I am shocked, that of all the trials our women have to endure in our chauvinist society, our gender minister, of all people, should find it necessary to justify the raping of women, if they just happen to be wearing a skirt an inch or so too short. And Ghanaian society, including women groups, have all kept quiet about it.

“It has emerged that some persons usually students who visit the Kintampo Waterfalls in the Brong Ahafo Region on excursion, allegedly had sex on the site, an act which is an abomination against the river god. According to Nana Effa Guakro, Kyeremanko Hene of Kintampo, he has publicly warned on several occasions the repercussions that this detestable act could bring as the gods are angered by the practice and frown upon it.

Elizabeth Atubiga was 14 years old and in in primary four, when her parents forced her from school to marry a man, she was betrothed to before she was born. Narrating her painful experience at one of the stakeholders' forums on child marriage at Nangodi in the Nabdam District of the Upper East Region she said: 'My dream of becoming a lawyer was truncated because of child marriage.

Having read and listened to arguments on Nana Addo's number of ministers and their deputies especially by the NDC and some think tanks gives me the impression that they think Nana Addo is just one of those unscrupulous politicians who would come into government with the sole aim of milking the country dry. This mindset held by a section of Ghanaians about Nana's government is just ridiculous to say the least. It simply means they do not know the man Nana Addo and his passion about the Ghana project.

It was one Saturday afternoon, as I was relaxing on my bed and decided to follow some discussions on a High School Group chat on my phone. I got so engrossed in the discussion on the recent suicide committed by some youth in this past few weeks being passionately discussed. As much as many members were much worried, and felt how vulnerable members of their families and colleagues were, one thing I observed was their attempt to understand the aetiology of the “demon”, because the lack of understanding in itself poses a threat to them as future leaders.

A recent report from Equality Now titled ‘The World’s Shame: The Global Rape Epidemic’ offered a series of recommendations for strengthened laws to deter and punish sexual violence against women and girls. However, there is substantial evidence that legal approaches to dealing with violence in any context are ineffective.

WASHINGTON — Syria's civil war began six years ago this week as a popular revolt against the brutal regime of President Bashar Assad. Now a domestic uprising that has left an estimated 500,00 dead and millions homeless has morphed into a global war, sucking major powers into a conflict growing more volatile by the day.

A namby-pamby London-based newspaper that goes by its appropriate name, “Observer”, falsely observed that former President Goodluck Jonathan purportedly rejected an offer from the British government to help rescue the abducted Chibok girls during the Jonathan administration.

The primary form of carrying heavy loads in Ghana has traditionally been on the heads of the Kayakaya girls - the indigenous "lady porters" - but the question remains why, given the availability of more modern mechanical means for many years. This situation begs the question: is there an opportunity to be exploited by the more entrepreneurial Kayakaya girls by embracing technology or a market for an innovative inventor to produce a product for use in this area?

On the eve of our 60th birthday as a nation, I just sent out a simple question out to all my contacts that were active. Most of the responses were fascinating. Were there still citizens who were proud of this nation? Take a read:

Budget reading days have been mostly abstract, with the populace hardly taking notice of them. Yesterday's was unlike any of the previous budget days, the heightened expectations of Ghanaians being the underlying factor for the visible anxiety. It was a maiden budget statement from a government which came to power on the mantra of change and expectedly the opposition elements were ready to punch holes in areas of seeming unrealism but there were none.

It is already clearly apparent, as many predicted, that Donald Trump's election as president of the United States would signal the start of what might be the final monumental assault on much of what is good in our world. Whatever our collective gains to date to create a world in which peace, social justice and environmental sustainability ultimately prevail for all of Earth's inhabitants, we stand to lose it all in the catastrophic sequence of events that Trump is now initiating with those who share his delusional worldview.

After sixty years of independent, Ghana cannot boast of sustainable energy supply, yet, a whopping GHC 20 million is set aside for the Independence Day celebration. This has there raises serious concern from the well-meaning Ghanaians about the government commitment in investing in the much needed areas such as energy supply and education.

Interesting but acrimonious debate ensued yesterday in Parliament on the President's 'State of the Nation' address, with the state of the economy under the previous National Democratic Congress (NDC) government and the first New Patriotic Party (NPP) regime coming under the spotlight.

There comes certain times in a country when certain corrupt acts and practices must be stopped with all the seriousness that they deserve. Sometimes I wonder why we still cannot get it right when it comes to the acquisition of passports in Ghana. Just visit any of the Passport Offices in the designated locations such as Accra, Ho, Sekondi-Takoradi, Kumasi and Tamale and tell me your observation.

The one thing I’ll always remember my Uncle Sammy for is his quick temper. Everything used to set him off! There wasn’t a single day he didn’t get upset and yell at one person or the other. The funniest thing was that he would always mutter under his breath, “God, give me patience, God, give me patience, God, give me patience”, and then he would explode.

Once again, the Fulani conflict is here with us. This is one annual ritual, which we have failed to deal with in years past. Every year, Fulani’s clash with indigenes of some farming communities over the former’s inability to control their livestock from wreaking havoc on the latter’s source of livelihood. For as long as this problem has existed, no permanent solutions have been offered.

“A thief passes for a gentleman when stealing has made him rich”—Dutch Proverb. I'm very sick and tired, and, I believe, so are many of my compatriots. What are we sick and tired of? We are sick and tired of the wanton looting and wastage in the name of democratic governance. My good friend, Professor Kwame Arhin of blessed memory referred to it as “banditry by legitimized bandits”.

Ghana, like most of her other African sister countries does abound in false prophets. These modern day false prophets who have made miracle-performing, but not the preaching of the word of God, thus, salvation, their foundational means of winning souls unto God, are to me, leading many a Ghanaian astray.

WARREN, Ohio ― Bresha Meadows, or “Breezy” as her friends called her, used to spend a lot of time in her bedroom. Sometimes she exercised with her best friend Saquoya, doing squats and situps, the thumps of their jumping bodies reverberating throughout the house. Bresha and Saquoya liked to dance too, livestreaming their impromptu performances on Facebook.

When 13-year-old Malika from a dusty village outside Cairo, Egypt turned eleven, her mother took her to the doctor late at night. It was not until she saw the blood and heard the cries from the other girls that it dawned on her -- she was about to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM).

It was a wet Saturday morning, the previous night I did not even say a prayer before retiring to bed; but He who searches and knows the heart of every man knew just what my need was. I had to walk miles to get water so I could wash that morning, clean the house, cook for the family and serve my younger ones – Yes I am the eldest child; and God knew why I came first so I was always cheerful to serve.

Here’s what nobody ever tells you about being an optimist: it’s not as much fun as it looks. Especially lately. I do not come from a happy tribe. I come from depressed Irish people who have anxiety disorders and substance abuse issues. Yet somehow, when they were handing out brain chemistry, I dodged that particular familial bullet.

On Wednesday 1 February 2017 at about 15:30 hours, I had the opportunity to listen to a live radio programme on Asempa FM hosted by Kwadwo Asare Barfour Acheampong (KABA). At a point, he paused to inform the public of some breaking news regarding the seizure of five vehicles from the compound of Kofi Adams, the NDC’S National Organiser.

I dedicate this column to the courage of Madam Otiko Afisah Djabah, the President's nominee to head the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Protection. She made my day on Monday, when she appeared before the Parliamentary Appointments Committee in Accra and rode through the intimidating tactics of Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu and his National Democratic Congress caucus on the committee.

Donald Trump’s White House starts off with a first week that alarms even Republicans. A guy who not long ago ran a white nationalist-friendly website now outranks the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on the National Security Council.

Xexe, just last week, outspoken Presiding Bishop of mega church, Lighthouse Chapel International, Bishop Dag Heward-Mills briefly touched on the subject of homosexuality during a sermon at Grace Bible Church in Soweto, South Africa. It caused a global furore because a certain South African media celebrity who is gay, and a member of that church, stormed out of the church because he felt the message violated his constitutional rights but the congregation cheered the Bishop on.

Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man-Mahatma Gandhi

I have always wondered the reason why students in most of our prestigious institutions resort to selling themselves for money while in school. A number of reasons came up which are not justifiable anyway. As a female student, I must confess that keeping up and staying ahead of the competition is one of the huge challenges students face.

Our great ancestors have left us a wonderful adage, “Wo ni wu a, w'abusua asa.” (“The departure of one's mother to eternity terminates one's blood relationships on earth.”). Your passing away leaves me homeless. I thank the Good Lord for giving you to me for 66 years as my mother. You have indeed been my all.

Your Excellency, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana! We travelled the same path as fellow travellers and citizens seeking free and fair elections at the 7th December 2016 Presidential and General elections when you were the Presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

For the information and enlightenment of Mr. Abraham Amaliba, the foulmouthed and pathologically unruly member of both the Legal and Propaganda (or Communication) teams of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), there is absolutely nothing “unconstitutional” about the executive order issued by President Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for all Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) to immediately vacate their posts and hand over their keys, official vehicles and other documents pertaining to their duties to the relevant Metropolitan, Municipal and District Coordinating Directors (MMDCD) for further instructions

Brethren in the Lord, let us open our Bible to the book of Matthew. We are reading from the twentieth verse of the eighth chapter. For a better understanding, the Presbyterians should open the Akwapem version. Pastor Mensa Otabil’s ICGC worshipers should open the New International Version, but I will join Archbishop Duncan-Williams’ Action Chapel to read the King James Version:

The election of Donald Trump has introduced a new era of uncertainty in global politics, especially in Africa where the president-elect has said little about his foreign policy agenda for the continent. Not surprisingly, Trump’s unpredictable, provocative style is sparking widespread concern across the continent as to whether the United States plans to remain engaged in Africa.

“I ask you to be citizens: citizens, not spectators; citizens, not subjects; responsible citizens building your communities and our nation.” – George Bush, 2000 and Nana Addo 2017 “Though our challenges are fearsome, so are our strengths. And Americans have ever been a restless, questing, hopeful people. We must bring to our task today the vision and will of those who came before us.”- Bill Clinton, 92 and Nana Addo, 2017

I write this personal epistle to you Nana Akufo-Addo, president of Ghana. Hope you find it worthy. I listened, read and wrote about your inaugural speech. I was inspired! I took home with me many phrases of inspiration from your speech . I felt proud. Not only because your oratory and presentation skills are peerless in our current democratic dispensation but because for a long time, i never felt a sense of sincerity and conviction in the utterances of the public officers who made them.

First, a history refresher: For the past nine years, a smattering of Americans, most recently led by our now president-elect, have insisted that Barack Obama is a Muslim born in Kenya. is a Christian wasn’t enough to persuade Trump’s followers, who apparently know a Christian when they see one.

Every electoral victory has its own winning narrative and as a Ghanaian looking in from the outside I come to this party with a certain unease about adding to the clutter already out there. I will leave that to a crowd more reliably informed.Until now, political punditry was a perfectly harmless side occupation for people with high intellect and time to spare. These days much of what passes for insightful political punditry is the regurgitating of old opinions by people in the Confirmation Bias industry who live in their own thought bubbles.

Our wise elders have warned us that if a man dies by stumbling over a stone, we do not run to his funeral. For the fear of also stumbling, we walk carefully to such funerals. Perhaps, it is because of this conventional wisdom that some people grumble that President-elect Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has made a dangerous gamble. They say this may cause him to stumble and eventually tumble into his political tomb.

As the year inches to a close, we all have one thing in mind, saying goodbye to 2016 and hello to the unknown 2017 while holding dearly to our resolutions. What changes we are willing to implement and the ones we hope to discard? I would say it's one of the busiest day in heaven as they receive billions of prayer request and supplications from mortals here on earth.

Hello there, happy holidays!Are you looking for a new job or a business opportunity? Well today, I want to share with you stories about two ladies I know who are in similar situations.Let’s call one Dokua. Dokua finished Senior High School last year, her grades were not so great and therefore she has re-written a couple of the papers and is now waiting for her results.

Anxiety prevails in the Gambia as the people await what becomes of their country come January 19. Will this country tow the path of peace or anarchy? Will Gambians a new president? Will the incumbent remain in power? On this day of destiny, current president, Yahya Jammeh is expected to relinquish power and the president elect, Adama Barrow will resume as the country’s president.

The StandPoint : Listen to the feminine side. "We do need women in politics, yes we admit that some have not lived to our expectation. We haven't seen the united front that some of us were hoping for. We haven't seen the deliberate and determine push for the gender agenda but it is better we have our women in there. Gradually we will get it, gradually we will get educated. Gradually, we will form the formidable union that we need to push the gender agenda" - Oheneyere Gifty Anti.

He may be right, on the surface of things, that the Transitional Act of Parliament cannot supersede the dictates or powers of the Constitution.But this is insofar as the sacred principles of the Constitution are concerned. In practice, the Transitional Act of Parliament is a Constitutional Amendment passed by our august House of Representatives to make up for any practical or perceived inadequacies of our 1992 Republican Constitution after the fact.

An American poet and prose writer by name Harry Hibbard Kemp defined a poor (broke person) as a person who is not without money but rather without a dream in life. However, Hitz FM presenter Gloria Akpe Nyarku popularly known as MzGee thinks otherwise of this sensitive issue. Now, the cliché that everybody is entitled to his or her opinion does not mean that, as a rational human being, you can say anything that comes into your mind.

I LIVED in Ghana continuously for about three years from January 6, 2013 and thought President John Mahama could easily be defeated by a determined opponent. This was what happened on December 7, elections when his challenger from the New Patriotic Front (NPP) Nana Akufo-Addoh beat him securing 5,716, 026 or 53.85 percent of the votes, and Mahama recording 4.713,277 or 44.40 percent.

Ever since former president Jonathan made that call to president Buhari congratulating him on his “victory” at the last presidential polls, and following the enormous goodwill that has attracted to him worldwide, it is fast becoming a norm in Africa for incumbents to easily accept defeat at the polls and congratulate the winner.

On behalf of the members of the “Mahama Must Go” movement, I, Rockson Adofo, the most senior leading member, do extend our heartfelt congratulations to you, Nana Akufo Addo, presently the President-elect of the Republic of Ghana since the close of Election 2016 on Wednesday, 7 December 2016.

The recent election in the United States showed how the media is bias towards the conservative Republican party. They are so brazen in their partiality they scarcely hide their contempt for conservatism. Currently, common sense political analyst in the United States, who see through their agenda, have written off all the major media houses including Newsweek and MSNBC.

On the day that you read this article, 200 species of life on Earth (plants, birds, animals, fish, amphibians, insects, reptiles) will cease to exist. Tomorrow, another 200 species will vanish forever.

The notion that God picks leaders for nations in this era is not true. All over the world, the most popular people in the popular parties win elections and become leaders of their nations. The God I serve, is not a God who makes popular and predictable decisions like choosing Mahama or Akuffo Addo. These are purely human centred decisions