Category archives for: Commentary

Visa delays impede investments in Ghana – US Ambassador

The US Ambassador to Ghana, Robert Jackson, has cited the high cost of air travel and the undue delays in visa acquisition as two major challenges for foreign businessmen who wish to invest in Ghana. According to him, the development has compelled most investors to divert attention to other countries within the sub-region as businesses […]

Immigrants bring energy and innovation to the U.S. – Dr. Essien

by Kofi Ayim Dr. Victor Essien, a Ghanaian attorney in New York City has pointed out that immigrants bring energy and innovation to the U.S. He made this observation Ghana@60 celebrations organized, for the first time, by the New York City Council. Buttressing his assertion with success stories of first generation Ghanaian inventors and innovators […]

Akonedi: Priesthood not by inheritance

By Kofi Ayim, Larteh Akuapem Nana Abena Asi, the current high priestess of the Akonedi Shrine in Larteh, Akuapem has said that occupancy at the topmost position is not necessarily a family succession of inheritance. Citing her own experience in an unscheduled chit-chat bare-it-all with this writer on January 18, 2017, Nana Abena Asi said […]

The Fake Prophets Are Turning Ghana Into Laughing-Stock!

by Bernard Asubonteng No doubt, several “end-times” fake prophets in Ghana today insisting their prophecies come directly from God are subjecting the country to international ridicule. The self-anointed prophets parading as true messengers of God are nothing more than religious con artists, who have self-taught themselves about the rudiments of behavioral psychology. For some reasons, […]

Boko Haram food crisis demands cooperation and accountability

by Mausi Segun Snatched schoolgirls and suicide bomb blasts have long been the enduring images of Nigeria’s Boko Haram conflict. But now the violence is represented by thousands of new faces: those of starving children. Scenes like these haven’t been seen here since the 1967-70 war with secessionist Biafra. As many as 4.5 million people […]

NDC mocks Nana Addo and the NPP with a casket

by Kofi Ayim When the NDC met at Sunyani on September 17 to launch its 2016 campaign manifesto, the main “attraction” at the event was the carrying of a coffin bearing the images of main opposition leader Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo. Coffins or caskets carry the ominous image of death, or a finality to […]

Allotey Jacobs must tell Ghanaians what killed President Mills

By Kofi Ayim The Central Regional Chairman of the ruling NDC party in Ghana, Mr. Allotey Jacobs has pointed out that he is among the only four people who know exactly what killed Ghana’s former President John Evans Atta Mills. According to him, the others are Dr Cadman Atta Mills, Sammy Atta Mills brother and […]

They’re defeating Boko Haram but are they Nigeria’s next security threat?

By Eromo Egbejule Boko Haram is on the run, and much of the credit must go to vigilantes in northeastern Nigeria who have risen up to protect their local communities from the jihadists. But there is a growing concern that they represent a whole new security threat. Abba Aji Khalli is an auditor employed by […]

Disband the African Union

By George B. N. Ayittey Britain’s vote to ditch the European Union offers the chance of a new beginning— not just for the EU, and the U.K., but for Africa. Since most countries on the continent gained independence in the 1960s and 1970s, they have mindlessly mimicked Western political institutions. Rome has a basilica; so, […]

The African Diaspora Factor for the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election

by Siddique Wai As a former 2013 Democratic candidate for the office of Public Advocate in the city of New York, amassing almost 14,000 votes in the Democratic Primary that resulted in a run-off with me endorsing Hon. Leticia James, who ultimately prevailed in the run-off, I have a unique appreciation and understanding as to […]