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A Certain Standard. Critical News, 9th August 2015

Posted by Business in Ghana on August 8, 2015

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

The Senchi ferry will close at 6pm. The Senchi Report has already been shuttered and obscured with more than the required razzmatazz and fanfare we could muster.

I remember very distinctly, the Vice President confidently disclosing to us at the Royal Senchi Resort that there would be a follow through and the one hundred and forty guests to that National Planning event would be invited back after the report was released to come talk and craft an implementation plan in order to give meaning to the effort we put in.

Unfortunately, we lost PV Obeng in the aftermath and the report has since been interred with his body. We are about to do the same with Dr. Nii Moi Thompson’s forty-year plan, unless someone unravels the contortions of our democracy.

But we are heading for the Senchi pontoon or the Kpong dam crossing and it is close to 5.30pm. So we are making good time and confident that we will get there with no hassle from any security men.

Somewhere just before Fintey, close to the turning to the ferry, a dark-trousered and most undesirable specter you least want at a time like this, pops up from the side of the road, hand held aloft with radar gun in hand. We are hailed to the side, and the driver’s first instinct is to barge past and head for the ferry.

Not my style and not my way, he knows well enough that I will not accept that. So we are pulled up and we side-park.

The two police men who gleefully approach, can’t wait to show us we are traveling at 94Km an hour. He wants the driver’s license and Id and with concentration on the driver, he is focused on the culprit.

I am in the back, slumped behind tinted windows, making no move to show my face in case I up the ante because of my “obroni” nature and maybe something else.

Clock is ticking away and I can picture a long drive back to sleep in Vakpo, now my adopted town/village/citadel/rural castle and reluctantly, I lower the window and stick my face out. Read the rest of this entry »

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Unfaithful in Democracy and Politics. Critical News, 31st August 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on August 31, 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Little known events shape your life in diverse ways and I discovered some deeply centered emotional nemesis within me I never knew I harbored. All the way from the seventies.

For five years in my life I worked as a laboratory assistant at the Veterinary Services in Labadi. Formative years when I was on the path to becoming a doctor; a profession I later abandoned as I bogged down with teenage matters and sports, my attention drawn from loftier existentialist matters to simple animal behavior.

I remember distinctly the day my half-Alsatian puppy was run over and I had the first test to put it down and alleviate the pain of suffering from two broken front legs and a partially crushed head.

For hours I struggled with the decision, not realizing I was prolonging the pain because I was vacillating and did not have the courage to let a faithful and dedicated pet pass on peacefully.

I had watched many movies of similar situations and never thought I would not have the courage.

Lady had been with me since she was a puppy and followed me dedicatedly everywhere, at some point constantly outside my bedroom door waiting for morning treats and a new exciting catapult day, when she would run around with me in Kanda Estates picking up birds, agama lizards, anything but toads, which she found out one day were a bitter taste and unworthy of such single-minded devastation from my catapult. Read the rest of this entry »

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Unfaithful in Democracy and Politics. Critical News, 31st August 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on August 31, 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Little known events shape your life in diverse ways and I discovered some deeply centered emotional nemesis within me I never knew I harbored. All the way from the seventies.

For five years in my life I worked as a laboratory assistant at the Veterinary Services in Labadi. Formative years when I was on the path to becoming a doctor; a profession I later abandoned as I bogged down with teenage matters and sports, my attention drawn from loftier existentialist matters to simple animal behavior.

I remember distinctly the day my half-Alsatian puppy was run over and I had the first test to put it down and alleviate the pain of suffering from two broken front legs and a partially crushed head.

For hours I struggled with the decision, not realizing I was prolonging the pain because I was vacillating and did not have the courage to let a faithful and dedicated pet pass on peacefully.

I had watched many movies of similar situations and never thought I would not have the courage.

Lady had been with me since she was a puppy and followed me dedicatedly everywhere, at some point constantly outside my bedroom door waiting for morning treats and a new exciting catapult day, when she would run around with me in Kanda Estates picking up birds, agama lizards, anything but toads, which she found out one day were a bitter taste and unworthy of such single-minded devastation from my catapult. Read the rest of this entry »

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Precious Democracy. Critical News, 27th July 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on July 27, 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

My Saturday turned leisurely after we made interesting protest to Government, especially regarding the ballooning cost of living and with Organised Labor’s huge march on Thursday, we drilled the point home.

So I took time out and watched a couple of great movies and ruined my vegetating mind with “The Constant Gardener” and “12 Years a Slave”.

If you have not had the pleasure of either, I won’t ruin the story for you. But I got to thinking how important freedom and how critical a fight for justice against corruption.

So here is the Wikepedia opening definition of wisdom. See if you can fault it as a guide to a better human.

“Wisdom is the ability to think and act using knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense, and insight. Wisdom has been regarded as one of four cardinal virtues; and as a virtue, it is a habit or disposition to perform the action with the highest degree of adequacy under any given circumstance. This implies a possession of knowledge or the seeking thereof in order to apply it to the given circumstance. This involves an understanding of people, things, events, situations, and the willingness as well as the ability to apply perception, judgment, and action in keeping with the understanding of what is the optimal course of action. It often requires control of one’s emotional reactions (the “passions“) so that the universal principle of reason prevails to determine one’s action. In short, wisdom is a disposition to find the truth coupled with an optimum judgment as to what actions should be taken in order to deliver the correct outcome.”

We are asking for sincere and responsible governance. Governance where we do not just sit with the written words of a constitution, but do what is right because it is judgmentally correct to do. Read the rest of this entry »

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Purchasing Joshua Pre-Ordained. Critical News, 30th March 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on March 30, 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Poverty makes you fight over petty matters that have no consequence on the end result and future of your being.  You fight over scraps that in reality are not worth the time, except for the loss in value of your place in a queue, the loss of a piece of petty real estate and the pent up aggression from unpredictable electric supply and water which has to be head-panned for meters, half of which is lost before you get home.

My peeps around the corner of the block got into a mega fight at 6.30am on a Sunday morning when instead of planning how much to tithe from meager wages, they tore each others hair out because one had placed a table in front of the others kiosk.

I refused to break them up and destroy my morning rhythm, just as confused as them, thinking thoughts of a looming economic crisis, a Government in denial and Presidential advisors seemingly incapable of figuring out the problem.  As far as I am concerned.

I started an acceptance standard last week.  I suggested we all lower our bars of expectation in order that we live less stressful lives and accommodate the inefficiencies of our Governments and their struggle to sort out “challenges” as they are wont to label them, just so we can all get along painlessly. Read the rest of this entry »

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