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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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Abantu Strengthens Advocacy for Passage of Affirmative Action Bill into Law in Ghana

The need for increased equitable female political participation in Ghana is a genuine concern to all key stakeholders dedicated to women’s rights promotion. ABANTU for Development with support from African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) have therefore embarked on a nationwide campaign to strengthen advocacy for the passage of the Affirmative Action Bill into Law in Ghana. Ghana, like many democracies, ...

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NPP statement on President’s withdrawal of Referendum

PRESS STATEMENT BY THE NPP ON THE WITHDRAWAL OF THE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO ARTICLES 243(1) AND 55(3) OF THE 1992 CONSTITUTION The New Patriotic Party (NPP) is saddened that H.E. the President of the Republic has been given no choice but to issue instructions for the withdrawal of the proposed amendments to Articles 243(1) and 55(3) of the 1992 Constitution, ...

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Leadership from tradition, leadership from the ballot box…

I do not joke with our traditional rulers. They kept us together before we were colonised and even during the colonial period we still looked up to them to provide leadership in many areas the colonizers and their civil service could not. They still wield immense influence in our modern nation-state and governments are always exerting muscle, bone and sinew ...

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