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Goodbye 2013, Drag In 2014. Critical News, 29th December 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on December 29, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

December to Rememba. 24th night at the International Conference Center, what-a-blast, and I became a Kakie fan.  Of all the performances that night, I enjoyed watching Kakie gyrating and showing us her singing dancing combination more than anything else.  Of course, EL, Ketche, Bisa, Batman and the rest were really great, and Tiffany too, and don’t get me wrong it was overall a very well choreographed and well managed program, the sound quality was good, lighting was excellent and the performances were of the highest standard. I came home at two in the morning, thinking I spent a well earned night in the unspoken space of the stretch denim and white blouse young lady in the aisle seat to my left as she hip-twirled and rhythm-bumped to “Tonga” and a host of other songs, cyber crotch-stabbing a target for later that night.  I recognised the hits, the benefit of having many nieces at this age and I thoroughly enjoyed my night.

And it got me thinking, shouldn’t we reach out further, string this creative music into something more dynamic?  Plan a week-long Independence day event from March 1st every year?  We could have events every day for seven days.  Stage plays, poetry, episodic trips to places in Ghana, inter-regional tug of war and football, independence marathon.  Invite our friends from Nigeria, Cote D’Ivoire, Togo, South Africa, Senegal.  Let them bring their best performers to join us, we could teach each other a lot of things.  Hmm, might have to rethink Nigeria; Boko Haram might follow. Read the rest of this entry »

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MAHAMA-nomics, Chooboi. Critical News, 22nd December 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on December 22, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

We are trying to get our Government to actually do something about corruption instead of just talking their way out of a corruption tunnel.  The NDC Government cannot deny that they spent a lot of money in the run up to the 2012 elections.  In my opinion there has been no real explanation for where the money went.  There was some single spine, but a whole load more.  The Auditor general points to major expense in interest payments and other expenditure by Government, hitherto unexplained.

I will devote the last article of the year next week to a review of the Auditor’s report and more economic related matters.  I can’t understand why we are beating about the bush when we have such a powerful Presidency with powers to correct just about anything in this country.

As an example, John Mahama can ask all the ministers currently in government and who were part of moving the GYEEDA process onward without sensible due diligence to step aside while the investigation goes ahead.  Then he can ask the former minister of finance, Dr. Kwabena Duffuor to come and explain how he supervised the release of so much money without following due process at the Ministry, the Budget Office, the Controller and Accountant General’s office, the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the GYEEDA team; looked away when all this was happening. Read the rest of this entry »

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If I Were To Buy A Bank. Critical News, 15th December 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on December 15, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Don’t we have a saying in our culture that goes “you only see the length of a frog after it is dead”?  I don’t want to harp on death ‘cos Madiba left us after a very well-lived ninety-five and as an avid follower and believer of his life, may I say “damirifa due”.  To say I admired Mandela would be an understatement.  All my life I wanted to meet and shake his hand and I never did anything positively to live the dream.  Now, gone and dearly departed, I am left cross-eyed, looking for the next African icon and I know not whence to start, but certainly not here at home.

Democracy.  This past week, Henry Djaba, father of NPP National Women’s Organizer Otiko Djaba plus a few many siblings, died.  He lived a good life I understand, and died a well-respected person in our society, considered rather wealthy throughout his long walk through time.

But I was neutered when I heard that the NPP polling and constituency executive elections were to be postponed in the Eastern Region in order that Otiko could celebrate her grief.  I had not focused on how large and long Henry Djaba was in death, that the NPP chose to halt a scheduled democratic process of such critical importance in order that a funeral ceremony, which is going to run for days if not months, could be attended by one of theirs. Read the rest of this entry »

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MERBAN Reloaded. Critical News, 8th December 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on December 8, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

JDM is in the Merchant Bank saga, big time.  Whether he likes it or not, he placed himself there when he did not follow his own code of ethical guidelines, with which he expects his ministers to conform.  Unless it is one of those politician things where you say something or develop a regulation or rule simply to assuage the populace with no intention of ever monitoring the code.  And we have several of such in Ghana.

But how different is Vice President JDM from President John D Mahama?  Does the President carry different ethics now than what he once had as Vice President?  The NDC Government has tried all week to separate the President and the previous Vice President as of different ilk.  From what they say, he followed what his then boss President Mills wanted done, the obedient assistant rather than the upright, confident, ethically opinionated, highly moral President we now have. Read the rest of this entry »

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God’s Tobinco Condoms. Critical News, 1st December 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on December 1, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

When I was a wee lad, condoms came in a pack of six, in different colors and scents.  For a few pesewas, I forget the exact amount now, you could get a cocktail of six and the teenage prophylactic world was such a simple one to navigate.  In those days you didn’t just walk to the counter and buy.  Deep penetrating, quizzical attendants stared you into lurking behind the colds and Paracetamol sections.  If you were unlucky and it was a she, it was easier to ask your father for a pack than to face the revelation that you were contemplating something really evil that night with someone other than her.  We got by using older siblings to purchase, and that came with its torturous nonsense when they threatened to tell mama and papa when you got to fighting; as boys do.

And such it was that I grew up knowing that you should check the condom after, to make sure that the wriggly little things had been trapped properly.  Many an unplanned parent was created from a miscarriage of condom vigilance.

But it was never about God, prayers and intervention when it “locked”. Read the rest of this entry »

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