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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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Dumsor With Goat Light Soup. Critical News, 15th March 2015

Posted by Business in Ghana on March 15, 2015

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

You cannot of course, eat a live goat, how much more make a soup with it to go with your fufu. The goat must be dead, and to be on the safe side you must have some light to see the goat head in the soup if you are not to choke on splintered bones.

This is not an adage, just plain commonsense, which spice has been in short supply in Ghana these past few years, making the goat soup much lighter than usual.

President Mahama’s attempt at a joke in Gabarone must be mixed with a lot of regret at this time, in the aftermath of the way the press here latched onto his wisecrack and made serious matter out of what he said, which clearly amused his audience as they clapped his humor. You can cut and paste this URL into a browser and listen for yourself. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkXULF7gHPs.

It was clearly an intended joke, but I think it backfired big time. Firstly, the “communications expert” as we like to acknowledge should definitely have known better. On the back of his now infamous “yen tie obiaa” and other digs at his country folk, I think he deserves every sound bite against him. He is only lucky that the opposition NPP have not made more of the gaff than they could.

To say you are no longer pervious to the protests of the people of the country, to indirectly admit that you have pandered to the election pressure and have consciously thrown national budgets out of gear in order to ensure continued stay in office, is clearly a gross dereliction of duty and a betrayal of the mandate we gave him under the constitution to manage the economy of this country efficiently and to the benefit of Ghanaians. Read the rest of this entry »

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