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I Accuse You. Critical News, 27th September 2015

Posted by Business in Ghana on September 28, 2015

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Turmoil! A country struggling to find its feet and claim back its nobility, turns to its Coat of Arms and philosophically wonders, “where did we take the wrong turn”? Somewhere after the fight for independence and our fanaticism for dumping accolades of meaningless praise on leaders, we ignored the fair principles of equity and fairness in our lives.

Freedom and Justice. How many times haven’t we as a people taken pride of place in our lead as the Black Star and how many times haven’t we failed to follow through on justice and claim our right to fairness as should be in a modern democratic society.

I rail against any who say this country is not ready for a democracy and flail those who claim that we would be better off asking for white rule and a return to the colonial empire.

The mistake we have made all these years, is to allow the political class to keep repeating the “seek ye first the political kingdom and all else shall be added” mantra. Never was a more misguided clause echoed in a plethora of deliveries, to make it sound and mean right.

Look where it has gotten us? A forthcoming crusade from one the even more corrupt churches, should be held and called “Judgment Day Goats Miracle Crusade”. It will be fitting in today’s Ghana.

Where and how does it all start? Read the rest of this entry »

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Because I Need To Believe. Critical News, 21st December 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on December 21, 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Turning left coming out of TV Africa studios where I had just finished recording a show, I was appalled at the spectacle of a group of people pounding mercilessly on a helpless victim curled knees to chest on the floor, hopelessly covering his head with his bare hands, trying to avoid the next blow.

I made a decision to drive by and “di mi fie asem” when I spotted a youthful macho approaching with what looked like a six-inch concrete block heading for the helpless victim. I changed my mind, careened to the side road in a screeching halt, pounding my horn at the same time.

Taking advantage of the distraction, I came out of the car yelling in twi for all of them to step aside and stop the beating. I managed a quick run, adrenalin pumping through the old body and confronted those I thought were the ringleaders.

The next exchange took place local language as I tried to understand the purpose of this attempted murder.

Back and forth for another thirty minutes, I finally made some sense and with a cell phone in hand taking pictures as fast as I could, I finally quelled the mob and they started drifting away, back-yelling insults and challenging my authority as they moved ways from the crime scene.

They had intended to kill the poor guy on “suspicion” that he was a known pickpocket in the area and was snooping around the parked cars in the vicinity looking for something to steal.

He had stolen nothing; not yet, but they were going to kill him. Read the rest of this entry »

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I Debated Presidential Candidate Ayariga. Critical News, 4th November 2012

Posted by Business in Ghana on November 4, 2012

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

I spent four hours of my life listening to the Presidential debate.  I thought it was very critical to my future, so I gave up the time, devoted my full attention to those who would be President and run the affairs of this country.  We either turn things round in the next four years or we lose our edge and lead on the African continent.  Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo Addo, John Dramani Mahama and Abu Sakara, were privileged in Tamale last Tuesday when they mounted their platforms together with the People’s National Convention party’s, Hassan Ayariga, to share their thoughts and vision with Ghanaians.  I do not know Hassan, I heard his views for the first time last week and I looked up his profile on the net.  Not too sure how he got the nod from the PNC to become their candidate, but his performance that night has created a new ring tone for mobile telephony.  On Saturday morning, Joy City breakfast show voted him the “tornuu” of the week.  Now, other celebrities have won this accolade before so no worries, but clearly Hassan was not in the same league as the other candidates and I think on that performance alone, he can chalk his Presidential bid goodbye.  But I liked him.  He appeared in a suit and condemned all those who would come to us wearing foreign apparel to convince us of their sterling qualities.  He obviously has a great sense of humor too.  I found jollity in his Toyota car seat supply idea, amongst many others.  So, enough said. Read the rest of this entry »

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