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    • That woman is a representative of the one million Ghanaians who piss around anywhere.

    I saw a GTV news item in which a woman who was arrested for openly defecating behind the Cape Coast Castle some time last year, looked (and sounded) offended.

    • Courtesy of the Upper West Regional Girls’ Education Officer at the Ghana Education Service (GES), we all now know that not a single girl has ever completed the Sawoubea Junior High School in the Wa East District in the past 25 years.

    A bit late in the day, I accept, but I am increasingly having to ask over and over again, if there is a generally accepted understanding of what constitutes Ghanaian culture, what is Ghanaian and what is un-Ghanaian?

    • This myth has persisted that the Black Stars of old sacrificed and loved Ghana more than the rest of us and played for no recompense. Nothing could be further from the truth, and I don’t know why the sports journalists are reluctant to state this.

    There are two subjects guaranteed to make headlines: children attending classes in unsuitable structures, and old players of Black Stars who have fallen on hard times.

    • Where from these astonishing anti-democratic ideas? Now in my last epistle, I called on both public and private journalists to make appropriate noises to unravel and punish the murderers of one of their own, Ahmed Hussein Suale.

    “A lie doesn’t become truth, wrong doesn’t become right, and evil doesn’t become good, just because its accepted by a majority” - Booker Washington

    • But what was most revolting was his direct attack on the journalistic integrity of the interviewer, Umaru Sanda, that intelligent young man who anchors the Citi Eye Witness News. Merely because a ...

    I know of a Minister of State whose daughter lost her voter ID after the last election and has vowed not to renew it. Reason? She politely asked the dad: “What’s there to vote for?”

    • How can a senior police officer open his mouth and tell complainants that they are disturbing him because others have been kidnapped for longer periods without resolution, and go on to add that he is a lawyer too and if he is sacked, ....

    I have been amused and intrigued at the same time by ongoing developments since the President spoke about the need to end vigilante activity in our politics in the State of the Nation Address delivered to Parliament on February 21 and carried live in the media.

    • But I cannot wave off his threat that "any judge who sits on such a case will vanish", in reference to the possibility of former President Mahama being put before court for his rumoured involvement in the Airbus scandal.

    In Ghana today, no matter what my crimes are, I cannot be prosecuted; nay, even be invited to answer questions.

    • et, long before the American Senate began a process to formalise the President’s acquittal, the Republican majority seemed to have made up their minds and “nobody can confuse us with the truth”.

    Who has, since September 2019, been in any doubt about the final outcome of what William Shakespeare would have described in 1599 as Much Ado About?

    • Amazed? Sorry for being so heavy with the text. So many bitters - all made in Ghana; in fact, too many for a country with the kind of health facilities we have. Yet, ....

    Below, I am going to commit a sin in mass communication – the production of mass of text in a single sentence or paragraph. They call it semantic noise. Here we go.

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

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

    • What our leaders did not take into account 44 years ago was that element of human nature called “self-preservation”. Defined as the first law of nature, it is ...

    In August this year, Nigeria shut its borders with all its neighbours, Republic of Benin, Niger and Cameroun. This is not the first time an African country is closing its borders to their neighbours.

    • There is some level of authoritarian and dictatorship in the level of governance they have. We have taken our democracy as absolute and we are doing anything we like. That is the difference between Ghana and Rwanda.”

    Last year, lots of Ghanaians appear to have visited Kigali, the Rwanda capital. I assume this is so because of the number of times I got photos of the streets of Kigali from Ghanaian visitors.

    • National politics must be actuated by principles higher than this pointless vengeful exercise of impeaching and removing someone from office simply because he/she was appointed by the previous President or government.

    The announcement that the former chair of our Electoral Commission (EC) has been given a United Nations assignment in Afghanistan to, with other nationals, observe for the UN, the upcoming presidential elections in that country has caused a lot of waves among the chattering classes in Ghana.

    • In 1992 and every election year since then, Ghanaians have succeeded in frightening ourselves out of our wits; so frightened that religious bodies go into a frenzy of prayer and fasting for peace.

    Do you seem, over the last few months, unable to fight off a certain fear that violence is about to break out before this year’s elections and that the situation might degenerate into civil war after December 7?

    • The critics and experts were absolutely sure this couldn’t be Ghanaian. Some labelled it a “419 scam”; others said the app was “amateurish”, a “copy”. Some smelled political patronage ...

    The Asaasegps Prophecy.

    When a whole Vice-President of a country puts his reputation on the line and declares a Ghanaian product the best in the world, that can be pretty dicey; but that is what Dr Bawumia did. In 2017, when so-called experts and NGOs swooped down on Vokacom Ghana Limited like vultures upon a hapless prey, it was his voice that caused many Ghanaians to sit up.

    • And I wonder about someone having eight children.

    I return to a subject that seems not to interest many people in this country.

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

    One thing does lead to another.

    • How can we wash off responsibility when we have our own Pyram and related scams which took place right here in the 1990s to guide us? And it is no defence to decline necessary action, punitive or not, because they were not taken yesterday.

    The words of the Governor of the Bank of Ghana (BoG), Dr Ernest Addison, on bank restructuring and the executive moves to get Menzgold boss are really descriptive of happenings since I last appeared here

    • On the theme: “Generation Equality: Realising Women’s Rights,” UNICEF and other UN agencies have been committed to the cause of girls and women; and have over the years supported communities to appreciate the role of women in all strata of society.

    In Ghana, 19 per cent of girls marry before their 18th birthday, one in three girls aged 15 to 19, that is 39 per cent in Ghana, has experienced sexual violence at some point in their lives and 22 per cent of girls aged 15 to 19 years do not go to school, or work or engage in social activities during menstruation.

    • 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.

    • The fight against the canker has now become merely, we are better than you in governance and the protection of the public purse because our current and serving appointees are clean and ...

    Something extraordinary happened last Monday which captures our collective mental state with reference to the issue of corruption in public affairs.

    • In Ghana however, the RGD has opted to be the only administrative point of engagement. Well….

    In the last quarter of 2017, the Registrar Generals Department (RGD) through a local IT firm launched its Digital Portal. I think it’s a Laudable idea for ONE fundamental reason – if citizens and foreign investors can’t register a business quickly, there is no way we can do any business and grow the economy quickly. Business grows economies – that’s how desperately fundamental the mechanism for company registration is.

    • I am a Ghanaian. In August 2017, I registered a consulting company, then followed through by relocating to Ghana in September 2017.

    Ghana exists in a global World, the world does not exist in Ghana. It means even though Ghana can POSITIVELY influence components of the world’s way of doing things, it must largely also accept to follow certain ways the world generally does business.

    • Which leads me to the presidential suggestion at the SoNA that all parties ban vigilante groups and the leaders must meet in a week to fashion this out. I find this suggestion very puzzling. As our President, he is the leader of the NPP and he needs no prompting to begin such a process personally if he deems it essential for our stability.

    This popular American expression came forcefully to mind as I surveyed the past week in the polity. Several things leap to the political eye as I write this prior to the public showing of yet another explosive Anas tape which in itself deserves some importance as death now stalks the exposés and threatens all journalists as they go about their work.

  • In April 2017, I wrote in the Daily Graphic, inter alia: “Long before the rest of Ghana knew Mr Ken Ofori-Atta, I knew him. Years before the business community named him Ghana’s Most Respected CEO, I had, in an article in the Weekly Spectator, put him forth as a businessman who wore his integrity on his chest, like a badge, in a marketplace populated by the corrupt and the crooked.”

    • It will be a happy day when they accept that criticising them doesn’t mean you are against them. Strange how they dish it out, but can’t take it.

    Last year, I wrote a column about Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and think tanks. I am revisiting the subject and I crave your indulgence if there is a lot of repetition.

    • I suppose the first difficulty is, can those in the diasporas mark or celebrate something here without the full participation of those of us here?

    I stopped worrying long ago about whether you can celebrate the anniversary of an unpleasant event or not. I no longer even agonise about whether I mark or celebrate an anniversary. Everything becomes a celebration in the end.

    • I've heard of Ghanaians in Greenland, Iceland and Papua New Guinea. I admit, I haven't heard about a Ghanaian in the Faroe Islands, which is my idea of the most exotic and faraway place, but I wouldn't be surprised ....

    In the BBC's series of letters from African writers, journalist and former Ghana government minister Elizabeth Ohene writes about how the prospect of living abroad has lost its attraction in the time of coronavirus.

    • Is there anything Ghanaian about the time I get up or go to bed? Could I not just be a morning person or a night owl and still be Ghanaian?

    The human race, I understand, is made up of morning people and night people. There are those who are at their best and most productive in the early morning hours and then there are the night owls, who really only come into their own during the night.

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

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

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

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

    • A lot has been said and written about the poor and disadvantaged in our society not being overawed by the threat of COVID-19, because they see hunger as a bigger and more immediate threat.

    At the beginning of the year, I was having a conversation with a friend about what Ghana and Africa should do to enable us to make this elusive breakthrough to economic success.

    • A year and ten months later, my sister arrived. My aunts said my mother had set up a girls’ school in their brother’s home.

    I am probably being melodramatic here, but I can’t think of a better way of putting this. My birth was political.

    • Last Sunday, Mr Akufo-Addo announced the government was about to start a huge hospital building programme. He said the pandemic had exposed just how badly underserved we were with hospitals and he would build and equip 94 new ones within the next year.

    In our series of letters from African writers, journalist and former Ghana government minister Elizabeth Ohene writes about the new normal - from how to hold a socially distant election to attending online funerals.
    Since the outbreak of Covid-19, we have come to accept that our lives have been turned upside down.

    • ... or were the Kenyans going to speak no ill of the dead and send home the conquering hero who had ruled them for 24 years?

    A week ago, the former Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi was laid to rest at his Kabarak home. Many things came to mind when the news came that the 95-year-old had died.

    • Singing and,especially choral and group singing has been identified as one of the activities most likely to spread the virus. This happiest of human activities is being snuffed out.

    I sing when I am happy. I sing when I am sad. I sing alone, I sing in choirs, at least I used to and I sing along to songs and music generally.

    • Today, I know what he did and one of the frustrations I have is that social norms do not allow me to describe exactly what happened and I am reduced to saying I was defiled or sexually molested.

    I am not quite sure I had considered what the effect would be if I went public with the story of my having been sexually molested.

    • The coronavirus crisis has presented us with the perfect opportunity to do something about markets in this country. It would be tragic to let this opportunity go to waste.

    We have a crisis on our hands. If you start thinking of all the problems this coronavirus has thrown up, you might go mad. I am, therefore, limiting myself to little things that we can do something about.

    • Because, like the "Mami Alata" in days of yore, the Nigerian trader would stay open for one would-be buyer and not close up for three days to go to a funeral.

    We see them as too loud, and abrasive and chaotic and we believe they think they can outsmart everybody, especially Ghanaians.

    • There will never be enough money made for galamsey to cover the cost of providing safe water to the whole community when the water body and the rivers have been destroyed.

    When your personal interest happens to coincide with the general interests of the community, it is very easy to do the right thing.

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

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

    • As she repeated over and over again, Twi was not a national language and she expected that there would be some places in this country where a person could expect to be safe from being spoken to in Twi.

    The Americans, I believe, have a name for what they all agree is good for America; they call it motherhood and apple pie.

    • Today, the forest is gone. He planted a lawn in his house in the village and was mocked mercilessly; whoever heard of growing grass on the compound when it should be swept?

    Thirty years ago, on June 3, 1991, my father, Stephen Kwasi Ohene, died. I am writing about him because I believe he typifies the many people who built Ghana by simply doing what they knew to be right and their stories hardly ever get told.

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

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

    • I have now come to the conclusion that pre-existing conditions are not necessarily physical, they are more a state of mind. For example, look around our streets and see the number of signposts advertising cures for diabetes, kidney, lung and heart diseases. We believe in cures and have always struggled with the concept of managing a health condition.

    There are new terms that have entered our everyday language with the advent of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

    • I need not go into the hard reality that we would indeed pay for the free water since every cedi the Government of Ghana has and spends, comes from us, the people.

    In the Ohene household when we were growing up, there was a scientific explanation for everything, especially anything to do with health. If you complained of a headache, there were a number of questions that you would be asked: have you moved your bowels today? how much water have you drunk and did you sleep well?

    • Ghanaians from Sekondi old enough to remember, will hate to be reminded about “Bin Bon” (literally “excreta smells”), a dumping site between Ngyiresia and Esipun.

    Last week, I included in my examples of visionary projects (as opposed to a 450-seater Parliament Complex) the first Central Sewerage System being built in Kigali, Rwanda, at a cost of 96 million euros.

  •  Written By Enimil Ashon - In the film world, there are gods/goddesses and there are icons. In this industry, things operate contrariwise; so you find that the gods die but the icons don’t. While as many as 90 per cent of the film gods/goddesses last only as long as fads, the works of the icons are eternal references.

    • The BBC, Al Jazeera, Ebony Magazine and SABC have all been here and ran features on Ghana.

    Washington DC - May 1, 2017: The 115th Congress of the United States of America passes a Resolution (‘HR 1242’) establishing the “400 Years African American History Commission” to carry out activities to commemorate the anniversary.

    • The Tamale Interchange is the headline item on the first phase of what we are calling the Sinohydro projects.

    If all goes according to plan, the President of the Republic will be in Tamale this morning, Wednesday, to cut the sod for the construction of an interchange in that city.

    • The time to prioritise state ahead of self-interest in our policy formulation and to use quality indicators to monitor their success whilst holding policy implementers accountable for lack of buy-in and implementation failures is long overdue.

    For years we have behaved as though we dwell in the realms of stress and darkness. In our world we have learnt to identify the questions which are unanswerable knowing perfectly well we have no plans of answering them. Some may find this view of mine outlandish and strange but are they really?

    • “Having operated the 1992 Constitution for more than a quarter of a century, it has become very clear that provisions that bar partisan politics at the district level have become obsolete; hence, the need to take a second look at it.”

    In the course of the past four weeks, there have been two occasions that have opened my eyes to witness why God is quoted to have said that “the wickedness of man was great in the earth and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”

    • The relatively high cost of health and the tediousness of the process has resulted in the proliferation of unauthorised practitioners like quack doctors and drug peddlers with health regulators struggling woefully to curtail their activity.

    “I believe in everything until it’s disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it’s in your mind. Who’s to say that dreams and nightmares aren’t as real as the here and now?” John Lennon.

    • And oh yes, once upon a time, they said girls couldn’t do Mathematics and sports that required thinking couldn’t be done by Black people.

    Has anyone seen the United States Olympics Women Gymnastic team? If you haven’t, please go and take a look. It wasn’t that long ago when specialist writers were telling us that gymnastics was beyond Black people. It was a sport for white people and that was it. Just take a look at the USA team. It looks pretty Black to me.

    • The latest was when I read from citinewsroom that: “Eighty-six vehicles purchased by the Rawlings administration remain unused after nearly 20 years.

    I will begin this week with the question I posed in my last paragraph last week: Can we seriously conclude, looking at ourselves, so far, that the Black man is capable of solving his own problems?

    • Ghana has got a new public holiday - on 4 August. Since the holiday this year happened to fall on a Sunday, it was celebrated on the following day.

    In our series of letters from African writers, Ghanaian journalist and former government minister Elizabeth Ohene explains the politics - and grammar - behind a new public holiday.

    • I pointed out to her that when the BBC paid me, they had no interest in where I lived, be it rent or mortgage would be my problem and not theirs. The same goes for my electricity, water, gas and other bills and they expect me to be at work at ...

    I hesitate about joining in discussions on finance and monetary issues because I know my limitations. When the conversation turns to quantitative easing, my voice goes down and I leave it to those who know about these things.

    • At 63, we should not really be having arguments about these things now. We should have a clear identity of how we celebrate March 6, which would not be subject to change by the organising committee of the year.

    I have been wondering about how we celebrate our Independence Day anniversary. I have a problem with our public functions in general, which I feel drag on for too long. But it is not just the length of time the celebration takes that irks me, I feel that the Independence Day celebration in particular is an event that is not certain about its identity.

    • A ‘No’ vote will prevent political parties from hijacking elections at the district level.

    It has taken me weeks to understand what is expected of me in the polling booth on December 17.
    Now that I understand it, my mind is made up.

    • I received my resurrection last Sunday at the PIWC ATTC Dome in Accra.

    Words can kill. Listening to predictions by some of my most trusted radio commentators in the last two weeks, Christmas 2018 died in me.

    • It is important that the EC, like the Judiciary, must be independent.

    As I wrote last week, I am not against a replacement of the register; if it is not changed today, it would eventually have to be changed, anyway, after the December elections.

    • Then the tiresome politics of dumsor reared its head once again, and is likely to be with us for a while, as we endeavour to industrialise our country without steady power ...

    I was really dumbfounded by the content of a speech delivered by the Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Legon, Professor Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, on the propriety and public usage of honorary degrees early this week in spite of all the problems facing the university and Ghana as a whole.

    • atThe story about my friend the First Lady is repeated in differing forms. Another friend of mine was called to a family meeting six months into her appointment as a Minister of Ste and presented with ...

    I tell a story about a friend of mine who became a First Lady. I am not sure I should mention her name, so, let’s say she was a First Lady in an African country. A week after the inauguration ceremony at which she became First Lady, she went to her village to have a meeting with the group of women she had been helping for much of her life.

    • I suppose there is nothing new about women being judged on how they look rather than on what they do or how they do things.

    Last week I appeared to have touched some raw nerves with the piece I named Maybe we want them to steal.

    • It was my maiden open letter to any ‘big’ person in this country, never mind one who occupies the top spot and oozes such power that he can sign a piece of paper requiring us all to stay home and we will have no choice.

    On Sunday evening, I began to pen an open letter to the President through this column.

  • 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.

    • In March 2014, the United States Department of Justice revealed that it had frozen more than $458 million believed to have been illegally obtained by ...

    This year, Ghana is leading the world to remember the 400th anniversary of what history describes as the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade.

    • Yet the last time I checked, it takes GH¢5.60 to buy one dollar. I won’t bore you with the percentage increase. It was GH¢5.85 to the dollar in March 2019.

    Can somebody tell me why it has become so imperative for the Bank of Ghana to spend money to advertise the features of the two cedi coin? I am not convinced that this is profitable use of the taxpayer’s money. Such prodigality! I could cry.

    • Ex-President Mahama, unable to contain the persistent whining of the citizens whose welfare he had pledged to seek, began a tirade against the people, accusing us of becoming too cynical.

    President Akufo-Addo has added another chapter to Ghana’s Book of Lamentations.

    • The children of policemen entered the police service, the children of soldiers entered the military, the children of prison officers joined the prison service, the children of fire service officials, followed their parents into the service, if they wanted to.

    A few days ago, I watched a video clip of an angry young woman threatening hell and damnation against the President of the Republic.

    • Mr Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) chairman, knows these stories. He is not only a Christian; he is an Elder of the Church of Pentecost, which, like the Jehovah Witness denomination, ...

    In the 1952 film, ‘Ten Commandments’, by Cecil de Mille, there is a scene where Moses wants the truth about his true identity. His real mother, Yoshebel, afraid for her life In the presence of the dreaded Egyptian queen who had raised Moses from infancy, has just told him, “I am not your mother”.

    • The idea of questioning a doctor does not come easily to most of us.

    I accept that medical doctors are special. I have a medical doctor brother who is special and I shall write about him one of these days.

    • It is rather the lack of a sense of duty to the public welfare which is crippling our efforts to build for ourselves, a nation we can be proud of.

    With all that we have gone through since the return to constitutional rule in 1993, I have been wondering whether the widely assumed conflict between these three lofty ideals are not the root cause of our problems today.

    • In Ghana (and in Africa), when a minister of state falls down, you can be sure he did not jump; he was pushed. Either because ...

    I present today, a man who was, and is, a rarity in African politics. On the occasion of our Independence anniversary, as Ghanaians struggle to come to terms with how one politician and his brother applied Kweku Ananse wisdom to make themselves €3 million richer a lá Airbus bribery scandal, I celebrate Kwabena Gyima Osei Bonsu (‘C.K.’), 83-year-old former MP, former Minister in two regimes, lawyer and chief.

    • At the moment, our roads do not feel like there is any rule of law in this country.

    I have it on good authority that the biggest number of people arriving at Accident and Emergency departments in all hospitals and clinics in the country are motorbike riders and those they have been in contact with.

    • Am patiently waiting for Rev. Isaac Owusu Bempah to come to me either physically or spiritually, and he will NEVER be the same again, Insha Allah!!

     The self-acclaimed prophet, Rev. Isaac Owusu Bempah, ought to be told in no uncertain terms that he is a false prophet, who triumphs on the cowardice of a section of the public. Every soul is certain to taste death, so one does not require any special powers to foretell this.

    • I expect the National Democratic Congress Okudzeto Ablakwa to come out to deny links to a Mercy Ablakwa who, according to media reports, ....

    Are you not frightened that as a country, it is becoming increasingly evident that altruism and pride in public service are virtues that are in short supply?

    • I had been hoping that the entry of the virus into our country would make us all so frightened we would want to change our behaviour, but it looks like we haven’t been frightened enough.

    I am not sharing fear and panic if I state that we haven’t yet seen the worst of the current trouble we are in. You only need to see the figures and the graph of the rise and rise of the coronavirus in Ghana to realise that more infections of COVID-19 will be discovered.

  • Sixteen years is a very long time. I have living proof of what 16 years looks like in my house. My favourite niece Akua of Dwaben and Abutia was born 16 years ago, she is taller than me and a fully grownup young lady.

    • Two young Canadians on an internship programme in our country have been reported kidnapped in Kumasi. We are all praying that the security agencies will soon have a breakthrough and end the ordeal of the young women.

    There is a saying in my language which translates literally as, “The monkey says it isn’t the man who has perched him on his shoulders and is parading him around that annoys him so much as the man who shouts: ‘heh, look at that monkey’.”

    • Since the STC Board was reconstituted under the current NPP government, some great strides have been made. First, latest state-of-the-art buses, have been imported and deployed on the roads.

    This is just a brief comparison of Intercity State Transport Company Ltd (STC), and the Ghana Water Company Ltd (GWCL).

    • We do not lack scientists, but we lack leaders that can put science and scientists to use.

    Today’s column is a response to popular requests from two categories of Daily Graphic readers.

  • On Sunday the 7th of January 2018 at about 6.45pm, one of the paid and struggling coward writers of the interdicted VC unveiled himself by the Might of Allah, and sent me some bullshit on WhatsApp, explaining why he writes those stupid stuff. They haven't seen anything yet. The worst is yet to descend on whoever insulted my late dad. Allah knows best!

    • I do not advocate a Ghana that serves as the zoo for the rest of the world to come and see animals that have been hunted to extinction whilst we remain “underdeveloped”, but I fear we are losing the balance.

    The journey from Accra to Ho, the Volta regional capital, is about 150 or so kilometres long. Once upon a time, it took me an hour and a half, driving my tomato red Austin Mini Cooper from my gate at North Labone in Accra to my parents’ home on Mawuli School campus in Ho.

    • Surely that would not be simply an attack on Iran, it would be an attack on world civilisation and it would demean us all.

    I am not quite sure at which stage we, as a people, started thinking it was a bad idea to admit that something was good if it was.

    • In whichever direction you want to spin Chairman Ofosu Ampofo’s ‘No Contribution No Chop’ declaration, I am convinced that for once, a Ghanaian political party has been forthright with the people.

    One of the reasons cited for the entrenchment of corruption in Ghana has been that “they-who-pay-the piper”, that is party bankrollers, must be facilitated to recoup their investment before the end of four years.

    • There are lots more of them (126.7 million) than there are of us (plus or minus 30 million), and I understand that in 2018, there were 78.3 million motor vehicles in use in Japan. And yet there was nothing like the chaos of Accra.

    I have been in Japan. I had quite forgotten just how enchanted I was with Japan the first time I visited.

    • In this rule-by-political-self-interest, the guilty do not get punished if they are members of the ruling party; no matter how loud the government’s condemnations, ...

    In this 21st century, we still have people who do not appreciate that this land mass is now Ghana, not Akyem, Asante, Mfantse or Ga-Dangbe.

    • But as the NPP used to say from opposition, sleeping in the dark is not a pleasant experience, neither is it now.

    I was all set to write on two or three of our daily living problems such as ‘dumsor’, cleanliness and waste disposal last Wednesday morning when my memory pricked me that was exactly the time Vice-President Bawumia had planned to hold his town hall meeting in Accra.

    • One of the things we are not doing right has to do with our greed. After the long drought, in terms of international arrivals, ...

    After Ghana’s impressive, if delirious, tourism performance in 2018/2019 that has earned us a pat by the global community, I feel duty bound to remind us that having climbed up this high, we must purpose in our hearts to stay there.
    Staying on top only means doing things right.

    • Three weeks after he got to West Germany, word reached the embassy here in Accra that the young man had applied for political asylum. Needless to say ...

    I read that the Ghanaian passport is ranked 78th by something called the 2020 Henley Passport Index. According to this index, our passport provides visa-free/visa on arrival access to 65 destinations, while we need visas to get to 161 destinations.

    • I am a great admirer of adult education and lifelong learning. The definition of lifelong learning makes you feel this is something that is good and we should all aspire to. Here is the definition, ...

    I am following the uproar generated by the special audit on the GETFund with a lot of interest. No prizes for guessing the source of my interest. I served for six years as a Minister of State at the Ministry of Education, and the GETFund was therefore very much part of my daily life during the period.

    • Will we be left with only the bones from the $300 million Bretton Woods Stimulus Loan and the multi-million cedi Trust Fund — after settling utility bills?

    This article is caught between two schools. As a nation hanging by our fingernails and looking up to World Bank/IMF to prop us up through the COVID-19 nightmare, is it out of turn for a writer to start raising issues beyond bread and butter?

    • Before the events of last Saturday when the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced the postponement of the elections four hours to the opening of the polls, ...

    Nigeria, our big and powerful neighbour, never ceases to amaze me. Just when you think they cannot possibly do anything that can surprise, they find something to outdo themselves.

    • Some publications these days and some of the stories that our news outlets put out obviously tick the first with the news box; but would fail the reliability and truth test. Unfortunately, the damage that is done first with the news cannot be undone.

    I don’t quite remember when the concept of the information overload came into use.

    • I think there were 15 or so of us reading my Honours degree course in my year, these days there are more than a thousand students in one class.

    I suspect I have to declare an interest.

    • 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.

    • I haven’t met anybody yet here in the Sekondi-Takoradi area who seems uncomfortable or unhappy about the referendum that has sliced off a big chunk of the Western Region.

    I am in the Western Region on duties, not usually associated with my everyday activities.

    • In truth, that is what is happening to our government as our self-confessed capitalists preach the virtues of social democracy and claim to be better social interventionists than the acclaimed social democrats in our society.

    Only two things seized my attention at the end of the past year, giving full flavour to the whole year of politics, economics, society and religion, the entire fabric of our lives as Ghanaians.

    • In Ghana, as in many other African countries, we are still to cultivate the culture of forearming ourselves. We will cry and talk and promise; a week later, it’s all forgotten.

    On March 4, 2019, two days after the latest earth tremors that rocked parts of Accra, President Akufo-Addo tasked the National Security and the Ministry of the Interior to prepare a national earthquake emergency plan.

    • Like most good news, scientific inventions and discoveries don’t make the headlines in Ghana.

    For two reasons, I envy winners of beauty pageants and TV reality shows.

    • 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.

    • The evicted judges, it is said, had been given a US$168,000 (GHC800,000.00) for temporary accommodation.

    On November 18, 2018, MyNewsGh.com reported that the government had begun demolishing bungalows housing Court of Appeal Judges to make way for the construction of a National Cathedral.

    • And this being an election year in Ghana, we have had priests predicting who will win the presidential elections scheduled for 7 December.

    In the BBC's series of letters from African writers, journalist and former Ghana government minister Elizabeth Ohene writes about why she avoided New Year celebrations.

    • At the time the Vigilante Bill was being drafted, we had in mind “irresponsible macho men high on drugs”. No one thought of an MP!

    In Ghana, the masses have ceased grumbling. They’ve decided, rather, to return, in equal dosage, the ruling classes’ selfish greed and corruption. In times like this, a columnist’s mind needs extra fortification. The evil that men do sieges the mind.

    • 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”.

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