Since its invention, centuries ago, paper has become important to our lives. Advancement in technology has led to a lot of pundits suggesting strongly that the world will soon run without paper since the use of paper will give way to electronic means of recording information.
Akate Farms and Trading Company Limited, a giant in the poultry industry, has once again proven their supremacy with the introduction of a new multi-dollar automated system that houses birds and produces eggs in large quantities for commercial purposes.
The Battery Cage Electronic System, a project constructed by a Chinese company, which started last year, is now in full operation on the premises of Akate Farms . It saves time, resources and also reduces human contact with the birds and eggs.
The day was Wednesday, August 24, 2016. I had gone to Kujawein in the Bunkrugu District of the Northern Region to cover a programme on the menace of Open Defecation. The weather was clear as the skies gave way to the hot sun rays. It was 12:17p.m. That was my first day in Kujawein.
Thatch-roofed mud houses dominate structures in the community. Kujawein is a farming community with a population of about 600 people. My eyes continued to scan the make-up of the community although I was not new to the village setting.
There is a local football tale almost as old as the Ghanaian game itself.
Now, whoever spun this story must have had quite a fertile imagination, for virtually every boy who grew up in Ghana in a certain era (this writer included, and probably yourself as well, if you are not too embarrassed to admit it) gobbled it up with wide-eyed boyish curiosity - every surreal bit of it.
It does not look like we have much of a choice as a nation on the need to self-secure our needs, among them as basic as food sufficiency. Our breakfast, lunch and supper, even deserts, cannot and should not sit in another man's kitchen, as it were. And I thought that the truism in the cliché - Let's eat what we grow and grow what we eat - has long embraced the missing link of how much we need too.
The newspaper spaces, the screens of televisions, and the airwaves are replete with reports of filth that has engulfed the city of Accra.There are also daily reports about the deteriorating waste management regime in the country.
For those who have lived in Accra for decades, such reports may not be newsworthy any more. However, any first time visitor to the capital city will stand in awe of the sight that will greet him.
The President of every nation is the most popular figure in the country, well known by, all and sundry – and H.E. Nana Akufo-Addo is no exception, but, after him comes other personalities who are also popular; celebrities and entertainers.
What is special about celebrities is the kind of power they wield, how impactful and influential they are and most importantly, how they help alter communities and societies for the better.
We would like to express our heartfelt appreciation to the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government led by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
Just within nine months of being in office, the people of Ghana have indeed felt the change they voted for. At least if for nothing at all, for implementing the Free Senior High School (SHS) programme, launching the one-district, one-factory, rolling out a paperless system at the ports, rolling out the Ghana card and restoring teacher trainees and nursing trainee allowances.
“No one can build you the bridge on which you, and only you, must cross the river of life” ~ Nietzsche
I sat on the bench facing the Savannah River in Georgia and journaled on the last few turbulent weeks of my trip to the States.
“I have no position on the performance of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government. How they are leading will tell for itself. I was on the Cape Coast road and I saw the Veep’s convoy with a minimum of 14 cars. I counted 16 cars. I was with my brother. We followed the convoy for a while. I was 100 yards from them. I am getting to 70 years and this is the first time I am seeing something like that.”
Prof Stephen Adei on Joy FM radio with Kojo Yankson, October 18, 2017.
CitiFM, an Accra based radio station, carried a story that we should all be interested in. It has to do with the implementation of the government’s Free Senior High School (SHS)policy.
Remember this was a policy many people endorsed. A lot of euphoria was in the air when it was introduced. If we had a system for rating governments and presidents, I am sure the President would have had close to 80 per cent in terms of popularity.
Thus to enhance their standing in the market, a company, after a favourable cost-benefit-analysis, can embark on sponsorship in various arrears of public endeavour.
Selecting the most suitable event to sponsor depends on the consumer or lifestyle market a business caters to, so companies tend to seek opportunities that complement their marketing objectives.
Whiplash is 'a neck injury that can occur when the head suddenly moves backwards and forwards. It is usually self-treatable, usually self-diagnosable, lab tests or imaging rarely required; short term, resolves within days to weeks'. Whiplash is also the name for an hour and 47 minute long dramatic film about a young jazz musician. In 2014, Whiplash won all manner of awards including the Academy's Best Supporting Actor and Best Film Editing statue, a BAFTA for Best Sound and a Critics Choice nod.
If they were capable of an iota of shame, every member of the Parliamentary Committee on Roads and Transport who had the unbridled nerve to recommend that the Ministry of Transport proceed with the implementation of that mandatory towing levy should be covered in engine oil and transported on their backsides up and down cocoa feeder roads. Slowly. Repeatedly.
The chairman of the committee, Mr Samuel Ayeh-Paye, the erudite member for Ayensuano in the Eastern Region, has been in situ in the House since 2008. He was reported to have said that abrogating the contract for the mandatory towing levy would lead to potential judgement debts. So other than faffing around with a small ratio of cost sharing, the committee essentially recused itself of further responsibility.
Raila Odinga, the veteran politician who led a coalition of the opposition to the August 2017 elections, has been served a fait accompli, the nyama choma sort that Winston Churchill may have been referring to.
Odinga has raised the headlines again and with it, a sobering evaluation of the quality of democracy in Africa. What he doesn't seem to have done is to have delivered the numbers at the polling booths enough to win decisively in his last attempt to be the first gentleman of the land.
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.
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.
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.
The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) is at the crossroads as it goes to the polls on Friday to elect a crop of new executive to steer the affairs of the association.
Some have described Friday’s election as a make or break moment for members of the umbrella organisation representing Ghanaian journalists.
This morning at the West Africa Senior High School (SHS) in Accra, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will officially launch the free SHS educational programme.
The flagship policy will help to reduce considerably the financial burden many parents who want their children to pursue secondary school education go through.
since assuming the reins of government early this year, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has continued to give economic hopes to many Ghanaians. These hopes were even made more pronounced during the party’s 25th annual delegates’ conference which took place in Cape Coast at the weekend.
From what happened at the congress grounds last Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the NPP displayed a very determined posture to deliver the needed economic miracle for the country.
Paramount Chief Tetre Akuamoah Sekyim of Wassa Akropong, seems to be among those who are not aware that if someone has a complaint against a journalist, there is a Constitutional body to whom such a grievance can be reported for redress: the National Media Commission (NMC).
The NMC Act states: Any person aggrieved by a publication or by the act or omission of any journalist, newspaper proprietor, a publisher or any person in respect of any publication in the media may lodge a complaint against the editor, publisher, proprietor or other person before the Commission.
Fantastic news that cocoa drinking and chocolate eating are to be high on the national agenda – again! But if so, my question is: what happened to the plans for a Day to honour the man who introduced cocoa to the then Gold Coast, Tetteh Quarshie?
When are we getting a Tetteh Quarshie Day? In my view, this is long overdue!
A few days ago, an intriguing message was posted on a Social Media Platform here in Ghana requesting members to sign a petition to save the London Uber, the enterprising transport service which is fast spreading its wheels globally.
The petition relates to a recent shock announcement by the London licensing authority, Transport for London (TfL): It intends to ban Uber, a USA-based company, from operating in London from the end of this month, meaning that after tomorrow, September 30, its licence might not be renewed.
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.
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.
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.
Sometimes the muse of the writer is so empty that there is nothing concrete to write about. That is how I find myself, but somehow I am inclined to write about some things that are bothering me.
We can say with certainty that we have lost the battle against motorbike riders who have no regard for road traffic regulations. Our police personnel have acquiesced over the matter and many of them are guiltier for misuse of their motorbikes.
Dr Martin Luther King has noted that “the time is right to do what is right.” That is why the current debate about our Founders Day must be discussed without prejudice or fanaticism. The debate should not be about Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo seeking to glorify his father and uncles but whether those people indeed contributed to the founding of Ghana.
Ghanaians do not see the “Big Six” as a hoax or joke. We have read how these noble men contributed to building the foundations of an independent country, free from the clutches of British colonial rule. We do not disagree that Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah was invited by the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC) to provide focus and direction in the fight against colonialism. Indeed,Dr Nkrumah invigorated the advocacy work of the UGCC.
‘Nothing will be done at all if a man waited until he could do it so well that no man could find fault with it’. — Cardinal Newman
The legendary Nelson Mandela has noted that “it always seems impossible until it is done”. How true is this about the promise of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to introduce a Free Senior High School (SHS) Policy? Indeed, when the idea was expounded in the 2012 presidential campaign, some imputed fraud to Nana because it was never possible to pursue such a policy. There were even advertisements to prove the contrary.