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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 […]

AFRICAN LEADERS AND LOVE OF WESTERN CLOTHES

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 […]

FARE THEE WELL, BUSUMURU KOFI ANNAN

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 […]

A Rare Step in the Right Direction

The recently elected President Julius Maada Bio of Sierra Leone has done something that very few African leaders would do. He has selected Mr. Siddique Wai as his country’s ambassador to the U.S. Mr. Siddique emigrated to the U.S. over thirty years ago. But the length of his sojourn is immaterial to our course. He’s […]

…Of Illegal Mining, Perennial Floods, Lawlessness, et al. in Ghana

On assumption of office January 2017, the current government of Ghana put rubber to asphalt and hit the ground running in fulfillment of its campaign promises. The president, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, said he was in a hurry to put Ghana back on the road to success. No government in the 4th Republic of Ghana […]

Africa Day – Whither To?

The Organization of African Unity, a prelude to the African Union, was established on May 25, 1963, and with it was born Africa Day. Even though Africans across the world celebrate it, fewer than ten African nations – including Angola, Ghana, and Zambia – observe May 25 as a public holiday. But what do these countries celebrate? Granted that the effects of colonialism that […]

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