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We Must Support Mozambique To Overcome Terrorist Forces, Protect Lives And Restore Hope

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Equatorial Guinea: The importance of adhering to the correct dismissal procedures - Maria Django

Opinions

If there is no just cause for dismissal, but the employer still insists thereon, he or she can unilaterally decide to terminate the employment contract. The employer may also skip the prior notice letter (dismissal without notice).

The Next Generation of Print - Duygu Sanac Keçeci

Opinions

The print industry is unique and has developed over many years, transitioning from analogue to digital technologies, but there’s still so much more to come

Light at the end of the tunnel for Africa’s economic recovery

Opinions

Real GDP is projected to grow by 3.4% in 2021 after contracting by an estimated 2.1% in 2020

What impact will the AfCFTA have on the oil and gas industry? - Shantel Mufandaidza

Opinions

The benefits of improved efficiency on the continent and encouragement of competition on the markets will be significantly felt on the continent and boost development

‘State of nature' revisited?

Opinions

For politicians given the mandate to govern Ghana for the next four years, please do so with integrity and selflessness such that come Election 2024, Ghana will not have to repeat the unfortunate incidents of Election 2020.

4 Reasons I Will Still Marry With a Guest Size of 20

Opinions

We had some friends becoming enemies overnight for being left out of the event. Some family members who were not invited wondered if they had done something wrong. We had to subtly remind them that our wedding was not about them. It was about us. Our happiness was placed above everyone else’s.

Peace in Dakar critical for Economic Prosperity - NJ Ayuk

Opinions

Stability and strong leadership are crucial for Senegal to fulfill its bright energy potential

Energy Industry will be the bedrock of Africa’s Road to Recovery - NJ Ayuk

Opinions

Our continent needs to be competitive in the global marketplace because every continent is doing everything to attract the same investment opportunities and capital. We in Africa must stand out from the other continents – so investors will choose the African energy sector as the best place to invest.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus - Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO)

Opinions

One would have thought that a pandemic claiming more than two million lives, and which has received such extensive media coverage, would convince people of its reality.

The Ghanaian story, sixty-four years on

Opinions

Our country suffers from systemic corruption that is costing us a fortune, and many state institutions are too weak and compromised to deal with it in any meaningful way.

Statement By Samuel Ablakwa On The Plight Of Two Rastafarian Students Denied Admission To Achimota School

Speeches

If I may ask: how does your hairstyle determine the content of your character?

Address By The President Of The Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, At The 64th Independence Day Celebration, Held Virtually, On Saturday, 6th March, 2021.

Speeches

If we are to be successful in building a resilient Ghana, capable of withstanding, in future, external shocks, such as COVID-19, then we must all put our shoulders to the wheel. Already, Government has taken steps to revitalise and transform the economy, a process which is hinged on the one hundred-billion-cedi Ghana CARES ‘Obaatampa’ Programme, ...

Former President John D. Mahama

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Much as I am aware that we are legally bound by the decision of the Supreme Court, I disagree with the process of trial and ruling of the court.

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. 24

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We are the first country in the world to be recipients of vaccines from the COVAX Facility, and I want to express my appreciation to members of the COVID-19 Taskforce, which I chair, and to officials of the Ministry of Health and the Ghana Health Service for this commendable feat.

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. 23)

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The total number of active cases has more than doubled, from a little over one thousand, nine hundred (1,900), two weeks ago, to five thousand, three hundred and fifty-eight (5,358) currently. When I ...

Amanda Gorman, 22, reads her inaugural poem "The Hill We Climb" during the 2021 presidential inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris at the US Capitol. Image credit - USA Today

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Gorman, 22, performed an original poem titled "The Hill We Climb" at the inauguration of President Joe Biden, continuing a tradition that has included such celebrated poets as Robert Frost and Maya Angelou.

President Joseph R. Biden delivered his inaugural address on Jan. 20. "This is our historic moment of crisis and challenge," Biden said.

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I've just taken the sacred oath each of those patriots have taken—the oath first sworn by George Washington. But the American story depends not on any one of us, not on some of us, but on all of us, on we the people, who seek a more perfect union. This is a great nation. We are good people. And over the centuries, through storm and strife, in peace and in war, we've come so far, but we still have far to go.

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. 22)

Speeches

Fellow Ghanaians, I urge all of us to continue to live responsibly with the virus, even as we work towards accessing the vaccine. Details of the access and roll-out plan will be announced very soon. Let us work constantly at how to do our work, keep our businesses and places of worship open, and send our children to school, all in safety.

Inaugural Address By The President Of The Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

Speeches

The arrival of COVID-19 drove home the lesson to all of us that we have to be self-reliant. The pandemic has emphasised the fact that we cannot continue to be living on edge in a day-to-day economy. This is dangerous for our survival, and it is important that we set up buffers of protection in all aspects of our lives.

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. 21)

Speeches

Since the announcement, on Wednesday, 11th March 2020, of the first set of restrictions to help win the fight against the virus, several others have been imposed by Government to this end.

Professor Raymond Atugubah’s Address to UG-UTAG Colleagues on Public Universities Bill (PUB)

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I have had the privilege of drafting or assisting to draft over 300 policies and laws on the African continent in the last two decades, and I can confirm that the PUB is one of the worst laws I have ever encountered.

RE: Three Grabbed For Stealing And Selling Covid-19 Vaccine

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File image - Finance Minister-Designate - Ken Ofori-Atta

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President Akufo-Addo announces death of former President Rawlings

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Gane-4-Ghana Exits CIPA Coalition

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Regrettably, we cannot find any integrity or transparency in a process or body that willingly sets aside agreed criteria and voting results that the ...

Press Release: TreasureHunt Education Condemns Students’ Misbehaviour

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COVID-19: Akufo-AdCOVID-19: Akufo-Addo self-isolatesdo self isolates

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

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Auditor General Daniel Domelevo

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Former president, John D. Mahama

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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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COVID-19 vaccines: A must know

Features

The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are mRNA-based, while that of Johnson & Johnson (J&J) is adenovirus.

Rules, rights and Rastafarians

Features

Though this is not the first time in Ghana that children with dreadlocks have been told to cut them off to be permitted to attend school, it is the first such incident to have attracted this degree of attention.

Beware Ides of March!

Features

When the 1992 Constitution was promulgated, analysts opined that, like the Ugandan case, our Constitution was designed for one person.

An example of how hawkers have taken over some pedestrian walkways in Accra

Features

The jostling, whistling, and name calling like “Massa, officer, obaa kokoo, director, honourable” etc from these petty traders to attract customers has turned these important office locations into another Odawna or pedestrian market.

Francis-Xavier Kojo Sosu, MP, Madina

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Francis-Xavier Kojo Sosu, MP, Madina

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The Government said they are better managers of the economy and yet are being very dishonest with the deficit position of the country. Government claims that it resorted to borrowing due to Covid-19, and the need to provide austerity measures to reduce the impact of Covid-19. However, ...

Mr Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and leader of government business will present the 2021 Budget statement

Features

Clearly, the impact of Covid-19 on the economy in 2020 was pronounced. There have been reported revenue losses for media houses, hotels and restaurants amongst others, while retail outlets have rationalized their staff levels, resulting in a 50% reduction in some cases.

Should LGBTQIA+ be recognised in Ghana?

Features

It started with homosexuality and new terms such as LGBT evolved and now we have LGBTQIA+, people who have identified themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex or queer.

An Independence Day with a difference – and a forceful campaign

Features

It’s not ‘let’s celebrate’, but rather a vigorous campaign to ‘mask up, keep your distance and vaccinate to stop the spread of the virus’.

Who Is A Ghanaian?

Features

For me, Ghana is at a crossroads of national identity crisis: our leaders pretend to lead us, fighting for our rights and benefits but knowing they are only watching each other's back than us, whilst we also pretend to being lead and following. Mostly, ...

Marginalise mother tongue, destroy education!

Features

Evidently, slighting the mother tongue is yielding poor dividends in the Ghanaian society. Growing generations are rapidly losing the linguistic values and legitimate worldview inherent in the mother language.

An illustration showing NASA's Perseverance rover firing up its descent stage engines as it nears Mars' surface. NASA

Features

The lack of commitment by our leaders to offer continuous and intentional development for us, Ghanaians, continue to hamper our progress and it is not getting any better.

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.

A Letter To My Nation, Ghana

Letters

What good gift is there to give our current crop of health students than a health system furnished with these three ideas – Strategy, Capacity building and Constant Information Upgrade.

Generational nation-building requires that every era, leaves behind a Ghana better than they came to meet it. It guarantees that each generation starts from a foundation stronger and greater than their fathers.

Open Letter to President Akufo-Addo - Ras Mubarak writes

Letters

But the measures we take must not, for the love of God and country, include locking down, as has been suggested by some experts.

Your ‘Janeducation’: Paying Special Attention to Early Childhood and Primary Education in Ghana

Letters

It is against the background, above, that I place before you a five-point suggestion, for your consideration, into changing the inputs and outcomes of our education, at least, at the basic level, if you ....

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.

Conversation with Marieme Esther Dassanou, Coordinator of the African Development Bank’s Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa programme

Interviews

It’s not only about borrowing. The access to finance gap is in part due to the inability of women-owned and led businesses to access funding, their lack of skills in presenting financially viable businesses, and an environment that is not ...

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.

The need to restore value systems in Ghana

Commentary

As a result of all these negative tendencies, emphasis is placed on the use of negative spiritual and magical means of making money within a short time. What has become known as deceitful ways of making money, known as ‘sakawa’, ‘Sika gari’ and spiritual money has become the order of the day.

Role Of Media Regulators In The Wake Of Kasoa Murder

Commentary

he upsurge in moral decadence and get rich quick attitude ought to be tackled with an-evangelical zeal. The issue of money doubling and rituals among other fraudulence deviance have been with us for some time now, ....

Admission of Two Rastafarians Into Achimota School

Commentary

Many Ghanaians were not pleased with the school’s decision to admit the students even though the constitution demands that no person should be discriminated against. However, following the GES directive, ...

Promoting peace between Muslims in Ho. Image credit - GNA

Commentary

The Muslim leadership in Ghana must organise a round table of the two factions involved together with the Regional Security Council and National Peace Council to get them to form one united Imams body together with their Islamic scholars known as Ulemas.

Minister of Finance, Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta

Commentary

Many Ghanaians are, however, not comfortable with the imposition of new taxes, especially in the straitened socioeconomic circumstances prevailing in the wake of the pandemic. Leading members of the Minority are ...

Mr. Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu, stand-in for Minister of Fimance Ken Ofori-Atta

Commentary

For this reason, the country needs to find innovative ways of ensuring that adequate revenue is raised for the development of the country. At the same time, ...

One Year Of Coronavirus In Ghana

Commentary

Arguably, Ghana was the first African country to announce lockdown and also closing all its borders. The restrictions in attendance to churches, mosques, restaurants, and other recreational centers, ...

Showing compassion to the less privileged

Commentary

This emotional story of this young teenager deserves attention by all well-meaning Ghanaians to assist him to realise his noble ambition so that he can contribute to national development.

Calls for behavioral change towards Covid-19 vaccination

Commentary

According to virologists, although some of the vaccine’s side effects are similar to the symptoms of COVID-19, the coronavirus vaccines won’t give you COVID-19. The vaccines will also not make you contagious.

The Perceived Agenda Of The LGBTQI+

Commentary

But the push by certain interest groups for the normalisation of such sexual practices, often accompanied by condescending socioeconomic conditionalities or threats of sanctions for non-adherence is not a new phenomenon.

Vetting Of Ministerial Nominees

Commentary

Ebola outbreak in neighbouring countries

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At Large

I note that advertising is in the news. The dreadful event at Kasoa, in which two teenage boys reportedly murdered an 11-year-old boy, is being blamed on the unrestrained advertising on our television channels by fetish priests and occultists which are influencing innocent minds.

Which minister is responsible for values? Image credit - youthfirstinc

At Large

Unfortunately in Ghana, we have lost it. There is no shame in being exposed in the media as a thief. The values of the street have become the dominant values.

There was one key aspect of Ghanaian life which the President missed in his State of the Nation Address – national values. In the ensuing parliamentary debate, no MP wondered about the President’s silence on the state of the nation’s morality.

Regional Minister of Greater Accra and Member of Parliament for Ayawaso West, Hon. Henry Quartey

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In other words, I can’t expect someone else to come and praise my city, if I don’t do it myself. Maybe there is a hidden beauty that I have been unable to see, but the truth about our city is that it doesn’t work.

I thought it was brave of him to have appeared at his vetting in Parliament stating that he wanted to make Accra work. If you live in Accra, or have any reason to come to our capital, you would wish our minister well, you would pray that he did succeed in making Accra work indeed.

How did Akufo-Addo get it so wrong?

At Large

Eight months into the deed, the police are “still investigating”. That cannot be your legacy, Nana.

Long after he is gone, the headlines will ask, “Which legacy, Akufo Addo?” After his first four years in office, every Ghanaian has one answer: “Free SHS.”

Women’s hair: Did God make a mistake? Image credit - The Mancunion

At Large

So what changed? In other words, what explains today’s African women’s unbridled fascination with chemicalising their hair to take on the texture of white women?

History tells us that in slave days in America, white women would often shave off the hair of their enslaved female servants because it supposedly “confused white men”.

We import maths sets. Imagine! Image credit -Bailwood

At Large

Did we have to import maths set when there were, and are, Ghanaian companies that manufacture maths sets? O, please, cut out the tired excuse that Ghanaian companies do not have what it takes.

There are two kinds of talk. One is social media talk, the type so base even the talkers themselves strain to go anonymous; of course, with the exception of those who have convinced themselves that noise is equal to wisdom or that popularity is fame.

Enimil Ashon

At Large

So what is the name of the profession that allows television stations in Ghana to play back, without cross-checking, a video ostensibly showing the President of Ghana taking “a bribe” when the President himself, ...?

In the newsroom of the Ghanaian Times, in the mid-1980s, every journalist knew the maxim: when in doubt, leave out! We did. The news editor controlled the use of one of only two telephones with a direct dial (the other one was in the editor’s office).

That is why I insist that in order for peace in Ghana to be for all time, the Mahama/NDC election petition must be allowed to run its course.

I have been struggling for a word for the events in Parliament on January 6 and 7. It was not merely a lack of leadership; it was a display of leaderlessness. The former is failure of leaders to show leadership; the latter is absence of leaders. I didn’t see leaders in Parliament.

File image – Special Prosecutor Martin Amidu (C) after his swearing in ceremony by President Akufo-Addo (R) and VP Bawumia.

At Large

Be that as it may, I beg to ask: what type of bureaucracy can delay somebody’s appointment letter for two years? Amidu was appointed on February 23, 2018. He received his appointment letter (according to him) on February 5, 2020!

If I meet Martin Amidu in town, I will greet him, but not with a reverential bow, notwithstanding his anti-corruption campaign exploits in his pre-Special Prosecutor days.

Castle Musings

Here And There

I think posterity will wonder... They will wonder how we expected to... And why we had more Toyota V8 Land Cruisers than ventilators, and more members of parliament than medical/surgical consultants. They will wonder... They will find it hard to understand, how we managed to be so rich... begging for finances to run health programmes.

In the 17th Century, the white castle on the Osu scarp called Christiansborg, stood tall.  But very little Christian happened within its walls.  It stood for centuries, the destination of the doomed.  It became the bastion of oppression, repression and dehumanization of many who were trapped in it. 

Viral plans

Here And There

What a vaccine does is to alert the body that something is coming. It is the rallying cry to the immune system that says that this is how the virus looks like. A vaccine usually presents a ...

There is something striking about taking an afternoon walk on the University of Ghana campus.  Birdsongs! Straight lines of old trees, their branches filtering out the sun, shelter the walkers along the pavements that are almost everywhere.  Walking in the afternoon is a breeze. The afternoon sun almost seems too far away to burn skin. 

Frontline reflections

Here And There

The facial expressions that we depend on to asses our clients have been taken away, but sometimes it’s not just facial masks that people wear, but ear masks, eye masks, heart masks, brain masks… and it does not matter how loud one shouts. They will do what they will do.

I have two friends in ICU now. One has been on a ventilator for the last 2 weeks, and one is not. Their faces are always on my mind. Every day, I make that call that apprises me on their clinical numbers. I say a prayer. I trust that they both get better. I look forward to seeing them someday soon. There is always my doctor’s mind that never loses sight of the worst case scenario. But I have got to keep pushing the harsh reality of the swelling limbs, the worsening numbers, and how the last CT scan looked. I need to push that reality away, and believe. I have lost a few friends since January. I have to believe I will not lose more. 

Viral Reflections

Here And There

To let this disease run riot, is to forsake the very heart of what keeps us whole. We cannot forget the soldiers as the war rages. We cannot starve the army in the face of an enemy that does not take prisoners.

Some things never change: the one who looks after my car is still in Korle Bu.  So this week, whilst waiting for him to fix the trauma that the Spintex roads have inflicted, I took a walk.  I retraced steps from my primary school alma mater, along the still pavement-less roads onto the hospital campus. 

2021 Alert

Here And There

The evidence is mounting, that the burden is growing. And we have no capacity to cope as a country if this trend does not peak and subside. This virus has resurged and is rampaging, ....

Last Monday I was on my way to work in the morning.  I left home, on a journey that usually takes 30 minutes through the Accra Traffic.  It took me 3 hours. I did not really understand why until I got on campus, and realised that it was because the students had come back, and we were sharing the same entrance.  No preparation had been made for the large numbers of people who would flood the place.  Everyone was using the single entrance, and single exit.  The security men milled around listlessly, trying to shepherd lost drivers unto choked roads.  It was mayhem.  And in all this, no one had thought about the fact that there was a quarternary medical centre on the University Campus, and that its staff would need access on such a day. 

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Here And There

A community that continues to have its big problems sitting at its front door every day is one which has not grown. It does not matter whether it finds another name for those problems, or excuses for the lack of solutions. It has not grown.

In some countries, it is unlawful to have the hazard lights flashing whilst driving.  Any such lights should be on a stationary parked car, off the road.  If it is an emergency, there are institutions tasked to take care of it.  They are allowed to move with their hazards on.  Such countries are usually either developed, or disciplined, or both. 

Viral Alert

Here And There

When I wear a mask in town, I am the odd one out nowadays. I am the paranoid too-known who can’t stop talking about Coro-coro. We have nationwide Covid fatigue, at the wrong time,...

The Aviation Road runs at a right angle to the Spintex Road. One is tarred and usable; one is a wet weather disaster. In the last two weeks, two parties have campaigned on both. The first one was cacophony on a Saturday morning. A motley of bandana wearing, motorbike riding, party colour clad cross section of Ghana chanting political songs. 

On Democracy

Here And There

And these potholes, and sinking sands, will persist until the power mongers cede initiative once more to the resource planners. Until then, I might have to accept the rivulets that plough valleys on the dirt road outside my house and the potholes waiting to gobble my tires.

There is a nebulous transition zone between Legon and East Legon. Somewhere as one leaves the University Gate, crosses the dual carriage and gets onto the long winding road of an affluent Accra suburb, the grounds of the university ends and East Legon begins. The wealth does not exactly reflect in the roads, and one notices the abrupt end of the order and lay out of the university, as buildings bulging with commerce, tussle on both sides of the narrow roads for every inch of expensive prime real estate. And here, some buildings ooze wealth, and class, and attainment, and some don’t.

Little things. Image credit - coverghana

Here And There

And it is the small steps that count. We can only win the small battles, one after the other, and hope that they ultimately culminate in a win, until the next battle begins.

I went back to Battor Catholic Hospital last week. It had been a long time. I walked through the main gates with my family, and for the first time in 14 years retraced my steps from the consulting rooms, through theatre across imaging and to the living area. As a newly minted medical officer, right after my internship, I was privileged to start my growth in these walls. I made that trip hundreds of times during 2 years. And with each trip I grew. With each surgical case, each person I would talk to in the consulting room, each wound I sutured, every incision, every mistake… I slowly matured. I was pampered, in retrospect. There was a family of dedicated doctors, who would not let me face a problem alone. Coming back, and meeting some members of that family, still working away more than a decade later was humbling. The hospital has continued to flourish.

Africa’s Pharmaceutical Industry

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The Potential Beneficiary of the COVID-19 Pandemic

“When faced with a radical crisis, when the old way of being in the world, of interacting with each other and with the realm of nature doesn’t work anymore, when survival is threatened by seemingly insurmountable problems, an individual life-form or a species will either die or become extinct or rise above the limitations of its condition through an evolutionary leap.”

Coronavirus Vaccine Supply Constraints

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Turning Adversity Into Opportunity

“The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word ‘crisis.’ One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger, but recognize the opportunity.” John F. Kennedy

Vaccine Geopolitics Amid A Potential Global COVID-19 Third Wave

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Much as lower and lower-middle-income countries are caught in the middle of these squabbles, their governments need to study the factors that have contributed to the current predicament. It will be unfortunate ...

“We are sometimes astounded by the behaviour of emotional outlaws, as they act in line with their own standards, but proceed like bulls-in-a-china-shop, create one heck of a mess in their living environment and bring about shocking disturbing dissensions, ever since their inner construction clashes with our emotional architecture.”

Geopolitics, Big Pharma and the Assumed Vaccine-Related Blood Clots

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The raising of red flags is the first step in reviewing the frequency and probability of occurrence of the particular ADR. If the probability of it occurring in those using the medicinal product exceeds that of the general population, most regulators will institute a review of the newly licensed medication and restrict its use further.

“Very few beings really seek knowledge in this world. Mortal or immortal, few really ask. On the contrary, they try to wring from the unknown the answers they have already shaped in their own minds — justifications, confirmations, forms of consolation without which they can’t go on. To really ask is to open the door to the whirlwind. The answer may annihilate the question and the questioner.”

Vaccines: Collateral Risks and the Quest for Herd Immunity

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“Remember: It’s not your fault that things are the way they are, but it is your responsibility to do something about them.” Elena Aguilar

Rethinking Health Outcomes Amid A Global Pandemic

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We cannot continue to sit on the fence when many of the diagnostic parameters being taught and practiced are riddled with these diagnostic biases, and expect others to address the discrepancies. Neither can we shout ...

“It takes humility to reconsider our past commitments, doubts to question our present decisions, and curiosity to reimagine our future plans. What we discover along the way can free us from the shackles of our familiar surroundings and our former selves. Rethinking liberates us to do more than update our knowledge and opinions — it’s a tool for leading a more fulfilling life.”- Adam Grant

Achieving herd Immunity In The Era of Vaccine Hesitancy

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Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an acceptance that the only way to end it and return society to some sense of normalcy was going to be through the discovery of viable vaccines.

Robert Sears in “The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child” states “most anti-vaccine books claim that all shots are bad, the diseases aren’t really anything to fear, and as long as you live a natural and healthy lifestyle, you don’t have to worry. I think this is a very irresponsible approach to the vaccine issue. Vaccines are beneficial in ridding our population of both serious and nonserious diseases.”

2021 and File image - Ghana's president Nana Akufo Addo was sworn for a 2nd term on January 7th , 2021. Beyond; A Health Wishlist

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Further, the government will have to find innovative ways of funding the NHIS. The current funding structure has seen the scheme chronically indebted to service providers, resulting in threats of service withdrawal.

Seth Godin argues in Tribes that “leaders lead when they take positions, when they connect with their tribes, and when they help the tribe connect to itself.”

Dealing with the Pandemic Associated Infodemic

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The cynicism around vaccine is not new, and has often been driven by a small hardcore group. This group has always understood the dynamics around vaccine acceptance and know that in every society ...

“The time will come when diligent research over long periods will bring to light things which now lie hidden. A single lifetime, even though entirely devoted to the sky, would not be enough for the investigation of so vast a subject and so, this knowledge will be unfolded only through long successive ages. There will come a time when our descendants will be amazed that we did not know things that are so plain to them. Many discoveries are reserved for ages still to come when the memory of us will have been effaced.” - Seneca

An empty nest looms. Image credit - The Marriage Place

This And That

Initial weekly servings of an avalanche of college brochures or flyers from the mailman that I considered numbing potions of impending reality turned into monthslong servings that I treated with the common refrain of ‘more time’. And now, ...

And so, without much fanfare, the seemingly slow but ever-present passage of time in our lives is quietly sneaking up on me, promising to serve the age-old American dish of an empty nest.

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

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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.

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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?

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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

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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

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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.

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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.