene

At Large

Mr Bukari is reported to have said further in his letter that he had exercised judgement contrary to what he had known the President to stand for and require of servants in running the country.

I have always been fascinated by the phenomenon of the high-rank sacking of the political kind. The sacking of a Minister of State always has an aura of drama, even a relatively painless one like the departure from office of Mr Rockson Bukari as Minister of State at the Office of the President.

Aisha Huang (L) and Senior Minister Yaw Osafo-Maafo. Image credit - graphiccomgh

At Large

On April 2, 2019, COP Addo-Danquah announced that the Police had established the whereabouts of the three Takoradi girls who were kidnapped last year ...

Every society has its season of goofs and gaffes. Some of them, whiles serious, are mere annoyances that cost us next to nothing.

How A New Patriotic Party (NPP) Greedy Politician Ended Up With A ‘Disfigured Nose’

At Large

If Nana Akufo-Addo want Ghanaians to take his corruption fight serious, then he should consider taking a forensic look at the books of the Ghana Water Company Ltd (GWCL), where corruption stinks to high heaven!

A certain small boy, consumed by greed, evil and non-existent pride, and who in 2008 allegedly sabotaged the re-election bid of the late Samuel Owusu Agyei of the NPP to Parliament, by joining forces with Mike Allen Hammah of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to defeat Samuel Owusu Agyei, has in short, committed political suicide by his latest open display of greed, ignorance and disrespect for all those who rightly refuse to ‘bow down’ to his Lunatic reasoning and methods.

On Tomorrow

Here And There

And so, we are left with the burden to carry on. Because once we are alive, morning turns to evening, and evening to morning, and the cycle continues. And it will not stop, until we do.

The flowers are beginning to flash their color here again. The birdsong announces the waking hours. The sun stays longer in a brighter sky every day, as spring beckons. But this has been a month of death.

Image credit – mayo clinic

Here And There

In 2019, if offices still use messengers to transfer messages, and websites for whole governmental arms, do not function when shall the epilepsy end, and the production begin?

Epilepsy is a devastating disease. In our part of the world it is more prevalent. It is a tragedy to see the most complex interconnected unit in the universe, pulverizing itself into uselessness. Neurons that are built to share information with each other, relay implosions of electric impulse that orchestrate brain malfunction.

On Slavery. Image credit - Black Press

Here And There

Whole economies were birthed. Entire generations secured position in society, because slaves broke their backs, and gave their lives.

It's been 400 years since the first slaves landed in Virginia. Something terrible berthed with that first shipload. Consequences persist today. Societies disrupted. Families torn apart. Humanity challenged in ways that belong nowhere in a world that makes sense.

On Democracy

Here And There

Politics has always been that cog that connects the aspirations of a people to the achievements of the country. Leadership is the machinery, politics is that lubricant that enables leadership to push the people in the right direction. Politics without ...

It’s minus 4 degrees outside. The sun is shining brilliantly. It is a beautiful morning. The grass still sparkles with the left over snow from 3 days ago. Persisting in whiteness, because the cold claws of the winter freeze will not let it go.

On Wakanda

Here And There

And if there is anything that God has not taken away from human beings where I come from, it is the capacity to dream. The limitlessness of what we can see in our minds is a gift, that is too precious to be swallowed by the reality of the failure we see around us.

I was in a small town called Celebration a week ago. At a neurosurgery course hosted by an ultramodern hospital, built as a resort years ago. The story is that Disney was not sure a hospital would make money, and built it as a resort as a fall back option just in case it did not. It has thrived. It has impacted. And in one of the many twists of life, here I was, the only one from SubSaharan Africa in a class of 28, at a course for key-hole neurosurgery.

And everything is being done to make sure that the movement continues. It is the bedrock of all progress, and dedicating the inner workings of society to keep it moving is crucial. Image credit - The Delta Statement

Here And There

There is something about life, and the capacity to move on and keep moving. All success is dependent on that ability to keep moving. It is the only way to ensure that targets are reached, ...

The Christmas trees have come down. The lights that brightened my morning drive to work are off. Slowly but steadily the Christmas luminosity has diminished, the carols silenced, and life moves on. People are back at work. There are still a few Christmas trees surviving, but it is already almost as if Christmas never was.

On Christmas

Here And There

There is a counterpoint for me, in the UK at the time of the last Christmas before Brexit. There is a huge Christmas tree in the Trafalgar square, a gift from ...

On Christmas day I was with family. Tucked away in a toasty room away from the grey chill outside. It’s turned out to be a much sunnier day than was forecast. It was my first Christmas day in the United Kingdom.

On Dreaming

Here And There

It was striking, how different it could be, if this was a tarred road, with pedestrian crossings, and traffic lights, and pavements and lighting with markings. Suddenly ...

Two weeks ago I was walking along a Spintex dirt road which has a name… Aviation Road. Looking at it now, one can tell that it was planned to be a major road. It is as wide as a major road should be.

On Community

Here And There

Coming from an environment still reeling from the effects of communal dissipation, leadership deflation and duty relegation, I have experienced life that a lot of people here have not seen.

I find myself in the UK at a time of change. It is an experience that gives me again another chance at perspective. Around me I see what dedication to community, and public exhortation of communal responsibility does.

Betraying our Forebearers by Defaulting on their Promissory Note. Image credit - huffpost

Thoughts From Afar

Then there is the matter of the security services. Are they trying to tell us that in this day and age, they lack the ability to infiltrate criminal niches? Or am I to believe that because the finger points at deviant white-collar criminals with little respect for the welfare of our citizens, they have also become numb?

On the 6th of March 1957, Ghana’s first President Kwame Nkrumah opined, “the black man is capable of managing his own affairs.” In that independence speech, he also claimed that “we must change our attitudes and our minds.  We must realise that from now on we are no longer a colonial but free and independent people.”

Rewriting our Health Social Contract in a Technological World

Thoughts From Afar

In recent times, however, I have come to believe that there are ways to bridging this gap in a manner that will enhance efficiency.

“I want to create a system that provides for all members of society, but one that also uses the wealth generated by Artificial Intelligence (AI) to build a society that is more compassionate, loving, and ultimately human.” – Kai-Fu Lee

Ghana is losing its rainforest faster than any other country in the world

Thoughts From Afar

Therefore, we cannot allow a few conspirators amongst our population to destroy the contribution some amongst our citizenry have made towards putting a cap on the world’s malaria death toll, through well-crafted scientific research.

The late Alvin Toffler American writer and futurist is noted to have stated, “the illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” No time have I found this quote more poignant than in the last few days when I have experienced the height of intellectual and scientific blasphemy that any society may care to inflict on themselves.

Speak Up, Be Candid; We All Can Be Patients Too. Image credit - CU Independent

Thoughts From Afar

We cannot continue to lose valuable human resources to the scourge of mental health and be taken seriously as a country interested in transformational development

Adam Grant in Originals argues, “overall, the evidence suggests that liking continues to increase as people are exposed to an idea between ten and twenty times, with additional exposure still useful for more complex ideas.”

The Necessary Evil of Engaging the Health Establishment

Thoughts From Afar

When the Ghana Government plays “pilolo” with us.

In George Bernard Shaw’s view, “the reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”

Winning the War Against Illicit Health Practitioners

Thoughts From Afar

Many seem to confuse healthcare cost with the amount of money they need to pay out when they have an episode of ill-health and fail to have an idea of what the true cost of ill health is.

“In order to get a holistic explanation, anthropology often has to upend common sense and question what gets taken for granted. Anthropology prompts us to reconsider not only what we think we know – what it means to be affluent, why blood matters, what constitutes reason – but also the terms by which we know it.” -Matthew Engelke

Staying Alive; What the Numbers Say

Thoughts From Afar

How can it be that infant deaths have been cut by over 70% and the population growth rate is 2.2% but our population profile has virtually stagnated? The answer lies in a critical look at ...

“Without realizing that the past is constantly determining their present actions, they avoid learning anything about their history. They continue to live in their repressed childhood situation, ignoring the fact that this no longer exists, continuing to fear and avoid dangers that, although once real, have not been real for a long time.” - Alice Miller

File image – Ghanaian student nurses celebrate the restoration of nursing training allowances.

Thoughts From Afar

To start with, public nursing training is reliant solely on government funding and thus numbers are determined by budgetary allocation ...

“All successful people men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose.”

The Nursing Debate; What the Numbers Say. Image credit - howghana

Thoughts From Afar

“the government only does the private nurses favour by employing them, so they should desist from giving unnecessary pressure.”

In “Life and Letters”, Thomas Henry Huxley held this view; “sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and to whatever abysses nature leads, or you shall learn nothing. I have only begun to learn content and peace of mind since I have resolved at all risks to do this.”

Water for Togo

This And That

Tears shouldn’t be the easiest way to have clean water,

Togo’s leaders sit on thrones

Made of gold and bones

The dry, dehydrated bones of the people,

Several cows caught crossing the street around the Achimota Overhead area with flagrant disregard for traffic rules. Photo credit: On the road with Amigo.

This And That

These cows, and many of their other four-legged brethren, not to mention those of the two-legged and winged varieties, can be an eyesore in certain parts of the city. Together, they take care of their private business in full glare of the public, and without fail, fail to clean up after themselves. As for their owners, the less said about their interest in cleaning the public mess, the better.

As someone who dabbled in animal husbandry during his youthful days on a homestead within the city limits of Accra many years ago, and rose to the ranks of a Johnny-do-it-all General Manager, I was really taken aback by a news item from the renowned Associated Press (AP), about lawmakers in one of the States of our own spirited friend, Number Forty-Five, who currently occupies the WH, weighing a trespassing bill against chicken owners in the state of New Hampshire.