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GPL Week 30 Preview: Pressure mounts on Gt. Olympics and Tema Youth to win as relegation fears loom large on final day. Photo - @images_image

Ghana Premier League

Season ending matches for this year’s edition of the Ghana Premier League will come on this Sunday with all the intrigue on the bottom half of the Premier League table, as the relegation drama heads off into a photo finish with Accra Gt. Olympics and Tema Youth hoping to stave off looming relegation in the Brong Ahafo Region, as guests of Bechem United, and Berekum Chelsea respectively.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino congratulates Aduana Stars

Ghana Premier League

FIFA President Gianni Infantino has applauded Aduana Stars FC for their second Ghana Premier League win  and has congratulated them as champions.

Elmina Sharks owner Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom lambasts Ghana FA

Ghana Premier League

Businessman extraordinaire and owner of Elmina Sharks, Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, has called out the Ghana Football Association (GFA) for what he considers ongoing shenanigans within the Association that includes football administrators and referees taking bribes to predetermine the outcome of soccer games.

GN Bank DOL Week 30 Roundup: Premier League bound Eleven Wonders end season on winning note, Techiman City, and Guan FC all win

GN Bank Division One League

Season ending matches for GN Bank Division one - Zone one – teams came on this midweek with winners of the zone, Premier League bound side – Techiman based Eleven Wonders - notching a second straight win in as many outings to end the season with a tally of 60points.

Action in the GN Bank sponsored Division One football League returned this past weekend with penultimate matches devoid of the usual fanfare.

GN Bank DOL Week 30 Roundup: Karela FC and Dreams FC Promoted to Premiership Division. Eleven Wise, Wassaman, Dunkwa Utd, Dynamo FC and Zein FC Relegated

GN Bank Division One League

The ultimate weekend of this year’s GN Bank Division One League came to a triumphant conclusion for Zones two and three sides - Karela FC and Dreams FC - as they were officially handed their promotion papers to the elite division and a bitter end for Dunkwa Utd and Wassaman United as they joined relegation bound Eleven Wise, Dynamo FC and Zein FC into the abyss of Division One soccer.

Southampton’s Sofiane Boufal leaves a trail of flailing Baggies players whilst on his mazey, jinky run from his own half ... Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

English Premier League

Sergio Aguero equalled Manchester City's all-time goalscoring record on Saturday, as they handed Burnley a 3-0 shutout defeat to go five points clear at the top of the Premier League, following a 2-1 defeat of their closest competitors and rivals, Manchester United by Huddersfield.

Leicester City fire manager Craig Shakespeare. Photo credit - Eurosport

English Premier League

Leicester City have pulled the trigger much early than many expected.

Tammy Abraham celebrates his second goal following a dink from Jordan Ayew. Photo credit – skysports.

English Premier League

The English Premier League returned this weekend with reigning champions – Chelsea – taking yet another blow to their title defense aspirations, as they lost for the second straight time in as many outings, this time, to Crystal City who had lost their seven previous games.

Defendant Eric X. in the courtroom in Bonn, Germany. (Mario Jüngling / BILD)

General

A rejected Ghanaian asylum seeker who raped a 23-year-old German woman in front of her boyfriend after threatening the couple with a saw -- and who then called the victim "a prostitute" in court -- was sentenced to nearly 12 years in prison Thursday.

Former U.S. President George W. Bush speaks during the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California, U.S., May 3, 2017. Photo credit - Reuters

General

Former President George W. Bush on Thursday decried “bullying and prejudice” in a New York speech that appeared to be a sweeping, thinly veiled critique of President Donald Trump.

Latest version of travel ban blocked by federal judge

General

U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson, responsible for blocking President Donald Trump's second travel ban in March, authored the ruling again Tuesday, which says that the third executive order on the matter ignored the "guidance afforded" by the earlier legal proceedings related to the issue.

A Silent Epidemic of Cancer Is Spreading Among Men

Health

Jason Mendelsohn had been married for close to 20 years and was happily raising three kids when he noticed the painless lump on his neck while shaving three years ago.

Obesity-related cancers rising, threatening gains in U.S. cancer rates

Health

The rates of 12 obesity-related cancers rose by 7 percent from 2005 to 2014, an increase that is threatening to reverse progress in reducing the rate of cancer in the United States, U.S. health officials said on Tuesday.

WHO: Media Should Not Sensationalize Suicide

Health

The World Health Organization reports about 800,000 people commit suicide every year. To mark this year’s World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10), WHO is stressing the important role the media can play in stopping people from taking their own lives.

Macron sets out counter-terror programme for next five years

World

French President Emmanuel Macron unveiled a plan to bolster France's domestic security on Wednesday during a speech to police forces at the presidential Elysée Palace.

Israel Advances Plans For 1,992 West Bank Settler Homes. Photo - presstv

World

Israeli authorities on Tuesday advanced plans for 1,292 settler homes in the occupied West Bank, in a new push by the government for such approvals, settlement watchdog Peace Now told AFP.

Fighters of Syrian Democratic Forces celebrate after Raqqa in Syria was liberated from Islamic State militants. PBS photo.

World

After a four-month campaign, US-backed militias have retaken 90 percent of Raqqa, the Islamic State (IS) group's former stronghold, a US military spokesman confirmed on Tuesday.

Migrants stand at a naval base after they were rescued by the Libyan coastguard, in Tripoli, Libya October 18, 2017. Photo - Reuters

Africa

European Union leaders agreed on Thursday to provide “stronger support” to Italy for its work in Libya and replenish their Africa fund to further curb immigration to Europe.

Thousands in Somali capital march in defiance after attack

Africa

Thousands of people took to the streets of Somalia's capital Wednesday in a show of defiance after the country's deadliest attack.

Togo: Opposition wants to end President Gnassingbe’s dynasty

Africa

Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe has offered concessions on reforms. But his critics are no longer fighting to hold a referendum on presidential term limits. Instead, they seek a complete change of power.

'I need to poison my husband'

Humor

A married woman entered a Pharmacy, she walked to the Pharmacist looked straight into his eyes and said: 'I would like to buy a FAST KILLING POISON FOR HUMANS'.

Repentant Drunkard

Humor

A drunkard woke up one morning deeply repentant after a bitter fight with his wife the previous night. He noticed with dismay the crate of beer bottles that had caused the fight.

Banta Singh walks into a bar in London , orders 3 glasses of beer and sits in the backyard of the room, drinking a sip out of each one in turn.

Nzema Youth Association Congratulates Hon. Ernest Kwofie

Press Release

Nzema Youth Association(NYA) wishes to seize this very long awaited moment to join the many good people of Jomoro and beyond in congratulating Hon. Ernest Kwofie on your appointment as the new District Chief Executive (DCE) for Jomoro District.

OCCUPYGHANA CALLS FOR NEW RULES ON LPG DISPENSING STATIONS AND TRUCKS

Press Release

9th OCTOBER, 2017

OCCUPYGHANA® PRESS STATEMENT

OCCUPYGHANA CALLS FOR NEW RULES ON LPG DISPENSING STATIONS AND TRUCKS

The explosion and fire that occurred at the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) dispensing station at the Atomic Junction on the night of October 7th, 2017, is another reminder that the Government and the regulators it appoints need to produce a permanent solution to this issue. There have been eight reported gas explosions within the last 3 years. These are eight occurrences too many.

Press release: Ghana FA lodges FIFA protests over referee in World Cup qualifier in Uganda

Press Release


For Immediate Release

7th October, 2017

Ghana FA lodges FIFA protests over referee in World Cup qualifier in Uganda

Lupita Nyong'o accuses Harvey Weinstein of harassment

Arts and Entertainment

Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o has accused movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of harassment.

Ghanaians will reject you soon - Atom Reloaded warns Patapaa

Arts and Entertainment

The Ye Wo Krom hitmaker, Atom Reloaded has come out to caution Patapaa over his One Corner tune, which is undoubtedly the most popular song in Ghana at the moment.

I charge $15,000 per movie – Majid Michel

Arts and Entertainment

Renowned Ghanaian actor, Majid Michel, says he charges not less than $15,000 for his movie roles.

Dr. Raphael Nyarkotey Obu

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There is no need worrying again to either travel outside or pay a huge amount of fees to study holistic medicine outside. It is now here in Ghana and this is made possible by the partnership between Da Vinci College of Holistic Medicine in Cyprus rated amongst the Top Five Alternative medicine schools in the USA by Shannon Walker in 2012 inforBarrel and Dr. Nyarkotey Alternative Medical College located in Dodowa-Akoto House.

The Da Vinci College operates a modular degree system by which degrees are obtained via a process of credit accumulation. Modules are self-contained units of teaching, learning and assessment which usually run for one semester. Modules are worth a fixed amount of credit, so if you pass the module you gain the appropriate number of credits which then count towards your degree.

Each module is assessed in the semester in which it is taught. Assessment will normally comprise of examinations, continuous assessment or, in most cases, a combination of these. Students who fail the assessment for a particular module are offered an opportunity to be re-assessed.

Passing a module entitles the student to receive credits for that module. Students will also receive a grade for each module taken which will appear on the individual Diploma awarded for that module, as well as on the transcript given to the student upon completion of their studies.

Here is a summary of the curriculum for the Doctor of Science in Holistic Medicine – DSc (HM). Based on the fact that Anatomy and Physiology and Pathology have been covered in undergraduate courses, then there are 8 modules required in total for completion, plus the Doctoral Dissertation. Seven of these are from the Compulsory List, and one topic is chosen from the Elective List – making 8 modules in total, along with the Doctoral Dissertation and the clinical practicum which is also compulsory:

Compulsory courses required (unless exemption is awarded):

Anatomy and Physiology

Pathology for Natural Medicine

Clinical Nutrition – Part 1

Herbal Medicine

Bach Flower Remedies

Naturopathic Medicine – Part 1

Energy Medicine and Bioresonance

Detoxification and Toxicology

Electives List:

Homeopathic Medicine

Su Jok Therapy

Iridology

Clinical Nutrition – Part 2

Naturopathic Medicine – Part 2

Holistic Psychology

Live Blood Analysis

Naturopathic Sexology

Urinalysis and Body Fluids

Sclerology

Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis

The Doctor of Science in Holistic Medicine consists of many separate modular courses covering a whole spectrum of health topics – each of these modular courses is a stand-alone and can be taken as an individual Diploma Course with Certification. This encourages the student to implement this knowledge-base in clinical practice as soon as they have completed each Diploma course, as they will have the Certification to prove that they have passed these exams for the said course.

The modular course structure based on distance-learning allows the student to work at their own pace while working elsewhere without having to disrupt family or working life. The student can even work while they are travelling as most of the course materials are in downloadable files that can be stored on the hard disc of the computer. There are hundreds of pages of reading material with each course.

There are also many interactive videos and documentaries to watch and you can even copy these directly to your laptop and watch them while on a plane. There are also hundreds of links to many other sources of helpful information – these courses have taken many years to write and develop and are at a cutting-edge level that is difficult to match.

The courses should ideally be taken in sequential order to benefit from prerequisite knowledge required to build on. The College and its courses have been accredited by the Pastoral Medical Association in the USA, and registered with the Complementary Medical Association (CMA) in the UK, as well as the Affiliation of Ethical and Professional Therapists (AEPT) in the UK. It also has obtained full professional board accreditation from the American Association of Drugless Practitioners in the USA.
Students in Ghana are eligible to be members of the Alternative Medical Association of Ghana (AMAG)
Expertise
It is very rare to find a College that takes all these modalities and more and puts them into a Doctor of Science in Holistic Medicine course – this is the essence of this course – you will not only be studying homeopathy or herbal medicine or naturopathy, but in fact you will study enough of each to be able to practice as a competent Holistic Health practitioner, dealing with many health issues that using only one healing modality will not be able to help.

This is made possible because the Founder and Academic Dean of the Da Vinci College of Holistic Medicine, Dr. George J Georgiou, Ph.D.,N.D.,DSc (AM).,MSc.,BSc has been studying natural methods of health for over 25 years and has amassed degrees and diplomas in the biological sciences, clinical nutrition, herbal medicine, homeopathy, naturopathy, Su Jok acupuncture, energy medicine, iridology, sclerology, live blood analysis, thermography, clinical psychology and clinical sexology, along with a lot more training in other modalities of healing, as well as many research interests and publications.

Not only did he spend a life-time studying all these topics in depth, but he has applied this knowledge by building a bespoke Holistic treatment centre called the Da Vinci Holistic Health Centre in Cyprus that uses all these modalities and more and sees patients from all over the world, specializing in the treatment of chronic disease. Students taking the Doctor of Science in Holistic Medicine will be able to spend time undertaking clinical work at this cutting-edge Holistic Centre as part of their requirements.

To understand more about the Holistic Model and Dr Georgiou’s work at the Center read his latest book entitled: Curing the Incurable with Holistic Medicine

Course Completion

To gain maximal benefit from your studies, it is recommended that the student plan to take at least two, but preferably three courses per semester (4 chronological months). There are a total of 8 Diploma courses required to complete the D.Sc (HM), making for approximately 1,600 physical hours of study. The average student should be able to complete all nine compulsory courses to be awarded the Doctor of Science in Holistic Medicine in about 12 – 18 months. A maximum of 60 months is allowed for completion for students with heavy work commitments.

If the Bachelor of Science in Holistic Medicine is completed, then the Doctoral degree can be began immediately without further ado.
Medical students usually study for just about 4,200 physical hours in the entirety of their course – most of the academic study is crammed into the first two years – they also have practical work on top of this. The Bachelor of Science in Holistic Medicine covers 9 courses which comes to a total of 1,800 hours (9 x 200 hours = 1,800). This means that 200 hours per course is equivalent to about 12 hours physical study per week.
If a student decides to go on to complete the Doctor of Science in Holistic Medicine, there will be a further eight courses to complete, chosen from the electives (8 x 200 hours = 1,600 hours), along with the dissertation of about 20,000 words. The Bachelors and Doctoral level will result in close to 4,000 hours of study which is what most medical schools cover.
Clinical Practicuum

Doctor of Science in Holistic Medicine students will have an opportunity to study with Dr. Georgiou at the Da Vinci Holistic Health Centre and will be able to get hands-on training in all aspects of the holistic healing arts. This will be the students opportunity to see the application of everything they have learned on real patients with real diseases.

There is also the flexibility of studying in other Holistic Centers closer to home, but these must be assessed by the College before being certified to accept students.

Take this opportunity for the low fees for Ghanaians compared to what the main college charges in Cyprus and Start your enrolment now at the College’s affiliate in Ghana by calling Dr. Nyarkotey on 0541090045 or pick a form at Dodowa Akoto House, Dangme News Office.

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Dr. Raphael Nyarkotey Obu is a Research Professor of Prostate Cancer and Holistic Medicine –faculty lead- Holistic Urology, Da Vinci College of Holistic Medicine, Larnaca City, Cyprus. He is the National President of the Alternative Medical Association of Ghana (AMAG). A registered alternative Medical practitioner with specialty in orthomolecular oncology, Prostate Cancer Policy maker and researcher. He can be reached on 0541090045. E mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Written By Evron R. Hughes - So, I'm sitting in the lobby of this hotel and playing back some of the comments and posts on Facebook since yesterday on the 'Digital Address' system launched by His Excellency, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo yesterday.

Statement By Hon. Sam George On The Audit Carried Out By The National Communication Authority. Photo credit - citifmonline

Features

Rt. Hon Speaker, permit me to begin this statement with a quote from Hugh Grant, a celebrated English actor and movie producer, “A free press is the cornerstone of democracy; there is no question about that.”

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga announced that he would not stand in a court-ordered rerun of August's presidential election scheduled for October 26

Features

Written By Nanjala Nyabola - In a surprising turn of events, Raila Odinga announced on October 10 that he was withdrawing from the scheduled October 26 rerun of the 2017 presidential election. In September, the Supreme Court of Kenya held, by a 4-2 majority, that the original August 8 election was invalid because it was not held to the standard required by the law, granting Odinga a second shot at the presidency.

Minister of Finance - Ken Ofori-Atta

Letters

Dear Mr Minister,

It is no doubt that your government is doing everything conceivable to stimulate growth in every sector of the economy. Apparently, one of such stimulus packages is the tax reforms (tax cuts), introduced at the beginning of the 2017 fiscal year.

A WEEK OF A-PLUS AND PEPPER DEM MINISTRIES – Facebook photo

Letters

Nyaba, I bring you greetings from the biggest concrete jungle in our chiefdom. Unlike the last four market days, the last two market days have not been without controversy. Controversy makes the gossip even more exciting.

OPEN LETTER TO ACEP ON BACKING THE SALE OF VRA THERMAL PLANTS

Letters

Dear Benjamin Boakye,

I read your opinion backing the sale of VRA thermal plants in an interview posted on the web of the Daily Express. It reminds me of an old adage which says that politics is nothing but a concentrated form of economics. It also reaffirms a statement by a favorite guide: “the world is composed of two people, competitors and creators; don’t compete when you can create.”

Kofi Amoah Amigosten

Interviews

 

All in one school - Kofi Amoah Amigosten

 


Ghanaian philanthropist, Kofi Amoah Amigosten, well known on Facebook for his ‘Ride With Amigos’ outreach; a kind of one-man charitable crusade that seeks to soothe the pain of the largely rural poor, needy and forgotten people he comes into contact with in whatever way he can, raise awareness of their conditions and expose some of the social issues and dangers he comes across was recently named the proud winner of SDLG's Africa's Most Reliable Personality.

Kofi Amigosten (K.A) has been involved with helping others for close to three decades and he recently spoke with myghanalinks.com reporter, Simon Aikins (S.A) on his award and his motivations for pursuing the well-being of the less privileged in society.

The award began with a public nomination on the construction equipment manufacturer's Europe - Middle East - Africa (EMEA) Facebook page in September, 2015. Mr. Amoah came up tops after competing rigorously with other equally good personalities like Dr. Raphael James (Nigeria), Maria Maliki (Zimbabwe), Brenda Shuma (Tanzania) and Sara Sarina (Ethiopia).

Below are excerpts from the interview:

S.A: On behalf of myghanalinks.com and your many adoring fans, I congratulate you on your award.

K.A: Thank you.

S.A: Who is Kofi Amigosten?

K.A: I'm a social worker.

S.A: Can you elaborate on that? I mean an individual social worker or social worker with one of the state agencies?

K.A: I am state trained but worked for the state from 1990 to 1997 at The Boys' Remand Home in Accra after which I decided to do more for the less fortunate on my own since the state agencies will only frustrate your efforts working within.

S.A: Why were you awarded?

K.A: I was awarded for social good.

S.A: What is the award about?

K.A: The award is about finding people from the nooks and crannies of Africa who make life better for the less privileged.

S.A: How were you selected?

K.A: I was selected through public nomination on Facebook.

S.A: Did you compete with others?

K.A: I competed rigorously with equally good nominees on the continent. I pulled 53% of the votes.

S.A: Why do you think your friends nominated you?

K.A: They follow my work and I get so much feedback.

S.A: How did you feel when you were selected as the winner?

K.A: I felt great and thought the recognition will lead to greater things.

S.A: What drives or motivates you to embark upon social good?

K.A: It is just a way of life. With my social work background, it adds more to what I do.

S.A: Do you get financial support for your philanthropic work?

K.A: Friends on social media support it in any way they deem fit.

S.A: Do you intend getting any support from the government?

K.A: I hope to but for now I use my resources. I think the state agencies are not proactive. You approach them and they do not show interest in collaboration. It looks like they feel my activities are exposing their inactions. I have been to the Ministry of Gender and Social Protection and to the Director of Social Welfare twice and the National Road Safety Commission six times. They promised to call back but none has since May, 2015.

S.A: Have you petitioned the Minister?

K.A: I decided not to. They have records to show I was there and the Minister after two months asked the regional Social Welfare office to call for a meeting which till now has not happened.

S.A: Do you have any idea as to why some people put up a lukewarm attitude towards social work?

K.A: In Ghana, people talk too much and a small percentage will get involved before talking. Social work suffers in Ghana. The official state agencies are almost dead.

S.A: Do you sometimes feel like giving up due to the frustrations that hinder your work?

K.A: No one asked me to do it. I do it because it is a way of life. So frustrations need not affect me.

S.A: Do have any plans of recruiting people to help with your work?

K.A: Currently, I travel on my motorcycle across the country and sometimes travel with friends. I will be arranging to get volunteers to support some of the future school projects I have in mind.

S.A: Wow... motorbike? Why a motorbike?

K.A: I have a strong passion for motorbikes and it is the best tool for social researches across Ghana. I have been riding various bikes since 1986.

S.A: I have seen some of your video clips, don’t you get scared being on a motorbike alone in places that you’ve never being to before?

K.A: In November of last year, I went through the Fulani ambush between Kwahu and Agogo. At a village called Ataa no Ataa, I was made aware of how dangerous the road is. However, I am aware what I do is at the peril of my life. It is about courage and faith. My bike itself is 20years and I guess I need a replacement.

S.A: What incident has touched you thus far into the New Year on your trips?

K.A: So many.... Every day I see a new shocker. My new video 'All in one school is the greatest shocker.

S.A: You are a known actor and a movie pundit aside your social work. Have you abandoned that career?

K.A: I still do commercials to support my projects.

S.A: What are your plans going forward with regards to your social work?

K.A: I intend extending educational support to many schools across Ghana. I am providing reading and teaching materials in addition to clothing and food to rural and urban poor communities.

S.A: Any word for potential volunteers, sponsors and the government agencies?

K.A: Ghana’s development depends on all of us, our actions and inactions affect the nation's progress. The state should encourage private participation to the fullest in national development. People should get involved in nation building and not expect a party in power to solely do it. We all have a role to play devoid of parties that we belong to. We have one Ghana!

S.A: It's been nice talking to you. Thank you for the audience granted me. We wish you well in all your endeavors.

K.A: Blessings!

 

Mr. Kofi Amoah is a proud product of Bishop Herman College. He is an actor and does TV commercials aside his social work.

Marricke K. Gane

Interviews


In light of his active Social Media activity and forthcoming book launch scheduled for 13th November, 2015 at the Botsio Hall of Ghana's famous Alisa Hotel at 5:30pm, Immortal Boa-Ansah engaged the highly esteemed author - Marricke Kofi Gane formerly Charles Kofi Fekpe who has 10 published books to his credit in a brief interview to learn more about him and hopefully afford his audience an opportunity to get to know him just a tad bit better before the Book Launch.

In this interview, MKG gives a brief insight into his childhood, the motivators that push him daily, his customized solution to some of the problems in the land and what he hopes to achieve with his new book, titled - The Marricke Gane Chronicle (Our Ghanaian Solution)

Unfortunately, we couldn't touch on the book as much as we wanted for fear of taking some of the thunder out of the launch but he has promised that time permitting he will respond to any comments or questions that are left for him in the comments section of this publication.

Who is Marricke Kofi Gane?

Marricke Kofi Gane was originally born Charles Kofi Fekpe. The third of four children; a son of Ghana, a husband to one and father of three. Marricke is a Chartered certified Accountant, an International Development expert and a published author. He is considered by many as one of Ghana's new generation of critical thinkers, a hater of mediocrity and challenger of all status quo. But above all, a passionate patriot of Ghana.

Can you give us a brief insight into what it was like growing up as Charles Kofi Fekpe?

We were quite a close knit family but I was luckiest among them for 2 reasons: I spent a part of my childhood with my father, a building technologist travelling quite a bit through West Africa so it gave me a great insight into varied cultures and interactions very early. Then I spent some time with my grandparents so I didn’t miss so much on a very rural orientation between the sea and lagoons of Keta and of course firsthand encounters and stories by my grandfather about the days of Nkrumah's rule. My dad was very heavy on education so under his regime there was no space for fooling around.

In a nutshell, I was blessed to have had quite a rounded childhood. As a teenager (well, actually, the youngest at the time), I went into Keta Secondary School, straight from Nigeria and I remember very clearly how I used to be laughed at because of my then strong Naija accent. Ketasco was my Alma matter as it was for my father too. I remember not doing too well in sixth form and in order to "give me a new perspective on life" my father took me to his hometown in the Hohoe area and forced me to live on the farm with his extended family for about 2 weeks. The results were transformational - blistered hands sore muscles and a divine respect but also a candid hatred for peasant farming.

At the end of the visit he spoke these priceless words - "that is what you will be doing for the rest of your life if you make bad choices about your education 3 more times. Subsequently, I made the requisite grades and was offered the opportunity to study Chemistry at the University of Ghana, Legon.
At that juncture I realized I had been studying as a science student to please my fear of disappointing my father. The decision divided my family almost, but that and my farming experience motivated me to go on to complete my ACCA qualification in 3 record years... The rest after that, has been a life dedicated to discipline, continuous learning and taking life very seriously.

Quite an interesting experience. You have 10 published books to your name. Most can barely compile a 2,000 word essay. How did it all start? How did you discover that you could write?

My mother and father got us to read a lot as children so the seed was sown as a child. But it all actually happened in my adult years. I had been a high scorer in my professional life until one annual review session at which my then director mentioned in his annual assessment that the only weakness he felt about me was that "I tend to be too flowery with my emails" - first I was very displeased about his comments but in my line of work you are taught very early to always see things in 360 degrees so I went off asking questions on what possibilities such a comment could have. Just around the same time, my pastor Rev Dr James Nanjo asked me if I have ever considered writing - his question was somewhat the answer to my ponderings. The rest they say is history.

Charles Kofi Fekpe to Marricke Kofi Gane. How did the transition take place and what influenced it?

I can certainly tell you it took a lot of patience. It took me 11 years of waiting until I assessed it was the right time to gain likely approval from my father before proposing it and am glad I got his and my mother's blessing for it. Why? For many reasons, largely spiritual and a redefining of destiny is all I can say.

What inspires you to write?

The desire to see many (especially Ghanaians and largely Africans) benefit from every area of life by not being afraid to ask the deep questions of themselves, by not being afraid to question the long held beliefs and by not being afraid to challenge the status quo - whether it has to do with religion, society or politics. I am desirous to see a new age Ghanaian or African that is critically curious of himself and his or her environment and yet also creative enough to dare find his own solutions.

What in your view has contributed to the present national and continental problems with our people which your works have sought to address?

There is a myriad of problems facing Ghana and Africa, some of these I have very well dealt with in my book, "Is This Why Africa Is?" For me however, at the center of it all is a "MENTAL" problem. To sum it up, as a people we have never really mastered or embraced "How To THINK" instead we have for generations preoccupied ourselves with "What To Think". The latter forces us to live in a world others have created for us and the former, would have shaped us to create our own world.

Now let's talk about your new book, Mr. Gane. The Marricke Gane Chronicles: it addresses, technology, corruption, Power and energy, finance, education and politics. What does this book seek to achieve?

The book seeks to change the status quo from the complaining and irritation to looking and offering solutions. I am hoping it also dispels the wrong notion that we need an entire nation to draw up a development plan - no, we need thinkers. The book is a gift of hope to the Ghanaian people - to believe that real pragmatic solutions tailored to Ghana exist. Finally and most important of all - it is a spark of mental revolution - to strive to be our own solutions just as we have been creators of our own problems.

Most people believe that one of the biggest problem with Ghanaians today is that we do not like to read. Do you find that as a challenge to this book achieving its purpose?

Well, that assertion has been made but has anyone been able to prove it? If Ghanaians don’t read at all, the newspaper industries would have collapsed by now, don’t you agree? In any case, I have tried to make the book as adaptable as possible by (1) designing it in a magazine format and (2) summarizing a lot of the inputs into quick-digesting infographics. I am confident that will help make it both appealing and easy to read. Let’s not forget that the majority of Ghana's population are the brooding breed of increasingly restless youth who want to see change happen. They haven’t arrived at that level by being mentally dormant.

You are once reported to have said and I paraphrase, - I believe on a lighter note that, if you had the power to set up a university, you would one that will for the first 10 years run 3 programs; Time Mismanagement, Customer Mis-Care and Practical Corruption for Politicians. That is both humorous and serious at the same time. Let's deal with the seriousness before we do the humor. We all agree that these are real problems confronting Ghana. It’s been 4 years since you made that remark. Since then, people have written extensively, you included, on the way forward. Have things changed or are they getting worse?

I remember that sarcastic post. Well, things have gotten worse only because WE haven't changed. Situations and problems have no means of creating or solving themselves, we do. But sadly, it seems to be attaining a certain level of "acceptable normalcy" - and that’s where the real danger is - the danger that motivation for correction becomes swallowed up in the normality of society's acceptance. Which in itself is a result of our inability to seek for solutions as soon as they are needed.

Do tell us about your latest work and what inspired it?

My latest work is quite diverse. On the one hand, I have always asked questions about why things are the way they are in Ghana – I hardly got answers. Then you also hear many Ghanaians who are so called experts make comments like “The institutional systems are the cause of Ghana’s problems” and others even say “What Ghana needs is a strong fiscal discipline” and so on. BUT nobody has ever said “HOW (not "even") exactly it can be done”. That is the journey I embarked on almost 9 months ago and this book is one filled with pragmatic creative solutions – solutions that have not just been picked off the shelf – but tailored to Ghana’s specific dispensation. It’s a book that actually says, “This is the way to move us from mediocrity to being great and strong” – I believe it is a book that I pray redirects our focus from nagging and asking questions about our problems to finding critical and creative solutions.

... so why now and why do you believe this new book will work?

I could have written this book 3 or 4 years ago, but it won’t be the same. It is here NOW because there is now the general sense in Ghana of despondency and people genuinely looking for answers, - I am offering some. The absence of these answers will simply dry up the last bit of hope left in us, and when that happens, violent upheavals may not be far off.

With regards to whether it will work or not, of the 1000 free copies to be distributed even if one person reads something out of it and it rekindles his or her hope, this book would have served its purpose. Just one.

When is the launch date and where will the launch be?

The Book will be launched on 13th November 2015 at the Botsio Hall of Alisa Hotel from 5:30pm sharp.

What should attendees expect from this launch?

I can guarantee they will leave the launch with hopes rekindled and a greater expectation of themselves regarding Ghana moving forward. A revolution of the mind.

You are quoted as saying that after the launch, some people will begin to unfriend you, your words, “gidigidi”. Why?

Well, the truth is and albeit sadly, that some folks have become so used to the business of “analyzing Ghanaian problems” but without providing critically examined, yet creative solutions. Hopefully, I am about to take them out of business.

How is this work different from your previous ones and why is now the ideal time to release it?

This book is different because unlike others I have written, it focuses on Ghana and it covers in great detail, problems concerning our development that are very personally dear to me. I must say it is the book till date I have written with the most passion. And am sure you will see why, when you attend the Launch. It is the right time because Ghana is at the crossroads and this is my contribution to her finding the right path to turn.

Prior to the interview, we sampled the views of a few people who have in one way or the other had an encounter with you either through your work or personally. We share some with you. Tell us how these makes you feel.

“He is a deep thinker, problem solver and an agent of change” - Danny, Ghana

“He is straightforward. He always advice’s you to use whatever God has given you” - Ankobiah, Ghana

“Thanks to his book, “Ask And You Shall Marry”, I feel more grounded in the choices I make. I have known Mr. Gane from London. He is an extremely intelligent man who has a heart for the youth” - Adel, Ghana

“His book, Doing Business With God, was very revelatory for me as I came to understand how principles play a very important role in a man's life” - Nana, Russia

“With the little interaction I have had with him, Mr. Gane come across as a man who is straightforward and very simple in his approach to issues” - Dotse, Ghana

“His books are life transforming”- Miss. Akinyi, Kenya

What can I say? I feel I have come thus far with the help of a lot of people - family and non-family. It is in order, that I also use what I am endowed with – my mind, my experiences and spiritual insights to give to others. Yes, I believe in the youth, I believe they hold the key to Ghana’s future greatness. Whoever doesn’t see that, has no business running this country.


Most of the people we spoke to feel you are straightforward. Are you?

Let’s just say I don’t like my time and resources being wasted so I don’t believe in wasting those of others.

Has that trait helped you in anyway on your life journey?

It’s helped me reach my goals fast. That trait, I believe is a reflection of two deeper passions not naked to the eyes – (i) I hate mediocrity with a passion and (ii) I abhor lack of creativity as a plague.


Your final words to your many followers across the globe.

Thank you for believing in me. Your hopes give me great strength, and your companionships, are a great support – We are all in this together – we do it For God and For Country.

Mr Marricke Gane, thanks for your time and best wishes with the launch and the book.

 

 

By Immortal Boa-Ansah

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