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Remembering Dictators. Critical News, 1st February 2015

Posted by Business in Ghana on February 1, 2015

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

My world futured back to the past on Legon campus over the weekend when I went to buy a book or two. My life, now consumed with large spats of power down-time, interspersed with benevolent electricity supply from VRA’s Kirk Koffie and his subordinates, I ventured to find Dr. Obed Asamoah’s book on the political history of Ghana (1950-2013), catch up on modern history and occupy my time when I cannot do any work because I am locked in a pretentious modern society, where I think I live in a civilized country but have no water and no control over noisy neighbors who fill my naturally ventilated open-window bedroom with smoke at five O’clock in the morning.

Legon bookshop killed my spirit. I swear I recognized some of the books from my days there in 1974. The layout has not changed, the categories of books are still the same and even the man who sits in the lifeguard chair, keeping an eye on potential student thieves was an aging version of the same one I knew then. He just has a glaucoma look in his eyes and if he can see anyone very well, I wonder if he can get off the high chair to arrest them.

I think the University dons must sit up. On a campus where there are many more banks per real estate kilometer than anywhere I know, you can’t even buy a book with a bankcard. Can’t even buy a CD-rom book, a tablet or even a book reader. Seems modernity overlooked them when it arrived because they had probably closed for the 2pm day on a Saturday.

I am so disappointed that our highest institution of learning just does not get it. Not even sure you can access a website of books in store. They still write prices of books in pencil and sign off. How do you still do this in a computerised world? And they had advertised they would be closed for stocktaking. In days when you stock take in real time. Bueei! Read the rest of this entry »

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O Dumsor Where is Thy Sting? Critical News, 25th January 2015

Posted by Business in Ghana on January 25, 2015

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Haven’t you eventually braved the ides of Dumsor? Everywhere I went this past week everybody complained about the erratic power cuts and how there is simply no regard for Citizen Ghana and whether we deserve such punishment after the small holiday largesse at the expense of the Volta lake.

Now regular kiosks around the city have invested in small generators to survive and carry on basic services. My local barber down McCarthy Hill proudly announced to me how he has arranged for a generator on hire for a few days in a week just to keep his customers from drifting. He did the calculations and figured he could do a bit more if he spent a few extra cedis.

He asks for three cedis for a haircut, beard and moustache trim. He operates from a kiosk, and me, big supporter of KIOSKENOMICS patronize his “barbary” at least every other week. He fears an increase in charge will turn customers away.

My advice, charge a few cedis more. Our conversation went somewhat like this. Translate into Twi to get the import.

Yaw: “If I ask for more they will not pay”

Syd: “How much do I pay when I come here?”

Yaw: “Five cedis” 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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