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Sunyani-Memeneda ne FONKAR

Posted by Business in Ghana on July 31, 2011

By Sydney Casely-Hayford, Sydney@bizghana.com

In the Akan tradition swearing a great oath is a marked feature of court procedure.  Employed as a way of bringing to the notice of a chief, for punishment of a wrong-doer, an offence that has been committed.  An oath usually alludes to a misfortune or disaster of the past, which involved a considerable loss of life to the tribe.

In Akwapim, the main oath is called Wukuda ne Sokode and refers to the great loss by the Akwapims in a town called Sokode about a hundred years ago.  The Great Oath of Ashanti is Kormante ne Memeneda.  It refers to the great loss of lives and defeat of the Ashanti by the Fante in Kormante on a Saturday.

Most oaths refer to tragic events of a kind in the history of an organized group. Read the rest of this entry »

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Our Political Leaders Must Seek ‘Intellectual Wisdom’ from the Electorate

Posted by Business in Ghana on July 24, 2011

By Katakyie Kwame Opoku Agyemang, Hull. UK.

Since time immemorial, Ghanaians have been speaking with their chests out to portray to the whole world, especially their counterparts in the sub-region that they are indeed unique creatures. They base their pride on the rich human resource, abundant natural resources, cultural heritage, religious tolerance and even the democratic environment that they have nurtured. Before 1957, the country was called the Gold Coast (Land of Gold) in apparent reference to the abundance of gold deposits along her coast. Currently, Ghana ranks second to South Africa in gold production in Africa. Talk about politics and the proud Ghanaian will boast that Ghana was the first to win political independence in the sub-Saharan Africa. Read the rest of this entry »

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Winneba Will Remain a Zongo, Unless ……

Posted by Business in Ghana on July 24, 2011

By Sydney Casely-Hayford, Sydney@bizghana.com

The journey to Winneba is only 30 minutes away from the center of Accra if you skip the nonsense at Odorkor, Sakaman, Mallam and McCarthy Hill.  The end result when you arrive at Winneba, is a disappointing specter of a once interesting town (dare I call it that now), with no business activity or commerce.

Weaving along with the scanty traffic and through a looping one way with a market closing in on the road, you catch a village town crier with a gong-gong, actually calling the attention of the community and parting some message in the local dialect. Read the rest of this entry »

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The NDC Is Not NDC Without It’s Core Values: Probity And Accountability

Posted by Business in Ghana on July 16, 2011

By Ben Ofosu-Appiah, Tokyo, JAPAN

With the NDC delegates conference in Sunyani over and the endorsement of  Attah Mills peace is supposed to return to the party and all factions are supposed to join hands, close ranks and work together in unity. However it is easier said than done and it looks like it is not going to be easy to mend fences.  The refusal of Nana Konadu to concede defeat, congratulate the winner, raise his hand, give a concession speech and pledge support to Mills for the 2012 campaign is something that is going to hurt the NDC as 2012 approaches. Nana Konadu should have been graceful in defeat and Mills humble in victory. Read the rest of this entry »

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The NDC At The Crossroads: Unattractive And Just Another Political Party Without Rawlings

Posted by Business in Ghana on July 13, 2011

By Ben Ofosu-Appiah, Tokyo, JAPAN

With the NDC delegates conference in Sunyani over and the endorsement of  Attah Mills peace is supposed to return to the party and all factions are supposed to join hands, close ranks and work together in unity. However it is easier said than done and it looks like it is not going to be easy to mend fences.  The refusal of Nana Konadu to concede defeat, congratulate the winner, raise his hand, give a concession speech and pledge support to Mills for the 2012 campaign is something that is going to hurt the NDC as 2012 approaches. Nana Konadu should have been graceful in defeat and Mills humble in victory. Read the rest of this entry »

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90 Million Cedis and 90 Votes

Posted by Business in Ghana on July 10, 2011

By Sydney Casely-Hayford, Sydney@bizghana.com

The first salvo in the “Fonkar-Game” games left a wonderful ring tone with President Mill’s laugh in a history-making recording.  After the Government denied that they even had 90 million cedis to run a competitive campaign, the country exhaled a big sigh of relief and carried on with our bigger challenges.

But what was the Nana Konadu challenge really about?

A few said “Women power”, some said a “Rawlings hegemony” and for Fonkar itself, was it really a serious challenge against a Government they actually believed had lost its way after the 2008 elections?  Was this actually a political in-fight or did the Rawlings’ believe they would win this?  Many sources claim Rawlings would not do this unless he knew he had a more than a 50% chance of electing his wife. Read the rest of this entry »

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MPs Angry With Banks Over High Interest Rates

Posted by Business in Ghana on July 5, 2011

Source: Citifmonline

After years of complaints by small-scale businesses and consumers of all ranks over high interest rates charged by banks, Ghana’s Parliament has made a bold move to probe the issue of huge disparities between Bank of Ghana’s base rate and the interest rates of the various commercial banks operating in the country.

Speaker of Parliament Justice Bamford Addo directed the Finance Committee of the House to interrogate the nation’s banks over the high interest rates after MPs had expressed outrage over what they called “unacceptable astronomical profits” being made by both local and foreign banks operating in the country. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Win For Nana Konadu Will Be A Win For The Country

Posted by Business in Ghana on July 4, 2011

By RAS MUBARAK

“Margaret Thatcher wasn’t of my politics, obviously, but I remember my dad was a really strong conservative and in the 1970s, I remember him telling me, ‘there is no way the British people are going to elect a woman as Prime Minister’. She won three elections. “People are less prejudiced than you ever think they are, they’re more sensible and more modern and more understanding and it should be the best person for the job, irrespective of race, irrespective of gender, irrespective of anything else.” – Tony Blair.

Women are more than half the population of Ghana. So it perfectly makes sense to have a woman at the top executive job – it is democratic. And not just Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings as Commander-In-Chief, but more women into top civil service jobs.

Aside the fact this, Konadu Agyeman Rawlings is as qualified as any politician – male or female to lead the country. Her winning the ruling party’s primaries would be a very good thing for our women, for equality and for our democracy. Read the rest of this entry »

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Street Lights and Potholes: Seek Ye First

Posted by Business in Ghana on July 4, 2011

By Sydney Casely-Hayford, Sydney@bizghana.com

Every year, we have a party of sorts.  The rains come down to stay for about two months and they invite their cousins, the potholes to join in the festivities.  This year is no different.

Everywhere in Accra there are roads with potholes of varying sizes, just waiting to destroy a shock absorber or two.  We run rivulets of precious water all around Accra.  Even the most visible parts, especially the most visible, like Nkrumah Circle are terrible spots of floods and debris floating around with no place to go except into choked gutters. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Moneycracy And Political Pimps: Who will Speak Up For Kwaebibrim District?

Posted by Business in Ghana on July 3, 2011

By Kwaku Adu-Gyamfi, Voice Of Reason

“In Germany they first came for the communists and I didn’t speak up then because I wasn’t a communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for Catholics and I didn’t speak because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me and by that time no one was left to speak up”.-Pastor M .Niemoller

Who will speak up against the MONEYcracy and political pimps?

You can’t miss them: Like the rest of the country, every election cycle  we allow political pimps of every political    kind to descend  on our  communities,  villages and towns ;and  throw a little ,money around like so much  chum or chicken feed…..but, pay scant attention  to our  basic needs , desire   and aspirations. Read the rest of this entry »

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