Wed, Dec

african time

  • By 1:40, we began to sense that something was not right. By 2:36, no one was around to see us; and we waited and waited at the reception hall downstairs—without the decency of an explanation.

    Written By Doris Yaa Dartey - Over a period of four working days, I had the opportunity of being a member of two separate delegations to meet two of our leading duty bearers. Unfortunately, the experiences were so different; as different as night is from day. Whilst one experience was an admirable class-act, the other one was horrible and a very low-blow to decency and respect. For both encounters, appointments were scheduled about three weeks ahead and went through processes of confirmation and assurances of confirmation.

  • Written By David E Kiwuwa - There is something unmistakably common in Africa: the continent's aging and long-serving presidents.

    Its five longest presidencies stretch between 29 and 36 years, adding to a cumulative 169 years. Their longevity in office is matched by their old age, ranging from 71 to 91 years, and a combined 390 years.

  • Is there anything really as “Ghana or African time”? I ask this because during the New Year I observed with awe the clock work with which 2013 changed to 2014, I was waiting to see a delay in Ghana for the year change, be it a cross over, hang over, sleep over, pass over, jump over as one may choose to call it, that did not happen, I suddenly had the inclination that the phrase “African time” wasa phrase of convenience. If pastors, night clubbers, sex mates, drunkards etc. could stick to the time for change of year, why can’t they do same all year? I tend to believe we are all too quick to accept same as the norm not the exception.

  • It is good advice when you are told to do one thing at a time. But I think that is a bit limiting. That's because some things can never be done with. For example, I am a businessman, and until the Lord calls me, I will keep being one. There won't come a point where I will "finish" being a businessman. However, my being a businessman doesn't also stop me from doing other things. Do you remember when we started upper primary, we used to solve single equations until we got to JSS and started solving two, three, and four equations simultaneously? Good! As times go by, you need to be more sophisticated in how you go about what you do.

  • Mercifully, the President does not do the All Protocols Observed bit, and I must confess this phrase irritates me intensely.

    Our public functions go on for too long. Okay, this is not exactly a new or particularly profound observation. Anybody who attends a public function in this country knows this, has complained about it and we live with it.

  • I have seen enough gutters without roads, roads without gutters, walls without homes, mansions without roofs, highways without pavements, to know…

    I recently went to the cemetery for a function. We stood together, one family remembering a departed member. All of us with memories, some fleeting, some vivid, all united in commemorating the absence of one who was once with us. It was while leaving the cemetery, stepping over tombstones seemingly strewn in our paths, that it struck me how disordered the memorial ground was.

  • Some years ago, the popular ‘Osofo Dadzie’ drama series satirized the lackadaisical approach to work of some officials and departments through an episode titled, if I remember right, ‘Looking into it’.

    Written By Ajoa Yeboah-Afari - People who follow the news must have been shocked, and bewildered, by the extent of damage reportedly caused by the rampaging workers of the Ghana Bauxite Company at Awaso earlier this week.

  • And why would your host think it is OK to invite you for lunch and start serving food at 15:00 or invite you for dinner at 19:00 and offer you food at 21:00?

    In our series of letters from African writers, Ghanaian journalist and former government minister Elizabeth Ohene explains why clock-watching in Ghana is a waste of time.

  • On November 23, 2018, the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Mrs Elizabeth Naa Tsotso Sackey, made some Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) in the Greater Accra Region recite the national pledge for reporting late to a workshop.

    Written By Timothy Ngnenbe - Mr President, I know you are a busy man.

  • Most of the factors that place a halt on the speed of things in this country are corruption and incompetence on the part of those in charge of delivering the public good.

    Written By Lawrence Mantey - Waiting is an experience nobody cherishes that much. It is distressing, nerve-racking and very frustrating.

  • There is a certain dehumanisation that one must endure to thrive in today’s Ghana. It stems from a constant attack on our right to cognitive actualisation. It is the painful paradox of ingraining through education some respect for logic and force of mental power, and yet intentionally and routinely eroding their impact on our actual lives. So we know what we should do, we know how things should work, but this knowledge slumbers in a utopia deeply buried in a sub consciousness that we collectively disowned years ago.

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