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If you detest your shape or skin colour, just change it; But should you?

Opinions

he story cautioned pregnant women who were taking Glutathione tablets to bleach the skin of their unborn babies to desist from it. The drug, according to experts, could cause birth defects, including damaged internal organs and limbs.

The truth should be said

Opinions

The Palestinians’ claim against the Jewish occupation over the land of Israel since 1948 is a total distortion of history. That argument is brutally disrespecting UN Resolution 181: The Partition Resolution of November 29, 1947, which was decided to end the British mandate and to establish two states: a Jewish state and an Arab one.

The Hospitals Killing Ghanaians - Kojo Akoto

Opinions

Since January 2018, the team on the Citi Breakfast Show has been tracking ‘abandoned’ infrastructure in Ghana. Our work has so far revealed that over one billion dollars, $1 billion, has been committed to various health facilities which are done and not functioning, way behind schedule or wholly abandoned.

IMANI Alert: Five Critical Matters of State

Opinions

Imagine this will go on every month for the next 10 years, paying KelniGVG $1.5m every month for 10 years to return negligible value of unlikely $34, 200.

Welcome back Air Namibia - opening up the land of the brave

Opinions

On wildlife, there is this little footnote I must also not ignore: the guinea fowl. Something of a delicacy in Ghana, it is protected in Namibia. You will not easily find “akomfem” on the menu here but they make it up with the local free-range chicken which is just as fat-free.

A ‘broke’ President and matters arising

Opinions

On average, a candidate needed to raise about GH¢389,803 or approximately $85,000 to secure the party primary nomination and compete in the parliamentary elections.

Journalism and professionalism, where does Ghana stand?

Opinions

Most of us have to come to terms with practising good journalism or facing the music. Journalists need to notice that the dissemination of news stories needs to be fit for public consumption.

World Cup 2018: Will an African team reach semi-finals for first time?

Opinions

The three teams to make the quarter-finals - Cameroon (1990) , Senegal (2002) and Ghana (2010) - have come from sub-Saharan Africa.

The United States is punishing Rwanda for rejecting our old jeans and T-shirts. It’s a shortsighted move

Opinions

Rwanda and several of its neighbors recently introduced tariffs on used clothing in an attempt to bolster the local apparel industry. In response, a U.S. trade group filed a complaint, claiming that the new tariffs violate the terms of the African Growth and Opportunity Act,...

Are we growing a bead-faced hydra?

Opinions

s Anas' use of Joshua Acquah, an ex-club official of Hearts of Oak and exploited his existing relationship with his colleagues to offer 'gifts' to be later indicted. This method was particularly worrying because Anas went a step further in this exposé by employing friends/acquaintances of the officials to carry the inducement.

LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers speaking at a press conference in this undated image.

Opinions

You Let Your Mouth Do the Job of Your Anus - Louisa Carol Hossana & Felicity

Opinions

I promise her that footsoliders will not rest until she is shown the exit door. Then they will ostracise and send her to the cleaners. Most of those at the Jubilee House are footsoldiers, and if she looks down upon them in such a despicable manner, then she has no business being there. How?

Press Statement By Kwesi Nyantakyi On The Investigative Report By Anas Aremeyaw Anas And His Tiger Eye PI Team

Press Release

Press Statement By Kwesi Nyantakyi On The Investigative Report By Anas Aremeyaw Anas And His Tiger Eye PI Team

OccupyGhana® believes that this “No Beds” excuse is a cowardly cop-out, hiding a much deeper problem assailing Ghana’s healthcare system.

Press Release

The appalling reality in Ghana today is that the country has no functioning and coordinated Emergency Response System. People who need emergency care simply cannot call for help. Even if they can reach a health facility by telephone, there are only 54 – yes, FIFTY-FOUR – ambulances covering a nation of almost 30 million people.

Press Release: Decisions From June 8th, 2018, Meeting of GFA Executive Meeting

Press Release

All Officials of the GFA, shown to have allegedly committed various acts of misconduct, in the Tiger Eye PI documentary titled Number 12 shall step aside from their positions and steer away from all football related activities with immediate effect.

Press Release: Hearts of Oak Terminate The Contracts of Henry Wellington And Jerry Adjei

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Government to Take Steps to Dissolve the Ghana Football Association

Press Release

Hearts of Oak Statement on The Release of #Twelve Documentary

Press Release

Press Release: Government Ready to Operationalize University of Ghana Medical Centre (UGMC)

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Press Release: CID Investigating GFA President, Mr. Kwesi Nyantakyi

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Press Release: Revised First Round Fixtures of Ghana Premier League

Press Release

The Premier League Board, will in due course communicate a complete programme for the second round of the league to all stakeholders.

President Akufo-Addo suspends four justices of the High Court

Press Release

Statement on tramadol abuse and addiction in Ghana - Occupyghana

Press Release

Tramadol has recently become a cause of major addiction in Ghana and other developing nations in Africa and Asia. Without the oversight of the INCB, manufacturers in India and China have been able to flood the market with the drug.

Pius Enam Hadzide (L) and the Director General of the National Sports Authority, Robert Sarfo Mensah. Image credit - presidencygovgh

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THE HOLY-EVIL KETA BASIN PETROLEUM EXPLORATION AFFAIRS - Radio Ghana Investigates

Features

The main Contractor undertaking the exploration works in the basin, Swiss African Oil Company however termed the project as “good and holy” and has the potential of transforming the local economy if oil is discovered in commercial quantities. Minimum expenditure for the initial three years exploration period is about forty-eight million dollars.

The campaign of the NPP concentrated mostly in the Northern Territories (which is now Northern, Upper East and West Regions). Whilst GNP and GAP concentrated all their attention in Accra. MAP targeted Accra and all the Zongos in the Municipal areas of the country.

The 1954 elections was a product of Justice William Bedford Van Lare Commission which recommended a new constitution for the country. The Van Lare Commission recommended that the new legislative elections should be scheduled for the 10th and 15th of June 1954.

World Environment Day: How Nigeria can Lead Africa, Rest of the World in Beating Plastic Pollution - VP Osinbajo - Image credit - planeta

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Calls on Corporate Organisations, Individuals to do More to Prevent Environmental Pollution

Address By The President Of The Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, At The Opening Ceremony Of The 2018 West Africa Mining And Power Conference And Exhibition (WAMPOC/WAMPEX).

Features

There is no question, but that, after all these years, we have not maximized the benefits of mining, and there remains a lot to learn of best practices from other places, so that we can protect the environment and reap maximum reward from the exploitation of our mineral resources.

STATEMENT TO PARLIAMENT ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF A COMMON PLATFORM FOR TELECOMMUNICATIONS TRAFFIC MONITORING, REVENUE ASSURANCE, MOBILE MONEY MONITORING AND FRAUD MANAGEMENT - URSULA OWUSU-EKUFUL

Features

THE TRUE, DOCUMENTED AND AUTHORITATIVE HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF GHANA

Features

I also do not see how the current Vice Chancellor and the University Council will permit President Akufo-Addo to rename the University of Ghana JB Danquah University when the university's own commissioned work does not support this latter day distortion of history.

Ghanaians, Africans recount harassment by police in China

Features

“I was sick of being treated like a criminal. I had to move to another neighbourhood,” he said, gesturing at a nearby police station and lamenting that the omnipresent security had made life more complicated.

A glimpse of the airport when completed

Features

Ghana, for now, may not have even a fraction of China’s US$ 60 billion for another international airport, especially when it does not seem that the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) is bursting at its seems except for the weekends when there is a lot of traffic.

Full Text: President Akufo-Addo’s Address to the Nation on the “Us-Ghana Military Co-Operation Agreement”

Features

You cannot claim to believe in democracy unless you have faith in the people, faith in their inherent goodness, faith in their capacity to make the right decisions, given the right information. It is this faith in the people that has shaped my entire political career, and it is this faith that propels me to lead an open and transparent government.

Inside the dark, opulent world of Ghana’s churches. Prophets & profits

Features

While they may not hold classic theological qualifications, many pastors attract followers by speaking of miraculous healings from illnesses and lethal infections such as Hepatitis and HIV. One of them is Nigel Gaisie,..

Liberia - the country where citizenship depends on your skin colour

Features

Liberia, on Africa's west coast, was established as a home for freed slaves returning to the continent, escaping from unthinkable misery in the United States.

The man who's awaken the world about Congo

Editorials

Behind the figures, it is about humanity. It is challenging our hearts and willingness to deliver solidarity on a global scale. This is the unbelievable story of fifteen million people whose villages have been burnt down, ...

File image: Samy Badibanga, former Prime Minister of DRC

Editorials

This crisis kills every passing second. It kills women, children, and men who have fled the violence, hidden in the forest or even further away, and have nothing left when they return. This disaster could soon claim between one and two million lives if humanitarian aid is not funded.

Kwesi Appiah’s confidence must translate into results

Editorials

Vigilante Groups In Politics – Rule of Law Must Prevail

Editorials

Pra River (Photo: K. Amigosten Amoah)

Editorials

Dangme News

Editorials

A Letter to Hosanna Louisa Carol

Letters

It is heart-rending to read such statements from people who are the direct beneficiaries of the toils of our party footsoldiers.

A letter to Nana Appiah Mensah on Zylofon Cash

Letters

A $10million Premier League sponsorship is a great mistake. I have been wondering why the league wasn’t sponsored by MENZGOLD. If it’s possible to change the name of sponsor, I’ll urge you to do so immediately because the rewards may be more beneficial with MENZGOLD.

An open letter to the President of Ghana and Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo - Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa

Letters

Mr. President, as a longtime political activist (for which you earned the “yenim no fri titi” accolade) and a celebrated serial organizer of demonstrations including those of the “Kumipreko” and “Siemipreko” fame – I am sure you will be the first to admit that the several thousands of Ghanaians who participated...

Open Letter to Paul Adom Otchere - Hanan-Confidence Abdul

Letters

When did "Good Evening Ghana" become "Majority Caucus" on Joy News; a program that affords the host and guests of a ruling party an unregulated gang-bang of their political opponents.

Finance Minister, Hon. Ken Ofori-Atta.

Letters

How could one be made to pay between 150-300% of the value he purchased a car for abroad with embedded tax components like NHIL, EXIM, and other dubious levies?

The real thieves vs. the corruption perception index

Letters

The thieves at all government ministries, agencies and departments, who allow the "wind" to blow away people's very vital documents that arrive on their tables for attention, unless such people put a "stone" on the documents to prevent the wind from blowing them away are part of the problem. The car park attendant,...

Open Letter To The Mighty Prophets - KSM

Letters

Please next time you are in the spirit and God talks to you, I beg o, can you ask him to tell you how Ghana can fix the unemployment wahala.

DELA GOLDHEART'S LETTER TO ACE ANKOMAH; DINOSAUR OF THE GUTTERS

Letters

Mr. Ankomah, let us look at some of your specific arguments. I am sure our audience could pick one or two things from it. You said that whether a woman works outside the home or not, she must make sure the house is cleaned, food is cooked and served you, clothes washed etc. When I asked you what your reason for such an argument was, you said that there are roles specific to men and women. So I asked another question: "does your wife use her vagina to cook?"

The writer - Nathaniel Alpha

Letters

In your verdict on Casely Hayford vs. GIJ students, you stated that clearly “Sydney Casely Hayford does not owe the GIJ students an apology". I am sure, senior, that when we summarize your arguments and place them in the context of the specific discussion, you may understand, or at least appreciate our reaction.

File image: Dr. Richard Selormey

Letters

Only the heavens can tell how many of such folks you and other doctors and nurses have had to go an extra extra mile for, to change their lives and restore hope.

A letter to African Pastors from Selorm Branttie

Letters

Every day, the poorer people in the church are reminded of the reasons why they are poor; they don’t give enough, they don’t pray enough, they don’t sacrifice enough for the church, yet the rich ....

File image: Minister of Transport, Kwaku Ofori Asiamah

Letters

Like I said earlier, we either evolve or die, let’s not aggravate our ‘shitholean’ status.

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

Meet Farida Nabourema, Togo - Photo courtesy of Farida Nabourema.

Interviews

Full interview: President Akufo-Addo talks about Africa, political instability, homosexuality in Ghana, and more with Jane Dutton

Interviews

Kofi Amoah Amigosten

Interviews

Marricke K. Gane

Interviews

Ghana's Meandering Democracy

Commentary

The human race was meant to make a better livelihood for the next generation. In the Western countries, every generation, salutes the ones that came before it. Unfortunately, on our African continent, every generation blames the one before it.

Concerted efforts to end begging for alms by children. Image credit - gbcghana

Commentary

In almost every major town and city begging is unfortunately, a big practice. In Wa, the regional capital of the Upper West Region, there is a group of boys who walk together begging for alms with large empty tomato tins strapped around their shoulders.

Premiering Of #Number 12 By Anas Aremeyaw Anas

Commentary

NEWS COMMENTARY ON THE PREMIERING OF THE NUMBER 12 INVESTIGATIVE DOCUMENTARY BY ANAS AREMEYAW ANAS

Developments In The Textiles Industry

Commentary

Major Mahama's Death; One Year On

Commentary

Within the last 12 months one cannot say Ghana has witnessed any significant efforts towards curtailing this canker. Government needs to as a matter of priority,..

AU Within The Context of Challenges Facing The African Continent

Commentary

Again, the AU would have to adopt an appropriate strategy to manage international co-operation in an era of globalisation and in a changing world order; it would need to come up with a relevant and practical...

The Nation Builders Corps Programme Launched By President Akufo-Addo

Commentary

While blaming the TV stations for doing a disservice to the local movie industry, it important to encourage players in the local industry to up their game to enable them to compete favourably with their foreign counterparts. It is common knowledge...

Vice President Dr. Bawumia speaks at the launch of the 2018 Tax and Good Governance Week in Accra on April 06, 2018

Commentary

It is in the light of this that the current campaign by the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) to sensitise Ghanaians on the need to register for their Tax Identification Numbers (TIN) is seen as a positive step.

2017 PIAC REPORT

Commentary

It is in the light of this that one finds the latest report by the Public Interest and Accountability Committee (PIAC) very interesting albeit worrying. According to the report ...

Residents walk through a section of their flooded community. File image 2016

Commentary

The continuous littering of the environment is actually making the President's vision of making Accra one of the cleanest cities in Africa an illusion. For government to realise this vision,...

Commemoration of World Water Day

Commentary

Also 150 million still drink from untreated water sources such as rivers, lakes and streams, which is a serious health risk. Unclean water according to the World Health Organisation, WHO kills one million babies in their first month of life from preventable deaths, across the world.

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When Greed, Selfishness And Insanity, Cloud A Retiree's Sense Of Judgment; The Case Of Avea 'N-Who?

At Large

Since Avea Nsoh, still blindly recognises the former VC of UEW (Prof. Mawutor Avoke), as his VC of UEW, why didn't he go to Prof. Avoke to get the approval in a matter of seconds, and has to waste time seeing the Ag. Pro-VC? 'Man pass man'!!

A certain character, who has cheated the whole of humanity by shamefully forging his birthdate to enable him continue occupying an undeserved position at the University of Education, Winneba (UEW), is clearly proving to be an object of contradiction and ridicule and deserves to be awarded the highest diploma in peddling falsehood.

‘No bed’ syndrome, a telling phenomenon of Ghana’s health care

At Large

Our penchant to give it all to God is a phenomenon that does not lend anything to proper scrutiny.

Ghana has introduced a new phraseology into medical practice - the ‘no bed’ syndrome. The syndrome does not exist anywhere, not in any textbook of medicine or nursing so where from this that has resulted in the setting up of committees of the Ghana Health Service and Parliament? What have beds got to do with anything?

Has ‘alternative facts’ arrived in Ghanaian politics?

At Large

Then it was reported elsewhere that both grand ceremonial and political functions were duly performed by our previous government. I ask myself what is happening here? Are we creating facts in pursuit of a political agenda?

Written By Colin Essamuah - The past week has witnessed two separate sod-cutting events which led me to my musings today.

No medical care abroad at state expense

At Large

I can assure you that, nobody will be found guilty in the investigations, which the Ghana Health Service (GHS) is promising, into the circumstances that led to the death of the 70-year-old man after the LEKMA Hospital and six others refused to admit him due to the lack of beds.

Mirror Mirror On The Wall

At Large

The alleged turning away by 7 medical facilities of a 70-year-old man, ostensibly due to lack of bed space led to his death, apparently in a car.

My staple, the publicly funded Daily Graphic newspaper, remains the single largest circulated broadsheet in Ghana. The management has taken note, which is why every edition of the paper is choc a bloc with lucrative commercial adverts. I am not sure, however, that in the age of new media, they have truly nailed their online business strategy. Certainly not when it comes to circulating in real time, the column I should write weekly.

The hospital bed saga – my views

At Large

The “There are NO Beds available” is a symptom. Critical thinking will crystallize the root problems. Creative thinking and a Political will to DO – that’s what will solve the problem. Not the symptoms.

I am not a Health professional. But in the wake of the “Hospital bed Saga” – we need to pool our minds together. Having interacted with my colleague health professionals and others, I wish to say these.

Anas’ #Number 12 Expose: Effect on Investor Confidence – Marricke K. Gane

At Large

But it does not end there. Here is why: After the Expose, BBC carried the news – it reached far. The following day, TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL emailed it to its subscribers (I subscribe to it) – it means its gone viral in the circles of serious business people. But there’s more...

 I was asked the other day on what I thought the impact was likely to be of the Anas #12 expose (#12) on INVESTOR CONFIDENCE.

Here are my views:

ON MY RADAR : Government Corruption: Who Will Bell The Cat?

At Large

The move suggests that this government is not interested in working hard to justify the overwhelming faith and trust reposed in it by the public. Instead, its preoccupation is to employ propaganda and obfuscating tactics to shape public discourse.

Each time the Akufo-Addo administration is faced with unfavourable news - usually over corruption, bad deals or something more nefarious - the government finds a way to change the subject of discussion. They do this either by leaking damaging information about the opposition or pulling off some crazy stunt.

Investigative journalism: The tension between privacy and public interest

At Large

As Lord Nichols pointed out in Reynolds v Times Newspaper, “it is through the mass media that most people today obtain their information on political matters…In this regard it should be kept in mind that one of the contemporary functions of the media is investigative journalism.”

Investigative journalism assists the traditional media in rooting out corruption and dealing with crimes and abuse of public trust and confidence.

Shifa Amankwa-Gabbey, winner of Ghana’s 2018 National Spelling Bee contest sandwiched between Raj Thakwani and Akshaya Janikiraman, both from DPS International Ghana at Tema.

Here And There

She will be the toast of a few radio stations for a short time. She will recount her experiences and sometimes those who listen will rejoice with her, and some won’t. She will inspire some, and discourage some. And then she will disappear into some obscurity. Into the system of education which do not exactly produce more people like her, or schools like hers.

I have been thinking about Shifa this week. One lone Ghanaian voice on the international spelling stage. Counting herself among the spellers who have come together in Washington to celebrate knowledge. She did not win, but that is not the important thing. She has traveled the road that many great people have traveled before her. Now it is completely up to her, to make this count in her future.

Cry Freedom

Here And There

I have read some of the comments that have been made by people after the statement by the health minister about government bearing the cost of training specialists. Some break my heart. That a country should come to the point where it wants doctors to pay for specialist training is unthinkable in the first place.

Broad Street in Philadelphia is this wide swathe of black, running through its middle. A black big motoring vein with asphalt tributaries emptying cars, and people, milling restlessly with a tenacity that hardly ever changes. The City Hall punctuates it, splitting the broad street flow with its imposing gravity defying white columns hewn out of stone. Intricate sculpted masonry from another time, that remains beautiful in these days of glass and steel. The statue of William Penn looms blackly atop the tower, keeping perpetual watch over the city of brotherly love. The city that he, and his fellow freedom dreamers birthed.

To Mother. Image credit - face2faceafrica

Here And There

Motherhood is the one relationship that this socialization does not extend to. Suddenly it is a different set of rules. The mother cannot think about self, because there is another human being to take care of.

I spent a lot of time on the road with my mother as a kid. The road to the hospital. I was a frequent flyer along that route. Usually, it did not take long for any virus or malaria parasite to find I was a willing host. By the time I was 12 I had accumulated a significant number of flyer miles, to various hospitals, and also mother-son hours. I remember her basic message then, because it has never changed over the years. A week ago, the kids went to visit her, and as I debriefed from far away, my daughter said she had a message for me from my mother. She asked for the phone to be brought closer to her so she could relay it with satisfactory gusto: Work harrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrd!

On Service. Image credit - cityofhemet

Here And There

There is a paradox that continues to strike me in my homeland. The expectation of a community without a culture of service, of our leaders to serve us when they get our vote. How do we expect them to suddenly start serving others, when they have been groomed in communities peopled by self-serving individuals?

I am convinced that service is key to our purpose as human beings. The whole reason for life is service. The highest form of living is service. To serve, is to put effort and time at the disposal of another.

Small Beginnings

Here And There

For the bodies in charge of health in our country to plan strategically, they must have strategic thinkers. Strategic thinkers do not just progress up public sector rank and file and then become heads of departments. They are head hunted, assessed, groomed,..

Something momentous happened in health last month. Most of its importance was covered by the inevitable ordinariness of a group of foreign doctors doing outreach surgery in the name of a non governmental foundation. I was on the inside however, and saw perspectives that would not be immediately obvious.

Invisible blessings

Here And There

I could not tell him that it was because he had been brought to the hospital too late. I could not tell him that if there had been someone in a local hospital to do the surgery that he needed a few days earlier, he could have left hospital the day after.

When I heard the voice on the phone I did not recognize him. I assumed he was one more person wishing me a happy new year, until he mentioned his name. I stopped everything I was doing at the time and just sat down, and savored the experience of hearing him speak. His name was singed into my memory. I had looked after him, on the same bed, every day, for a 3 month period.

File image - Independence Day celebration in Ghana, March 6th, 2018, Ghana’s Vice President, Dr. M. Bawumia (1st left), Nigeria’s President, M. Buhari (2nd left), Ghana’s President, Nana Akufo-Addo (M) with First Lady, Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo, and Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Aaron Mike Ocquaye.

Here And There

He has been in Europe 20 years, but Nigeria still runs in his blood. Nothing about the Western world was going to diminish his Ibo soul. He was worried about what the West African environment would do, with its priorities, and lack of planning for health, education, posterity. He was worried about how...

On Independence Day, I was sitting in an Uber being driven by a (now) Dutch Nigerian Ibo man, stuck in Central London traffic. He was excited to meet someone he could freely call Charley, and be hailed Oga kpata kpata in response. In what ended up being a 3 hour ride, we talked about many things. He had a sense of humor that kept me laughing, and almost forgetting about my diminishing bank balance as the pound denominated tariff massacred my poor Cedis.

Fighting Death

Here And There

And as long as more private money goes into funerals, and mortuary fees than into education and health, we will not win the battle against death. If it is easier to get a loan for a funeral, than for education or for treating a patient on admission, then we really should not be surprised that death is so unstoppable. We have beautiful hearses, elaborate (dancing) pallbearers, custom made funeral cloths, beautifully printed funeral booklets, and 4-day funeral weekends. And we have no working ambulance system,...

We were doing a morning round in a hospital far away from mine when I first saw it. Well, I heard it first, an electronic female voice warning me that it was coming. Then we almost run into it, but it stopped, a red light blinking. It waited for us to pass, bleeping green and red, and then once we passed I heard the quiet whir as it went its way down the beautifully lit hospital corridor.

Police Patrol

Here And There

Sometimes, when I think about the fact that we are more than 24 million, and adding more, I wonder about our physical states. Our general physical states. I wonder how many of us are walking around with problems that will only reinvent themselves, because the diagnosis was wrong,

There is this German car I fell in love with as a child. I sat in one as the car door was shut, and that was it. I just kept wondering how a door could shut like that, and make one feel so secure. I never really lost my first love. I have kept going back to that car. It just happens that I live in a country that may never produce such cars, and my salary may never allow me to afford a new one.
So I have kept my dream alive in second hand versions, inflicted the Ghanaian roads and flood riddled large pathways on the various models I have been blessed to have, and tried to feel a bit of what those engineers want one to feel. Tried to rediscover that contentment of a child awed by the wide back seat of a big car, and the sudden quietness imposed by the shut car door.

Honouring our Parents Memory by Upholding their Principles of Life whilst Questioning their Beliefs

Thoughts From Afar

Some have even averred that in times of crisis they will rather be treated on the floor than be turned away due to, “a lack of beds.” Forgetting that, just finding a place in emergency care is one thing but without oxygen, defibrillators, nebulisers and other basic critical care equipment, any health facility that just gave you a furniture space may actually be doing more harm than good...

“For the most part, people strenuously resist any redefinition of morality, because it shakes them to the very core of their being to think that in pursuing virtue they may have been feeding vice, or in fighting vice they may have in fact been fighting virtue.” - Stefan Molyneux

Failing Our Youth by Ignoring the Death of Mockingbirds

Thoughts From Afar

It is now clear that there is considerable awareness of the menace of tramadol and other opioids. We are all aware of the impact it is having on our youth and the parallel society it is creating. However, we have failed to move from the awareness stage ....

Malcolm Gladwell in David and Goliath argues, “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.”

The Strong Link Theory; The Heart of Our Healthcare Equality Failure

Thoughts From Afar

In defence of our current strong link approach, some keep saying health care professionals are unwilling to go out of Accra or Kumasi but fail to realise we skew the law of natural selection towards attracting them to the centre by taking a strong link approach towards healthcare policy.

In 23 Things They Don't Tell You about Capitalism, this favourite quote caught my attention, “Equality of opportunity is not enough. Unless we create an environment where everyone is guaranteed some minimum capabilities through some guarantee of minimum income, education, and healthcare, we cannot say that we have fair competition. When some people have to run a 100 metre race with sandbags on their legs, the fact that no one is allowed to have a head start does not make the race fair. Equality of opportunity is absolutely necessary but not sufficient in building a genuinely fair and efficient society.” Ha-Joon Chang

I Was Not Made Like This; It Was Forced On Me

Thoughts From Afar

These bootlicking zombies go out guns blazing attacking anyone in their wake, stopping at nothing to even countenance reason and think that others should quiver.

“There are two kinds of idiots - those who don't take action because they have received a threat, and those who think they are taking action because they have issued a threat.” Paulo Coelho in “The Devil and Miss Prym”

File image November 2017 - FDA arrests fake drug peddlers at Madina.

Thoughts From Afar

However, it will also be disingenuous if we threw our hands in the air and allowed the problem to fester like we have done for the last sixty plus years. The fact is, drug peddling is a killer and a curse rather than a lifeline to many in our society, ...

Malcolm Gladwell in Blink argues, “The key to good decision making is not knowledge. It is understanding. We are swimming in the former. We are desperately lacking in the latter.”

In The Midst of Celebration; Balancing Grief Against The Audacity of Hope

Thoughts From Afar

Thirty-two years on, in many parts of Ghana, only the insane still drive straight. From Accra to the hinterlands, I have seen much footage of roads that can be best described as paddy fields. Many of these roads which not too long ago were commissioned with pomp and pageantry as achievements by one previous leader...

"The pessimist resembles a man who observes with fear and sadness that his wall calendar, from which he daily tears a sheet, grows thinner with each passing day. On the other hand, the person who attacks the problems of life actively is like a man who removes each successive leaf from his calendar and files it neatly and carefully away with its predecessors, after first having jotted down a few diary notes on the back. He can reflect with pride and joy on all the richness set down in these notes, on all the life he has already lived to the fullest. What will it matter to him if he notices that he is growing old? Has he any reason to envy the young people whom he sees, or wax nostalgic over his own lost youth? What reasons has he to envy a young person? For the possibilities that a young person has, the future which is in store for him? No, thank you,' he will think. 'Instead of possibilities, I have realities in my past, not only the reality of work done and of love loved but of sufferings bravely suffered. These sufferings are even the things of which I am most proud, although these are things which cannot inspire envy."

PROFFERING SOLUTIONS IN THE ART OF THIS TRAMADOL WAR; A CLASSICAL CASE FOR COLLABORATION ACROSS THE PASTE

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Checks indicate that majority of the illicit supplies (strengths of tramadol higher than 100mg) are trafficked into our country through porous land borders and originates mainly from the port city of Cotonou in Benin

Tom Robbins in Even Cowgirls Get the Blues argues, “I believe in political solutions to political problems. But man's primary problems aren't political; they're philosophical. Until humans can solve their philosophical problems, they're condemned to solve their political problems over and over and over again. It's a cruel, repetitious bore.”

When tyranny is legalised and practiced with impunity

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That double payments have been a feature of all three changes of government with the public being blinded to it gives me an indication that the only way this self-inflicted anomaly will be corrected is if as citizens we express our displeasure unequivocally and push for a root and branch investigation into all ex-gratia payments since 1996.

C.S. Lewis argues, "Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated, but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."

A Libyan police officer views a haul of prescription drug Tramadol seized from a shipping container in Tripoli (Reuters/Chris Helgren)

Thoughts From Afar

There were indications at this point that there was a concerted effort by well-organised groups some linked with organised crime and international terrorism to create a new generation of youthful tramadol addicts who they could manipulate and control in furthering their ulterior motives. Their target groups were teenagers living in slums and rundown areas and those in second cycle institutions.

Criss Jami argues in Killosophy that, “Deceit for personal gain is one of history's most recurring crimes. Man's first step towards change would be thinking, counter-arguing, re-thinking, twisting, straightening, perfecting, then believing every original idea he intends to make public before making it public. There is always an angle from which an absolute truth may appear askew just as there is always a personal emotion, or a personal agenda, which alienates the ultimate good of mankind.”

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.