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Of the President’s Vancouver remarks and the controversy

Opinions

Of course there are many who have voiced support for the President’s observations. But just what did he say to attract so much anger and biting criticisms from empowerment advocates, gender campaigners and feminists?

Spousal Rights to Property: Comparing Divorce to Death of a Spouse. Image credit - sowetanlive

Opinions

Be that as it may, there are three fundamental questions that come to mind if there is a presumption of equality and spouses are entitled to equal share of a property jointly acquired during the subsistence of their marriage:

Canadian citizens Lauren Patricia Catherine Tilley (left) and Bailey Jordan Chitty were found in the early hours of Wednesday June 12, 2018 at Kanyasi in Kumasi after being kidnapped for three days.

Opinions

This criminal activity has been birthed in our country. And we must work hard to kill this baby before he grows. We must not allow it to be nurtured by anyone.

Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina, President of the African Development Bank

Speeches

The AFCON; Let’s manage our expectations

Opinions

There is no single event which brings us together like when the Black Stars are playing, especially when they are in their elements and rubbing shoulders with the best in the world.

Are You A Parent Or You Just Pay Rent?

Opinions

Being a good parent is time-consuming. It is dedication. It is a conscious effort to raise children today who we can be proud to call our own tomorrow. It is a great commitment.

Climate Change; All voices on deck

Opinions

Climate change advocacy, education, awareness creation has seen the roles of such individuals and groups and the focus they have brought into the discussion especially after the Paris Agreement.

Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko

Opinions

Specifically, during the NDC regime, according to the evidence, some banks engaged in the following activities which compromised their capital and liquidity, leading to their collapse:

Getting Patient's Name Right: Nurses Are Stupid?

Opinions

Don't ever judge the competence of a nurse merely on grounds of how well he or she spells or pronounces your name. Your name can even be a three-letter word like Ama or Abu.

The Public and its Problems

Opinions

I am persuaded that when the President of the Republic called on Ghanaians during his inauguration to act as citizens and not spectators, he was invoking the Deweyian public imaginary and directly calling on Ghanaians to give true expression to the Constitutional preamble "We the people of Ghana".

Time issues, who will tell the President?

Opinions

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.

With every downpour comes flooding which destroys lives and property. Image credit - graphiconline

Opinions

The journalists ask the same questions they did the year before, and the year before that – “what are the causes of the flooding and how do we prevent it?”-- It seems to have become a norm.

DECISION TO RECUSE MYSELF FROM AFCON 2019, EGYPT AND RETIRE FROM THE NATION TEAM – ASAMOAH GYAN

Press Release

DECISION TO RECUSE MYSELF FROM AFCON 2019, EGYPT AND RETIRE FROM THE NATION TEAM – ASAMOAH GYAN

Stonebwoy Apologizes For Gun Incident At 20th VGMA Awards Ceremony

Press Release

Stonebwoy Apologizes For Gun Incident At 20th VGMA Awards Ceremony

Press Release: Marricke Kofi Gane Announces His Candidacy For 2020 Presidential Race

Press Release

Press Release: Uniformed man seen kicking young man in video not police officer

Press Release

Hearts Appoint Frederick Moore As Chief Executive Officer

Press Release

CHARLES BISSUE STEPS ASIDE IN THE WAKE OF BRIBERY ALLEGATION

Press Release

Ghana’s Democracy Under Threat with the Existence of Political Party Thugs

Press Release

PRESS STATEMENT: OCCUPYGHANA CONDEMNS RECENT ELECTORAL VIOLENCE AND DEMANDS INDEPENDENT INQUIRY

Press Release

We condemn all such acts and call for the perpetrators to be brought to book and punished in accordance with the law.

President Akufo-Addo Congratulates Lydia Seyram Alhassan, MP-Elect For Ayawaso West Wuogon

Press Release

It is important also to state that the New Patriotic Party, the party from which my Government was born, would never dream of competing with any other political party in unleashing violence on the Ghanaian people.

Joint Statement by Ghana Police And EOCO on The Arrest of Nana Appiah Mensah in Dubai

Press Release

Joint Statement by Ghana Police And EOCO on The Arrest of Nana Appiah Mensah in Dubai

Appointment Of New Service Chiefs

Press Release

Appointment Of New Service Chiefs

President Akufo-Addo Removes Three Justices Of The High Court From Office

Press Release

Economic value of metrology- Image credit -CBRE

Features

Any effective metrology system is characterised by the ability to properly calibrate measuring instruments and ensure that such instruments are fit for purpose.

File Image - Nana Oye Lithur

Features

Mr President, reflect on your Oath of Office, apply the 1992 Constitution and hand over an equal number of the levers of power in Ghana to its women with or without dynamism and activism.

File image - Minister for Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta

Features

I am deeply humbled and honored to be here and I bring you warmest greetings from the Government, the good people of Ghana and our President, Nana Akufo-Addo, whom many of you ...

File image - One Village One Dam, Sod cutting ceremony for the construction of one dams in Bongo. Image credit - Metro FM

Features

The name Bongo came about as a result of the discovery of a large but harmless python that patrolled the town at night. It was believed to be a god of protection. The word python in Mamprusi is “bohugu” and in Gu- rune Language “bahine”, ...

Any discerning citizen of Ghana who has experienced life in the 4th Republic scarcely needs the Fourth Estate of the realm to point out the blatant waste,

Features

We must reorganise the Ghanaian society and strengthen the financial position of households through a culture of entrepreneurship.The plight of the masses, over the last two decades, ...

After 40 years of the June 4 Uprising, the moral history and relevance of such significant event has been lost on the nation. The feeling and the perception that heralded the 1972 overthrow of the PP government is rife again after 27 years of participatory democracy.

More investments needed for improved water and sanitation

Features

According to the UNICEF, Ghana has made significant progress providing access to improved water sources to 80 per cent of the population.

President Volodymyr Zelensky’s Inaugural Address

Features

My election proves that our citizens are tired of the experienced, pompous system politicians who over the 28 years, have created a country of opportunities — the opportunities to bribe, steal and pluck the resources.

Standardisation and economic growth

Features

With regard to governments, standards provide the technological and scientific bases that underpin health, safety and environmental legislations. Similarly, for individuals, standards can contribute to quality of life in general.

Are we really getting tired of media freedom? (2)

Features

This is the first time since the research group began tracking media freedom trends in Africa that the tables have turned. Now, the report shows that in 25 out of 31 countries surveyed, support for media freedom has declined. In Ghana, 57 per cent of respondents say they want the government to control the media.

Quarrel with the Press

Features

What sparked this new three-way confrontation—Government on one side; and the press ostensibly backed by the NDC on the opposite, are a death and a run-for-life of journalists; and government is under fire for either doing nothing or too little in the clear behalf of journalists, ...

The M/V Lake Bosomtwi on her maiden voyage to the port of New York. Image credit – ghanashippingguide

Features

From the operations of Black Star Line came the opening of Tema Shipyard and Drydock to dock and repair the Black Star Line Vessels.

Export of nurses innovative

Editorials

But there are other areas where we can take advantage, as we may have a competitive edge over other nations.

Mother tongue may be our development launch pad. Image credit - ghanagrio

Editorials

Many scholars have posited that language develops with the rise and development of a society. Perhaps the most instructive postulation is that language dies when a society dies.

Cocoa farmers deserve a bigger share of the pie

Editorials

Sadly, however, Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire have little to show for their efforts at leading the sustenance of an industry that is equal to or more than the combined value of their national outputs ...

TIME TO TAKE HIV TREATMENT SERIOUS

Editorials

It is regrettable that Ghana who was tipped as far back as 2012 to be the first country on the African continent to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS has not as yet succeeded.

Press Freedom Must Mean Freedom And Responsibility

Editorials

Truth is that some media professionals have taken freedom of the press for granted and thrown professional ethics to the abyss.

COP Mrs Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah

Editorials

It is also very disappointing that the police service is behaving as if it has no communication policy in place. A senior officer says the girls have been found or their whereabouts are known but in the same breath the very Police Administration denies the abducted victims have been located.

Pay attention to the roads

Editorials

The importance of roads is well appreciated, viewed against the backdrop that they link producers to markets, workers to workplaces, students to schools and the sick to hospitals.

File image – Circa 2015, an unidentified location in Accra following a heavy downpour that left parts of the capital severely flooded.

Editorials

As if we were possessed then, all of a sudden we discovered all the causes and solutions to floods. We were overtaken by a certain powerful force to put measures in place to curtail once and for all the flooding menace.

James Klutse Avedzi, PAC Chairman

Editorials

Quite honestly, many Ghanaians are not enthused about the warnings that have been issued to the public officials over the period because everyone is fully aware that nothing would come out of it.

Death penalty: To expunge or not to

Editorials

The death penalty has been justified by many, while it has been criticised by others.

No hard-line stance in vigilantism talks

Editorials

Since we ushered in the Fourth Republic in 1992, the activities of political vigilante groups have become an albatross around our neck and in some cases marred the beauty of democratic governance.

File image - A flooded section of an unidentified neighborhood in Accra.

Editorials

Ghana, like many other developing countries, has not done well in terms of disaster management plans, ...

Open letter to the manager of British Airways in Accra

Letters

The British Airways flight to Accra was horrible.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

Letters

FUND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE WORK IN GHANA, IMPLEMENT THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ACT AND RELATED LEGISLATION AND CREATE SEXUAL HARRASSMENT POLICIES IN SCHOOLS AND WORKPLACES IN GHANA

Open Letter to the Ministers of Highways and Railways

Letters

The people of Tarkwa are suffering because of the very poor nature of the road on the outskirts of the municipal area from Tarkwa Senior High School to Wassa Agona.

An Open Letter to Afenyo-Markin

Letters

The call for Ahmed Jinapor’s promotion to Associate Professor because his brother is a staff at the Office of the President, is as absurd as Hilda’s case.

President Akufo-Addo writes to Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, NDC Chairman

Letters

File image - Irbad Ibrahim

Letters

Please, brother, take a cue from the saying that “If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.” Right now you are in a hole but you don’t seem to realise it.

Mr. Isaac Adongo

Letters

Second, I am very disappointed with the tone and the inherent rudeness of your letter, which should not be part of the job description of an “honourable” Member of Parliament

Mr. Kofi Totobi Quakye, former National Security Minister

Letters

I have been scandalized by the suggestion that the armed, masked men who set upon innocent Ghanaians are agents of our national security apparatus. High ranking appointees of your administration have severally made this claim ...

Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa. Ranking Member, Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs

Letters

Sir, you have not complied with this provision since assuming the position of National Security Minister and thereby undermining Parliament's Constitutional mandate of oversight.

An Open Letterto Otumfuo Nana Osei Tutu II

Letters

Nana, you have a great understanding of our political history, but as a King, you speak candidly. I am not a King, so, I speak plainly. The division and lies started on 4th August 1947.

A Letter to Pepper Dem Ministries – Are You Misandrists or Feminists?

Letters

But you Akosua Abebrese from a village which isn’t even shown on the map of Ghana think that because your father ...

Ex-Ghana president, John D. Mahama. Image credit - qedng

Letters

You cannot leave office, accept the retirement package and vie for the same office again. That is called ‘’double dipping’’ and it is illegal.

Bishop John Bonaventure Kwofie

Interviews

How can somebody like me from a small tribe - the Ahanta people in the Western Region - be called to go to work in Accra; I mean how are the people going to receive me?

DecoKraft’s Akua Obenewaa Donkor

Interviews

My chocolatier journey began when I came across the word “chocolatier” in a magazine. It piqued my curiosity, ...

Angolan businesswoman, Isabel dos Santos

Interviews

In 2013, according to research by Forbes, her net worth had reached more than three billion US dollars, making her Africa's first billionaire woman. Five years have passed ever since and her wealth has continued to grow.

Related: Exclusive Interview: Marricke Kofi Gane Talks Political Future and More - Part 3

Interviews

AA: Like any armchair football coach, the armchair politician’s task is always the easiest; it becomes a different story when the reality hits him in office. What is your take on that?

Exclusive Interview: Marricke Kofi Gane Talks Political Future and More – Part 2

Interviews

Well, let me put it this way – it is not enough if I wish to stand – the people must also want me to stand, after all, they will be the ones to vote for me. What I can say however is this - if I do make an announcement to stand in 2020, it will be because the people believe in me. Do I believe I am ready myself?

Exclusive Interview: Marricke Kofi Gane Talks Political Future and More - Part 1

Interviews

I am not sure there is a very new me from when we last spoke. I think it’s more the case that the Author side of me has been asked to proceed on leave, hahaha, and my more vocal and politically inclined self, awakened. Both have always been there.

The developing world is an easy target for populists – Kofi Annan

Interviews

There has been much debate about democratic dysfunction in the advanced world due to paralyzing polarization exacerbated by fake news and social media manipulation. Isn’t this also an issue in the fledgling democracies of the developing world, from Malaysia to Kenya, Nigeria and elsewhere?

The story is titled 'The Shimmer in the Photo Album', and it revolves around 4 children and their grandfather, and a series of time-porting adventures and mysteries they go through. The title was purely to create curiosity and thereby encourage anyone to pick up through book.

Abel Manomey (1st left) celebrates a goal with Gt. Olympics teammates. File image credit - @images_image

Interviews

SA: I find your reference to the use of occultism/juju in the Ghana Premier League very intriguing. I do recall a video on Twitter of several Gt. Olympics players walking backwards into a stadium with hopes of picking up the 3 points as they sought to escape relegation towards the end of the 2017 season. Did that really happen or was that clip a prank?

Abel Manomey (1st left) celebrates a goal with Gt. Olympics teammates. File image credit - @images_image

Interviews

They have done well so far. They registered players last season for them to be insured but they need to be cushioned by the Ghana Football Association (GFA), and other corporate bodies since it is a huge financial burden on the PFAG. Also, in my case, Mr. Baffoe personally called and assured me of the association paying any debt incurred at the hospital resulting from my recent injury.

An Interview with Farida Nabourema - Part 2

Interviews

An Interview with Farida Nabourema - Part 1

Interviews

Need for fair and just pension for workers

Commentary

True to the mandate, SSNIT has invested these monies mainly in the housing, hotel, health, transportation and educational sectors. It also has equity in many organisations and institutions.

Snr. Government Minister, Mr. Yaw Osafo Marfo.

Commentary

Introduction Of The Two Track System Of Admitting Students Into SHS

Commentary

Under the new system, students in SHS two and three will continue with the normal system but run a semester system just like the universities.

National Revenue Targeting And Expenditure Projections

Commentary

It is commendable for the government to put in place the necessary reforms to support revenue mobilization, such as the issuance of a National ID Card, Tax Identification Number, National Digital Property Addressing System,...

Ghana’s Growth And The Missing Jobs

Commentary

Youth unemployment is a serious threat to national security. The problem in securing decent jobs after school may increase the vulnerability of young people to social vices and disorders.

IGP David Asante Apeatu

Commentary

The unfortunate killing of seven people in the Ashanti Region suspected to be armed robbers has raised a number of questions regarding the professional conduct of the Police in certain respects.

Finance Minister, Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta

Commentary

Numerous economic problems facing the country include expansion in education at all levels, infrastructure, agriculture, health and other essential facilities needed for the overall growth of the economy.

Contributions Of Late VEEP Amissah-Arthur To Ghana’s Development

Commentary

From Degraft Johnson, Ekow Arkaah, Prof. Atta Mills to Amissah-Arthur. Your Excellency, Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur: You served your nation well and you will forever remain in our minds and in our hearts. Rest in Perfect Peace.

Ghana's progress in fighting corruption

Commentary

No wonder the Commission wants civic education to be re-introduced into the basic school curricula. Another way to find out if Ghana is making any concrete progress in its fight against corruption is to monitor and examine progress made in achieving goals and commitments.

Need To Take Precautionary Measures At The Onset Of The Rains

Commentary

Image credit - @MBawumia

Commentary

Older people are encouraged to use all accepted means to demand from government and policy-makers the implementation of promises made in their speeches, including that of the Freedom Pass in 2017, the Aged Bill and improving their health status which among others came out last Sunday at the Luncheon at the State House.

Ghana Football: Meeting Between Government and FIFA

Commentary

Fair play in competitive football is the needed hallmark or yardstick for all tournaments, whether at the sub-district, regional, national or international level.

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Dr. John C. Maxwell

At Large

The theme of what is aptly named, A Day with John C. Maxwell, is “Transformation for a Healthier Leadership Culture.” The day will include two related activities:

Written By Dr. William A. Amponsah - On June 19th, 2019 the nation of Ghana will have the unique opportunity to experience a momentous time with world-renowned leadership guru and my mentor, Dr. John C. Maxwell. Many will be introduced for the first time to this astute global icon and leadership thinker, teacher, coach, author, and speaker.

The car Ghana built 40 years ago

At Large

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.

Alexander Kwamena Afenyo-Markin: A Classic Paradox - Part II

At Large

Revisiting Afenyo-Markin’s falsification of Income Tax Receipts, inevitably leads one to question the basis of the prosecution of Hon. Mahama Ayariga, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Bawku Central.

Part I highlighted some of the many illegal, if not criminal activities of Afenyo-Markin, such as defrauding by false pretense in the Asola Fadona case; Afenyo-Markin’s evasion of Income Tax payments by crooked methods; and Afenyo-Markin’s near collapsing of Ghana Water Company Ltd (GWCL), as a result of his disastrous policies, especially, the inflation of contract prices, coupled with blatant and willful violations of the Public Procurement Act 2003 (Act 663) as amended. I will be petitioning Hon. Martin Amidu soon to take a forensic view of contracts and recruitments at GWCL since the assumption of office of the current Board Chairman of GWCL.

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’.”

Alexander Kwamena Afenyo-Markin: A Classic Paradox - Part I

At Large

I expect Lawyer Afenyo-Markin to sue me, and it will NOT just be a ‘can’ of worms that would be opened, but a whole ‘articulator tanker load of worms’!!

Upon meeting him the first time, a good number of people are impressed by his ‘babyish energy’ and charisma. Deep down, and in reality however, Afenyo-Markin is a very different creature. The baby with very sharp teeth, is indeed a moving paradox. People wonder how he is able to make so much noise about things he himself is so guilty of.

Former President J.J. Rawings - He inspired the June 4 revolution

At Large

Nobody, for example, can persuade me today that these matters are more important than the sad unsolved cases of the Takoradi girls and the long list of other pressing present cases.

It should cease by now my amazement when so-called knowledgeable Ghanaians proffer versions of our past which defy rational comprehension.

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

At Large

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 Black Stars in training

At Large

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.

Afenyo-Markin, The Useless & Hopeless Lawyer

At Large

Since he is a supposed Catholic, he needn’t look too far, because the Rev. Fr. Prof. Afful-Broni, the undisputed Vice-Chancellor (VC) of UEW, may administer such deliverance service if called upon.

Afenyo-Markin claimed that the iron son of the upright peasant farmer is unqualified for the position of Lecturer at the University of Education, Winneba (UEW), and as a matter of fact, he is prepared to remove him from his position as lecturer at UEW.

Terminal 3, Kotoka International Airport, Accra. Image credit - ariport-technology

Here And There

One thing that has been striking in the last few weeks, is a renewed awareness of the need for something beyond just primary health care. We are beginning to ask questions of ourselves: why do we send so many people out of Ghana when it could be done here?

I have spent my last few weeks settling down. Getting back into the groove of all things Ghana. Not much has changed in one year. A few new buildings here, another road there, same people, same challenges.

On Tomorrow

Here And There

And so, we are left with the burden to carry on. Because once we are alive, morning turns to evening, and evening to morning, and the cycle continues. And it will not stop, until we do.

The flowers are beginning to flash their color here again. The birdsong announces the waking hours. The sun stays longer in a brighter sky every day, as spring beckons. But this has been a month of death.

Image credit – mayo clinic

Here And There

In 2019, if offices still use messengers to transfer messages, and websites for whole governmental arms, do not function when shall the epilepsy end, and the production begin?

Epilepsy is a devastating disease. In our part of the world it is more prevalent. It is a tragedy to see the most complex interconnected unit in the universe, pulverizing itself into uselessness. Neurons that are built to share information with each other, relay implosions of electric impulse that orchestrate brain malfunction.

On Slavery. Image credit - Black Press

Here And There

Whole economies were birthed. Entire generations secured position in society, because slaves broke their backs, and gave their lives.

It's been 400 years since the first slaves landed in Virginia. Something terrible berthed with that first shipload. Consequences persist today. Societies disrupted. Families torn apart. Humanity challenged in ways that belong nowhere in a world that makes sense.

On Democracy

Here And There

Politics has always been that cog that connects the aspirations of a people to the achievements of the country. Leadership is the machinery, politics is that lubricant that enables leadership to push the people in the right direction. Politics without ...

It’s minus 4 degrees outside. The sun is shining brilliantly. It is a beautiful morning. The grass still sparkles with the left over snow from 3 days ago. Persisting in whiteness, because the cold claws of the winter freeze will not let it go.

On Wakanda

Here And There

And if there is anything that God has not taken away from human beings where I come from, it is the capacity to dream. The limitlessness of what we can see in our minds is a gift, that is too precious to be swallowed by the reality of the failure we see around us.

I was in a small town called Celebration a week ago. At a neurosurgery course hosted by an ultramodern hospital, built as a resort years ago. The story is that Disney was not sure a hospital would make money, and built it as a resort as a fall back option just in case it did not. It has thrived. It has impacted. And in one of the many twists of life, here I was, the only one from SubSaharan Africa in a class of 28, at a course for key-hole neurosurgery.

And everything is being done to make sure that the movement continues. It is the bedrock of all progress, and dedicating the inner workings of society to keep it moving is crucial. Image credit - The Delta Statement

Here And There

There is something about life, and the capacity to move on and keep moving. All success is dependent on that ability to keep moving. It is the only way to ensure that targets are reached, ...

The Christmas trees have come down. The lights that brightened my morning drive to work are off. Slowly but steadily the Christmas luminosity has diminished, the carols silenced, and life moves on. People are back at work. There are still a few Christmas trees surviving, but it is already almost as if Christmas never was.

On Christmas

Here And There

There is a counterpoint for me, in the UK at the time of the last Christmas before Brexit. There is a huge Christmas tree in the Trafalgar square, a gift from ...

On Christmas day I was with family. Tucked away in a toasty room away from the grey chill outside. It’s turned out to be a much sunnier day than was forecast. It was my first Christmas day in the United Kingdom.

On Dreaming

Here And There

It was striking, how different it could be, if this was a tarred road, with pedestrian crossings, and traffic lights, and pavements and lighting with markings. Suddenly ...

Two weeks ago I was walking along a Spintex dirt road which has a name… Aviation Road. Looking at it now, one can tell that it was planned to be a major road. It is as wide as a major road should be.

The Health Cost of Congestion

Thoughts From Afar

Some have said a clean mind resides in a clean body. Though this may be true, a few things I have observed around outpatient health facilities in Ghana make me wonder what sort of minds we leave health facilities with.

“In times of stress and danger such as come about as the result of an epidemic, many tragic and cruel phases of human nature are brought out, as well as many brave and unselfish ones.”

Chronic Diseases: My Personal Conversation. Image credit - medlife

Thoughts From Afar

If you are a reader who has gotten this far and are in midlife with no idea what your chronic health status is, get yourself checked.

In Laura Ingalls Wilder’s opinion “the real things haven’t changed. It is still best, to be honest, and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures, and have courage when things go wrong.”

Health Facts and Figures; Putting the Evidence in Context. Image credit - Henk de Vries

Thoughts From Afar

That documents like the Ghana Health Service Facts and Figures are released annually with little fanfare but the inauguration of boreholes and other similar projects attract our attention and receive significant press coverage is indicative of this reality.

In typical style, Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “valour consists in the power of self-recovery so that a man cannot have his flank turned, cannot be out-generalled, but put him where you will, he stands. This can only be by his preferring truth to his past apprehension of truth; and his alert acceptance of it, from whatever quarter; the intrepid conviction that his laws, his relations to society, his Christianity, his world may at any time be superseded and decease.”

The Malaria-carrying Anopheles mosquito. File image

Thoughts From Afar

In essence, our stupidity is fuelling the malaria economy. I have stated elsewhere that if malaria treatment was a tax, all Ghanaians by default will be tax compliant.

“Without realizing that the past is constantly determining their present actions, they avoid learning anything about their history. They continue to live in their repressed childhood situation, ignoring the fact that this no longer exists, continuing to fear and avoid dangers that, although once real, have not been real for a long time.”

Betraying our Forebearers by Defaulting on their Promissory Note. Image credit - huffpost

Thoughts From Afar

Then there is the matter of the security services. Are they trying to tell us that in this day and age, they lack the ability to infiltrate criminal niches? Or am I to believe that because the finger points at deviant white-collar criminals with little respect for the welfare of our citizens, they have also become numb?

On the 6th of March 1957, Ghana’s first President Kwame Nkrumah opined, “the black man is capable of managing his own affairs.” In that independence speech, he also claimed that “we must change our attitudes and our minds.  We must realise that from now on we are no longer a colonial but free and independent people.”

Rewriting our Health Social Contract in a Technological World

Thoughts From Afar

In recent times, however, I have come to believe that there are ways to bridging this gap in a manner that will enhance efficiency.

“I want to create a system that provides for all members of society, but one that also uses the wealth generated by Artificial Intelligence (AI) to build a society that is more compassionate, loving, and ultimately human.” – Kai-Fu Lee

Ghana is losing its rainforest faster than any other country in the world

Thoughts From Afar

Therefore, we cannot allow a few conspirators amongst our population to destroy the contribution some amongst our citizenry have made towards putting a cap on the world’s malaria death toll, through well-crafted scientific research.

The late Alvin Toffler American writer and futurist is noted to have stated, “the illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” No time have I found this quote more poignant than in the last few days when I have experienced the height of intellectual and scientific blasphemy that any society may care to inflict on themselves.

Speak Up, Be Candid; We All Can Be Patients Too. Image credit - CU Independent

Thoughts From Afar

We cannot continue to lose valuable human resources to the scourge of mental health and be taken seriously as a country interested in transformational development

Adam Grant in Originals argues, “overall, the evidence suggests that liking continues to increase as people are exposed to an idea between ten and twenty times, with additional exposure still useful for more complex ideas.”

The Necessary Evil of Engaging the Health Establishment

Thoughts From Afar

When the Ghana Government plays “pilolo” with us.

In George Bernard Shaw’s view, “the reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”

Water for Togo

This And That

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

Togo’s leaders sit on thrones

Made of gold and bones

The dry, dehydrated bones of the people,

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

This And That

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

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