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Decidedly Red. Critical News, 12th July 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on July 13, 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Hope soared on Saturday in West Legon.  I am in the neighborhood to meet a good friend and I can see four young girls at the side of the road, nearly opposite the gate where I will turn.  They are looking through notebooks and clearly comparing notes and having a conversation of sorts.  No phones, no iPads.

I turn and park in front of the large closed brown gate and toot my horn once.

I answer a call and getting into the conversation I see the group of four in the rear view mirror hesitatingly making their way to the car.

I roll down the side window and Cecelia, Serwaa, Abigail and very cute Amina (she will break some hearts in a decade) politely ask if I will support them with their school outing.

It will cost thirty cedis each.  I think hundred and twenty cedis I am not prepared to fork out, so I probe the event further.  It sounded genuine enough, but, says Serwaa, (she is a head taller than the rest and team leader) “we have already collected some, we have to contribute fifteen and the school will add the remainder”.

Ok, so this is now sixty cedis.  Well, I can bite that on a Saturday morning, and I reach for my wallet.  I count sixty cedis, before cute Amina, with laughing eyes, dimples and the most vivacious smile I have seen in decades, says, “you don’t have to pay for all.  We already have some, so you can help with anything more”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Reviewing Your Election Posture. Critical News, 25th August 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on August 25, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

This week’s piece is the final build up to the Election Petition.  There is no need for a recap of all that has happened, how it started and what has or not been said.  We are at the end and the only interest for any Ghanaian is what the Bench of Judges will say on Thursday.  This case has given Ghanaians an opportunity to practice our well-touted hallmark of patience and political tolerance.  In the end, the religious peace-hijack has petered out, in my view a lack of message sincerity and a lame attempt to cash in on the gullible poor and underprivileged.  By the time this Critical News piece hits the airwaves and print media we will be counting down the last hours to delivery.

Which way will the verdict go? Read the rest of this entry »

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