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Are we practicing Democracy or Thuggery?

Posted by Business in Ghana on September 16, 2009

Democracy in Ghana, over the years, has been touted as one of the best in the world. Most political pundits and analysts, as well as influential leaders, e.g., Barack Obama have all concluded that Ghana is a democratic icon on the continent. I have also held that view, but after a sober and careful reflection on developments in the country during elections, I am afraid, we are not yet there. If we define democracy as the orderly transfer of power from one regime to the other, I would agree that democracy is gaining grounds in the country. But we all know that democracy is not all about the transference of power from one party to the other. We would be living under serious illusions if we were to go by this definition. If we would be honest to ourselves, you would agree with me that we have a lot of work on our hands to execute if we want to deepen our democratic culture.

Kingsley Nyarko

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Founder’s Day – A View

Posted by Business in Ghana on September 16, 2009

“A country that does not celebrate its heroes is not worth dying for.” It is in this vein that one calls for a more sober interrogation of our history. In fact, it is high time we examined the narrow perspective of the “founding” of Ghana and who the founder/founders was/were.  This has been necessitated by the continuous relegation of other individuals and groups of people who were instrumental in the creation and independence of our country. More often than not credit for the “founding” of this country has been given to a group, “Big Six” (Dr. Joseph Boakye Danquah, Dr. Ebenezer Ako Adjei, Emmanuel Odarkwei Obetsebi- Lamptey, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Edward Akuffo Addo and William Ofori Atta) or an individual, Kwame Nkrumah. This is evident in the maiden State of the Nation address delivered the President, His Excellency John Evans Atta Mills on Thursday, February 19, 2009 in which he said, “we intend to honour Dr. Nkrumah’s memory with a national holiday to be known as Founder’s Day” and the images of the “Big Six” on our currencies.

Edem Adotey

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