Category archives for: Commentary

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 […]

Did Ghana’s Supreme Court err in the landmark 2012 Petition of the Presidential Elections?

Presented by Kofi Ayim The Report was commissioned by the Ford Foundation “for its interest in the reform of African electoral systems…” Mr. Bamidele Aturu, the author, attended and observed the entire proceedings of the Supreme Court of Ghana of the presidential elections on December 2012, which was finally decided in August 2013. In a […]

“One Nation Under Gun”

By Uchenna Ekwo Omar Mateen, the 29 year-old American who last Sunday opened fire on fellow citizens at a gay night club in Orlando, Florida has once more thrown the entire country into another round of debate about gun control and gun safety in a presidential election year. Omar, born in Queens New York by […]

English proficiency is key to immigrant success

by Melissa Mark-Viverito In New York, providing support for our immigrant communities is personal. Four out of 10 City residents are immigrants and collectively contributed close to $260 billion to the Big Apple’s economy in 2015.  What is more, a majority of immigrant New Yorkers belongs to mixed-status families composed of U.S. citizens, legal permanent […]

Abu Ramadan & Evans Nimako v. the Electoral Commission & the Attorney General: Judgment turned political football

By Kwabena Opong For political purposes this article would define politics as the art of the convenience. The phrase ‘art of the convenience’ may be syntactically challenged but so is the context of the current argument on the Ghanaian Supreme Court’s decision on the country’s Electoral Commission to delete names of all who registered to […]