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An open letter to the director general of prisons

Emmanuel Agyemfra Boateng

I know you have a busy day today, so I will not bother you with a long letter that will take much of your time, but kindly make time for this. Few days ago, the Ghanaian Social media space and online news portals gave you a standing ovation for the tremendous step taken with Plan Volta Foundation and the University ...

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Hooliganism: Ghana football’s hydra-headed problem

On Sunday Ghana football recorded yet another despicable incident of crowd violence. This time a man got hit by a stray bullet as scores of fans gathered around the police armoured vehicle at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium. While the fan survived, Ghana football still counts the cost of hooliganism on its image.    Like the mythical ‘Head of Medusa’, ...

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Letter from Africa: Ghanaians leave nothing to chance for the New Year

In the BBC’s series of letters from African writers, journalist and former Ghana government minister Elizabeth Ohene writes about why she avoided New Year celebrations. We go to great lengths here to start every year on a high note. The belief is if things start off well on the first day of the year, the rest of the year will turn ...

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The fear of calling good, good

Elizabeth-Ohene

I am not quite sure at which stage we, as a people, started thinking it was a bad idea to admit that something was good if it was. Take the straightforward business of greeting someone you meet. Once upon a time, it went something like “good morning, how are you?” and you would get back, “good morning, I am well”. ...

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Africa is the crucible of the global internal displacement challenge

From Morocco to Spain, from Libya to Italy, Africans are moving outside their continent, seeking new lives beyond its shores, and too often perishing in the process. From Somalia to Kenya, from South Sudan to Uganda, millions are also moving within their continent, fleeing conflict or disaster, and seeking refuge in neighbouring countries. But most families and communities on the move in ...

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Manasseh’s Folder: Who’s responsible for these children?

Our elders have taught us that it takes one to bring forth a child, but it takes the entire village or community to raise that child. The conventional wisdom in this saying is too glaring to escape one’s notice or understanding even in this modern era. No matter how rich or resourceful a child’s parents are, and irrespective of how ...

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The pursuit of JJ Rawlings on the path of Freedom and Justice

Jerry John Rawlings

The emergence of President Rawlings in the political scene in Ghana brought in a new dynamo for sustaining the freedom fight towards a free and liberated people on the continent of Africa. He strongly propagated philosophies and policies that would deepen the Pan African ideology and moral standard for integrity, justice and equality amongst the African peoples, and Africans in ...

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A national resolution: That we may respect our insanity

This article has not given itself to me easily, it has been hard to find ‘time’ to write it although I completely agreed on how important it was to write it. So let us cut straight to the chase, Tetteh Quashie overhead. As though the name Tetteh Quashie is not synonymous to some glory in Ghana, there is chaos breeding ...

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Farmers: Our sustainers, our wealth

Not even the designation of a day out of deference and in recognition for the hard work of our farmers is enough gratitude. Their backbreaking labour is responsible for food on our dining tables, protein and carbohydrates, including the oxygen for all-important export trade. The recognition did not start with the isolation of a day on our national calendar. The ...

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Treason in Ghana may not be a crime after all

The above statement emanates from the cardinal principle of law that an act does not constitute a crime if the statute books have not written that THAT PARTICULAR ACT is a crime AND the corresponding punishment clearly stated. This is why the highest law of the land, the 1992 Constitution, has stated in Article 19(11) that: “No person shall be ...

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