To live is to choose. But to choose well, you must know who you are and what you stand for, where you want to go and why you want to go there – Kofi A. Annan. The quotation above reflects my worldview. But these are not my words. They belong to someone much older and wiser, and whose mentorship and friendship has taught me many lessons in life. I salute Kofi Annan of Ghana, the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations and my boss of many years, Nobel Laureate and renowned global elder statesman as he turned 80 on April 8.
The name Moesha Boduong connotes erotic body contours. She often flaunts her curvy shapes and her “goods” on social media and does not shy away from controversy. The university graduate once told Delay in a TV interview that her taste for fashion, houses and money kept, rising and when a man is not rich enough to fund them, she moves on to another man who can afford.
Though Moesha Boduong`s submission about her relations for financial gains is unfortunate and a fall to gender equity, it is the hard truth in my opinion as such acts do exist. Every participant in the act is responsible for such situations, I mean both men and the women engaged in such business arrangements, which is sad. However, everyone has the will and power to say no and therefore I blame the female generation involved, for accepting and agreeing to live their lives as sex objects for money instead of working hard and living within their means and the men for reducing their value to that of a money bank.
Following the clamorous agitations or hullabaloo by the NDC over the Ghana-USA military pact, accusing His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and his NPP government of selling the sovereignty of Ghana to the United States of America, I decided to approach the whole saga with fair-mindedness and much thoughtfulness. I stand for justice and the interest of Ghana comes first before my infatuated political affiliation, if at all I have any.
While conflict theories and resolution processes advanced dramatically during the second half of the 20th century, particularly thanks to the important work of several key scholars such as Professor Johan Galtung – see ‘Conflict Transformation by Peaceful Means (the Transcend Method)’ – significant gaps remain in the conflict literature on how to deal with particular conflict configurations. Notably, these include the following four.
I saw a video last week--of a pastor directing a stream of water into the faces of parishioners,from his mouth-- for blessings! A few weeks before, I saw one of a pastor walking on the backs of prostrate parishioners to cast out demons! It goes on and on.When I first learnt of Marx referring to religion as the "opium of the people", it resonated with me as a Pan-Africanist. Christianity had been the tip of the colonial spear. It had rationalized slavery and all the evils visited on us. And so had Islam-- over a longer period and with more cruelty.
Manasseh Azure, I like your style of writing, you have a nice way of mincing words where your hypocritical stance on issues need to remain ambiguous, albeit understood perfectly for the meaning intended. Your piece,criticising the President’s speech, this time though, was a semi-masked insult of a rather empty rant that made no sense. Don’t jump the gun, I’ll soon tell you why! I do not know whether there is a score somewhere at the Presidency you want to settle by trying to lamely jab the President.
The Ghanaian dream ; Unlike the American dream, what does it mean to the common people? I have always had a dream and the last time i had a dream was when I was travelling from Yendi to Zabzugu .And in that dream , I saw a beautiful Ghana ;One where there was high rise buildings, an uninterrupted flow of water and electricity, quality healthcare ,quality ,affordable and easily accessible educational system.
The death of South Africa’s veteran anti-apartheid activist Winnie Madikizela-Mandela at the age of 81 has sparked a national debate about how she should be remembered. The more traditional sections of society, including her staunch supporters, want us to remember her as a faultless woman. Others, particularly those who are still in the trenches fighting the old battles in favour of white supremacy, want us to remember Mrs Madikizela-Mandela as a violent and deeply flawed individual.
Violence against women and girls remain one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today. Notably, Female Genital Mutilation/cutting (FGM) remains an extreme form of violence against girls and women. It is the partial or total removal of the female external genitalia – mostly clitoris, labia, and the urethral and vaginal openings. The practice is often called “female circumcision” implying that it is similar to male circumcision.
In the aftermath of the fall of Adam in the Garden of Eden, God made a profound promise. Theologians use a fancy word for it—the protoevangelium. It simply means "first Gospel." This is the first Messianic prophecy and the first promise of salvation. God spoke to the serpent, "And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel" (Gen. 3:15, NKJV). The NIV reads, "He will crush your head, and you will strike His heel."
Fifty years ago, on 4 April 1968, the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. The night before he died, King gave another of his many evocative speeches; this one at the packed Mason Temple in Memphis. The speech included these words:
I could not believe my ears listening to the Deputy General Secretary of the opposition NDC, Koku Anyidoho, exhibiting impertinent boldness and warning President Akufo-Addo that, he will end up like his father, who was deposed together with Dr Kofi Abrefa Busia in 1972. The impolitic Anyidoho revoltingly asseverated: “history had an interesting way of repeating itself and that President Akufo-Addo will end up like his dad who was forced out of government via coup d'état in 1972.”
It is evidently clear that Nitiwul can't land himself a role as a police officer in a serious Nigerian movie cast along with Aki and Porpo. But for politics, he is heading our nation's most strategic and revered institution, the security. An institution tasked with the onerous responsibility of safeguarding our territorial integrity and boundaries. He has since assuming office, brought dishonor and ignominy to the office by his actions and inactions that suggest that he has no iota of foundational knowledge on security and its nuances. The recklessness in his decisions will even make a security capo of a banana Republic quiver with chills.
In 2014 I wrote an article titled ‘The Global Elite is Insane’. I want to elaborate what I explained in the earlier article so that people have a clearer sense of what we are up against in our struggle to create a world of peace, justice and ecological sustainability. Of course, as I explained previously, it is not just the global elite that is insane. All those individuals – politicians, businesspeople, academics, corporate media editors and journalists, judges and lawyers, bureaucrats…. – who serve the elite, including by not exposing and resisting it, are also insane.
Governments across the world are formed with the core mandate of protecting the lives and properties of its citizens and seeking for the wellbeing of its citizens. However, it looks like governments in Africa has constantly failed in this regard with few exceptions. Even though Ghana over the years can boast of its political strides in being the beacon of African democracy little or nothing can be said about its economic strides that will translate into the standard of living and wellbeing of the people in the country.
I have already written and published several pieces on the 22-year-old Right-To-Information (RTI) Bill, so I would be brief with this piece. The fact of the matter is that contrary to what the RTI Coalition activists would have the rest of us believe, the mere passage of an RTI Act will not necessarily offer a blanket access to government operations or the people’s business, as it were, to Ghanaian citizens overnight (See “RTI Will Ensure Journalism Without Speculation – Sampson Lardy Anyenini” Ghanaweb.com 3/19/18).
It was great while the power-drunken demagogue was at his demagoguery best. That was in the wake of the “auspicious” passing of then-President John Evans Atta-Mills. Trust me, the quoted word is not mine. I have actually sanitized it, because what the late President’s arch-lieutenant said was that Divine Providence, in His inscrutable wisdom, had opportunely knocked that dirty, old bastard out of the way in order to usher in the auspicious era of the refreshing new leadership of Ghanaians born of the immediate post-independence generation.
I sit and watch the future of mother Africa with elastic faith in Mother Ghana. I see hope been shuttered by our "some selfish" forefathers and incumbent fathers. Nkrumah did his part, Mandela did his, Martin Luther king Jr did his, and many others. I ponder and soak my Feet in a "Calabash of shame and uncertainty" because Africa is growing in mediocrity; more of beggars than producers.
You are a woman and you are not any less human. A man may be the head but that doesn’t make you the tail. Another shouldn’t treat you like you don’t matter just because you have a different gender. Be loosed from the shackles of ill-confidence! A woman you are but you should not be used to abuse. You are a woman but you should not be another’s punching bag because they gave you a ring. It is not ordinary to be the recipient of any form of abuse. You are a woman but you’re, first of all, human. What every other human deserves, you deserve, too. You should never be served with what others don’t deserve!
I have said it before and I will continue to say it in clear terms that, in the upcoming days, Ghana is going to be an interesting country. It has seriously started and i am happy it started on AbugaPele and Philip Assibit whose conviction by the High court some weeks ago sparked anger at the upper east region where NDC men and women decided to hit the street to protest against the jailing of the two NDC men who raped the public purse under GYEEDA which was only an avenue for "chop chop" by the NDC government.
The most ambitious and assuring vision of President Nana Addo to move our rather wobbling economy to one that is self-sustaining and aid deflective has been turned into a punching bag by many pessimists from the opposition. The much talked about Ghana beyond aid agenda is one adept strategic window from which we can escape from the excruciating fleece that the neocolonialist has subjected us to. The smidge actualization of such a feat will wean us off the perennial harsh conditions that aids come with and allow the ordinary Ghanaian access to the fullest the opportunities of the nation's endowed resources offer.
Anyone reading the scientific literature (or the progressive news outlets that truthfully report this literature) knows that homo sapiens sapiens is on the fast track to extinction, most likely sometime between 2025 and 2040. For a taste of the evidence in this regard focusing on the climate, see ‘Climate Collapse and Near Term Human Extinction’, ‘What They Won’t Tell You About Climate Catastrophe’, ‘Release of Arctic Methane “May Be Apocalyptic,” Study Warns’ and ‘7,000 underground [methane] gas bubbles poised to “explode” in Arctic’.
The former president, JJ Rawlings says; he knows the security-related power play better than most Ghanaians, including his ardent critics in recent times. That is not surprising. Rather, we will not jump the gun to doubt that. Being the former head of state, his assertion fits perfectly into a frog or a toad conversant of the crocodile theory.
…Fufu made with cassava fight colon cancer and also contains Vitamin B-17!Pastor Otabil is my Pastor and my mentor. But sometimes, the student can also teach the teacher! We all have different fields and my area is health. Well, this is evident in the Bible as the book of Corinthians 3: 6 says I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So Otabil planted with his statement on the Fufu and am also providing scientific analysis so that God who created the Cassava plant will make it grow well!
On March 2, 2018 I read a piece of news item on citifmonline with the caption: ELECTRICITY TARIFFS TO DROP BELOW GOVT’S PROPOSED 14%. As a Ghanaian I should be excited by this piece of news. But as an individual who was at the centre of things through the excruciating experience of Load Management from 2013 to 2015, it is only natural to share a few concerns with this story and draw the attention of the government and in particular the PURC to some questions that need answers.
I write this script with a heavy heart after watching pictures and videos of fellow Africans being humiliated, abused, murdered and auctioned as slaves in Libya. There has been a traumatic outrage across the globe, especially Africans in the Diaspora. It seems to me that the issue has been tactfully relegated to the background by both local and the international media.
The tropical Andes of Ecuador are at the top of the world list of biodiversity hotspots in terms of vertebrate species, endemic vertebrates, and endemic plants. Ecuador has more orchid and hummingbird species than Brazil, which is 32 times larger, and more diversity than the entire USA.
This time, we were told, it would be different. The murders of 17 people at Stoneman Douglas High School 13 days ago was the latest in a long line of school shootings that began nearly 20 years ago at Columbine High School in Colorado. But, unlike almost all of the mass casualty shootings that have followed in those last two decades, the students of Stoneman Douglas were speaking out about what happened in their school.
Unfortunately, following the recent conviction of two of the many corrupt public officials in the erstwhile NDC administration (as detailed in the Auditor General’s annual reports), there have been persistent cavorting and incoherent remarks by the NDC faithful.
It had been in the works. Instead of engaging in the traditional revulsion associated with a mass shooting, or even digesting the grief of outraged students and grieving parents, US President Donald Trump’s solution to guns violence was elementary. To target the perpetrator, it was necessary to arm instructors, mount the barricades, and raise the stakes.
Is Earth the largest garbage dump in the Universe? I don’t know. But it’s a safe bet that Earth would be a contender were such a competition to be held. Let me explain why. To start, just listing the types of rubbish generated by humans or the locations into which each of these is dumped is a staggering task beyond the scope of one article.
Heavy traffic, nauseating dirt and noxiously polluted air are among the reasons I try to avoid going to Accra. But it had been a long while since I last met the comrades, and I dearly needed to catch up with the happenings on the Pan-African Front. I reasoned that Sunday might be a good day to meet up and talk, learn a few new things and solidarize.
I have read with bewilderment the quarrels on the above.Before I opine on the substance, let me gently knock some things aside. It is a bit presumptuous to declare that another woman is "not half the woman my wife is". How would you know? Are all of us not God's children?
With background in psychology and education, a professional preparation and passion for social work, a father and a strong advocate for improvement in protective child welfare services, I have for some time now been following how vulnerable children are treated in Ghana. I do policy analysis, scrutinize news publications and follow up on field work activities by both the government and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs). I am thus very familiar with the plight of our children and the discussions to mitigate the suffering that these vulnerable children go through both at the policy and practice levels.
One night during my first year of marriage, my wife and I got into a big argument that I haven't forgotten. It's not the argument that was memorable, though – it's the way it ended. We were bickering about something and Raquel refused to listen to the points I was making from the kitchen. She was firing back from the living room and I finally got fed up.
Former South African President, Jacob Zuma an African National Congress(ANC) loyal member since 1958 has humbly resigned. This was swiftly announced to avoid the Vote of No Confidence and at a time when the economic indicators look bleak, including domestic growth prospect declining and the Reserve Bank cutting its benchmark interest rate for the first time in five years, by 25 basis points to 6.75 percent in an effort to avoid a recession.
I have just read a publication on Ghanaweb under their General News of Wednesday, 14 February 2018 titled, “Martin Amidu will collapse NPP; mark my words – Ken Agyapong”. This is the second time that Kennedy Agyapong (Hon) has expressed his intuitive concerns about Mr Martin Amidu coming to collapse the NPP.
Times are humbling, and I cannot tell whether the coming of the Lord is nigh. The scriptures warn of wickedness in the last days. What we aren’t warned of is how we are each going to die. Ebony, was rich in words, she was a word nerd who made malapropism her lyrical friend and ambiguity her moral escape. What a gem she was at 20. May her soul rest in peace.
His handlers and cabinet appointees continue to demonstrate the fact that they have absolutely no shortage when it comes to their ability to scandalously disappoint. Else, President Addo DankwaAkufo-Addo would not have appeared before the media on his first anniversary in office without the availability of statistics indicating how many jobs had been created in both the public and private sectors of the economy over the past twelve months (See “I Don’t Know Statistics on Jobs Created – Akufo-Addo” Ultimatefmonline.com / Ghanaweb.com 1/18/18).
The United States Department of Defense released its latest ‘Nuclear Posture Review 2018’ (NPR) on 2 February, updating the last one issued in 2010 during the previous administration. See ‘Nuclear Posture Review 2018’.
The definition of “National Security” is ever changing, as its framework is based on the study of human evolution and behaviour. There have been many factors serving as contributors to the threats to states and population, including armed conflict, xenophobia, gang violence, terrorism, religious extremism and sectarian violence, which are fervently featured in the media.
As I listened intently to the speaker, my mind began to wander. I began to ask questions which frightened rather than satisfy my curious mind. I had attended a Singles and Marriage Seminar as part of activities organized by the youth wing of my church. I was listening to one of the seasoned and experienced relationship counsellors in Ghana.
One of the duties of a state is to protect its citizens who fund their activities through the taxes, tolls and levies they are mandated to pay on regular basis. Abraham Lincoln once said, "a nation that does not honour it's heroes is not worth dying for". One of the best ways a nation can honour it's heroes is by protecting it's citizens and making them safe. Abraham Harold Maslow did not downplay the need for safety in his theory of needs.
She lived at a time of immense knowledge, yet suffered the fate of fools. The turning of time invited fresh abuses from within and without, none sparing. For those who managed a dose of pity, she still remained an object of shame, a disgusting reminder of her infidelity and obscene promiscuity. It was hard to be associated with her. Society felt betrayed and were very willing to establish it. Her company best remained with emptiness, as she sunk into an abyss of despair, counting the days as years, without sight of what another story could present. She didn’t have to be a Lewinsky or Lopez or Diana or even a Winfrey. What mattered was that she had illegally held a penis in her vagina. Judgment was passed! She was guilty!
Teachers in Ghana are only noticed when they make mistakes. For eleven years I was a teacher helping give better Education to my junior brothers and sisters in Brong Ahafo Region. Out of the eleven years, I was a Assistant Headmaster for one year and a substantive Headmaster for 3years.
The US is the most expensive nation in the world in which to have a baby – and it may factor into thousands of bankruptcies each year. Stella Apo Osae-Twum and her husband did everything by the book. They went to a hospital covered by insurance, saw an obstetrician in their plan, but when her three sons – triplets – were born prematurely, bills started rolling in.
As our world spirals deeper into an abyss from which it is becoming increasingly difficult to extricate ourselves, some very prominent activists have lamented the lack of human solidarity in the face of the ongoing genocide of the Rohingya. See ‘The Rohingya tragedy shows human solidarity is a lie’ and ‘Wrongs of rights activism around Rohingyas’.
His Excellency George Oppong Ousman [Kwame] Weah, President of the Republic of Liberia from today has been described in so many ways among: kept trying till winning; successfully pulling self by the bootstraps; from rags to riches, and born to rule.
Simpa Panyin is not happy. I wish I was allowed the opportunity to write about the concert that happened at the Electoral Commission, and why none of those bringing the commission to its knees must be spared. What is happening at the Electoral Commission is a festival of lawlessness. The Chairperson for the Electoral Commission, Charlotte Osei, accuses her deputies of fraud. Charlotte Osei is, in turn, accused of corruption by her deputies, setting the stage for the Electoral Commission to be turned into a shithole.
The Trump administration has stated it may deport 800,000 Dreamers, young immigrants brought to America by their parents, unless Congress eliminates most family immigrant categories and reduces legal immigration. White House Legislative Affairs Director Marc Short said Donald Trump insists on changes to “chain migration” or Dreamers will not be protected. The implications of this demand are poorly understood.
After years of looking for one, now enters the corruption demolition man. He has his work cut out for him and he must be relishing it. I don't think he could have found a more job satisfying position than that. He is qualified for it; he knows it and has wished for it much of his life. And so now that he virtually has it (pending parliamentary approval) it must be to him: 'Thank you, Father' in the typical Ghanaian expression of satisfaction.
A long-standing French protectorate briefly occupied by Japan during World War II, Cambodia became independent in 1953 as the French finally withdrew from Indochina. Under the leadership of Prince Norodom Sihanouk, Cambodia remained officially neutral, including during the subsequent US war on Indochina. However, by the mid-1960s, parts of the eastern provinces of Cambodia were bases for North Vietnamese Army and National Liberation Front (NVA/NLF) forces operating against South Vietnam and this resulted in nearly a decade of bombing by the United States from 4 October 1965. See ‘Bombs Over Cambodia: New Light on US Air War’.
I write to you my African leaders from the western part of the continent my beloved country Ghana. My leaders on Thursdays 11th January 2018, I read from Washington post in shock and pain that President Trump called us shithole "The president lashed out in a meeting after lawmakers proposed restoring protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries. “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump said, according to people briefed on the meeting."