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Some Things Not Etiquette. Critical News, 16th March 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on March 16, 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Twice this past week I straddled between upgrading my cultural and eating ways, to bridge the divide between “under the tree” village style eating and serving fufu in finely decorated ceramic china bowls.

Recessed just a few feet from the roadside at Ayimensa on the way to Aburi, I was engrossed in spitting out chicken and akrantie bones, you know how we turn just slightly to the side of the bench and “phh, phh phh phh” to the dirt floor because there is no side plate for the bones?  How we lick the last bits of soup from our fingers, flex with a loud burp after sucking the second pure water sachet empty and announce proudly that we have done justice to the food?

Well, that was the vision I carried with me to the British Council Hall, met and dined next to Bice Osei Kuffuor; Obuor who I admire so much for filling Ghana with wonderful music during his time.  Konkontibaa is always a favorite, Julianna, Baby You Fine and many more.  These days our music has become so dominated by groin action, we don’t remember the great Hiplife era, which provided a rich tapestry of creativity for our artistes. Read the rest of this entry »

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To Cane A Mosquito. Critical News, 20th January 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on January 20, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

We are in dismal shape really.  So much of what is happening in Ghana at this time makes for momentary reflection on what for and why a returnee would trip back home only to sit and wait for water to run through the taps and intermittent electricity hold you ransom in simple everyday tasks, yet saddled with the same level of workload you find in the West.  I paint a positive picture when friends ask whether it was worth making the trip back home three years ago, but deep down, I think we lack the capacity to do the necessary to leapfrog the constrictions we face everyday.  Some persons are fully loaded with aircon, generators, brand new cars, mucho cash from where you cannot tell, and they stroll through the challenge of Ghana with ease.  In the middle-income bracket, it is a struggle.  At the low subsistence end, it is ignorant bliss in church activity and community “nkomo”.

But wow, we are in a dilemma for legitimacy.  Both political parties are looking to upend each other on the basis that what you have done we also have a right to do or even worse.  No regard for the daily political diet of Ghanaians, our needs are subservient to those of the political elite, who think that insulting each other will eventually win them the Order of The Volta. Read the rest of this entry »

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