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This Is Not Funny. Critical News, 29th June 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on June 29, 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

We finally made it into the abyss.  All week I was inundated with calls from, especially, the USA, where I set up my boast box four years ago, shouting through The New Ghanaian newspaper about how I was coming back home, urging all who were finding life in the US of A a bit tough, to ride, ride, ride with me back to the Motherland.

Let’s go add our voices, yell from Afadjato; Ghana is our only country and we are home to bring talent and open thought to the politics and business, plant some great footprints and challenge the youth to follow in our wake and make Ghana the place to be this 21st century.

So this week I ate humble pie.  After I zigzagged the streets of Adabraka for two hours looking for petrol, I bought forty cedis credit and apologized (dropping calls for more time than I spoke, cursing MTN in between) that I was not engaged in the inefficiency of this Government; but I cannot accept that it was as bad as the Kutu Acheampong and Rawlings PNDC early eighties time.

It was my only come back.

It was not funny.  I had to defend the NDC Government to save my own face and voice, and I am a firm critic of this economy. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Recantation. Critical News, 22nd June 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on June 22, 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

It was a good idea to trip to the Accra Mall on Saturday.  Same day we expected to beat Germany to stay in contention to win the World Cup, and I was not surprised at the numbers I saw shopping and de-tensioning before the match later that night.

Nature blessed us, we have not had much rain lately, and the power supply has been more consistent.  I am not confident enough to lay the success of this temporary “dumsor” fully on the floor mats of VRA, GRIDCO, BUI and ECG; the gang of four who can’t seem to calculate how much supply we have unless they talk to the politicians.

So the timely intervention by almighty nature is a boon to all praying religions and their dedication to Brazillia.

My own prediction last week that the Black Stars would win 3-1 against the USA did not happen, and I was reminded by friends, family and readers, that I need to be more prayerful.

I am not egoistic enough to think that my added prayers alone would ensure world cup success.  If that were possible, I would mount a podium next to Duncan Williams and charge muchos dollars.

But I have been wondering.  Is there a thriving private economy from Government?  Analytically, isn’t the private sector functioning without Government?  It appears so, since all that Government does is make payroll and even that.  It seems to me that we are getting on with life despite Government being broke. Read the rest of this entry »

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World Cup Diary 3

Posted by Business in Ghana on June 18, 2014

From Kwasi Gyan Appenteng

25 million coaches go to work

This is the morning after the night before, my friend Yaa wrote on her Facebook wall; Ghana is not a happy place. We have not yet descended into the funk of 2010 after we were done in by the Hand of Devil, a la, Suarez, but this morning there are fewer flags and smiles in Accra. Ghana’s 25 million coaches have started work and the prevailing pre-breakfast opinion is that the real coach, Kwasi Appiah lost us the match.

Some say he should have started with Essien and Boateng because the presence of those two would intimidate the American players. Others say they coach had a goalkeeping dilemma because Kwarasey is not good at catching down balls while Dauda is afraid of high balls. It is too bad the rules of Association Football do not allow the use of two goalkeepers; ideally we would field the pair of them. Kwarasey to catch high balls while Dauda crouches low! Read the rest of this entry »

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World Cup Diary 2

Posted by Business in Ghana on June 11, 2014

From Kwasi Gyan Appenteng

The god of vengeance is a Costa Rican

On Saturday night I put the headline – the god of vengeance is a Costa Rican on my Facebook wall and within minutes people were “liking” it and passing comments by the dozen. Other ecstatic Ghanaians had expressed similar sentiments on social media and it was obvious that we could not contain our joy. And this was 72 hours before our own Black Stars first kickoff in Brazil. We were celebrating the defeat of Uruguay at the hands of Costa Rica when the pair met in their group’s opening game.

Geography is no longer an active subject in schools these days so I wonder whether most Ghanaians know where Costa Rica is in the world, but we don’t really care even if it is in outer space. We have adopted that Central American country and would be cheering its team on in this tournament. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Black Stars Of Africa Set To Shine In Brazil

Posted by Business in Ghana on June 4, 2014

By TP Magnus Ulzen

Ghana is the land of over 20 million unpaid football coaches and I confess, periodically I am one of them.

I have followed the Black Stars through the highs and lows of our football history since I was old enough to read the Daily Graphic and long before we had the benefit of television. Like many, I followed our team on radio, guided by the late Festus Addae and later, Joe Lartey.
What I can say of the Black Stars of old, who own our four continental titles, is that they had a winning attitude. They represented a republic that was unapologetically confident at that time in its history. They had a healthy respect for their opponents but entered every tournament to win.
Unfortunately, the first time Ghana qualified to play for the Jules Remit trophy in 1966 the Black Stars of old did not field a team because of the boycott of FIFA by Africa. This was because all of Africa played for 1 berth and then would have to play the highest ranked European loser. Today we have 5 spots against Europe’s 13, which still makes no sense.

The soccer dreams of three generations of Ghanaians have been rekindled steadily since our re-entry into the World Cup in 2006. (http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/SportsArchive/artikel.php?ID=105899) Read the rest of this entry »

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Some Things Not Etiquette. Critical News, 16th March 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on March 16, 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Twice this past week I straddled between upgrading my cultural and eating ways, to bridge the divide between “under the tree” village style eating and serving fufu in finely decorated ceramic china bowls.

Recessed just a few feet from the roadside at Ayimensa on the way to Aburi, I was engrossed in spitting out chicken and akrantie bones, you know how we turn just slightly to the side of the bench and “phh, phh phh phh” to the dirt floor because there is no side plate for the bones?  How we lick the last bits of soup from our fingers, flex with a loud burp after sucking the second pure water sachet empty and announce proudly that we have done justice to the food?

Well, that was the vision I carried with me to the British Council Hall, met and dined next to Bice Osei Kuffuor; Obuor who I admire so much for filling Ghana with wonderful music during his time.  Konkontibaa is always a favorite, Julianna, Baby You Fine and many more.  These days our music has become so dominated by groin action, we don’t remember the great Hiplife era, which provided a rich tapestry of creativity for our artistes. Read the rest of this entry »

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Political Will and The Future of Our Democracy

Posted by Business in Ghana on April 7, 2013

Prof. T. P. Manus Ulzen, tulzen@yahoo.com

There is no lack of talent in Ghana for all manner of roles and functions but the country seems woefully unable to use the best brains it has at its disposal, both locally and globally, to achieve the level of functioning consistent with wealth of material and human resources it has. We seem highly gifted at describing problems after the fact and even when we do so accurately, we never remedy the situation by immediately holding responsible parties accountable.
We love to mess up and then appeal or beg the disappointed or sometimes legally aggrieved parties to give up their just right to a remedy or restitution.

Successive governments from both sides of the political divide have presided over a steady decline in the standard of living, quality of education, availability of reliable and safe means of public transportation and unacceptably high mortality rates in the population from easily preventable causes of death. The gap between the haves and the have-nots continues to widen with an attendant increase in crime and violence which is not prevented by anticipatory and proactive strategies but reacted to, after the fact. This is what happens when a government cares more about its officials than its people. As I listened to the most recent budget speech on the radio, I noted that the loudest applause was garnered by the announcement on improved conditions for parliamentarians. It was a disgraceful spectacle. Read the rest of this entry »

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Oleeee, Oleee, Olee, OYE. Critical News, 3rd February 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on February 3, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

We went past another milestone when Parliament accepted that Nana Oye Lithur could be made Minister for Gender, Children and Social protection.  Like many other new descriptions and positions created so far by Government, I don’t know what that job entails, but I am glad Nana Oye was nominated and accepted.  We will debate the ministries issue later when Kwaka Baako comes back from New York, where he is chilling for a while.  But I will say here and now that President John Mahama has no problem with gay rights.  It has nothing to do with Mr. Solomon sitting to his left at his book launch, it has more to do with what I asked him at another book launch.  JDM believes in protecting citizen rights; that I know for a fact, because he knew where Nana Oye was coming from before he nominated her to ensure that the rights of the underprivileged in society would be catered, and I asked him and he clarified at a public event. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Peter Principle. Critical News. 3rd June, 2012

Posted by Business in Ghana on June 3, 2012

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

There is a certain beauty in nature.  After the rain, sunrays break the sky and caress the earth in soft and gentle layers, raising hope for the next rain and the next sun massage.  You know the flowers will bloom again and nature will feed the earth with hope for another day and food for mankind.  There is also a consistency in nature’s way, a way that over the years has stabilized our future, until mankind interferes.

Which we did last Friday when the Ghana Sports Authority floodlights failed and Koku Anyidohu dismissed a non-existing (ECG had no such position as Koku mentioned) official from the ECG and threatened to annex others in the chain on the orders of President Mills.  The fact that the lights were all powered by the Baba Yara stadium genset, did not feature in his tirade.  Watching the Ghana/Lesotho match, I wondered why ECG would leave the lights on in the stands and switch off the floodlights.  Made no sense until the ECG official came to explain.  Koku of course did not hear this part.  Bent on showing some “Milling balls” he fired them in the name of the President. Read the rest of this entry »

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