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Unlearnt Lessons. Critical News, 15th February 2015

Posted by Business in Ghana on February 15, 2015

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

I lost my cousin on Friday. Sissy died in the early hours of Friday, ravaged by diabetes and her sense of no-life.

I come from a family of five boys, my female cousins were the closest to sisters that I knew as we grew up over the years, life molding us, taking us further yet closer with every passing age and circumstance. We married, had children, educated some and agonized over most, whose fate turned left when the signposts read ahead and north.

She fought diabetes for ten years, a hard unflinching fight trundling from one hospital to the next herbal center, hoping for the miracle cure to end the mental agony of an inevitable end, an end which when it came was her own choice for death as she shut her mental will to the fight of life.

A few weeks ago as she lay in hospital, her messages to me delivered by more than a handful of family, flew past my busy schedule, me promising and never visiting.

Thursday she was discharged and once again I made the fatal decision to postpone seeing her until over the weekend. I thought she was out of danger; and for another time in my life I made the critical mistake of not listening to the small voice that guides me; rather, running my life around work and trivia.

Sissy looked after me as a boy, caring for us when parents traveled and nurturing us like a true mother and her nest of unruly cockles, a daily routine that challenged the most patient adult. And even as I grew up, she was always there for me and so too did I think I would be always there for her.

So I have not learnt any lessons at this level. I have regrets, regrets born out of thinking that my world is too important to be interrupted by life’s foibles and that the greater patriot rides paramount over the person and the heave of life’s past love.

May you rest in peace Sissy, one day, maybe one day, I will have learnt this lesson of life. Read the rest of this entry »

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I Debated Presidential Candidate Ayariga. Critical News, 4th November 2012

Posted by Business in Ghana on November 4, 2012

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

I spent four hours of my life listening to the Presidential debate.  I thought it was very critical to my future, so I gave up the time, devoted my full attention to those who would be President and run the affairs of this country.  We either turn things round in the next four years or we lose our edge and lead on the African continent.  Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo Addo, John Dramani Mahama and Abu Sakara, were privileged in Tamale last Tuesday when they mounted their platforms together with the People’s National Convention party’s, Hassan Ayariga, to share their thoughts and vision with Ghanaians.  I do not know Hassan, I heard his views for the first time last week and I looked up his profile on the net.  Not too sure how he got the nod from the PNC to become their candidate, but his performance that night has created a new ring tone for mobile telephony.  On Saturday morning, Joy City breakfast show voted him the “tornuu” of the week.  Now, other celebrities have won this accolade before so no worries, but clearly Hassan was not in the same league as the other candidates and I think on that performance alone, he can chalk his Presidential bid goodbye.  But I liked him.  He appeared in a suit and condemned all those who would come to us wearing foreign apparel to convince us of their sterling qualities.  He obviously has a great sense of humor too.  I found jollity in his Toyota car seat supply idea, amongst many others.  So, enough said. Read the rest of this entry »

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