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Let’s make Ghana’s leaders explain their unexplained wealth. Here’s how

Despite being perceived to be one of Africa’s less corrupt nations, Ghana faces an uphill battle in the fight against graft. The country loses about $3 billion to corruption each year, while both its main political parties – the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) and opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) – have been implicated in major scandals while in office. The country has long struggled to ...

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As if we weren’t human: Tracking unsolved police, military brutalities

“Is there any justice in this country? A policeman shot my husband and we have been appealing to the Ghana Police Service to investigate and all we get is silence,” a distressed Deborah Adjeley cries out. As tears run down her cheeks, her husband Elias Ojoojo Adjetey Anum, who is now paralysed as a result of the shooting, also bursts ...

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In Africa, ideas aren’t enough

– Environment is king but Ghana must be an exception-  For two decades, we have been running with the narrative of ‘a Ghana rising.’ Today, it is no longer a narrative but a reality, although in fading shadows. Ghana is now a land of economic freedom where investors from all over the world troop into to start businesses and/or takeover ...

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Isn’t our democracy a fraud?

Fundamental to every democracy is the rule of law. To put it simply, the submission of the entire nation to rules and laws is paramount to any working democracy. While it’s obvious that democracy depends on several interdependent and interrelated complex elements of society to serve its purpose, the removal of the rule of law spells disastrous feet for every ...

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Educating Ghana’s imprisoned: A pathway to remain out of jail

Imprisonment, in recent times, has moved from the era of human warehousing to that which seeks to correct the offending behaviour of offenders. The shift in focus, undoubtedly, requires from the Ghana Prisons Service newer treatment modules which focus on filling behavioural and intellectual gaps of offenders to empower them for fruitful and law abiding lives upon discharge to keep ...

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Africa, the ‘darling boy’ of the West and Asia; another scramble for the continent?

The UK Government is billed to leave the European Union (EU) officially on the 31st of January, 2020. After the referendum to leave in 2016, the leadership of Boris Johnson is leading the crusade to finally get out of a Union they have been part of for years. The Brexit move has caused two Prime Ministers their job, David Cameron and ...

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In Africa, ideas aren’t enough

For two decades, we have been running with the narrative of ‘a Ghana rising.’ Today, it is no longer a narrative but a reality, although in fading shadows. Ghana is now a land of economic freedom where investors from all over the world troop into to start businesses and/or takeover struggling ones that they nurture and build into multimillion-dollar companies ...

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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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