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Enough Said, No More. Critical News, 2nd February 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on February 2, 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

On 31st January it rained.  Very hard for two hours.  Accra flooded, Ashaiman changed its streets to mud lanes, ditches and potholes sucked huge gulps of aqua divine and the trotros and taxis had a field day, breaking every road rule they have been stopped from executing with the recent police controls on streets and side walks.

Ashaiman has the enviable reputation of sneezing burning tires, terrorizing their Municipal Chief Executive, Okadas and energetic youth roaming the corners, picking and fleecing inattentive visitors who don’t understand the mixed culture of the community.

I wondered though if Lord nature had found a compassionate strand for Ghana this week, whether it was tears after hearing the truth from one of its apostles, Rt. Rev. Stephen Richard Bosomtwi-Ayensu, Methodist Bishop in Obuasi, and decided to irrigate Accra, not planning, like Mayor Oko Vanderpuye for the flood prone areas.

On a pulpit at the Obuasi Black Park to his congregants and fellow priests, Reverend Bosomtwi-Ayensu simply said enough of all this mess.  He was not angry at the town folk, he was angry at President folk.  The President is slow. It’s as if he and the Government are suffering from stroke. He seems so unconcerned about our suffering. Times are so hard and life is simply unbearable. He must wake up to realities and stop sleeping on the job”. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Door Marked “Major Overhaul”. Critical News, 3rd November 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on November 3, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

This is the beginning of the most boring month in the year.  All we are doing is moving from one corruption scandal to another.  Nothing achieved, we talk, discuss, criticize, debate, analyse and get frustrated.  Our Government sits with the noise Buddhist fashion, leaves us to ruminate as if we know what we are talking about, leaves it there with us.  In spiritual parlance, we “sit with the silence”, JDM and his team “sit in jest”, waiting for time to play out as we forget the last antic and move to the next.

We just do not have redress mechanisms in Ghana to shift Government backsides into action.

I listened uneasily the other morning when the Deputy Chief at CHRAJ clearly told us CHRAJ is only beholden to itself.  Surrounded with so much fraud, it is embarrassing that Gallup should tell us we are now ranking corruption member in the recognized free press world.  3rd in pole position, and that was in early 2012.

The City and Country Waste judgment debt case, which is threatening to make Accra Mayor Vandepuye a Metropolis eunuch, is an unfortunate example of how helpless we are in the face of Ghana Corrupt Inc. Read the rest of this entry »

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To Join A Corruption Cult. Critical News, 28th July 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on July 28, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Takoradi’s rats trump all I have seen so far in Ghana.  Bold, brazen, fearless, they meander through the sewers in the market circle foraging and picking the choice bits as they feed fat on throw-away “tsofi”.  Yep, Chicken and turkey “tsofi” is not illegal in Takoradi.  It sells all along the roadside from Winneba to T’di and beyond.  It is only in Accra we think it is illegally unhealthy and make a big deal of it.  For the Takoradi rats it is a delicacy, dare anybody arrest them for partaking.

We have done something right with the Winneba-Cape Coast-Takoradi road.  It is smooth and comfortable, maybe too many twists and bends, but it is weathering well and it makes you wonder why we don’t have many more such networks to make business easier.  You can do the Accra-Takoradi return trip in a day, takes roughly three hours one way and it is rather safe, with a few strategically placed police barriers and some speed bumps, which everyone ignores as they keep the speed up at between 100-140 km/hour.  I was way up at this speed limit for the journey and enjoyed every minute of it.  Don’t we need an Autobahn in Ghana?  I was doing 120 and staying ahead of the curve.  This BMW shot past, belittled me and left a fleeting fine spray on my shield, made me look like a tentative rookie driver behind the wheel.  When I did catch up with him at “God Loves You” (this great restaurant a few months ago, which has deteriorated so fast the food quality was a major let down), the seventeen-year-old driver could have borrowed his father’s car to sport the giggling four-inch-heeled, twelve-inch-above-the-knee skirted chicks, and I was left with childhood memories that couldn’t trump these Amazons.  My only consolation; these are the days of “Sakawa” and cocaine dealing so how can you tell? Read the rest of this entry »

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Flight of The Asongtaba Akonfem. Critical News, 31st March 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on March 31, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Sitting on the curb of our Family House in James Town, I am chilling with my cousins and uncles, formally ushering a new head of our family and enjoying the late hits from Wulomei and other King Bruce greats.  My cousin Kpakpo, a walking lexicon of the Ga language is at his best, keeping us all engaged in the kind of banter you exchange after you have boxed your drinks, no matter which, with a tot and two of Mandingo bitters.  I am a Guinness-Mandigo Akonfem weight and it is a thoroughly pleasant evening.  There is a gentle and comforting breeze blowing from south side, but for the occasional taxi and Trotro fumes we have no issues.  We are used to the agitation from the foot soldier types, and we are very comfortable with the stench from the Korle.  It has been like that since I can remember, and hey, we know our Government has no interest in fixing it, so we manage and shut it out.

The exodus of the Kwahu-Easter-loving migrants has calmed the streets and we muse on the way Accra used to be in the old days.  I played football in the alleyway of the house and on the streets, always drifting closer to the Palladium cinema house to sneak by the gate to watch “Seven Slaves Against Rome”, much to my mother’s mortification.  The Cinema House is now a church.  Signs of the times. Read the rest of this entry »

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