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Clone Me A Moomen. Critical News, 5th July 2015

Posted by Business in Ghana on July 6, 2015

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

The Friday crowd was no joke. I was completely out of my depth, didn’t know whether to look left, right, north or south or even maybe corner my eyes surreptitiously from some place. I was at the National theatre to watch a satirical comedy on events that play out in Flagstaff House periodically.

It was a chance meeting with the two gentlemen who were both acting and promoting their play and I promised them I would be there and so I was. The bonus I did not figure into the attendance was all the youthful and fun-loving crowd who showed up to support their mates.

The skirts were nine inches above the knee, dresses were hugging well-formed hips and the stretch jeans were hard pushed to show off any more than they were designed to do. It could have been a Hollywood BET red carpet event, but the handbags did it all for me.

These carry sacks the ladies have taken to balancing in the crook of their elbows, held daintily with palms floating upwards in a tandem hip swivel with each step, now show the class of ladies in town. And there were plenty of those on offer.

And it lived up to expectation for them. They laughed, sang along and kept up with slogans and poignant messages, all of them aware of the outcome of the show, except me, who still thought the incumbent president would still win the election petition.

In this engaging scenario, even with all the similarities of the Supreme Court justices and the election pink sheets, over-voting, double-voting, destroyed ballots and voting results declared long before the count was in, the incumbent lost the slot and the true outcome was only punished when the outgoing president declared a three week “dumsor” on residents in specific communities to “teach his opposers a lesson”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ten Cedis And A Parliament. Critical News, 14th June 2015

Posted by Business in Ghana on June 15, 2015

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

It is pouring down tears this morning. All day and at 6pm showing no signs of letting up. It is not a threatening thunderstorm or tornado or any such, it is just raining as it does every rainy season, a mild “Hurricane Tetteh”, not as wicked as “Hurricane Vanoko” from June 4. But Ghana’s current “rain phobia” has sent people cowering and even “Aglowians” are not in church.

Yet we are none the wiser. All the debris emptied from the large drains and gutters last week, piled along the edges, waiting to flow back in their settlement zone. And we have “ayariga-flexed” four fuel stations, as examples of waterway-blocking-unruly-recalcitrant owners determined to kill us by creating floods.

I heard one of our budding parliamentarians say we should all gather for prayer for the rains to stop and avoid death.

He was holding a bugle attached to a loud speaker with an in-built amplifier and with no regard for the noise level enshrined in our byelaw he was blurting out all sorts of prickly passages from the Christian bible and berating passersby for not donating tithes to his cause.

I listened for ten minutes and asked which he prefers. Death by rain, by fire or death from hunger? I didn’t get an answer so I donated ten cedis and walked away.

On to observe the count in the Awutu Senya West constituency where I had interest in George Andah’s bid for Hannah Tetteh’s seat. Hannah could not be there to hear the resounding victory when it was announced, a massive 282 of 539 delegates. And it was peaceful and friendly all the way to the end. She tweeted from South Africa, her apologies for being away on government business. Roll on 2016. Read the rest of this entry »

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All Dead Have Died. Critical News, 19th April 2015

Posted by Business in Ghana on April 20, 2015

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

NPP Presidential aspirant Nana Addo was on radio during the week. He chose Kwabena Duffuor’s Starr Fm, with Bola Ray as his significant other interviewing half to bare his soul a bit and also attempt some demystification of what happened in 2012, the election, the petition, and the eventual verdict, which some of us are still digesting.

I don’t believe the NDC won any election in 2012. Even with the bloated register and the padded numbers in the Volta Region, you can’t win an election on performance like we had. I stand firm that the Ghanaian voter has a bit more sophistication than what we see from the pink sheets and eventual results.

Until we do what Nigeria has done and go totally clean register and fully biometric, the results will never be acceptable. It is not impossible to mimic Nigeria; our politicians don’t want to do it in Ghana.

But if you missed the interview and write-ups in print, sorry. It carried in the Government media as well and I have to say I am beginning to see persons with spine reporting truth rather than propaganda. That public press seat cannot be easy, especially when your sector minister particularly skews stories to incredulity.

Nana Addo says he could have done more to explain “all die be die”. Well, with elections dearly departed, verdicts buried and goats now dead, it is a bit too late and Ghanaians are paying the price. Read the rest of this entry »

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President-elect bans Ivory Coast cocoa exports

Posted by Business in Ghana on January 24, 2011

Traders are bracing for a jump in the price of cocoa on Monday, after the internationally recognised president-elect of Ivory Coast imposed a one month export ban in an attempt to oust Laurent Gbagbo, who the international community said lost elections though he remains president. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Message For Cocoa Board, GNPC and TOR

Posted by Business in Ghana on November 30, 2010

By Kwaku Adu-Gyamfi (Voice of Reason), NJ, USA

For Ghanaians to get real equity, please list these companies on Ghana Stock Exchange Market, anything less is just a joke.

Who are the true owners of the Cocoa Board, TOR and GNPC?

Why can’t ordinary Ghanaians buy shares in Cocoa Board and GNPC or TOR, if they’re the true owners   of these companies? Read the rest of this entry »

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How Vice President Betrayed Cocoa Farmers

Posted by Business in Ghana on November 3, 2010

By Godwin Adjei-Gyamfi

The events leading to how the official ban was overturned by the VP.

APRIL 7TH 2010

Undercover investigation by a journalist in Ghana identifies Armajaro (one of the world’s largest cocoa commodity traders owned by Anthony Ward) contractor as an alleged smuggling conspirator. The company faces a partial trading ban. Read the rest of this entry »

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