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Should countries fire sell their oil & gas assets?

Opinions

No, energy transition does not mean a total ban on fossil fuels

African payments for African development. Image credit - National Economy Newspaper

Opinions

African payment solutions are critical to minimising fraud while improving the free flow of funds to boost business and economic activity

Do our Honourables deserve police protection?

Opinions

The notion that a legislator is undeserving of police protection but suddenly becomes deserving of same when he is appointed a deputy minister is one I find difficult to swallow. I mean, ...

Dr. J. P. Adjimani.

Opinions

A 21 gun salute to an intellectual who exemplified living life beyond titles and positions. A thunderous applause to a father who taught some of us integrity from the classroom. Some of us learnt honesty and accountability because of a personality like Adjimani. We will forever be indebted to him.

File image: Nigerians takes to the streets to protest against SARS.

Opinions

If we are really passionate in ending illegal police brutalities, abuses and killings; why don’t we adopt the #ENDSARS protest as a continental and global fight and duly replicate the fight in almost every country, to put an end to these illegalities to save the lives of our very people?

The Western Togoland issue: 'Why does it matter how we define conflict and its causes?'

Opinions

I hope to try to answer the question, “Why does it matter how we define conflict and its causes?” in view of the “Western Togoland” revolt and prospects for a lasting conflict resolution.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo - A change of perspective on Africa's problem child - Jessica Stang

Opinions

According to the World Bank, just under 20 percent of the population in the DRC currently has access to electricity

The writer - Mabingué Ngom

Opinions

It is the responsibility of the people of the Sahel to free themselves from the current cycle of violence, by prioritising peace, both as a human right and also a development goal.

The writer, Kobina Ansah

Opinions

We grew up never having the confidence to talk about sex with our parents and this has become a difficulty doing same with our children. We almost feel shy and wonder how funny we will look in their eyes when we begin an open conversation on sex. We almost ...

Government must do more on masks

Opinions

Many people have taken this good news to mean that the pandemic is over.

Africa’s Politics, The Bane Of Its Development?

Opinions

Albeit, these grassroots, paupers, are the sufferers to these ‘political paediatricians’.

Minister for Finance and Economic Planning, Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta.

Opinions

Equity has been around for far too long for us not to understand its benefits. If we use equity to develop our resources:

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. 17)

Speeches

Fellow Ghanaians, with respect to football, after due consultations with the Ghana Football Association, it has been decided that the Ghana Premier League and the Division One Football League will restart on Friday, 30th October, with a full regime of testing of the players, ...

Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu

Speeches

The Agreements seek to mortgage Ghana’s future mineral royalties and long term national assets in perpetuity without any regard to its implication on future national revenue streams. Through this transaction, the Akufo Addo government intends to ...

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. 16)

Speeches

In the next couple of weeks, a decision will also be taken on the resumption of contact sports, including football, taking into consideration the imminent participation of our national teams in international competitions. As a known lover of football, ...

Full Address: President Akufo-Addo's speech at the launch of the NPP 2020 Manifesto

Speeches

We believe that citizens must be treated with respect. Once given the mandate to govern, we are bound by the promises that we make to the good people of Ghana, and we set about translating the promises into concrete programmes.

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. 15)

Speeches

Our phased approach towards returning our lives to normal, through the strategic, controlled, progressive, and safe easing of restrictions, will, thus, continue. Most final year university students have ...

Full text: Naana Jane’s speech at her outdooring

Speeches

After serious reflection , consultations, prayers, and encouragement of colleagues, friends, and family, I am happy to have accepted the nomination to be the running mate of the presidential candidate of the great National Democratic Congress. This is an ...

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. 14)

Speeches

After further extensive consultations, Government has taken the decision to embark upon the implementation of Phase Two of the easing of restrictions in the following sectors of our national life.

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. 13)

Speeches

In all, we are expecting some seven hundred and fifty thousand (750,000) persons, comprising five hundred and thirty-two thousand (532,000) JHS 3 students, and two hundred and eighteen thousand (218,000) teaching and non-teaching staff, and invigilators, to be involved in tomorrow’s exercise.

Speech By President Akufo-Addo During Acclamation Ceremony. File image

Speeches

Thanks to technology, I know that we have been joined by hundreds of thousands of our supporters, at home and abroad, who are able to follow the events as they happen.

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. 12)

Speeches

From tomorrow, Monday, 22nd June, the next batch of students, who will be going back to school, are final year senior high school students (SHS 3), and second year Gold Track students. On Thursday, ...

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. 11)

Speeches

Fellow Ghanaians, I have to address a matter which has to do with our case count, especially in recent weeks, and which has given cause for anxiety. The increase in numbers indicates that the virus has spread and continues to spread. We have to bear in mind, at all times, that the more people we test for the virus, ....

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.10)

Speeches

Fellow Ghanaians, now, more than ever, we must adhere to enhanced personal hygiene and social distancing protocols, wash our hands with soap under running water, refrain from shaking hands, and wear our masks whenever we leave our homes.

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

Press Release

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

Press Release

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

Press Release

Auditor General Daniel Domelevo

Press Release

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

FDA orders recall of substandard COA FS supplement

Press Release

How US Foreign policy under Donald Trump has affected Africa

Features

In many African countries, the United States is no longer the investor of choice. This has left a gap for India, Turkey, Russia and China to ramp up their diplomacy, trade ...

Election 2020: Where are we heading towards?

Features

As promises are being sold over the place, one issue that has not come out strongly is the kind of society that we are working towards. What is the model? What are the inspiration and visions?

'For God and country!'

Features

Frustrated, he asked if Ghana was worth dying for. When I said yes, he fired BUULU (fool, in Ga) at me.

Mrs Marfo (middle), being joined by some of the young boys to cut the five years anniversary cake

Features

“We are beginning this programme in Jamestown as we want to see more boys flourishing in slum areas to reduce juvenile delinquency, crime, sexual and gender-based violence and other social problems most perpetrated by boys/men,” she said.

The 'okada' phenomenon: To legalise or not to legalise - A view from Accra City Hall

Features

In some African cities, it has been difficult to control and regulate motorcycle taxis because with time they gain political leverage due to rapid growth in membership. It is therefore important to take the issues highlighted earlier into consideration before taking a stance on whether or not to legalize the use of “okada”.

Ghana Card — My beef

Features

I was asked to come for my card the following day. Come the following day, I was asked to come two days later. It went on like this until I was told to write my name and contact number in a register, with the clear understanding that I would be contacted when the card was ready.

The infectious charisma of Professor Opoku-Agyemang

Features

Professor Opoku-Agyemang never ceases to take her eyes off the voters. She devotes her entire attention to the energy of the crowd and measures the pulse of the people.

File image - President Akufo-Addo

Features

Through this scheme, government will pay rent advance for individuals with verifiable sources of income directly to bank accounts of landlords. Individuals will then pay back the money to government on monthly basis.

Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Mrs Cynthia Morrison

Features

Do you think that the boy who spoke with the ‘Voice of God’ cared about the effect of his ‘miracle’ on the rest of us?

Truth is very crucial to our progress

Features

Now more than ever, it is important that the information we accept goes through filtration. You cannot afford to accept any information.

The shameful, barbaric and inhumane lynching must stop. We are in the 21st Century Please

Features

By and large, the condemnation must not end with the matter. Pragmatic measures must be put in place to find a lasting solution to such acts in that part of the country which is creeping in into the Ghanaian society like cancer.

Celsbridge Pub and Restaurant. Image credit - Seek Ghana

Features

This virus has undoubtedly changed people’s jobs and livelihoods in ways that hitherto, were unimaginable.

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.

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.

President Akufo-Addo. File image

Letters

Mr President, the tone and spirit of the circular inviting the district level teams for training almost swept me off my feet.

Deputy Attorney-General Godfred Dame

Letters

An open letter to the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to review his directives on Covid-19

Letters

Mr. President, on the issue of travel ban, why is the travel permit limited to only countries that have recorded at least 200 cases of COVID-19?

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.

ECOWAS meeting in Accra to find solution to political crisis in Mali

Commentary

To worsen matters, rebel groups are operating in various parts of the Northern sector of the country making it extremely difficult for peace to prevail. Thus, as a country, ...

Political Crisis In Mali And ECOWAS Decisions

Commentary

Political unrests in Mali began to mount following the re-election of President Keita in 2018. Opposition parties cited massive voting irregularities in the presidential election which recorded low turn-outs.

Party Manifestos And Whether They Influence Voting Pattern

Commentary

Interest in the manifestos of political party has generated to fever pitch this year because most political parties had hitherto taken the electorate for granted and not fulfilled most promises they give in their manifestos.

Polio Vaccination Campaign. Image credit - UN news

Commentary

The campaign is targeting more than four and a half million children under five years. Parents, and care givers should take advantage of the children being at home now and make them available to be immunized for ....

How NPP, NDC Manifestos Intend To Address Challenges In Trade, Industry And Agriculture

Commentary

In the area of trade and industry, the NDC intends to increase demand for locally manufactured goods through promotion of made in Ghana goods by... The 2020 manifesto of the NPP also talks about support for made in Ghana goods including ...

The ‘Leadership of Service Manifesto ‘Against ‘The Peoples Manifesto’- The Uniquity of The 2020 Presidential Elections

Commentary

The big question is, ‘Do manifestoes really win votes in Ghana? Or elections are just won when a candidate’s time is up?

File image - President Akufo-Addo

Commentary

What is worse, private schools have become the hardest hit in all this. It is estimated that about 36 thousand private schools have been affected by the continued closure of the schools with a ...

AfCFTA Benefits To Ghanaian Businesses

Commentary

Government has on several platforms and fora assured the business community that AfCFTA is a game changer and can transform the country’s economy. There has been improved macroeconomic indicators, ...

Need For Ghanaians To Ensure Peace And Stability Rather Than Political Violence

Commentary

In fact, the whole of the country becomes tense as a result of intense politicking and campaign activities during these times. Even in this season, where we have the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and ...

Students Rioting & Indiscipline. Image credit - EducationGhana

Commentary

Ironically, it is interesting to note that our school authorities were once upon a time students themselves so it behoves on authorities to create a friendly conducive, peaceful atmosphere and continue to ...

Misbehaviour Of Final Year SHS Students

Commentary

As the first batch of the free SHS students also known as Akufo-Addo graduates, one expected them to be role models to encourage the authorities to invest more in them but ....

Heroes of Ghana’s Independence Struggle: the Big Six (B6) from Left to Right: Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Mr. Emmanuel Obetsebi-Lamptey, Dr. Ebenezer Ako-Adjei, Dr. Edward Akuffo-Addo, Dr. J. B. Danquah, Mr. William Ofori Atta. Photo credit - Krinsol Ecotours

Commentary

Most of the youth today do not know the unique role played by these leaders and therefore find it difficult to celebrate them. It is therefore important ....

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President Akufo-Addo (L) and former president John Mahama exchanging pleasantries in this undated file image

At Large

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

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

West Togoland: Let UN decide

At Large

I sympathise with the opinion that says the group has no legitimacy; that it should be disbanded and the people arrested.

Last Saturday, for the first time in living memory, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) spoke with one voice on an issue.

The writer, Elizabeth Ohene

At Large

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

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

Elizabeth Ohene writes... BehGhana and Nigeria's love-hate affair

At Large

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

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

Elizabeth Ohene writes: All-knowing neutrals

At Large

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

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

Is “Agyapa” a Sweetheart Deal?

At Large

So, is the whole transaction a sweetheart deal or not? The answer centers on the equation.

Regarding the current raging controversy over the Government of Ghana’s intent to allocate all future royalties tied to mining leases that produce virtually all of Ghana’s gold, i.e. the two Agyapa Royalty Special Purpose Vehicles, I’m not sure I’m going to be writing a lot about the subject given my current schedule.

The writer, Elizabeth Ohene

At Large

Maybe the experts should stop expressing doubts and then we shall listen. The campaign season is upon us.

Almost six months into the arrival of COVID-19 in our country, we can probably make some general statements about how the virus has fared in our midst.

Elizabeth Ohene writes: Want world to sing

At Large

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

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

Elizabeth Ohene writes: Coronavirus - How it turned the tables on Ghana's diaspora

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

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

On Democracy

Here And There

And these potholes, and sinking sands, will persist until the power mongers cede initiative once more to the resource planners. Until then, I might have to accept the rivulets that plough valleys on the dirt road outside my house and the potholes waiting to gobble my tires.

There is a nebulous transition zone between Legon and East Legon. Somewhere as one leaves the University Gate, crosses the dual carriage and gets onto the long winding road of an affluent Accra suburb, the grounds of the university ends and East Legon begins. The wealth does not exactly reflect in the roads, and one notices the abrupt end of the order and lay out of the university, as buildings bulging with commerce, tussle on both sides of the narrow roads for every inch of expensive prime real estate. And here, some buildings ooze wealth, and class, and attainment, and some don’t.

Little things. Image credit - coverghana

Here And There

And it is the small steps that count. We can only win the small battles, one after the other, and hope that they ultimately culminate in a win, until the next battle begins.

I went back to Battor Catholic Hospital last week. It had been a long time. I walked through the main gates with my family, and for the first time in 14 years retraced my steps from the consulting rooms, through theatre across imaging and to the living area. As a newly minted medical officer, right after my internship, I was privileged to start my growth in these walls. I made that trip hundreds of times during 2 years. And with each trip I grew. With each surgical case, each person I would talk to in the consulting room, each wound I sutured, every incision, every mistake… I slowly matured. I was pampered, in retrospect. There was a family of dedicated doctors, who would not let me face a problem alone. Coming back, and meeting some members of that family, still working away more than a decade later was humbling. The hospital has continued to flourish.

Image credit - insight GH

Here And There

When George Floyd died, we frowned in concert; we trumpeted our disgust at racism. We may have found national high horses and railed at the wickedness in the hearts of a few policemen. Maybe we forgot what ...

There are times when humanity scares me. Not as much its presence as its absence. It is intriguing, what dehumanization does. We are human beings, and without humanity there is a certain state of being that is difficult to describe. There are some days when we are reminded suddenly of how completely humanity can disappear, and what capacity for evil resides within. Then we have to look directly in the chasm of this absence, and yet live on. There are the days when we have to remember, that the fact that humanity has dissipated from some people, does not mean that the world has lost its entire plot. These past few days have been like that for me.

Civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis. File image

Here And There

There is a certain power that negative words have. They reflect the unpalatable sides of human nature. And as I drove, I thought about all these people who have survived the negative power of abusive words. John Lewis, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, all these people ...

I was driving to work on a bright Saturday morning when I met her at the mud island at the junction created by the road construction in my area. There was only enough space for one car at a time, to turn.

On Oneness

Here And There

The true actualisation of life in the urban jungle is how secure the bubble gets to be. And in the rat race that survival has become, the walls of the bubble are reinforced for independent survival of each bubble inhabitant. Security is individually guarded with high walls and barbed wire. Water supply ...

I was driving behind this guy when he lurched into my lane. It must have struck him that the he really had no idea where he was going… or something like that. I had to slam hard on my brakes, just to save my day. He was completely oblivious of what had happened, as I passed him. He was focused on the road ahead, and seemed to be nodding to some music only he could hear in his air-conditioned car. Moments like these, make me miss driving in more predictable environments. Where I know that there is a communal commitment to rules and guidelines. Sometimes this dedication is really admirable to see. In a country not my own, I drove a manual car on the opposite side, with the steering wheel in the wrong place, gear lever turned all upside down… and I still had more peace of mind than I have driving in Accra on a quiet day.

Weather warning. Image credit - Modernghana

Here And There

There are supposed to be lines on the floor. There are supposed to be sanitizers, and Veronica buckets, and single chairs spaced nicely for aspiring voters. Sometimes there are, and sometimes not.

It was one of those good days. I had closed for the day, and the sun had just begun to set. So I decided in obedience to science… and to my wife, to do some brisk walking in the Ridge area. Just for some droplets of sweat to convince my muscles they were good for something, before I headed on the long drive home. I was now on the homestretch back to the hospital. It had been a pleasant walk so far.

Battle Cry

Here And There

This virus hitches rides on droplets. We need to mask. We need to physically distance. We need to keep our hands clean. Any shortcut, and we miss out on the benefits from any sacrifice.

The number builds. We have lost more people than we thought we would lose. Just when we have begun to fix our focus on getting back to some kind of normal, this disease seems to further deepen its trenches along the frontline. The virus is freely jumping across all the defenses we have sacrificed to put up. And seems to pick whom it pleases. It crosses class, tribal, political lines. No one is safe.

On Racism. Image credit - SEYM

Here And There

And even though this is the country I call home, where I want my roots to sink, and my heritage to be established, I can’t close my eyes to how this devaluation of people still persists. I can’t be blind to the daily dehumanisation ...

I became aware of my blackness when I left these shores for the first time. It was a strange self realization that living in Ghana did not prepare me for. I have heard astronauts say that they only grasped how special Earth was, when they had left it, and saw that blue dot floating in absolute blackness. This process was less benign. Over the years I have come to understand that there is a certain acceptance of my humanity that I can only experience in Ghana.

Front Line

Here And There

Because I have gone round town, the social distancing is dissipating. The trotros are packing up again. The okadas are picking passengers again. The masks are won like fake beards, or hair bands, or sometimes like bow ties. Sometimes, maddeningly they are taken off ...

I know something of the helplessness of severe illness. I have memories from childhood. I have also had some experiences in my adulthood. It is not a good thing to be ill. The fact that an illness has a cure, takes nothing away from the naked terror of its journey through the body. Sometimes, I have been ill, and have known exactly what to do. I suffer nonetheless.

Welcome Aboard Our Health and Safety Flight

Thoughts From Afar

For society to thrive and keep its human resource out of harm’s way, health and safety must be prioritised. Health and safety have many facets which need to work in tandem to be effective. To rely on just one aspect, ...

“Ladies and gentleman,” he said over the speakers, “welcome aboard this recently liberated Gulfstream V. If I could have your attention for just a few moments, I’d like to go over the safety features of this aircraft. It has an engine, to make us go, and wings, to keep us in the air. There are seatbelts, which won’t do you an awful lot of good if we fly into the side of a mountain.”

The COVID-19 Complacency Trap

Thoughts From Afar

However, it is now becoming apparent that the people between the age range of 17-30 years are the most likely to spread the virus this time around. Data from the United Kingdom’s Office of National Statistics indicates that the latest spike of infections in that country has originated within this age group and coincided with the reopening of tertiary educational institutions

“To be careless in making decisions is to naively believe that a single decision impacts nothing more than that single decision, for a single decision can spawn a thousand others that were entirely unnecessary or it can bring peace to a thousand places we never knew existed.”

Confronting the Realities of Midlife Mortalities

Thoughts From Afar

I grew up on academic campuses and my experiences on these citadels of knowledge have been instrumental in shaping my views about life. Sometimes, I am inclined to believe that I have forgotten about ...

“First, they came for the Communists and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist. Then they came for the Socialists and I did not speak out because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me.”

Ghana’s Health Social Contract; Are We Getting More Benefit?

Thoughts From Afar

“The word ‘slavery’ and ‘right’ are contradictory, they cancel each other out. Whether as between one man and another or between one man and a whole people, it would always be absurd to say: “I hereby make a covenant with you which is wholly at your expense and wholly to my advantage; I will respect it so long as I please and you shall respect it as long as I wish.” Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract

Free Primary Healthcare; Empty Promise or Achievable Goal?

Thoughts From Afar

Interestingly, following the release of the respective manifestos of the NPP and NDC, it appears as though this reality is lost on us. In the area of health, ...

Paulo Coelho in The Devil and Miss Prym states, “in the first place, you shouldn’t believe in promises. The world is full of them: the promises of riches, of eternal salvation, of infinite love. Some people think they can promise anything, others accept whatever seems to guarantee better days ahead, as, I suspect is your case. Those who make promises they don’t keep end up powerless and frustrated, and exactly the fate awaits those who believe promises.”

This is the Time to Rewrite our Health Social Contract

Thoughts From Afar

Compounding this further is the fact that over 60% of our health funding envelope is spent on staff remuneration, with another 15% going into health system running cost. This leaves just around 25% available for ...

Charles Taylor in Multiculturalism argues that “we define our identity always in dialogue with, sometimes in struggle against, the things our significant others want to see in us. Even after we outgrow some of these others—our parents, for instance—and they disappear from our lives, the conversation with them continues within us as long as we live.”

Health Opportunities Amidst Crisis

Thoughts From Afar

In the last ten years, the face of chronic disease management across the world has been changing. These changes have been focused on increasing the role of the patient in staying healthy whilst living with a long-term ailment.

Cameron C. Taylor argues in Eight Attributes of Great Achievers that “we have within us the power to choose how we respond to a hurtful situation. We cannot control the actions of others, but we can control how we will respond. As we understand our power to choose, we see that we are in control. Our life is not a result of our environment or upbringing, but a result of our choices. We have the ability to determine the kind of life we want to live and the type of person we wish to be.”

Let it Sink In; You Are On Your Own. Image credit - Medical Xpress

Thoughts From Afar

Footage on social media shows that many are not adhering to COVID-19 hygiene, social & physical distancing and face mask protocols, as they attend political gatherings. Unfortunately, ...

“What we call our destiny is truly our character and that character can be altered. The knowledge that we are responsible for our actions and attitudes does not need to be discouraging, because it also means that we are free to change this destiny. One is not in bondage to the past, which has shaped our feelings, to race, inheritance, background. All this can be altered if we have the courage to examine how it formed us. We can alter the chemistry provided we have the courage to dissect the elements.”

The Electoral Health Conversation

Thoughts From Afar

Four years on and with the 7th December election fast approaching, health is again on the campaign trail with the opposition National Democratic Congress promising the provision of free primary health care for all citizens.

“The task of the leaders must be to provide or create for them a strong framework within which they can learn, work hard, be productive and be rewarded accordingly. And this is not easy to achieve.” Lee Kuan Yew, The Singapore Story

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.