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Our journey to electrify the continent: Five years of the New Deal on Energy for Africa - Dr. Kevin Kariuki

Opinions

The NDEA called for a substantial increase in investments to realize the Bank’s High 5 priority to “Light Up and Power Africa”

ROB quizzes... Should one's ability to speak English become a prerequisite for him/her entering the legislature?

Opinions

First of all, I believe it is time for parliament to have translators of our local languages especially Akan, to aid the work of MPs who lack a deep appreciation of the English language. We must bear in mind that; our local languages were there before adopting such modern languages.

The investor bears part of the risk of the business

Opinions

Power For Sale

Opinions

Our future, as a people, is going to be steered by the calibre of leaders we opt for. How developed we may ever largely depend on the people we vote for.

ROB quizzes… Ghana’s rising land border politics; needless or a real cause for concern?

Opinions

During voter registration exercises and elections in Ghana, we hear the two main political parties, accusing each other for compromising our sovereignty by bussing foreigners to partake in such civil exercises.

EI 164 enforcement blues

Opinions

In one breathe, the law is clear when it requires person stepping out of or returning to their homes to put on a face mask. In another breath, there is a blurred line. The key one is what constitutes a public space.

ROB quizzes… Easing the COVID-19 restrictions - The case of a street, ‘trotro’ pupil; A fight in futility? Image credit - Ghana Rugby

Opinions

Ironically, most of these no-face-mask-wearing pupils that I saw were either holding their nose masks in their hands, or had pulled them to their cheeks. This is a serious and an unpalatable development because it is an open secret that the virus is usually spread at places where there are crowds.

'COVID-19 call to the Bar; One lawyer, one BIC pen!'. Image credit - peacefmonline

Opinions

Finally, they were advised not to make money their focus but the pursuit of justice, with a reminder of the saying that, a good name is better than gold!

African Economic and Social Awakening: Lessons from Singapore - Leoncio Amada NZE NLANG

Opinions

Singapore is a relatively young country, like many in Africa, but is now globally considered as an example to follow in terms of sustainable economic development

ROB quizzes... What is the greatest challenge of Ghana’s parliamentary democracy? - The national interest vs. political party consideration

Opinions

Since we embraced full constitutional democracy in Ghana in 1992, electorates have voted people they trusted, to the parliament house to represent their interests.

ROB quizzes... How do constituents want their MPs to represent them...?

Opinions

Over the centuries, political scientists have proposed about three models by which one is selected especially in parliamentary democracy.

NPP primaries: Champagne and vinegar

Opinions

While success can be exhilarating and put you on cloud nine, defeat can be crushing, especially when as an aspiring parliamentary candidate you have been given all the sweet assurances by delegates that it is a ‘cool chop’.

Full Text: Address To The Nation By The President Of The Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, On Updates To Ghana’s Enhanced Response To The Coronavirus Pandemic (Update No. 13)

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In all, we are expecting some seven hundred and fifty thousand (750,000) persons, comprising five hundred and thirty-two thousand (532,000) JHS 3 students, and two hundred and eighteen thousand (218,000) teaching and non-teaching staff, and invigilators, to be involved in tomorrow’s exercise.

Speech By President Akufo-Addo During Acclamation Ceremony. File image

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Thanks to technology, I know that we have been joined by hundreds of thousands of our supporters, at home and abroad, who are able to follow the events as they happen.

Full Text: Address To The Nation By The President Of The Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, On Updates To Ghana’s Enhanced Response To The Coronavirus Pandemic (Update No. 12)

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From tomorrow, Monday, 22nd June, the next batch of students, who will be going back to school, are final year senior high school students (SHS 3), and second year Gold Track students. On Thursday, ...

Full Text: Address To The Nation By The President Of The Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, On Updates To Ghana’s Enhanced Response To The Coronavirus Pandemic (Update No. 11)

Speeches

Fellow Ghanaians, I have to address a matter which has to do with our case count, especially in recent weeks, and which has given cause for anxiety. The increase in numbers indicates that the virus has spread and continues to spread. We have to bear in mind, at all times, that the more people we test for the virus, ....

Full Text: Address To The Nation By The President Of The Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, On Updates To Ghana’s Enhanced Response To The Coronavirus Pandemic(Update No.10)

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Fellow Ghanaians, now, more than ever, we must adhere to enhanced personal hygiene and social distancing protocols, wash our hands with soap under running water, refrain from shaking hands, and wear our masks whenever we leave our homes.

Full Text: Prez Akufo-Addo's speech at 2020 Eid-ul-Fitr celebration

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I wish all Muslims and Ghanaians a happy Eid ul-Fitr, even if a restrained one. Hopefully, the Almighty has listened to the cry of the faithful, through His Mercy, with which he envelopes the month of Ramadan.

Address To The Nation By The President Of The Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, On Updates To Ghana’s Enhanced Response To The Coronavirus Pandemic, On Sunday, 10th May, 2020.

Speeches

Uncomfortable as these restrictions have been, we have no option but to stay the course. We can only guarantee the safety of each other if we continue to adhere to them. As I have said before, ...

File image - President Akufo Addo

Speeches

Workers of Ghana, job creation is one of the most important priorities of this government. It is the thrust of the social contract, and over the course of our stay in Government, we have taken bold, innovative and urgent steps to realising this. Indeed, the latest Ghana Living Standards Survey states that the rate of unemployment, which stood at 11.9% in 2015, dropped to 7.3% in 2019.

Full Tex: Address To The Nation By President Nana Akufo-Addo, On Updates To Ghana’s Enhanced Response To The Coronavirus Pandemic (Update No.8)

Speeches

That is why Government has decided to undertake a major investment in our healthcare infrastructure, the largest in our history. We will, this year, begin constructing eighty-eight (88) hospitals in the districts without hospitals.

John Mahama writes: Day 20 of lockdown

Speeches

As I noted a few days ago, there is dissatisfaction with the quality and mode of distribution of the relief (food) packages. In some cases, there have been reports of distributions along partisan lines.

FULL TEXT: Akufo-Addo's 7th COVID Update speech (Lockdown lifted)

Speeches

Our success in defeating the virus is largely within our control. That means each and every one of us must exercise, at all times, during this period without the partial lockdown in Accra and Kumasi, a strong sense of selflessness, self-control and self-discipline.

Mahama writes on Day 14 of Lockdown: Proposes plans for future pandemics. File image - Ex-president John Mahama

Speeches

We need to project quickly, what the expected peaking of infection will be, and when we will begin to see a flattening of the curve on new infections and hospitalizations.

President Akufo-Addo accepts Hon. Carlos Ahenkorah’s resignation

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Auditor General Daniel Domelevo

Press Release

Former president, John D. Mahama

Press Release

To send troops into regions in times of peace for the sole purpose of preventing them from registration amounts to declaring war on them. Any President sanctioning this sort of activity stands in breach of his oath to the people of Ghana. Any President doing this, commits a grave sin against the very people he swore to protect.

Press Release: NDC’s position on the compilation of a new voters’ register remains unchanged

Press Release

Our observation of the EC’s so-called pilot registration process, has revealed serious issues which reinforce our position that, the new voter registration of the Jean Mensa-led EC is needless, …..

Press Release: FDA warns against the use of naphthalene (camphor) as inhalation treatment for Covid-19

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FDA orders recall of substandard COA FS supplement

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Coronavirus: All national service personnel directed to take mandatory paid leave

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Coronavirus: US Embassy Suspends Visa Services in Ghana

Press Release

File image - Year of Return celebrations, 126 African diasporans granted Ghanaian citizenship.

Features

As the United States again confronts its history of racism, as outrage again erupts over police killings, leaders in Ghana say they’re rolling out the welcome mat for black Americans who want to get away from the turmoil.

Dr Hilda Boye (left) and in full personal protective gear for COVID-19 duties (right)

Features

The masks, however, cannot steal the smiles that show in our eyes even when the mask covers the mouth and nose. We all need to stay strong and help fight COVID-19.

Ernesto Yeboah writes... What is freedom?

Features

A prison term becomes the least of our concerns when our supposed freedoms have been corrupted like this. The structures intended to protect us continue to oppress us. We are not free.

Who is John Magufuli, the exceptional African President?

Features

As President, Dr Magufuli brought his political and life philosophy to the fore. He was committed to checking political corruption in public office and reducing public spending and wasteful expenditure.

Covid and the numbers game

Features

Our emotions and psychological well-being are tied in with the numbers; When they go up anywhere in the world, we feel scared and unsafe. This is why the numbers coming out of the country’s health authorities make uncomfortable reading.

COVID-19: Risks in self-medicating with dexamethasone

Features

Instead of self-medicating with dexamethasone, let us do the three things that have been shown to reduce the transmission of the SARS-COV-2 virus - social distance, wash your hands and wear a face mask.

Sickle Cell Disease burden and its association with kidney disease in Ghana. Image credit - genomegov

Features

Sickle cell disease is a major health problem in Sub-Saharan Africa. About 80% of all children born with sickle cell disease in the world are found in Sub-Saharan Africa. In Ghana, 2% of newborns have sickle cell disease.

Photos show Yiwabra’s fall as locals and politicians stand by idly

Features

Illegal mining, popularly known as galamsey in the local parlance, continues to be a contagion that is largely spreading unchecked through many parts of the country, especially in rural communities.

COVID-19 Pandemic: We Need Commitment by All - My Role as a Youth Advocate

Features

There are already signs of stigma in some communities so that people wearing face masks are regarded as having COVID-19 or as strangers in the community.

Entrenching distance learning or lifting ban? Image credit - The Conversation

Features

That is commendable, however, Parliament should enact laws to make teaching/learning on both public and private TV stations obligatory from 7 a.m. to 12 noon daily, before the airing of any other programme.

Ghana’s COVID-19 response: let’s not leave TVET behind

Features

With the mission to deliver high quality employable skills and industry related TVET qualifications which are recognized by local and international labour markets, Ghana’s TVET transformation agenda by government in 2017 encouraged youth to venture into TVET programs.

The health impact of COVID-19 on other medical conditions in Ghana – the opinion of a kidney specialist and health equity specialist

Features

Why am I bothered? I think the restrictions and protocols set in our hospitals affect the clinical management of patients who present with other conditions with symptoms similar to COVID-19. By the COVID-19 screening protocols, ...

Money Politics Undermines Democracy

Editorials

Whenever people make a private profit from public duties it is called corruption, and that is what these candidates and delegates are doing.

Yiwabra, a community in the Aowin District of the Western North Region of Ghana beset by illegal mining activities.

Editorials

However, human activities tend to indicate a blatant rejection of this fact, leading to all kinds of pollution of the environment.

Fighting A Tiny, Unseen Enemy; The War Between Humanity And Coronavirus

Editorials

We all have been asked to stay indoors so we are not attacked by an enemy we don't see.

Commendable action by La Nkwantanang-Madina Assembly, but...

Editorials

At the Zongo Junction, about eight assembly guards and policemen are seen constantly directing pedestrians who come to stand by the side of the road waiting for vehicles to stop for them to cross to use the footbridge.

Dr Mahamudu Bawumia (in blue) in a bilateral talks with the President of Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel.

Editorials

Cuban doctors offer health care to the world's poor because they have big hearts.

Mr. Joseph Kofi Adda, Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources.

Editorials

Indiscriminate disposal of refuse, generated at homes and workplaces, is a common feature, which if not tackled, ...

Export of nurses innovative

Editorials

But there are other areas where we can take advantage, as we may have a competitive edge over other nations.

Mother tongue may be our development launch pad. Image credit - ghanagrio

Editorials

Many scholars have posited that language develops with the rise and development of a society. Perhaps the most instructive postulation is that language dies when a society dies.

Cocoa farmers deserve a bigger share of the pie

Editorials

Sadly, however, Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire have little to show for their efforts at leading the sustenance of an industry that is equal to or more than the combined value of their national outputs ...

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.

Mr President, please reconsider school re-opening

Letters

Governance is about giving and taking opinions and ideas. And by this write-up, I hope I can convince you about the need to reverse your policy regarding the re-opening of school.

Akwasi Ameyaw Cheremeh, MP for Sunyani East

Letters

The Library is not the only thing that portrays your failure as an MP. Look at the road in front of the Regional Hospital and that tells you that you are sleeping on the job. You should not tell me that MPs don’t construct roads because there are other MPs that have influenced many projects in their constituencies.

President Nana Akufo-Addo. File image

Letters

Saiko is a severely destructive form of illegal fishing, where industrial trawlers target the staple catch of artisanal fishers and sell this fish back to local coastal communities at a profit. It threatens jobs and food security and endangers Ghana’s economy. It is also referred to as “Galamsey on the sea”.

File image - Minister of Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh

Letters

The best these unions could do was to write a letter to the GES to reject government’s intention to reopen the schools. This response, in my opinion, was an impulsive action that was not well thought out.

An Open Letter To The Director-General Of Ghana Education Service (Ges) On The Proposal To Re-Open Schools

Letters

The question is, would these union leaders seek for extension of the schools' lockdown if they were in the private sector and their salaries depended on the school fees collected? Certainly not!

Lessons From The Tema Covid-19 Factory Spread...

Letters

File image - Former president John D. Mahama (L) exchanging pleasantries with VP Mahamudu Bawumia in this undated image.

Letters

The other day, I met Sanatu, daughter of Mashu the shoemaker. She was being tickled in the dark by Yaamuha, the village womanizer. I detested what Yaamuha, known for his touch and go, hit and run, machinations, was about to do to the daughter of ...

Former presidetnt, John D. Mahama. File image

Letters

Unlike Akufo Addo who was in his usual belligerent best when you were battling to prevent Ebola from entering Ghana, you are offering practical recommendations and solution to this government to lift us from the doldrums.

President Akufo-Addo. File image

Letters

Mr President, the tone and spirit of the circular inviting the district level teams for training almost swept me off my feet.

Deputy Attorney-General Godfred Dame

Letters

An open letter to the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to review his directives on Covid-19

Letters

Mr. President, on the issue of travel ban, why is the travel permit limited to only countries that have recorded at least 200 cases of COVID-19?

ON COVID-19: AN OPEN LETTER TO THE MINISTER OF HEALTH AND GHANAIANS

Letters

In the circumstances, please MoH, “make SOME payments” owed to Health Service Providers. It is no use entrusting our health to MoH when MoH is being quarantined by Service Providers for unpaid arrears.

Ambassador Shi Ting Wang, Chinese Ambassador to Ghana

Interviews

How will China help Ghana fight against the COVID-19?

2019 conference on land policy in Africa: why it matters for the continent - Cosmas Milton Ochieng

Interviews

The theme of this year’s Conference on Land Policy in Africa is “Winning the fight against corruption in the land sector in Africa

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed he gave his first interview to a Western news organization in late May, when he spoke to the Voice of America’s Horn of Africa service reporter Eskinder Firew, in Addis Ababa in Amharic.

Interviews

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?

Ghana Beyond Aid Vision

Commentary

President Akufo-Addo upon assumption of office envisioned a country where its development will be driven by the ingenuity of Ghanaians leveraging on the nation’s endowed human and natural resources.

Resumption Of Church Activities – Return or not to Return

Commentary

In view of this, the question that comes to mind is, what is the motivation? Is it the financial consideration or the spiritual welfare of their members?

Unemployment Situation In The Wake Of COVID-19. Image credit - Metro US

Commentary

Almost all the sectors of the economy are adversely affected. The banking sector, tourism, agricultural, transportation among other sectors are all affected.

War Against False Prophets & Its Implications

Commentary

The unfortunate thing is that the growing attacks on prophets has tainted the reputation of those who are genuine due to careless generalization. This means that genuine prophets who are focused on doing the will of God will have to battle for their credibility and many will be skeptical dealing with servants of God due to the bad image portrayed in the minds of the public.

Controversies surrounding compilation of new voters’ register

Commentary

One does not expect the EC to just give in to the demands of an opposition party but the Commission must adduce cogent reasons why the wishes of a party cannot be granted. But in a situation where ...

Former President Jerry John Rawlings.

Commentary

On hindsight, it could be said that, 41 years after that popular uprising it is good enough to reflect on the spirit and bravery of those who laid down their lives to embark on a strategic rescue mission of this country.

Stigmatisation: The “Hidden pandemic” in era of COVID-19

Commentary

For instance, in Ghana, most of those who tested positive for COVID-19 and some health care staff have reported experiences of stigmatisation on both electronic and mass media. What actually saddens my heart was ...

Made In Ghana Inventions

Commentary

One is fascinated by the indigenous but swift technological response to combating this virus, especially the simple but innovative technologies developed so far by the engineering and technology community. Several technologies have been developed across the globe to combat the virus.

Choosing between hand washing and drinking water in times of COVID 19: A deadly dilemma in rural Ghana

Commentary

COVID-19 And The God Factor

Commentary

No one can tell or predict, with even global systems that have worked reliably over the years, how and when this Covid-19 pandemic will slow down or be completely eradicated.

Historic Visit Of Overlord Of Dagbon To Jubilee House

Commentary

The visit became necessary following the restoration of peace after a two-decade chieftaincy dispute.

The Commissioning And Distribution Of 307 Ambulances

Commentary

It is not enough to have mere vehicles serving as ambulances to carry people on stretchers from one location to the other for medical care. A well established national ambulance system should …

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The writer, Elizabeth Ohene

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Among the declaration of war and all the other complaints Mr Ametefe made in his encounter with the media in Ho last Thursday, I was interested in his assertion that the University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS) belonged to them and the current Vice-Chancellor was not one of them.

Who owns the public universities? I know this seems like a strange question to ask. But I have been grappling with this question since last week’s outburst by Mr Henry Ametefe, the Volta Regional Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

President Nana Akufo-Addo. File image

At Large

There is no avoiding it, COVID or no COVID. The drafters of our national Constitution did not make any room for manoeuvre. Come hell, come high water, come pestilence, come war, the term of an elected President comes to an end on January 6. Therefore, we must have our elections.

The one message I have taken to heart among the COVID-19 protocols is that unless it is very important, I stay home.

Elizabeth Ohene writes... Hiding from the virus. Image credit -- graphiconline

At Large

Then there are those who up until now had never stepped out without their sophisticated, expensive mask, aka, make-up; and now they are being forced to appear unadorned, or to use my friend’s agonised words, going outside your house without any make-up and without lipstick is like appearing naked in public.

I have been trying to find something, anything, to like about masks. Now that a mask has become an obligatory part of the attire that I have to wear once I step outside my home, I realise I better find some reason to like it.

Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo sent a message of condolence to George Floyd's family

At Large

When the Floyd murder story broke, many people took it personally here.

In the BBC's series of letters from African writers, Ghana's Elizabeth Ohene writes that George Floyd, whose killing has sparked a global debate about race relations, has been immortalised in the West African state that was central to the transatlantic slave trade.

People in the UK protest the death of American George Floyd under the knee of a Minnesota Policeman. Image credit - Reuters

At Large

Then one of the young men asked me the question which sounded more like an accusation: “But you are not really black, are you?”

It is 1991 and I am in Bloemfontein, capital of the Free State province of South Africa.

The writer, Elizabeth Ohene

At Large

That struggling body which managed to bring out the “I can’t breathe”, under the weight of the policeman, could have been any of them.

It felt personal. As I watched the breath ebb out of George Floyd under the deliberate weight of the knee of the uniformed white police officer on his neck, I felt the asphyxia myself.

JJ versus JDM… & other matters

At Large

Knowing it was going to change the register altogether in 2020, why did the EC go ahead to organise a limited voter registration exercise in June 2019?

My eyes don’t have to be in flames to show they have seen red, the Fantes say, and I have always wanted to avoid the label of a Jean Mensa-basher. Having complained once, therefore, I didn’t want to repeat myself. Truth, however, is that the Electoral Commission’s (EC) independence has cost Ghana dearly and financially.

The writer, Elizabeth Ohene

At Large

There are those who specialise in organising events; they plan the décor, they hire out the crockery, they have huge warehouses full of tables, chairs, fancy plates and cutlery and glasses and table linen; they employ carpenters, decorators.

One thing does lead to another.

Elizabeth Ohene writes: Place of joy, gone silent

At Large

The state of the African Regent Hotel broke my heart, but I am writing not about this particular hotel really, I am using the experience to highlight what is happening to hotels in general.

It is not often I am lost for words nor reduced to total incomprehensive silence. I have lived through quite a number of crises in my long life and have been suitably impressed with how devastating this current global crisis has been.

Weather warning. Image credit - Modernghana

Here And There

There are supposed to be lines on the floor. There are supposed to be sanitizers, and Veronica buckets, and single chairs spaced nicely for aspiring voters. Sometimes there are, and sometimes not.

It was one of those good days. I had closed for the day, and the sun had just begun to set. So I decided in obedience to science… and to my wife, to do some brisk walking in the Ridge area. Just for some droplets of sweat to convince my muscles they were good for something, before I headed on the long drive home. I was now on the homestretch back to the hospital. It had been a pleasant walk so far.

Battle Cry

Here And There

This virus hitches rides on droplets. We need to mask. We need to physically distance. We need to keep our hands clean. Any shortcut, and we miss out on the benefits from any sacrifice.

The number builds. We have lost more people than we thought we would lose. Just when we have begun to fix our focus on getting back to some kind of normal, this disease seems to further deepen its trenches along the frontline. The virus is freely jumping across all the defenses we have sacrificed to put up. And seems to pick whom it pleases. It crosses class, tribal, political lines. No one is safe.

On Racism. Image credit - SEYM

Here And There

And even though this is the country I call home, where I want my roots to sink, and my heritage to be established, I can’t close my eyes to how this devaluation of people still persists. I can’t be blind to the daily dehumanisation ...

I became aware of my blackness when I left these shores for the first time. It was a strange self realization that living in Ghana did not prepare me for. I have heard astronauts say that they only grasped how special Earth was, when they had left it, and saw that blue dot floating in absolute blackness. This process was less benign. Over the years I have come to understand that there is a certain acceptance of my humanity that I can only experience in Ghana.

Front Line

Here And There

Because I have gone round town, the social distancing is dissipating. The trotros are packing up again. The okadas are picking passengers again. The masks are won like fake beards, or hair bands, or sometimes like bow ties. Sometimes, maddeningly they are taken off ...

I know something of the helplessness of severe illness. I have memories from childhood. I have also had some experiences in my adulthood. It is not a good thing to be ill. The fact that an illness has a cure, takes nothing away from the naked terror of its journey through the body. Sometimes, I have been ill, and have known exactly what to do. I suffer nonetheless.

Ghana Covid-19

Here And There

This is the time to protect our limited numbers of medical people, who expose themselves to this virus on a daily basis. No expense must be spared. No strategy must be spurned.

I know a little about stigma. It was the year 2005. I had just finished my first surgical residency exam. I had left Battor and spent three weeks in Accra burning through anatomy, physiology and histology pages. I battled sleep, tiredness, I pushed through the days, until the final one when I stood in front of the examiners. And they told me 30 minutes after the exam, that I had passed. That was just how things were done. You knew your fate, almost as soon as you finished the exam.

Pushing Forward

Here And There

And a lockdown cannot quieten the busy streets, because sometimes the streets are an extension of the accommodation. Sometimes the place of convenience is at an inconvenient distance away from the home, and no policeman can do anything about the queue of nature’s call.

The plot thickens. There is talk of peaks, and curve flattening in the atmosphere of a pandemic gathering speed. Physical distancing seems like a dismissed fairy tale. A lockdown seems like that unachievable haven, that could just have offered some security… but the door is closed.

The scene in one of Accra's business district after the lockdown was lifted. Image credit - myjoyonline

Here And There

COVID19 closed the doors. And suddenly we can see the chasm for what it really is. But we have accepted it for so long, that it seems unchangeable, unbridgeable, and unconquerable.

I have part Fante ancestry. Maybe it is the reason why I love good bread, and cannot let delectable pastry pass by unappreciated. And this morning, I was on my way to visit my Mother, who is the genetic channel for this part of me. All the more reason I could not just pass by the bakery shop at the filling station along the road.

Lockdown Ends - Image credit - AFP

Here And There

For now, we cannot afford to forget the habits we have acquired on masking, social distancing and hand hygiene. The lockdown may have ended, but ...

Lockdown ends. The streets are already beginning to fill again. There is a new item of colour on the landscape of faces now: masks. I am learning to recognize people by the pattern on the masks they wear. It is a different world now. I don’t think things will ever be the same again. This virus has ravaged through the very fabric of our societies. We are living through historic times. This is a transition nobody could have seen coming. The syllabus for life’s textbook has undergone a major revision.

Ghana Lockdown. Image credit - The Hindu

Here And There

The challenge of the times, is keeping this disease boxed in. If people transmit this disease, then it will stop moving when people stay still. The disease will stop spreading, ...

The lockdown continues. An increase in children’s appetite has gone viral, driving down domestic food storage levels everywhere. Even our dog, has been cleaning up her plate on a much more regular basis.

Unpacking The Trends in Ghana’s Low Case Mortality Rate

Thoughts From Afar

Currently, three regions Greater Accra (57.3%), Ashanti (19.9%) and Western (8.1%) account for the majority (85.3%) of all reported cases. However, the regional CMR based on Ghana Health Service data indicates that Greater Accra has a CMR of 0.58%, Ashanti 1.2% and Western 0.078%. One can deduce that Ashanti has approximately twice the CMR of both Greater Accra and the national average.

“Accepting death doesn’t mean you won’t be devastated when someone you love dies. It means you will be able to focus on your grief, unburdened by bigger existential questions like, “Why do people die?” and “Why is this happening to me?” Death isn’t happening to you. Death is happening to us all.”

The Asymptomatic Trap of SARS-COV-2. Image credit - Safety Signs

Thoughts From Afar

Research indicates that over 97% of all patients with COVID-19 will go through this type of disease progression. Therefore, like HIV, in the strictest sense, the classical asymptomatic COVID-19 patient does not exist. Unfortunately, ...

William H. McNeill wrote in Plagues and Peoples sometime in 1976 that “It is obvious that human (and non-human) diseases are evolving with an unusual rapidity simply because changes in our behaviour facilitate cross-fertilization of different strains of germs as never before, while an unending flow of new medicines (and pesticides) also present infectious organisms with rigorous, changing challenges to their survival.”

A Call For Bold Leadership - Featured Image Courtesy of Mike Lawrence

Thoughts From Afar

Sadly, it comes across that amongst the 275 sitting Members of Parliament whom we queue to vote for on a four-yearly cycle, some are hell-bent on flouting the laws of the land in a manner that will put more lives at risk. Having tested positive for SARS-COV-2 ...

“Pick a leader who will make their citizens proud. One who will stir the hearts of the people, so that the sons and daughters of a given nation strive to emulate their leader’s greatness. Only then will a nation be truly great, when a leader inspires and produces citizens worthy of becoming future leaders, honourable decision makers and peacemakers. And in these times, a great leader must be extremely brave. Their leadership must be steered only by their conscience, not a bribe.”

Converting Public Health Information into Educated Behavioural Change. Image credit - HPAA Journal

Thoughts From Afar

We have had to pause and ask ourselves, “for a disease where avoiding infection relies more on personal and social behaviours, is community spread a concern in our society? In this, we have concluded that many of the behaviours we are supposed to adapt to stay safe are not our default predisposition.

Victor Hugo argues in Les Misérables that “teach the ignorant as much as you can; society is culpable in not providing free education for all and it must answer for the night which it produces. If the soul is left in darkness, sins will be committed. The guilty one is not he who commits the sin, but he who causes the darkness.”

The Complacency Trap of SARS-CoV-2

Thoughts From Afar

In Ghana, this fatigue is obvious too; for example people find the need to wear face masks a strain. There have been cases also where it is claimed Veronica buckets have been left empty, ...

“But then we get exhausted and we wonder if we can accomplish any of the things we hope for, without destroying ourselves in the process. We ask ourselves if it’s time to quit.”

Giving Meaning to the Phrase “New Normal” Photo credit - Providence Adu

Thoughts From Afar

This supposed new normal is going to be lived in a world where economies are shrinking, unemployment is rife, jobs are hard to find and the current model for transacting all manner of business will not be fit for purpose. More importantly, ...

In Niccolò Machiavelli’s view, “it must be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to plan, more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to manage than a new system. For the initiator has the enmity of all who would profit by the preservation of the old institution and merely lukewarm defenders in those who gain by the new ones.”

The Role of Rapid Diagnostics in Exiting the COVID-19 Lockdown

Thoughts From Afar

Though very versatile, some have had concerns about their reliability and application in the fight against this novel coronavirus. These concerns primarily relate to the sensitivity of these tests.

“To each, there comes in their lifetime a special moment when they are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique to them and fitted to their talents. What a tragedy if that moment finds them unprepared or unqualified for that which could have been their finest hour.” -Winston Churchill

Avoiding the Generational Legacy of COVID-19

Thoughts From Afar

Considering that on average, the lag time between the taking of samples and the communication of test results in Ghana is approximately seven days, it can be implied that a person who is sampled and later confirmed as positive could cause the transfer of the infection to at least 40 people before he receives his test results and is put in mandatory isolation especially if they are symptomless.

Having fought many viruses for a career, Peter Piot after fighting off COVID-19 opined, “Many people think COVID-19 kills 1% of patients, and the rest get away with some flu-like symptoms. But the story gets more complicated. Many people will be left with chronic kidney and heart problems. Even their neural system is disrupted. There will be hundreds of thousands of people worldwide, possibly more, who will need treatments such as renal dialysis for the rest of their lives”.

Using Data As The Real Armament In This COVID-19 War

Thoughts From Afar

In recent times, I have been concerned about our approach as a country to conversations around data. At a minimum, it comes across as though many have not exorcised their school days demons that showed their faces anytime the math tutor entered the class.

“Objectivity of truth, reality, facts, data – they matter; otherwise, you have the ‘good guys’, the moral persons, in the name of what they call justice, in a fight against what they call injustice, unwittingly adopting the roles of oppressors by persecuting the innocent.”

Jogging Again. Image credit - Asics

This And That

Who knows? Perhaps I might see the beginnings of a ‘Rawlings chain’ and a six pack if I am able to balance the jogging and walking with a good diet and healthy eating habits.

For someone who has participated in a couple of marathons as well as taken to the field and running as part of routine exercises in the very distant past and my youthful days, I was thrilled to the core that I was able to jog a mile on three separate occasions this past week. And to boost my morale I have added two more miles this week, albeit on separate days.

My Beef With The ‘John’ At Work. Image credit - American standard

This And That

Personally, I don’t engage in the rushed entry business as it is disrespectful in my opinion. How do you relate to a colleague once you conclude that their shit smells bad? Interestingly, ...

I have for a while now come to the somber realization and conclusion that there are quite a few number of people whose behavior around the workplace John need to be readjusted. Either that, or they just have olfactory bearings in serious need of realignment.

Marshae Jones - Alabama Woman Indicted for Death of Her Fetus. Booking image released by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.

This And That

A pregnant woman, who was shot in the stomach by another woman, was recently charged with manslaughter in the death of her unborn baby.

The state of Alabama has always been somewhat radical. They threw themselves headlong into slavery, and after it was abolished, Alabama championed segregation. The state, and still is, known for unsteady race relations, and from its illustrious history, it’s clear that Alabama is also right-leaning in its tendencies.

Bottled Water Scare - How Can You Know What’s Safe?

This And That

Worse still is that this is not America’s first tryst with sullied drinking water. In April 2014, the Flint, Michigan water crisis ...

In recent news all over the United States, it has been discovered that certain brands of bottled water contain arsenic, a substance that can be deadly in humans. These brands are Starkey Water and Penafiel. According to news reports they were sold at Target, Wal Mart and Whole Foods.

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Image credit - Atlas Obscura

This And That

I have no idea what went on inside during the ceremony but the smiles and joy on the faces of parents, ... was enough to signal joy and success of a fortune well-spent at this solely private Catholic girls school.. to provide their daughters an education many of them never had, ...

After frustratingly searching for my phone for several minutes to take a picture of people dumping trash in front of a mail box, I finally came to the realization that I was having a dream, something that I rarely have. This was three Thursdays ago.

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.