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Stealing Our Kra. Critical News, 5th July 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on July 6, 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

I am on a morning run to Korle Bu hospital, my sixth run so far to give a basket of fruit to Arnold, a bosom buddy recuperating from minor surgery.  I have come to understand why everything is so underserved in this hospital, stories of horror float in the car park making the trip to the surgical ward one tentative step tripping after the next.

But that is not the story.  Wednesday, I decided to make a detour to avoid the early mortuary road traffic and bypassed through the suburbs of Chorkor.  It has been a while since I went that way and I was intrigued by the change.

I slowed down at “Naa Dede Best Tillapia” to buy credit and Kwei Fio (I only got to know his name later) was hollering, slaps to his backside, his teenage mother bent on marking his butt for life with a leather belt.  It was a bit too much and I stepped out of the car to reprieve (now) my boy and urge Ashikai to hold up a bit.

Well, Kwei Fio was on a “no one cedi, no school” protest and “authority mum” was damned if she would accept this challenge to her parenthood.  She had offered Kwei Fio fifty pesewas but he said the reduced “wage” would dent his toffee-acquiring image at school.

I pleaded, I succeeded and we came to a compromise.  Things were tough, sales were very slow and Ashikai needed her son to give her more time to resolve this.

So I offered to give Kwei Fio’s one cedi a day allowance a bump and help with the regular payments as long as he went to school everyday.  We agreed that I would send the money by mobile money and Kwei would go the MTN office just across the road with his mother’s phone every week and collect his allowance, which Ashikai would dish out by the day. Read the rest of this entry »

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Fear Not, NDC Got Your Back. Critical News, 15th June 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on June 15, 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

I reconnected with my very good friend Adams during the week.  He called; we arranged lunch and met at the Imperial Peking to catch up on long past jokes from the Zoology department where we spent many an afternoon trying to understand snakes and snails, Legon-style.

It was a good lunch, we explored all the possibilities on the menu and finally settled for shrimp fried rice, soup noodles and wonton soup starter.  Made a big difference from my usual chop bar banku and okro soup or fufu from around the corner at Asylum Down.

Adams is an NDC faithful, comes from dedicated party stock and we were reminiscing about days gone by and the observed habits of the red ant from Mango and Neem trees; the things people discuss at lunch, eh?

We avoid talking politics, because we have had too many historical run-ins, but unfortunately, today’s lunch was to be an exception.

So I was recanting how I recently noticed trains of Solenopsis invicta (or red fire ants for those of you who did not take zoology seriously), in single line convoying from one end of my driveway to the other.  I found this rather strange, because red ants don’t often leave their residencies, preferring to create mounds to protect their Queen.

They are a very busy lot, strategically organized in defense and attack.  Created not to die too easily, they breathe through a system of tracheal tubes, able to revive gases to the double bulbs connecting internal organs and tissue.

So we are being academic and really getting into the subject when we are interrupted by a group of Daily Guide readers who recognize me from my page 28 column and also a few appearances on TV.

I end courtesies and return to Adams, who pops me a left hook question, throws me off and I reel back, bowled over.

“Have you heard that Nana Addo will be using a helicopter for his campaign this year?” Read the rest of this entry »

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