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DSP Dr Sarah Aba-Afari


A middle-aged Ghanaian commissioned police officer, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Sarah Aba-Afari, etched her name on the history tablet as the first female police officer in Ghana to obtain a PhD degree.

It was a reward for 27 years of checkered policing and a focused academic pursuit at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi.

The Kpassa Market project now a pile of rubbish and a site for open defecation


What was supposed to be a modern market for the over 70,000 residents of the Nkwanta-North District in the Volta Region has been reduced to a home for rodents, reptiles and a site for open defecation.

The dilapidated structures whose roofing sheets have lost their aesthetic value and potency out of the frustration of being left idle have also become a hub for smokers.

Lead members of Ghana’s delegation brainstorming prior to proceeding to their various negotiation rooms at COP23


Ghana’s delegation to the just-ended annual United Nations (UN) climate change summit (COP23) in Bonn, Germany, joined the voices of developing countries’ call for more resources to be committed to efforts at reducing the impact climate change had on Ghana, and other vulnerable nations.

The 70-member delegation which was part of the G77 and China bloc, argued that climate change was currently being witnessed first-hand in many parts of Ghana, with rising sea levels, intense and prolonged dry weather, especially in the northern parts of the country, depletion of forest vegetation, pest infestations and the drying up of rivers, all of which were contributing to increasing poverty.

Over a century and a half after the abolition of slavery in the US through the 13th amendment and in the British Empire through the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833, slavery is thriving in Libya!

Once again, Ghana has been side-tracked into a needless debate about homosexuality.

The state of the Kumasi railway station


A high-level conference on the Eastern Railway Line and Boankra Inland Port projects will be held on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at the Alisa Hotel in Accra.

The event, organised by the ministries of Finance, Transport , and Railway Development, is to introduce the projects to the investing public and give them the opportunity to provide their input and assess the interest of the private sector in partnering with the government to successfully complete the projects.

Brisk trading right on the street behind the Central Market in Sunyani


The Brong Ahafo regional capital, Sunyani, has over the years earned an enviable accolade as the cleanest city in the country with residents and officials always stressing this point when people visit the town for various activities or programmes.

Indeed, first-time visitors to this metropolis will attest to this fact because of the proper layout of the town and how clean the gutters are, among others.

‘’In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.’’
- 32nd American President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR).

Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo


This week, the Chief Justice, Ms Sophia Akuffo, had her eyes on two Members of Parliament (MPs). A suit had been initiated on behalf of these MPs.

They were seeking the nullification and revocation of the appointment of the Minister for Gender and Social Protection, Madam Otiko Afisa Djaba.

Tourism in Africa largely remains an untapped opportunity


While we roll over into a fresh new year it’s only natural to do overviews about this industry we so love. Today we are examining the overview of Africa.

Traditionally the continent gets the only wee-est (my word) bit of the global share of tourism revenue.

Giant steps in combatting illegal fishing


Ghana is an important fishing nation in Africa and the world because about 10 per cent of its citizenry operates in the fisheries sector and produces about 450,000 metric tonnes of fish from both capture and culture. It is also known to have high per-capita fish consumption higher than the world’s average.

Based on the characterisation of the United Nations (UN) Convention of the Law of the Sea, Ghana stands as a Coastal State, Flag State, Port State and also a Market State. Ghana is, therefore, under international obligation to ensure that its own fishing fleets are regulated; that it has the capacity to regulate fishing activity in its Economic Exclusive Zone (EEZ) and designated fish-landing ports to avoid becoming a destination for illegally caught fish; and also to ensure that its fish products entering the international markets are certified.

Coach Kwasi Appiah


When the 2018 FIFA World Cup draw ended in Moscow last week to determine who would meet who in the 32-nation football tournament slated for Russia in the summer of 2018, the question that came to mind was what the fate of the Black Stars of Ghana would be in the days ahead. Yes, it would have been fine to be there, but in our absence, all we have to do is to be glorified spectators waiting to see who will be the next world champion.

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If you live and work in my side of Africa, as in the wild wild West, you know what time of day it is. The harmattan has arrived. There will be very fine particles of dust blown by an easterly/north-easterly wind from the Sahel. It will hover in a gritty daze, for weeks (usually between December and February but with global warming and climate change could last longer) over everything. 

Extreme weather - wintry storms, freezing fog patches and a blitz of amber weather warnings - in former colonial Britain, the advent of the Christmas season and cheap airfares. Means the cousins, nieces, nephews and their friends from the Diaspora, those who have papers and can travel without imminent fear of Mr Trump's dawn immigration tweets or a sudden turn in the Brexit negotiations, will soon invade Ghana, adding further to the traffic, noise and stress.

Some participants at the launch of the National Anti-corruption and Transparency Week

At Large

The Daily Graphic is the journalistic equivalent of the Bible; it is the font of all fact-checked truth and the ultimate multimedia platform for all relevant news in Ghana, of Ghana. Amen.

Far be it from me to commit sub judice - the case is being decided in court; therefore, discussion, if any, should be circumspect, lest it influences the outcome. I would rather not find myself hauled up on a charge of contempt. However, since the flawless Daily Graphic has reported it, me too I am repeating it.

Mr George Ayisi, High Commissioner in South Africa

At Large

It was Arthur Conan Doyle the creator of Sherlock Holmes, the legendary veddy veddy English gentleman of a detective, who wrote in 1890, 'How often have I said to you that once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth?'

President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya has achieved exactly that. Last week, among the many ripostes written about the rerun of a presidential election - Uhuru competed against himself on his 56th birthday - was this quote from an unknown blogger.

Elizabeth Ohene - The Writer

Elizabeth Ohene

In our series of letters from African writers, Ghanaian journalist and former government minister Elizabeth Ohene reflects on how London has changed and how it compares to Accra.

On a short visit to London, I have been looking at the city with a fresh eye.

For 19 years, the UK capital was what I called home. It was kind to me when I arrived here suddenly, uninvited, and I learned to love it.

The development team behind the satellite

Elizabeth Ohene

We do not like science very much in this country.

We prefer to ascribe spiritual and miraculous explanations to all things that happen in our lives. Accidents, deaths, ill health, passing and failing exams, finding a partner, wealth, poverty, good fortune - none of them have scientific explanations.

The rest of the world has probably heard that Ghana has successfully launched its first satellite into space. It certainly made headlines on the BBC, but you would have missed it completely if you were depending on the news outlets in our country.

Elizabeth Ohene - The Writer

Elizabeth Ohene

It used to say on my passport in the profession column that I was a Journalist. Now it says WRITER. The change from journalist to writer occurred in the early 1990s. The world had suddenly changed from the innocent place I had known where we journalists wore dust jackets with PRESS emblazoned on them as a form of protection in dangerous areas, to journalists becoming deliberate targets.

After the international news channel, CNN, uncovered the disturbing human trade in Libya recently, I have read reports and seen heart-wrenching and dehumanising images of slave markets and the sheer abuse of Black African migrants being tortured to death in that country on the social media is most distasteful.

Watching footages in which some stranded Black Africans who had hopes of embarking on journeys to Europe through the Mediterranean were being sold off at 400 dollars per person, I got scared and disturbed.

A successful Ghana can be built on the basis of good and accountable governance, underpinned by efficient and honest public services. That is why it sounds so good and exciting that Ghana will pretty soon have its first Special Prosecutor.

With the passing of the Special Prosecutor Bill into law last week, the yet-to-be-appointed Special Prosecutor (SP) is expected to operate totally independent of the Executive arm of Government and deal and punish persons who have engaged in acts of corruption.

Under the Fourth Republican journey which began with the promulgation of  the 1992 Constitution, we have followed multiparty democracy for 25 uninterrupted years and that is a silver jubilee to celebrate. Yet not many in the world know about this Ghanaian feat.

Going  through 25 years of democratic practice where governments have smoothly  transferred power from one administration to another is rare in African politics where elections are seen as a make or break affair. Recent examples are Kenya and Liberia where elections are in disarray.

Ajoa Yeboah-Afari

Native Daughter

Perhaps it’s in keeping with the spirit of the Christmas season, that this paper is advertising the publication of a Special Supplement on Beauty and Lifestyle. But somehow I doubt that the Supplement contributors will include in their material the needs of those classified as ‘Senior Citizens’ (SCs).

I don’t remember any such ‘Specials’ in the past devoting segments to how seniors, too, can be fashionable, look good; or, say, Lifestyle tips for SCs.

This year’s observance of World Toilet Day in Ghana was remarkable probably only in its lack of ripple on the national consciousness. A regrettably laid-back attitude considering this country’s shameful toilet statistics.

On the other hand, maybe that was the reason for its low profile.

If the Electricity Company of Ghana is still deducting money from our electricity payments for the provision and maintenance of street lights, which areas of Accra are benefitting from the compulsory customer-support?

Can the ECG tell us which streets in the capital city the company ensures have lights at night?

A correspondent called me a few days ago and asked what I thought of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) building being pulled down. He continued by saying the building had been pulled down because the occupants found certain insects and other creatures in it. I was horrified. The building was a national monument of architecture and history. It did not belong to CHRAJ which was a temporary occupant. He talked about the nuisance of creepies and the likes. He was apparently horrified when I reminded him that it was a scandal. The building was a national monument of architecture and history.

We should adopt and maintain creditable policies for our gold and cocoa

Voice from afar

The suggestion may be strange to many. We seem to have cocoa and gold policies. But ever since colonial governor Guggisberg advised us on not keeping our eggs in one basket we have adopted and abandoned many policies anyhow. At independence we were wary of paying the requisite tax for development and we fell on cocoa exports to make up for our shortfalls on revenue. Many learned economists advised against it but we ignored them and carried on schemes without necessary taxation.

President Akufu-Addo

Voice from afar

I had the privilege to visit Presidents Mahama and  Akufo-Addo in their offices.  I was shocked by the teeming numbers waiting to see them.  I asked myself what they wanted.But I knew the answer.  Many Ghanaians want to see the chief to remind him of their presence and ask for specific favours.

Robert Mugabe

Thinking Aloud

The circumstances under which Robert Mugabe was made to relinquish power marks a sad end to a glorious era. His failure was the fact that he refused to understand that he was holding a position and not a possession. It was the trust of the people of Zimbabwe that kept him in office and once the patience of the people burst at the seams, the end had come.

His departure must be a lesson to all political leaders who presume that once they have a grip over power, it is only at their behest that the power would be surrendered. It is indeed sad that the people of Zimbabwe, who virtually revered their President, took to the streets to jubilate over his demise because he failed to be in tune with the times.

Matthew Opoku Prempeh, Education Minister

Thinking Aloud

Fear of criticism is the kiss of death in the courtship of achievement

— Thomas Carlyle

The success of the Free Senior High School (SHS) programme will transform the human capital base of this country within a decade. It will be the most enduring legacy of the Akufo-Addo administration. Therefore, everything possible and lawful must be done to ensure its success.

That is why we must all think through the functional implementation of the programme without politically partisan-entrenched positions. Accordingly, those making ugly noises against the initiative by the government to solicit voluntary support to supplement the funding of the programme must rethink their positions.

Managing sanitation

Thinking Aloud

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo last Monday launched the National Sanitation Campaign, dubbed: ‘’Let’s Keep Ghana Clean: Play Your Part,” through which we are all to take sanitation management serious.