When I saw the video of the losing presidential candidate wipe tears from his eyes, I asked myself why a septuagenarian would cry because he was not elected to serve his country! Certainly he wasn’t crying because he loves his country so much and genuinely wants to serve! He wept because his projections of money, perks and power for himself, family, friends and cronies had gone to another person.
I have been reflecting on the themes of two commemorations that have taken place this week, in Ghana our 62nd Independence Anniversary and, globally, the International Women’s Day (IWD). Intriguingly, there seems to be a connection.
In one of my visits to a utility company’s office in Accra, I was directed to talk to a cashier in one of the cubicles. The design of these cubicles as you may know are a hindrance to free flow of communication which is the bedrock of customer service. Most often, it is difficult to hear what the person on the other side is saying.
The values that characterizes democracy and make it a better system of governance compared to others are the opportunity to be represented through the choice of the majority; the inclusiveness of the whole population, or all the eligible members of a state; the control by majority, referred by some as, ‘power to the people’; the application of the principles of social equity; the exercise of being accountable to the people who elect the leaders; the right of the people to request for change of the status quo including constitutional changes; the opportunity of multiple choices during elections; the freedom of speech especially through the media; religious freedom; racial, ethnic, cultural, gender equality, and many more propagated values.
Fear griped the Napila Community in the Bimbila District of the Northern Region when the news of a couple who went to the farm and kept their sleeping baby under a neem tree whilst they work could not find the child on their return.
Under a brick-supported wooden shed at the edge of Cape Coast beach in the Central Region of Ghana, a group of fishermen gathered, some busily engrossed in draughts and other indoor games while others mended fishing nets.
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly”-- Martin Luther King Jr.
The huge potential of the tourism sector to rake in substantial revenues for accelerated development has never been in doubt. What has remained doubtful over the years are the kind of policies we keep churning out to facilitate our achievement of the desired results.
In the beginning, was Anas And Anas was a journalist And Anas was a mere reporter at Crusading Guide. Anas covered political press conferences and mundane parliamentary debates and beauty pageants and rainfall patterns.
Ghana’s first President, Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah, is always mentioned when reference is being made to the numerous infrastructural projects and initiatives in the country which sought to improve the living conditions of the people and raise the national economy.
Politicians cannot name because they cannot shame themselves. Since the Justice Emile Short Commission of Enquiry into the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency By-election, several descriptions of political party thugs (or vigilante groups as it is usually called) have been proffered by politicians, which are laughable.
The Chairman of OCP Africa, Mr Karim Lotfi Senhaji, has envisioned a bright future for Africa if the continent will adopt a holistic ecosystem approach that will, among others, use fertiliser effectively to improve food production.