Category archives for: Editorial

Asanteman Leadership Crisis Resolved

The first known Ghanaian non-religious, non-political, and non-profit organization in the United States is Asanteman Association of New York. The association, formed almost forty years ago, was patterned after traditional setups in their native Asante, Ghana. The premier Constitution of New York Asanteman – crafted with doses of Western and Asante elements – was basically […]

Time to Acquire Africa Center is Now!

According to 2015 research, there were more than 1.7 million Africans in the United States, and the 2010 American Community Survey found out that the largest numbers of African immigrants are in California, New York, Texas, Maryland, and Virginia. New Jersey has about 86,000 Africans, Maryland 120,000, Georgia 75,000 and Florida 60,000, according to 2018 […]

Welcome to Africa! (Fellow Africans Need not Apply)

Prior to the demise of the ignoble apartheid regime in South Africa, African countries led the fight by any means possible to free their fellow Africans from the white-minority rule. Now, African migrants in South Africa are being lynched by some South Africans for allegedly taking over their jobs. Xenophobia, the practice of hating anything […]

Political Vigilantism and Democratic Governance in Ghana

Political vigilantism is not new in Ghana. In the colonial era when Kwame Nkrumah initiated his independence agenda, he set the pace for youth activism with his Veranda Boys, with whose help the Convention People’s Party (CPP) was able to obtain political sovereignty from the British. In the period prior to independence the two main political contenders in […]

Curb Racism in Soccer, Now!

A high number of racist incidents in recent years has prompted calls for tougher action from football’s governing bodies. Racism has left a shameful scar on the soul of the game and yet continues to be a problem in such a globally embraced sport. What is being done to tackle this scourge? Can we ever […]

Unprotected African Intellectual Property Rights

In Bob Marley’s rendition of his philosophical soundtrack Rat Race, the reggae icon points out “in the abundance of water, the fool is thirsty.” Robert Nasta Marley got it so right within the context of unlimited African intellectual property. From traditional and folklore repertoire such as juju music, to food and clothing, such as jollof and kente, […]

China Loans in Africa

Africa and China have been headlining the international news recently, apparently for mutual benefits. After years of depending on IMF, World Bank, and the West for loans and/or grants for economic developments, the sleeping continent has now found a new partner in the giant of the East. Hitherto, Western-type loans had come with some stringent conditions that […]


Last month several African leaders met in China for a historic economic session with Chinese leaders. Dubbed the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), the “Ethiopia in Beijing” summit understandably put the West in a quandary because it sees China as chipping away at its socio-economic (and probably cultural) hold and gain on Africa since Europeans […]


When beggars die there are no comets seen; The heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes.” These words in Julius Caesar, believed to have been written in 1599 by William Shakespeare, are so aptly applicable to one of Africa’s contemporary sons and international diplomats, Kofi Annan. On August 18, 2018, death laid its icy hand on […]

Is the Law an Ass?

The expression “The law is an ass” (originally uttered by Mr. Bumble in Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist) is explained on the website The Phrase Finder as when there is lack of common sense in the rigid application of the law. A recent judgment in a court of law in Ghana makes that phrase all too […]