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Nigeria 2015: The No Choice Election

Posted by Business in Ghana on March 29, 2015

By Adewale Maja-Pearce

I won’t be voting in this year’s election in Nigeria, the fifth since the return of civilian rule in 1999 following many years of the military. It’s partly my fault; partly the fault of the misnamed Independent National Electoral Commission (misnamed because the chair is appointed directly by the president, as he has repeatedly reminded us), which couldn’t find evidence of my 2011 registration despite the obscene amount spent on laptops.

But no matter; I wouldn’t vote if I could. Neither candidate – still less the parties they represent – will lead this country of embarrassing abundance to the Promised Land. Take the incumbent, Goodluck Jonathan of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), a Christian from the oil-producing Niger Delta in the south. To say that his performance has been abysmal is acknowledged even by his unsavoury handlers who ceaselessly attempt to counter the widespread notion that their boss is clueless – the adjective most used to describe him – thereby confirming the fact.

It is four years since Boko Haram launched its deadly campaign and yet it is only now that he has seen fit to address it, but only with the assistance of soldiers from neighbouring Chad and Cameroon (along with South African mercenaries), a humiliation for a country whose armed forces were once lauded by the UN for bringing peace to Liberia and Sierra Leone. Read the rest of this entry »

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Pardon My stupid. Critical News, 22nd February 2015

Posted by Business in Ghana on February 22, 2015

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Death creeps in your heart, engulfs your mind and with heartrending signals, captures your senses, numbing them confusedly. In its jolting way, first news of a dead loved one, dulls the realism of life, leaving a sense of non-purpose, a linger on the mind, warding off other reality in such a way that questions of why and no reasons to why, drift to and forward through your mind even as you hear reassuring words from engaged humans, perfecting the ploy of held down grief, a forever attachment to sadness; death.

Floating memories of time together, casual, vivid images of time spent with love smiles, gestures of peace and together ideas for mutual existence, all play games.

You try to be brave, try hard to shake off the pitted sadness in your mind and in your heart, clearly losing the battle that only time can heal.

To all those who have lost close ones in recent times, I understand. I am feeling it just as much at this time and were I a praying man, I would be on my knees asking a God to take away the yoke and free me from misery. But alas. Read the rest of this entry »

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Return Trip, Kaneshie to Movenpick. Critical News, 1st June 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on June 1, 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

I think I hold the Guinness/ECG record in dumsor.  If you totally do not have any electricity where you are, you cannot enter the draw.  A picture amused me on my Whatsup page showing an ECG office with a small generator powering the office.  I thought, how apt.

But this was after I had gone through two continuous days with not a kilowatt drip and power had been interrupted off and on sixteen times during the week.  Is there anyone out there to match this?  We should compile a chart to compare.  Winner gets a Gen-set.  “ECG your darkness is their happiness”.

And in a city where street hawking is illegal, Adinkra Pastries staff donned green trousers, green scarves, a green apron tied perfectly below a white T-shirt, and sporting a new brand of charley wote, invaded the streets in Oko Vanderpuye’s face where he has abandoned traffic control to the hawker.

Defiantly vending meat pie and rolls, they crowd the streets, setting a new standard for others to follow as we do “kioskenomically”.  There is no AMA task officer in their face until they become part of the poverty tapestry, too underprivileged to be “social-democratically” abandoned.

I wondered for a minute whether this was another GYEEDA module, “Pastries in Street Hawking”? Read the rest of this entry »

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An RAF Sentinel bound for Nigeria to find more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls has been forced to land for repairs in Senegal

Posted by Business in Ghana on May 20, 2014

RAF Spy Plane Breaks Down On Way To Find Nigerian Schoolgirls

By Ben Farmer, Defence Correspondent

The Sentinel R1 was forced to divert to Senegal with a “technical issue” and will be grounded until repairs have been completed.

The unexpected delay is a repeat of last year’s embarrassment for the Ministry of Defence when a C-17 transporter sent to help French troops in Mali was also temporarily grounded by technical trouble.

David Cameron offered the Sentinel to the Nigerian government to use its advanced ground scanning radar to hunt for more than 200 school girls abducted from a school hostel last month.

The modified executive business jet left RAF Waddington on Sunday bound for its new base in Accra in Ghana, where it will be stationed while flying across northern Nigeria.

However the crew reported technical problems midway through the flight.

An RAF source said: “We had a choice of turning around and coming home, or landing en route.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Nigeria Abducted Schoolgirls: RAF Plane Sets Off

Posted by Business in Ghana on May 19, 2014

Taken from the BBC website, this story is too important for Ghana to look askence, hence I am breaching copyright

An RAF spy plane has left the UK to help search for 223 schoolgirls abducted by extremists in Nigeria.

The Sentinel R1 plane, which has a crew of five, took off from RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire, at 09:25 BST on Sunday, the Ministry of Defence said.

Boko Haram Islamic militants took the schoolgirls, who include Christians and Muslims, on 14 April in north-eastern Nigeria, where the group is based.

African leaders meeting in Paris have declared “war” on the group. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Palaver Of Unlike Minds. Critical News, 11th May 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on May 11, 2014

Critical News, 11th May 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Oh, I struggled with this one.  I stumbled into mediation for a couple last week end.  As a rule I never get between couples, but this was very dear to my soul and I have their permission to use their story, definitely not their names.

Paapa and Akosua have been bickering on big, small issues for so long, three children all grown up and left home, they have a whole new set of problems.  Work, girlfriend, attention, fellowshipping etc..  Akosua is an avid Church goer, Paapa is still not convinced that all the solutions are with the Lord on high.  Money wahala too dey inside big time.

Left alone, no children to occupy them, PaaAkosua have resorted to fisticuffs, so bad, we were in the hospital removing stitches from her lower jaw.  A very repentant him was embarrassingly in the doorway, cowering from medical eyes, melding into the recesses of the curtains.

After we gingerly make it down the stairs and back home, I am confronted with a possible suit for assault and battery.  Akosua wants one back for this pain and suffering.  Looking at her face in the mirror, she turns to me and says “Sydney hwe me nim”. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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