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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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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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