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File image - Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, Director General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS).

Opinions

Wearing of face masks must be forcefully enforced at all points and those who flout it should be punished as a deterrent.

Dr Yaw Adutwum — Education Minister

Opinions

Education, they say is the key to success. The key can only be obtained by constant practice of the norms and the values of the educational system that reflects the society we find ourselves in. This calls for ...

In search of national purpose

Opinions

If someone asked you to describe Ghanaians in one word, what would your choice be? Whatever word you would use, how did you arrive at that conclusion?

Dr Yaw Adutwum, Minister of Education

Opinions

Unfortunately, however, under the new UG Act, 2010 (Act 806), section 8(1) thereof, the power to appoint the Council Chair was taken away from the Chancellor and the Academic Board and placed in the hands of the President and justified under article 70(1) of the Constitution.

Bad economics, implausible politics of climate double-think

Opinions

Innovation is the most sustainable climate solution. It is dramatically cheaper than current policies and demands fewer sacrifices while delivering benefits for most of the world’s population.

Mr. Kofi Totobi Quakyi. Image credit - Newswires

Opinions

The lynching of Ibrahim ‘Kaaka’ Mohammed, and the use of live ammunition on protesters demanding justice for his death, are but the latest examples of the notable escalation in political thuggery.

Time to transform decentralisation, local governance framework

Opinions

Table-top momo agents – huge security threat

Opinions

I kept pondering why the Telephone Companies (Telcos) are allowing their Momo agents to operate in the open on table-tops with no security whatsoever as if they were selling tomatoes in the open market.

Storms in calabash? Shades of opinion in Achimota/Rasta saga

Opinions

The nation is on the path of societal weakening. Careful we don't become like the schools in the U.S. Every “club" has rules. You sign up to them when you enter, and you are expected to follow them. One can be ...

Deceptive democracy, power of people’s will

Opinions

Interestingly, democracy in the sense as we know it is more of a set of utopian ideas than a description of real societies. Athens of the 15 Century, for example, is often cited as the purest form of democracy that ever existed.

Ghanaian security officials with detained illegal Chinese miners. File image courtesy of Gh Headlines

Opinions

Because it beats imagination that a foreigner, and for that matter a Chinese, will arrive in the country and the next day he is on his way to the deepest of our forests in one part of the country to prospect for gold.

ROB quizzes… #FixTheCountry and/or #FixYourself?

Opinions

The main problem in our part of the world is that, the citizens are too polarized politically. We attach emotions, inclinations and attachments to every issue that arises. We therefore cease to look at issue holistically to see the general sense in them.

Update No 26: Measures Taken To Combat Spread Of Coronavirus

Speeches

However, in recent weeks, we have seen a marked increase in the number of cases. As at Friday, 23rd July 2021, three (3) weeks later, the Ghana Health Service is now reporting that our total number of active cases stands at four thousand, five hundred and twenty-one (4,521). A total of ...

File image – Speaker of Ghana’s Parliament, Mr. Alban Bagbin

Speeches

We are all in agreement that, the three coordinate arms of Government while acting independently, must operate as an organic whole with due regard and respect to each other to ensure an equilibrium in the governance architecture and for the protection of the rule of Law and the constitutional order.

Sir Sam Jonah

Speeches

A contemporary musician Adangba however asks a good question which I will like to ask all of us: “who go say the truth”? On that note, I urge all of us to speak up, for the good of our country, now and in the future. A wise man once said that the necessary condition for evil to triumph is for good people to remain silent.

Statement By Samuel Ablakwa On The Plight Of Two Rastafarian Students Denied Admission To Achimota School

Speeches

Address By The President Of The Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, At The 64th Independence Day Celebration, Held Virtually, On Saturday, 6th March, 2021.

Speeches

If we are to be successful in building a resilient Ghana, capable of withstanding, in future, external shocks, such as COVID-19, then we must all put our shoulders to the wheel. Already, Government has taken steps to revitalise and transform the economy, a process which is hinged on the one hundred-billion-cedi Ghana CARES ‘Obaatampa’ Programme, ...

Former President John D. Mahama

Speeches

Much as I am aware that we are legally bound by the decision of the Supreme Court, I disagree with the process of trial and ruling of the court.

Full Text: Address To The Nation By The President Of The Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, On Updates To Ghana’s Enhanced Response To The Coronavirus Pandemic, Update No. 24

Speeches

We are the first country in the world to be recipients of vaccines from the COVAX Facility, and I want to express my appreciation to members of the COVID-19 Taskforce, which I chair, and to officials of the Ministry of Health and the Ghana Health Service for this commendable feat.

Full Text: Address To The Nation By The President Of The Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, On Updates To Ghana’s Enhanced Response To The Coronavirus Pandemic, Update No. 23)

Speeches

The total number of active cases has more than doubled, from a little over one thousand, nine hundred (1,900), two weeks ago, to five thousand, three hundred and fifty-eight (5,358) currently. When I ...

Amanda Gorman, 22, reads her inaugural poem "The Hill We Climb" during the 2021 presidential inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris at the US Capitol. Image credit - USA Today

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Gorman, 22, performed an original poem titled "The Hill We Climb" at the inauguration of President Joe Biden, continuing a tradition that has included such celebrated poets as Robert Frost and Maya Angelou.

President Joseph R. Biden delivered his inaugural address on Jan. 20. "This is our historic moment of crisis and challenge," Biden said.

Speeches

I've just taken the sacred oath each of those patriots have taken—the oath first sworn by George Washington. But the American story depends not on any one of us, not on some of us, but on all of us, on we the people, who seek a more perfect union. This is a great nation. We are good people. And over the centuries, through storm and strife, in peace and in war, we've come so far, but we still have far to go.

Full Text: Address To The Nation By The President Of The Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, On Updates To Ghana’s Enhanced Response To The Coronavirus Pandemic, Update No. 22)

Speeches

Fellow Ghanaians, I urge all of us to continue to live responsibly with the virus, even as we work towards accessing the vaccine. Details of the access and roll-out plan will be announced very soon. Let us work constantly at how to do our work, keep our businesses and places of worship open, and send our children to school, all in safety.

Inaugural Address By The President Of The Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

Speeches

The arrival of COVID-19 drove home the lesson to all of us that we have to be self-reliant. The pandemic has emphasised the fact that we cannot continue to be living on edge in a day-to-day economy. This is dangerous for our survival, and it is important that we set up buffers of protection in all aspects of our lives.

RE: Three Grabbed For Stealing And Selling Covid-19 Vaccine

Press Release

File image - Finance Minister-Designate - Ken Ofori-Atta

Press Release

President Akufo-Addo announces death of former President Rawlings

Press Release

Gane-4-Ghana Exits CIPA Coalition

Press Release

Regrettably, we cannot find any integrity or transparency in a process or body that willingly sets aside agreed criteria and voting results that the ...

Press Release: TreasureHunt Education Condemns Students’ Misbehaviour

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COVID-19: Akufo-AdCOVID-19: Akufo-Addo self-isolatesdo self isolates

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President Akufo-Addo accepts Hon. Carlos Ahenkorah’s resignation

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Auditor General Daniel Domelevo

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Former president, John D. Mahama

Press Release

To send troops into regions in times of peace for the sole purpose of preventing them from registration amounts to declaring war on them. Any President sanctioning this sort of activity stands in breach of his oath to the people of Ghana. Any President doing this, commits a grave sin against the very people he swore to protect.

Press Release: NDC’s position on the compilation of a new voters’ register remains unchanged

Press Release

Our observation of the EC’s so-called pilot registration process, has revealed serious issues which reinforce our position that, the new voter registration of the Jean Mensa-led EC is needless, …..

Press Release: FDA warns against the use of naphthalene (camphor) as inhalation treatment for Covid-19

Press Release

An artist’s Impression of the New Ghana National Cathedral

Features

The National Cathedral of Ghana is an elaborate five thousand-seater auditorium which was borne out of a pledge, Nana Akufo-Addo claimed to have made to God before winning the 2016 presidential elections. The earlier over $100 million stated cost of the cathedral is now estimated to be around, $200 million ...

Making sense of Ghanaian-diaspora inclusion - Agenda 111 on my mind

Features

Football has taught us that sometimes, it is better for the coaches to look further afield to support our local teams with skills and competencies acquired abroad for international matches.

An Inconvenient Truth: LGBT Rights are Human Rights in Ghana

Features

Advocates of the anti-LGBT bill purport to assume a moral high ground by erroneously stating that passage of the bill will forestall wholesale importation of western dysfunctional mores into the country. Contrary to this assertion, same sex relationship is not exclusive western phenomenon, but has been practiced in Ghana for a long time, albeit, in secrecy.

What is the problem with most social media activism? It's ill-informed, changes nothing and oversimplifies complex issues

Features

However, most of the social media activism today is just performative virtue signaling and vapid ‘feel good’ platitudes, which send no real message about the crisis in question. This week the crisis du jour is the one unfolding in Afghanistan.

Keeping our cities clean: Who is responsible? Image credit - Clean Ghana Club/dailymailgh

Features

The filth in our cities is the creation of individuals. In our transports, in the market, in the home and even in our offices, we generate waste daily. This is just part of human life. We cannot possibly prevent or avoid generating waste.

Implications of teenage pregnancy for mental health

Features

n recent times, Ghana has recorded a high prevalence of teen pregnancies, with the Ashanti Region recording the highest incidence of 16.2 per cent as indicated in a report by the Ghana Health Service.

The experts tell us that this new variant is deadlier and it spreads very fast, then, the public education is inadequate in the light of the Delta strain in our midst.

Quality precision for industry

Features

We are on the threshold of a new industrial revolution which will be every bit as pervasive as the other industrial revolutions of the previous centuries and we should be prepared to meet it. We are not alone ...

What is your country’s largest export?

Features

Unfortunately, Ghanaians joke that if you want to hide something from a Ghanaian, put it in a book. Reason?

Hence, my question is, when and how shall we evolve for ourselves an archetypal candidate who is capable of leading us away from this pettifog?

Omega-3 fatty acids: Are health benefits overrated?

Features

Omega-3s boost the immune system to fight infections, provide energy for body tissues, prevent inflammations and help develop body cells such as the brain, eye and sperm.

Money Politics Undermines Democracy

Editorials

Whenever people make a private profit from public duties it is called corruption, and that is what these candidates and delegates are doing.

Yiwabra, a community in the Aowin District of the Western North Region of Ghana beset by illegal mining activities.

Editorials

However, human activities tend to indicate a blatant rejection of this fact, leading to all kinds of pollution of the environment.

Fighting A Tiny, Unseen Enemy; The War Between Humanity And Coronavirus

Editorials

We all have been asked to stay indoors so we are not attacked by an enemy we don't see.

Commendable action by La Nkwantanang-Madina Assembly, but...

Editorials

At the Zongo Junction, about eight assembly guards and policemen are seen constantly directing pedestrians who come to stand by the side of the road waiting for vehicles to stop for them to cross to use the footbridge.

Dr Mahamudu Bawumia (in blue) in a bilateral talks with the President of Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel.

Editorials

Cuban doctors offer health care to the world's poor because they have big hearts.

Mr. Joseph Kofi Adda, Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources.

Editorials

Indiscriminate disposal of refuse, generated at homes and workplaces, is a common feature, which if not tackled, ...

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.

A Letter To My Nation, Ghana

Letters

What good gift is there to give our current crop of health students than a health system furnished with these three ideas – Strategy, Capacity building and Constant Information Upgrade.

Generational nation-building requires that every era, leaves behind a Ghana better than they came to meet it. It guarantees that each generation starts from a foundation stronger and greater than their fathers.

Open Letter to President Akufo-Addo - Ras Mubarak writes

Letters

But the measures we take must not, for the love of God and country, include locking down, as has been suggested by some experts.

Your ‘Janeducation’: Paying Special Attention to Early Childhood and Primary Education in Ghana

Letters

It is against the background, above, that I place before you a five-point suggestion, for your consideration, into changing the inputs and outcomes of our education, at least, at the basic level, if you ....

Mr President, please reconsider school re-opening

Letters

Governance is about giving and taking opinions and ideas. And by this write-up, I hope I can convince you about the need to reverse your policy regarding the re-opening of school.

Akwasi Ameyaw Cheremeh, MP for Sunyani East

Letters

The Library is not the only thing that portrays your failure as an MP. Look at the road in front of the Regional Hospital and that tells you that you are sleeping on the job. You should not tell me that MPs don’t construct roads because there are other MPs that have influenced many projects in their constituencies.

President Nana Akufo-Addo. File image

Letters

Saiko is a severely destructive form of illegal fishing, where industrial trawlers target the staple catch of artisanal fishers and sell this fish back to local coastal communities at a profit. It threatens jobs and food security and endangers Ghana’s economy. It is also referred to as “Galamsey on the sea”.

File image - Minister of Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh

Letters

The best these unions could do was to write a letter to the GES to reject government’s intention to reopen the schools. This response, in my opinion, was an impulsive action that was not well thought out.

An Open Letter To The Director-General Of Ghana Education Service (Ges) On The Proposal To Re-Open Schools

Letters

The question is, would these union leaders seek for extension of the schools' lockdown if they were in the private sector and their salaries depended on the school fees collected? Certainly not!

Lessons From The Tema Covid-19 Factory Spread...

Letters

File image - Former president John D. Mahama (L) exchanging pleasantries with VP Mahamudu Bawumia in this undated image.

Letters

The other day, I met Sanatu, daughter of Mashu the shoemaker. She was being tickled in the dark by Yaamuha, the village womanizer. I detested what Yaamuha, known for his touch and go, hit and run, machinations, was about to do to the daughter of ...

Former presidetnt, John D. Mahama. File image

Letters

Unlike Akufo Addo who was in his usual belligerent best when you were battling to prevent Ebola from entering Ghana, you are offering practical recommendations and solution to this government to lift us from the doldrums.

Conversation with Marieme Esther Dassanou, Coordinator of the African Development Bank’s Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa programme

Interviews

It’s not only about borrowing. The access to finance gap is in part due to the inability of women-owned and led businesses to access funding, their lack of skills in presenting financially viable businesses, and an environment that is not ...

Ambassador Shi Ting Wang, Chinese Ambassador to Ghana

Interviews

How will China help Ghana fight against the COVID-19?

2019 conference on land policy in Africa: why it matters for the continent - Cosmas Milton Ochieng

Interviews

The theme of this year’s Conference on Land Policy in Africa is “Winning the fight against corruption in the land sector in Africa

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed he gave his first interview to a Western news organization in late May, when he spoke to the Voice of America’s Horn of Africa service reporter Eskinder Firew, in Addis Ababa in Amharic.

Interviews

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.

End Disparities in Salaries and Other Conditions of Service in Public Service

Commentary

But the problem goes beyond MPs. It is a creation of the constitution. Article 71 of the 1992 constitution isolates and elevates certain public office holders to a certain class and makes special provisions for their conditions of service. Some of these office holders are ...

Strategic Importance of Ghana’s Automotive Industry

Commentary

Following this move, new and highly skilled jobs have been created in the country. In line with this, 334 young graduates have been employed by the just established Ghana Automotive Industry.

Ghana’s firefighting response

Commentary

This blame game to put it bluntly is needless when dozens of traders are in a state of shock as to how they will service the thousands and millions of loans they have taken from the banks to stock their stalls.

Implementation of the Right to Information Law Act 989

Commentary

There is no doubt that the Act is a major ingredient in strengthening democracy, open governance, and sustainable development. It is also vital in the fight against corruption which has been the bane of Ghana’s development.

Calls For Nationalism To Help Fix The Challenges Bedeviling The Country

Commentary

If the status quo of corruption and poor work ethics among our leaders and citizens is not replaced with the spirit of nationalism, the problems of the youth and Ghanaians at large will remain the norm.

Moves by ECOWAS to facilitate Covid-19 vaccine production

Commentary

Africa’s biggest multilateral financial institution the African Development Bank is investing three (3) billion dollars to support the production of COVID-19 vaccines by Ghana, Nigeria and Senegal. These developments are ...

New Security Strategy Document Launched

Commentary

The new National Security Strategy Framework outlined in the document has been well thought through and this explains why its effective implementation will bring about the desired effects envisaged by the people in this country in terms of peace, security, respect for human rights and the protection of the common national interest.

Inefficiencies In The Current Pensions Scheme Under Act 766

Commentary

The Lump Sum shortfalls and causes, as pointed out represents a major policy gap that must be addressed comprehensively through multi-stakeholder engagement. This will forestall continuous ‘Top-up’ ...

The need to put Ghana’s health system in order

Commentary

It is bare truth that the ordinary people in the country are being denied their rights of getting access to basic healthcare in the country. The fact is, ...

The #FixTheCountry Social Media Campaign

Commentary

One of the major concerns of the “Fix The Country” campaign is ending the outrage of galamsey. The pollution and heavy sedimentation of our major rivers which serve as uptake sources for water production and distribution to communities all over the country ...

30 years since Windhoek Declaration of Information as a Public Good

Commentary

In Ghana, Chapter 12 of the 1992 Constitution, gives strength to Freedom of Expression. Today, we experience a multiplicity and duplicity of media houses and we ask how beneficial are the journalistic work of these media houses?

The establishment of office for the Coordinated Mechanism on the safety of Journalists

Commentary

The initiative is absolutely laudable because of the rampant attacks on journalists in the country. Due to the nature of journalism, many unscrupulous people develop hatred for journalists, thereby attacking them and in many cases killing them.

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Girls can do maths. Image credit - SecEd

At Large

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.

Please doctor, my stomach

At Large

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.

The writer, Elizabeth Ohene

At Large

No Ghanaian child is telling his parents he wants to be a specialist welder when he grows up.

This is an abridged version of a speech I made back in 2018 to students of Ho Technical University. I have made versions of the same speech at the Institute of Engineers and other gatherings. I apologise to those who have heard it already, but this is the mood I am in: There is what is probably an apocryphal story that I like to tell. Forgive me if you have heard it, or a version of it before.

How many are we?. Image credit - flatprofile

At Large

There is always an argument about how many of us there are. There seems to be a general reluctance to believe whatever official figures that are put out about anything and everything.

I don’t know if we are calling this census the 2020 Census. We get counted every 10 years and the last time was in 2010. As we all know, the census should have taken place last year, but the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic put paid to that and we are instead having to do it this year.

I plead with NDC: Give Ghanaians a break!

At Large

Why, for instance, should the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government seek, directly or indirectly, to scupper the street demonstrations by the #Fix Ghana Movement?

What is the Chief Justice aiming to achieve by complaining to the General Legal Council about post-judgement remarks made by Dr Dominic Ayine?

The writer, Elizabeth Ohene

At Large

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.

The writer, Elizabeth Ohene

At Large

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.

Elizabeth Ohene writes... Choice between me and us

At Large

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.

My hunch is that somebody has ‘chopped’ money belonging to the people of Ghana and we are not likely to get it back, nor is it likely that anybody is going to suffer punishment.

I have never been so bashed by so many over one article. Last week, Daily Graphic readers descended on me via e-mail in a cacophonous chorus for accusing Wikipedia of publishing a cartoon depicting Satan (evil) as black-skinned and heaven and angels populated by Caucasians.

On Improvisation. Image credit - Dr. Teddy Totimeh

Here And There

When she arrived, I had no power drill. No navigation system. No catheter. No collecting system. I had to study her images, use ...

It was the cloth that caught my eye. We were on the last curve of the 15 minute 1st stage of our ride to school. On the road the children used to call Gbolomgbolom - an onomatopoeic articulation of their early morning car bounce to school.  After doing this road for years, every pothole was etched into the muscle memory of their growing bodies. Every delayed contract, every postponed roadwork, translated into gboloms of an old car creaking at its joints as it lumbered from one hole to another. 

On Diversity

Here And There

It was a dream the Founders had, to impact a country of promise with individuals from varied backgrounds who had been nurtured to value excellence enough to strive for it, no matter what circumstances prevailed. The dream has not died.

I was 12 years when I went to Achimota School. The New Hope pupil from Korle bu, became an Achimotan. By the time I left the school 7 years later, the ideals of the school formed the superstructure into which a lot of my life would fit.

On community

Here And There

If a community makes access to education difficult, ossifies health care development, trivialises democracy and free speech and yet pays lip service to development, it betrays a double-mindedness that is incompatible with growth.

It was my younger brother who introduced me to ‘Football made in Germany’ on GBC TV when we were children.  He never missed the show on the black and white TV which was our GBC TV portal at the time.  It seemed artificial to me at first.  I just could not imagine how the ball always ended up with someone when it was passed.  No one seemed to run to the ball, or run after it.  The ball just seemed to find targets, and moved round the field.  It was something that did not happen on our own football field after school.  It was definitely not what I would see on Sports Highlights Ghana league section, where the commentator would ecstatically whoop: ‘top striker dribble one, dribble 2, dribble 3… and it is a goal!!!!’ No tidy triangles of coordinated human arrow heads navigating effortlessly there. 

Elon Reeve Musk

Here And There

The difference between a generation which achieves, and one which does not, ultimately boils down to the questions asked, and the answers their victories wrought. And if a society does not limit questions, the rewards that the answers bring, will also be limitless.

I watched an Elon Musk interview this past week, and one moment sticks with me. He had tears in his eyes.

Castle Musings

Here And There

I think posterity will wonder... They will wonder how we expected to... And why we had more Toyota V8 Land Cruisers than ventilators, and more members of parliament than medical/surgical consultants. They will wonder... They will find it hard to understand, how we managed to be so rich... begging for finances to run health programmes.

In the 17th Century, the white castle on the Osu scarp called Christiansborg, stood tall.  But very little Christian happened within its walls.  It stood for centuries, the destination of the doomed.  It became the bastion of oppression, repression and dehumanization of many who were trapped in it. 

Viral plans

Here And There

What a vaccine does is to alert the body that something is coming. It is the rallying cry to the immune system that says that this is how the virus looks like. A vaccine usually presents a ...

There is something striking about taking an afternoon walk on the University of Ghana campus.  Birdsongs! Straight lines of old trees, their branches filtering out the sun, shelter the walkers along the pavements that are almost everywhere.  Walking in the afternoon is a breeze. The afternoon sun almost seems too far away to burn skin. 

Frontline reflections

Here And There

The facial expressions that we depend on to asses our clients have been taken away, but sometimes it’s not just facial masks that people wear, but ear masks, eye masks, heart masks, brain masks… and it does not matter how loud one shouts. They will do what they will do.

I have two friends in ICU now. One has been on a ventilator for the last 2 weeks, and one is not. Their faces are always on my mind. Every day, I make that call that apprises me on their clinical numbers. I say a prayer. I trust that they both get better. I look forward to seeing them someday soon. There is always my doctor’s mind that never loses sight of the worst case scenario. But I have got to keep pushing the harsh reality of the swelling limbs, the worsening numbers, and how the last CT scan looked. I need to push that reality away, and believe. I have lost a few friends since January. I have to believe I will not lose more. 

Viral Reflections

Here And There

To let this disease run riot, is to forsake the very heart of what keeps us whole. We cannot forget the soldiers as the war rages. We cannot starve the army in the face of an enemy that does not take prisoners.

Some things never change: the one who looks after my car is still in Korle Bu.  So this week, whilst waiting for him to fix the trauma that the Spintex roads have inflicted, I took a walk.  I retraced steps from my primary school alma mater, along the still pavement-less roads onto the hospital campus. 

2021 Alert

Here And There

The evidence is mounting, that the burden is growing. And we have no capacity to cope as a country if this trend does not peak and subside. This virus has resurged and is rampaging, ....

Last Monday I was on my way to work in the morning.  I left home, on a journey that usually takes 30 minutes through the Accra Traffic.  It took me 3 hours. I did not really understand why until I got on campus, and realised that it was because the students had come back, and we were sharing the same entrance.  No preparation had been made for the large numbers of people who would flood the place.  Everyone was using the single entrance, and single exit.  The security men milled around listlessly, trying to shepherd lost drivers unto choked roads.  It was mayhem.  And in all this, no one had thought about the fact that there was a quarternary medical centre on the University Campus, and that its staff would need access on such a day. 

Political Gaslighting Around Healtah Human Resource Recruitment

Thoughts From Afar

We cannot continue to observe these mediocre trends in our health outcomes whilst listening to political actors self-congratulate and squabble over issues that have done little to reverse the tide.

“Let us not get scooped up by gaslighting manipulators stealing our emotions and taking possession of our inner child to carry out their dark agenda. Let the light of our intuition guide us subtly and wisely along the path of trust and suspicion.”

Unpacking the Confusion Surrounding the Testing Outcomes at KIA

Thoughts From Afar

It is not surprising that some passengers who test positive are challenging the test outcomes. This is because there is a period between when one is infected with the virus and when even the most sensitive COVID-19 test can detect the presence of an infection.

Walt Whitman in Walt Whitman’s Camden Conversations argues “I like the scientific spirit, the holding off, the being sure but not too sure, the willingness to surrender ideas when the evidence is against them. This is ultimately fine, it always keeps the way beyond open, always gives life, thought, affection, the whole man, a chance to try over again after a mistake, after a wrong guess.”

Controlling Africa’s COVID-19 Third Wave

Thoughts From Afar

Whilst Africa should continue in its quest to obtain enough vaccines for its population, the present situation demands that citizens whether vaccinated or not strictly comply with all the COVID-19 protocols if this third wave is to be controlled.

“I have not always chosen the safest path. I’ve made my mistakes, plenty of them. I sometimes jump too soon and fail to appreciate the consequences. But I’ve learned something important along the way: I’ve learned to heed the call of my heart. I’ve learned that the safest path is not always the best path and I’ve learned that the voice of fear is not always to be trusted.” Steve Goodier

Confronting the Alarming Trend of Youth Suicide

Thoughts From Afar

In the end, the options they choose invariably harms a lot of people. Estimates indicate that for each attempted or successful suicide, between 135 and 150 people are directly affected.

“There comes a time when you look into the mirror and you realize that what you see is all that you will ever be. And then you accept it. Or you kill yourself. Or you stop looking in mirrors.”

The Balancing Act of Public Health and National Interest

Thoughts From Afar

Once again, we are bystanders at the table of health.

Ha-Joon Chang in “23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism” argues “equality of opportunity is not enough. Unless we create an environment where everyone is guaranteed some minimum capabilities through some guarantee of minimum income, education, and healthcare, we cannot say that we have fair competition. When some people have to run a 100-metre race with sandbags on their legs, the fact that no one is allowed to have a head start does not make the race fair. Equality of opportunity is absolutely necessary but not sufficient in building a genuinely fair and efficient society.”

Prioritising the Health of the African Citizen

Thoughts From Afar

Without that, we will continue to apportion blame for our shortcomings and feed off the crumbs of those who prioritise their taxpayers. Sad as this may sound, we must allow these ...

Frank Herbert in the “Dune Chronicles” states, “deep in the human unconscious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. But the real universe is always one step beyond logic.”

An Open Letter to President Akufo-Addo on Vaccine Geopolitics

Thoughts From Afar

A look at the contract signed with Sheik Al Maktoum’s group should leave you concerned. It must because of the people involved in the contract. We hope you are aware that it is now public knowledge that ...

The last few weeks have been marred by the controversy regarding the importation of Sputnik-V vaccines to Ghana. We doubt if we will have to remind you of the issues that have been raised by many concerned citizens regarding the contracts that have been entered into with the private office of Sheik Ahmed Dalmook Al Maktoum of United Arab Emirates. We want to set off by saying that no one can fault you for wishing to get vaccines urgently in an attempt to meet your target of vaccinating 20-million Ghanaians (60% of the population) by the end of 2021.

Will Africa’s Replacement Fertility Trends be a Blessing?

Thoughts From Afar

Estimates from the World Health Organisation (WHO) suggest that if this trend is maintained, the continent’s population will more than double from the current 1.3 billion to 3 billion inhabitants by 2100.

The majority of people don’t want to plan. They want to be free of the responsibility of planning. What they ask for is merely some assurance that they will be decently provided for. The rest is a day-to-day enjoyment of life. That’s the explanation for your Father Divines; people naturally flock to anyone they can trust for the necessities of life. They are the backbone of a community–solid, trustworthy, essential.”

A Useful Conversation On Avoidable Deaths In Our Health System

Thoughts From Afar

With Ghana signing up to deliver Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by 2030, we must begin to understand the human resource requirements needed to achieve this and plan to ensure these are available.

Jay Asher in “Thirteen Reasons Why” states, “no one knows for certain how much impact they have on the lives of other people. Oftentimes, we have no clue. Yet we push it just the same.”

An empty nest looms. Image credit - The Marriage Place

This And That

Initial weekly servings of an avalanche of college brochures or flyers from the mailman that I considered numbing potions of impending reality turned into monthslong servings that I treated with the common refrain of ‘more time’. And now, ...

And so, without much fanfare, the seemingly slow but ever-present passage of time in our lives is quietly sneaking up on me, promising to serve the age-old American dish of an empty nest.

Jogging Again. Image credit - Asics

This And That

Who knows? Perhaps I might see the beginnings of a ‘Rawlings chain’ and a six pack if I am able to balance the jogging and walking with a good diet and healthy eating habits.

For someone who has participated in a couple of marathons as well as taken to the field and running as part of routine exercises in the very distant past and my youthful days, I was thrilled to the core that I was able to jog a mile on three separate occasions this past week. And to boost my morale I have added two more miles this week, albeit on separate days.

My Beef With The ‘John’ At Work. Image credit - American standard

This And That

Personally, I don’t engage in the rushed entry business as it is disrespectful in my opinion. How do you relate to a colleague once you conclude that their shit smells bad? Interestingly, ...

I have for a while now come to the somber realization and conclusion that there are quite a few number of people whose behavior around the workplace John need to be readjusted. Either that, or they just have olfactory bearings in serious need of realignment.

Marshae Jones - Alabama Woman Indicted for Death of Her Fetus. Booking image released by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.

This And That

A pregnant woman, who was shot in the stomach by another woman, was recently charged with manslaughter in the death of her unborn baby.

The state of Alabama has always been somewhat radical. They threw themselves headlong into slavery, and after it was abolished, Alabama championed segregation. The state, and still is, known for unsteady race relations, and from its illustrious history, it’s clear that Alabama is also right-leaning in its tendencies.

Bottled Water Scare - How Can You Know What’s Safe?

This And That

Worse still is that this is not America’s first tryst with sullied drinking water. In April 2014, the Flint, Michigan water crisis ...

In recent news all over the United States, it has been discovered that certain brands of bottled water contain arsenic, a substance that can be deadly in humans. These brands are Starkey Water and Penafiel. According to news reports they were sold at Target, Wal Mart and Whole Foods.

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Image credit - Atlas Obscura

This And That

I have no idea what went on inside during the ceremony but the smiles and joy on the faces of parents, ... was enough to signal joy and success of a fortune well-spent at this solely private Catholic girls school.. to provide their daughters an education many of them never had, ...

After frustratingly searching for my phone for several minutes to take a picture of people dumping trash in front of a mail box, I finally came to the realization that I was having a dream, something that I rarely have. This was three Thursdays ago.

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.