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The deceit of Western Propaganda - JJ Rawlings

Opinions

Wars have broken out following the staging of these kinds of deceitful events. The last well known example was the one the US staged at the UN. By the time the truth had been established, America and her so-called allies had prosecuted the war against Iraq with its indefensible consequences.

The Ghanaian craze for EPL, La Liga; An indictment on the Ghana premiership

Opinions

These are moments that I feel disheartened due to the fact that I have lost my taste for the Ghana Premiership League (GPL) in favour of foreign leagues, while in a similar fashion, my wife craves for foreign movies but not for the local drama or films.

Character over charm

Opinions

Charm is the packaging. Character is the content. Charm is what attracts you. Character is what keeps you. Charm is what you see. Character is what you’d need to observe to see.

Ernest Green and his lovely wife, both are nurses at the Damongo Catholic Hospital. They were both on duty on the fateful day he was accused of rape.)

Opinions

The cliché, we are all equal before the law has even outlived its cosmetic value. The reasons advanced for the refusal of bail for him were hysterical -- absolutely poor in logic.

Theresa Ayoade

Opinions

The awards, in the determination of its winners, is said to actually go through a thorough and genuine regimen, but for some music fans and critics, the choices of some winners make them view it with skepticism.

An artists impression of the new Ghana National Cathedral.

Opinions

Too many are more interested in selling holy water and incense than salvation. Where the bible talks of the work ethic, they talk of miracles and prayers in place of work. They are the voice of parties...

Why did I become a journalist?

Opinions

Working at a television station seems so interesting; particularly, considering how well-dressed men and women with beautiful smiles look when they appear on TV.

Freedom and Justice Arch, Accra, Ghana

Opinions

Are we losing our values as a discerning democratic Ghana? What does free speech mean to Ghanaians, particularly Ghanaian politicians? Is it a licence to say anything?

The edifice of Ghana’s National Theatre sits on a building area of about 11,896m2 at a vantage location in the capital city, Accra.

Opinions

Alternative form of governance to winner takes all

Opinions

What we need in Ghana and the rest of the developing world is a system that unites all of us so that together we can tackle and eliminate poverty, disease, illiteracy and underdevelopment from our society.

United States Marines offload in Senegal to take part with the Senegalese army in Africa Partnership Station West, an international initiative developed by U.S. Naval Forces Europe/Africa to work on improving maritime safety and security on the African continent. (Photo/DoD/US Navy/Flickr).

Opinions

This agreement had no exit clause nor stipulated time frame for operation, therefore binds Ghana till date.This agreement breached the laws of the land as it didn't go through parliament stipulated in the 1992 constitution article 1742.

So, what immediate lesson does the "fate" of Koku Anyidoho teach us?

Opinions

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

Press Release

OCCUPYGHANA'S Ace Anan Ankomah

Press Release

We have noted three primary reactions to the Agreement, namely those who (i) object to the Agreement in its entirety, (ii) think that we could have obtained better terms from the United States, and (iii) do not object to the Agreement at all. OccupyGhana respects all of these views.

Press Statement on the Ghana-US Military Cooperation Saga - Joshua Alabi

Press Release

In the heat of the ongoing political tensions in the country marred by entrenched positions, the victim becomes the state, and the most impacted are the citizens whose prime interests we want to protect. Very often, in cases such as this, no one wins, and everyone loses.

Statement by Inter-Party Coalition for National Sovereignty in Response to Address by President Akufo-Addo on the Establishment of US Military Base in Ghana

Press Release

Because of the national interest, we have refused to descend into the gutters to exchange insults with the president due to the sensitive nature of the issue at hand. We rather urge the president to leave his anger, defiant and arrogant posture and lead the good people of Ghana.

Press Release: Seat of Government to be referred to as Jubilee House

Press Release

Seat of Government to be referred to as Jubilee House

Press Release: Treasonable comments made by the Deputy General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress, Koku Anyidoho

Press Release

Re: Eviction Of Traders In Front Of President’s Nima Residence

Press Release

It is important to note that extensive consultations were undertaken between the Office of the President, National Security, and the traders and artisans, before the implementation of this decision.

Haruna Institute: The Burning Of Tipper Trucks And Other Machinery

Press Release

The saddest part of the impudence is the fact that the political heads of the district in question, the region in trouble as well as the sector ministry on rampage "are" completely "unaware" of it. It is no surprise because our very own president is practically unaware of many things in his government.

Minority angered by burning of sand winning trucks.

Press Release

We are by this statement calling for a full scale investigation into the operation and the circumstances leading to the assault on the persons who were in charge of the vehicles at the time, the burning down of those vehicles and equipments, and the alleged confiscation of monies belonging to those who were brutalized.

Press Release: Hearts appoint Mark Noonan as club’s Chief Executive Officer

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Press Release: Hearts appoint Mark Noonan as club’s Chief Executive Officer

Press Release: OccupyGhana Calls On Government To Immediately Address The Filth Engulfing The Country

Press Release

The President also indicated that he and the Minister for Monitoring & Evaluation would evaluate the performance of all Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) and publish the results of their performance.

Press Release: Confirmed Lasa Fever Case In Ghana

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Press Release: Confirmed Lasa Fever Case In Ghana

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.

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

Features

Africa remains one of the regions least served with effective pain relief medicine and although Tramadol is not the strongest of analgesics, it is a darling on prescription lists. That’s because unlike other opioids such as methadone and fentanyl,...

File image - Cassiel A. Forson, Ranking Member, Finance Committee of Parliament, Ghana.

Features

The BOG and MOF should explain to Ghanaians if the IMF gave the final push on uniBank, when the Staff decided to defer taking the 5th ECF Program Review to the Board.

United States Marines offload in Senegal to take part with the Senegalese army in Africa Partnership Station West, an international initiative developed by U.S. Naval Forces Europe/Africa to work on improving maritime safety and security on the African continent. (Photo/DoD/US Navy/Flickr).

Features

In a confidential document to Parliament, cabinet is urging members to consider the agreement and give its approval.

Withdraw US military base agreement – Minority

Features

The Minority caucus in Parliament has learned with alarm, a decision by President Akufo-Addo to permit the establishment of a Military Base for the United States Armed Forces in Ghana and the subsequent invitation to Parliament to approve the agreement covering same.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, left, is greeted by Ethiopia Minister of Foreign Affairs, Workneh Gebeyehu, right, and other officials, as he arrives to begin a six-day trip in Africa, after landing at Addis Ababa International Airport, Wednesday, March 7, 2018 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. (Jonathan Ernst/Pool via AP)

Features

In Africa, China is now the rising tiger. It has been building up its military presence and increasing humanitarian spending, though only countries that tend to vote with China in the United Nations seem to get an influx of aid. Puzzlingly, Tillerson gave a tough speech on China-Africa relations not to an African audience,...

For a majority of migrants headed for the United States and North America, the remote Darien Gap is a required trek. This is where Abdul Majeed lay awake one cold January night this year, unable to sleep.

Fake processed food is becoming an epidemic in African urban life

Features

In Ghana, the palm oil is laced with a food coloring called Sudan IV which is widely recognized as a carcinogen. In Uganda, formalin —an embalming agent—is used to keep meat and fish free from flies and seemingly fresh for days. Across Africa, there are incidences of plastic rice or nothing more than discarded rice chaff, packaged as high-grade rice, and corn powder dyed with Sudan IV, labeled as chili pepper.

Street salesmen in Accra, Ghana’s capital. The country is likely to have one of the world’s fastest-growing economies this year.

Features

Its projected growth in 2018, between 8.3 and 8.9 percent, might outpace even India, with its booming tech sector, and Ethiopia, which over the last decade has been one of Africa’s fastest-growing economies...

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

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.

Abel Manomey (1st left) celebrates a goal with Gt. Olympics teammates. File image courtesy of Images_image.

Letters

Rejoinder: Manasseh’s memo to Akufo-Addo and his irresponsible Ministers

Letters

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

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.

The insolvency of UNIBANK and the way forward

Commentary

A fall in investment levels causes lower economic growth and has a knock down effect. With lower demand firms cut back on investment and crisis such as the Unibank, UT and Capital Banks certainly will have an impact on general economic confidence.

International Women's Day 2018: "Pass Affirmative Action Bill Now."- Penplusbytes

Commentary

And while it is a known fact that gender parity in every society won't happen overnight, the good news is that across the world women are making positive gains day-by-day. Plus, there's indeed a very strong and growing global movement of advocacy, activism and support.

President's State Of The Nation Address Delivered In Parliament

Commentary

Based on the positive performance of the economy, it comes as no surprise that economic growth increased from 3.6% percent to about 8% last year. Continuous growth is needed to ensure economic stability and tremendous improvement in the welfare of the people. As a result of the solid micro-economic fundamentals, the economy has been described by many local and international experts as fast-growing.

File image: A violent clash between students of Oguaa Hall of the University of Cape Coast (UCC) and their counterparts from the Atlantic Hall in March of 2017 led to the destruction of some University property. Image credit: ghanaiantimes

Commentary

Last month, at least ten students of the Gyamaa Pensan SHS in the Ashanti Region were hospitalized when they sustained injuries during a demonstration against the headmaster of the school. The aftermath of the demonstration was the vandalisation of school property, including the headmaster’s residence and the assembly hall.

Kwabenya Police Killing

Commentary

Aside this, the Police lack basic equipment, logistics and materials to carry out their operations. In a highly digitized technological world, Police intelligence should take over from the old fashioned and archaic method of Policing.

Need to strengthen Public Health services in boarding institutions

Commentary

Need for Ghana to end human trafficking

Commentary

NCCE’s guidelines on how to fight corruption. Photo credit - penplushbytes

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What did Haruna tell the President?

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As a country, since the birth of the Fourth Republic, we have specialised in chaos. If gold rusts, what will iron do? Any wonder that our streets, lorry parks and our markets are so chaotic!

Would the President grant audience to the Minority Leader without the presence of his minister of parliamentary affairs? So, was Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu at this week’s meeting between Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and Mr Haruna Iddrisu, the Minority Leader in Parliament.

Double salary saga for former MP’s and Ministers: An accounting viewpoint – Marricke K. Gane. Image credit - Daily Guide

At Large

The Accountant General faltered by gross negligence in ensuring functional internal controls were operating and the question MUST now be asked if it was deliberate or not. The MP-Ministers faltered by displaying gross dishonesty.

We may have bashed the MP-Ministers who took the double pay. I did too and they deserved it for their gross dishonesty.

The New Volta-Oti Regions - Which Way Do We Go?

At Large

Some have argued that the distance from certain parts of Volta region to the capital Ho makes the process of administration burdensome for some areas of Volta than others. What do the numbers say?

A lot has been raging recently about ongoing processes to split the Volta region into Oti region and Volta region. The arguments in some circles has been – “the people themselves asked for a split” But I have rebuffed that by saying “how about the remaining people in the Volta saying No?” Several reasons have been given – I too am trying to understand them more critically. Come along on the journey…..

Mr. Koku Anyidoho (M) and Mr. Asiedu Nketia, (in smock) NDC General Secretary

At Large

Last week, I wrote on how the more things change, the more they remained the same in our political space.

The interdicted Vice Chancellor (VC) of The University of Education, Winneba (UEW), gradually abandoning his yobbish behaviour

At Large

Having failed in his bid to claim the office of the VC back at the Supreme Court, which he willingly relinquished as a result of his own greed for quick wealth, and spurred on by his interdicted Finance Officer (FO), Theophilus Ackorlie,

The interdicted VC of UEW, 'Fool' Professor Mawutor Avoke, appears to be accepting of late that his initial yobbish posture at the start of the unveiling of the rot under his administration at UEW, only served to his detriment.

Rectify Or Ratify - Nana Yaa Ofori Atta

At Large

A month later, then Foreign Minister Tetteh, she was also a Member of Parliament, signed an Acquisition and Cross-Serving Agreement between the Governments of Ghana and the US that included an Article VI waiver of identifiable duties, taxes and similar charges for Logistics Supplies,...

In 2015, the Governments of Ghana and the United States entered into an Acquisition and Cross-Serving Agreement covering training, intelligence gathering and disaster management. That Agreement to enhance security has lapsed. It required and has now been renewed with details shared on use of agreed facilities and areas in Ghana. Amidst drama.

Is ‘execution’ really everything?

At Large

The Gyaman Kingdom in the 18th Century came to lie between two powerful emergent empires, the Kong (created by the storied Ouattaras, believed to be scions of the even more glorious, by then defunct, Malian Empire) and the Asante.

f you visited Wikipedia right this moment and pulled up the article on ‘Adinkra’, you would be told that the Adinkra motifs were originally invented by the Asante.

The Grace To Grass Interdicted Vice Chancellor (VC) Of The University Of Education, Winneba (UEW), Now A 'Student Activist'

At Large

In the last 3 months, about 120 lecturers have been recruited to augment the shortfall, which the interdicted VC appeared unconcerned with. The lecturer to student ratio, has improved dramatically.

The legally interdicted VC of UEW, after having exhausted a plethora of avenues, both overground and underground, with the misplaced hope of being restored to his previous position as VC of UEW, has of late, turned into a 'student activist'. It is good for mother Ghana that some public officials who hitherto had disrespected, disregarded, lampooned and lambasted students, have all of a sudden, made a 'Machiavellian' U-turn to satanically court the support of some innocent students to organise demonstrations in the name of some grievances which he the interdicted VC himself failed woefully to address during his tenure as VC of UEW.

Minister of Defense - Hon. Dominc Aduna Bingab Nitiwul.

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Equalisation is the death knell of ingenuity, the end of the promise of positive change and a real danger to our political stability overall. It even spells the end of ideological differentiation, leading to the helpless wail of the citizens that all politicians are the same.

Written by Colin Essamuah - ‘’Something is pardonable when one government is in power but when another is in power unpardonable, things that the media would have been so loud under my administration, it happens every day and it’s like its business as usual. That is the hypocrisy of our civil society and religious and traditional leaders, everybody is quiet, suddenly some say they don’t watch TV anymore and that they watch animals. In our time, they were not watching animals, they were watching political discussions. You are now tired of too much politics……you’ll be tired because your darling government is super incompetent and so you are tired of hearing the analysis, that’s the hypocrisy we face in our country. So let us not buy into their propaganda.’’ - Former President John Mahama.

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.

New Frontiers

Here And There

Secondly we would rather put other people’s money into health, than our own. It means submitting to other people’s conditions, and fulfilling other people’s mandates in addition to our own. I have seen how money has directed programs in directions which were not exactly in sync with the needs on the ground. Just going for money for health, because it is cheap, and available, does not translate into providing health care for the people.

Our family dog and I have a special relationship, forged by years of her being the only awake being in my house many nights a month, when I return from work. I can always count on the wagging tail behind the gate as I unlock it, as I totter closer to sleep after a long day. And there are quite a few long days in a month. It does not matter that the health care system is subpar. One must do what one has to do.

Astronaut Dreams

Here And There

And who am I To belittle a little child’s dream When life makes so much possible And places no limits On achievement,..

 My son asked me to pray for him
To be an astronaut when he grows up
He talks about it all the time
So I stop myself thinking all the time
That he is too far away from where
The astronauts come from
To become one

On vision

Here And There

It is dehumanizing to accept mediocrity. It is a living death to accept an inability to be the best we can be. It is worse than colonialism.

I was standing in the hospital lift, when she was wheeled in. The porter was behind her, and her left leg was outstretched on the improvised splint extending from the ravaged wheel chair seat. She was in a regular shirt and jeans, which had been ripped with surgical accuracy to expose the fractured leg. The skin was broken. The blood was all over the blue jeans, and the white bandage was dirty red. It was obvious this was not what she had planned when she left home that morning. I said hi, she said hello with an attempt at a smile. I asked what had happened. She said she was at the National Service Secretariat. There had been an incident.

Happy New Year. Photo credit - happynewyear2018x

Here And There

I still drive home bumping along the laterite ravines that rain and sun have carved in the large paths which have not grown into streets.

I was walking along the bank of the river Volta with my son, when he noticed that the green patches in the river were moving. I had described them to him as islands, so he shouted that the islands were moving! The one he pointed out was a big ‘island’… so I did not believe him at first, but lo and behold, it was really moving.

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.”

CONFRONTING THE NEW FRONTIER IN GHANA’S ILLICIT DRUG USE; THE ULTIMATE CONVERSATION WITH TOMORROW’S GENERATION

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Finally, know your children’s friends and their families. Though our society has deviated markedly from the communal approach in child upbringing, we must not jettison the useful aspects of that approach of yesteryears. We should all be able to speak to other parents...

“Stories you read when you're the right age never quite leave you. You may forget who wrote them or what the story was called. Sometimes you'll forget precisely what happened, but if a story touches you it will stay with you, haunting the places in your mind that you rarely ever visit.” Neil Gaiman, in “M Is for Magic.”

Ms Delese Mimi Darko — CEO, Foods and Drugs Authority, Ghana

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Theodore Roosevelt in Strenuous Life opines, “Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the grey twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.”

Tramadol, sold under the brand name Ultram among others, is an opioid pain medication used to treat moderate to moderately severe pain. When taken by mouth in an immediate-release formulation, the onset of pain relief usually occurs within an hour. It is often combined with paracetamol (acetaminophen) as this is known to improve the efficacy of tramadol in relieving pain. It is a growing drug of abuse that is more addictive than initially believed.

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In recent times, there have been many stories about the abuse of tramadol by some youth in Ghana. From kayayie to driver’s mates, through manual labourers and even armed robbers. Some are even said to use it to enhance libido and sexual drive.

 “I have absolutely no pleasure in the stimulants in which I sometimes so madly indulge. It has not been in the pursuit of pleasure that I have periled life and reputation and reason. It has been the desperate attempt to escape from torturing memories, from a sense of insupportable loneliness and a dread of some strange impending doom.” Edgar Allan Poe.

In The Ghanaian Circus, The Tripartite Game Of Attribution Between God, The Devil And Abayifuour

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The situation is even worse when it comes to health. In a world where advances in science and medicine have been accepted as one of the main drivers of increased life expectancy; we have neglected the obvious, resorting rather to prayer camps and faith healers.

 Shannon L. Alder argues, “The more you talk about it, rehash it, rethink it, cross analyse it, debate it, respond to it, get paranoid about it, compete with it, complain about it, immortalize it, cry over it, kick it, defame it, stalk it, gossip about it, pray over it, put it down or dissect its motives it continues to rot in your brain. It is dead. It is over. It is gone. It is done. It is time to bury it because it is smelling up your life and no one wants to be near your rotted corpse of memories and decaying attitude. Be the funeral director of your life and bury that thing!”

Thinking Aloud; The Role of Faith in Chronic Disease Management

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Their warped logic is further entrenched by many faith practitioners who advertise their ability to cure diseases, many of which medical science and research can only manage. Even more intriguing is the fact that, some of these men and women of faith are middle-aged adults too and are often afflicted by chronic diseases.

 “As my sufferings mounted I soon realized that there were two ways in which I could respond to my situation -- either to react with bitterness or seek to transform the suffering into a creative force. I decided to follow the latter course.” Martin Luther King Jr.

At The Village Square With The Men In Black; Understanding The Pressures And Bottlenecks Of Our Police Service

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By this time it was clear all three were disgruntled with the situation they found themselves in but they were far from finished. Out of the blue one of them quipped, “Recently there was a call within the service for people who wanted to work with the MTTU. Even those in charge of arms in my office left." In a trance, I exclaimed really? Then another continued, "Nobody wants to die. These are the reasons everyone wants to work with the trotro drivers; it is safer and more rewarding too.”

Raymond Chandler in The Lady in the Lake argued, “Police business is a hell of a problem. It’s a good deal like politics. It asks for the highest type of men, and there’s nothing in it to attract the highest type of men. So we have to work with what we get...”

Mr Abuga Pele, a former National Coordinator of the defunct Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development Agency (GYEEDA), and Mr Phillip Akpeena Assibit, a businessman were recently sentenced to a total of 18-years in jail.

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If you are reading this and are currently in public office, please be mindful. The era when we gratified riches irrespective of how they were obtained is slowly coming to an end. You are in office to serve and not to loot. I agree with Martin Amidu (SP) that Ghana is not a milk cow. My only advice will be to keep your fingers in your pockets and out of the exchequer's coffers.

“The feelings that hurt most, the emotions that sting most, are those that are absurd - The longing for impossible things, precisely because they are impossible; nostalgia for what never was; the desire for what could have been; regret over not being someone else; dissatisfaction with the world’s existence. All these half-tones of the soul’s consciousness create in us a painful landscape, an eternal sunset of what we are.”

Stop Playing Ostrich With Our Intelligence; We Are All Influenced Politically

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We complain about policemen taking bribes and kickbacks in our state institutions, don't we? Have we ever stopped to think about who the givers of these bribes are or those in positions of trust taking the proverbial "10%"? Clearly, these are the same doctors, lawyers, pharmacist, engineers etc. These are the same people who belong to our professional bodies and are responsible for these bodies having corrupt members. These citizens are not multi-faced in life and will show the same behaviours irrespective of where they find themselves.

Stephen King in his book, The Stand, argues, “Show me a man or a woman alone and I'll show you a saint. Give me two and they'll fall in love. Give me three and they'll invent the charming thing we call 'society'. Give me four and they'll build a pyramid. Give me five and they'll make one an outcast. Give me six and they'll reinvent prejudice. Give me seven and in seven years they'll reinvent warfare. Man may have been made in the image of God, but human society was made in the image of His opposite number, and is always trying to get back home.”

Water for Togo

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Tears shouldn’t be the easiest way to have clean water,

Togo’s leaders sit on thrones

Made of gold and bones

The dry, dehydrated bones of the people,

Several cows caught crossing the street around the Achimota Overhead area with flagrant disregard for traffic rules. Photo credit: On the road with Amigo.

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These cows, and many of their other four-legged brethren, not to mention those of the two-legged and winged varieties, can be an eyesore in certain parts of the city. Together, they take care of their private business in full glare of the public, and without fail, fail to clean up after themselves. As for their owners, the less said about their interest in cleaning the public mess, the better.

As someone who dabbled in animal husbandry during his youthful days on a homestead within the city limits of Accra many years ago, and rose to the ranks of a Johnny-do-it-all General Manager, I was really taken aback by a news item from the renowned Associated Press (AP), about lawmakers in one of the States of our own spirited friend, Number Forty-Five, who currently occupies the WH, weighing a trespassing bill against chicken owners in the state of New Hampshire.