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Dr Emmanuel Akwetey — Executive Director of the Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG).

I'll Tell My Story

His father, a policeman, was a strict disciplinarian who never tolerated lies from his children. This fear of the consequences of lying made the young boy confess to his father one day when he played truant and was found out by his dad. It was the truth that saved him that fateful day, he said amidst laughter. 

The chorus of one of Ghana's hip life songs which goes, "there is a new girl in town," sums up the story of my near lost experience in China's Yiwu Commodity Trading Centre.

 As a journalist, I have always held the view that "a journalist must not get lost" because the whole profession is about asking so if you do not know a place, one should ask. 

However, my experience at the Centre made nonsense of this long held view.

I am part of a group of participants from African countries attending a seminar on Think-Tanks Forum for Anglophone African countries in China. And as part of the seminar, participants were taken to various fun-field places in China, as well as to places where we could get Chinese products to buy.

He walked for three miles all alone from his home at Saaman to the examination centre at the Osino Presbyterian School the day he had to write his Common Entrance Examination.

After junior high, Halima decided she would not go to senior high school because she wanted to learn how to sew. She was very beautiful and for someone with only a basic school certificate, she was too intelligent for her own good. She spoke and wrote English better than so many degree holders.

People admired her for not only that but also her humble nature and kind heart. And this was the lady I had a crush on. 

We grew up in the same community but I never mustered the courage to speak to her. Though I was handsome, studying medicine at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and had a little swag, for some reason, I felt I was no match for her, that I did not deserve to be her friend.

At a very young age, he was skillful in making simple household furniture such as tables, chairs and stools because he received practical lessons from his father who was a master carpenter.

Every day after school and mostly during vacations while he was in the primary and middle school, he would go to his father’s workshop and assist him and his apprentices.

During my interview with our personality for this week, one thing I noticed about him was his humility, which I thought was amazing, considering all the feats he has achieved.

This man attributed his humble nature to the fact that he accepted Jesus Christ very early in life and that his parents also taught him to be humble at all times.

Asamoah-Gyan, Riyad-Mahrez and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Junior News

There are some key players who are making an impact in the ongoing African Cup of Nations. In addition to Pierre-Emerick Aubamenyang, many eyes will be on reigning BBC African Footballer of the Year and CAF African Footballer Of The Year Riyad Mahrez and Africa's most expensive player, Sadio Mane.

Master Jaden I. Anim

Junior News

A book entitled Kweku, the Escapade has been launched by an eight-year-old author, Master Jaden I. Anim, a pupil of the Royal School at Oyarifa, near Accra.

Most Rev. Joseph Afrifah-Agyekum, Catholic Bishop of the Koforidua Diocese (left) joins some dignitaries to cut the 50th anniversary cake. Picture: Seth Takyi Boateng

Junior News

The Madonna School in Koforidua has celebrated its 50th anniversary with a resolve to continue providing quality education to children. Consequently, a board member of the governing council of the school, Mr J. K. Okyere has urged the management of the school to work hard and plan for a better future for the pupils and students.

Ms Gifty Owusu, a philanthropist, sharing drinks to some needy children

Junior News

Ms Gifty Owusu, a philanthropist, sharing drinks to some needy children she hosted during her annual children’s party at La Latenu in Accra.

Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) cautioned children to be wary of expired products

Junior News

The Head of Communications of the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), Mr James Lartey, has cautioned children to be wary of expired products being sold on the market. Mr Lartey said when children consumed expired products such as biscuits, drinks and toffees, it could have serious consequences on their health.

The winners displaying their artworks

Junior News

Six schoolchildren have been declared winners of a drawing competition held to celebrate the 14th birthday of Master Awal Ibrahim who suffered a head tumor.

Dear Auntie Betty, I am a 13-year-old girl who is dating a boy in SHS Three. I gave him all my heart but now I want to forget about him but I can’t. What should I do? I need your help.

Bernice, Accra.

Dear Auntie Betty, I am a 14-year-old girl. A boy in my class is not talking to me but I don’t know what I have done to him. I want to talk with him. What should I do?

Adelaide, Accra.

Dear Auntie Betty, I am a 14-year-old girl who just completed JHS. There is a boy in my school who is dating my best friend.

Dear Auntie Betty, I am 18 years and an SHS graduate. Our results were released a few weeks ago and when I checked mine, I passed in seven of the subjects but failed in Maths.

We all know the results associated with a successful brand but may not know the formula that goes into making it so popular.

 

I CAN'T READ FROM THE BOARD

Dear Auntie Betty, I am in junior high school (JHS) Form One and the shortest girl in the class, I sit at the back and cannot see from there.