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In A Political Rut. Critical News, 28th June 2015

Posted by Business in Ghana on June 29, 2015

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

My world drifted afar from the many workers in line to receive a cash-out this month. Many persons believe that the cash trickle down economy is workable for as long as the ones who cash out from their bank accounts always have enough to pay out to those who don’t have as much. Even the IMF and World Bank plan this benevolence when they support pro-poor interventions and LEAP projects such as we have in Ghana.

But our economy is in a sorry state, and none more so than when we mis-locate persons from illegal squats to futuristic land sites designated for tourism and science.

The Korle Lagoon, which borrowed money from a Kuwait fund to build bridges over the foul-smelling water; bridges that would open up from each side and allow canoes and other small river craft to pass through with their oars pointed north and Asafo flags flying mast high, was a big secret until Nii Lante Vanderpuye came to tell us he was very sad for the lost opportunity, but could not remember a single thing about what happened to the fund’s money. He knew we took the money, but nowhere in his archival mind could he remember what happened with some sovereign country’s benevolence and who was responsible for the “lost money of the Korle”. And that makes a nice title for a children’s textbook for Ama Atta Aidoo.

So with a flourish and his team of bulldozing bullies, Mayor Oko Vanderpuye went ahead to ruin dozens of family lives, apologized in the after wake for going too far from agreed limits of destruction.

And then CHRAJ stepped in. Thirteen years after a court had decided that the families were illegally squatting, CHRAJ now wakes up to figure that the rights of children, women and the Kaya Yoo had been violated by a man whose beard is now the butt of Christian jokes. They call him Nebuchadnezzar. Read the rest of this entry »

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Goodbye 2013, Drag In 2014. Critical News, 29th December 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on December 29, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

December to Rememba. 24th night at the International Conference Center, what-a-blast, and I became a Kakie fan.  Of all the performances that night, I enjoyed watching Kakie gyrating and showing us her singing dancing combination more than anything else.  Of course, EL, Ketche, Bisa, Batman and the rest were really great, and Tiffany too, and don’t get me wrong it was overall a very well choreographed and well managed program, the sound quality was good, lighting was excellent and the performances were of the highest standard. I came home at two in the morning, thinking I spent a well earned night in the unspoken space of the stretch denim and white blouse young lady in the aisle seat to my left as she hip-twirled and rhythm-bumped to “Tonga” and a host of other songs, cyber crotch-stabbing a target for later that night.  I recognised the hits, the benefit of having many nieces at this age and I thoroughly enjoyed my night.

And it got me thinking, shouldn’t we reach out further, string this creative music into something more dynamic?  Plan a week-long Independence day event from March 1st every year?  We could have events every day for seven days.  Stage plays, poetry, episodic trips to places in Ghana, inter-regional tug of war and football, independence marathon.  Invite our friends from Nigeria, Cote D’Ivoire, Togo, South Africa, Senegal.  Let them bring their best performers to join us, we could teach each other a lot of things.  Hmm, might have to rethink Nigeria; Boko Haram might follow. Read the rest of this entry »

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To Join A Corruption Cult. Critical News, 28th July 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on July 28, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Takoradi’s rats trump all I have seen so far in Ghana.  Bold, brazen, fearless, they meander through the sewers in the market circle foraging and picking the choice bits as they feed fat on throw-away “tsofi”.  Yep, Chicken and turkey “tsofi” is not illegal in Takoradi.  It sells all along the roadside from Winneba to T’di and beyond.  It is only in Accra we think it is illegally unhealthy and make a big deal of it.  For the Takoradi rats it is a delicacy, dare anybody arrest them for partaking.

We have done something right with the Winneba-Cape Coast-Takoradi road.  It is smooth and comfortable, maybe too many twists and bends, but it is weathering well and it makes you wonder why we don’t have many more such networks to make business easier.  You can do the Accra-Takoradi return trip in a day, takes roughly three hours one way and it is rather safe, with a few strategically placed police barriers and some speed bumps, which everyone ignores as they keep the speed up at between 100-140 km/hour.  I was way up at this speed limit for the journey and enjoyed every minute of it.  Don’t we need an Autobahn in Ghana?  I was doing 120 and staying ahead of the curve.  This BMW shot past, belittled me and left a fleeting fine spray on my shield, made me look like a tentative rookie driver behind the wheel.  When I did catch up with him at “God Loves You” (this great restaurant a few months ago, which has deteriorated so fast the food quality was a major let down), the seventeen-year-old driver could have borrowed his father’s car to sport the giggling four-inch-heeled, twelve-inch-above-the-knee skirted chicks, and I was left with childhood memories that couldn’t trump these Amazons.  My only consolation; these are the days of “Sakawa” and cocaine dealing so how can you tell? Read the rest of this entry »

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Flight of The Asongtaba Akonfem. Critical News, 31st March 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on March 31, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

Sitting on the curb of our Family House in James Town, I am chilling with my cousins and uncles, formally ushering a new head of our family and enjoying the late hits from Wulomei and other King Bruce greats.  My cousin Kpakpo, a walking lexicon of the Ga language is at his best, keeping us all engaged in the kind of banter you exchange after you have boxed your drinks, no matter which, with a tot and two of Mandingo bitters.  I am a Guinness-Mandigo Akonfem weight and it is a thoroughly pleasant evening.  There is a gentle and comforting breeze blowing from south side, but for the occasional taxi and Trotro fumes we have no issues.  We are used to the agitation from the foot soldier types, and we are very comfortable with the stench from the Korle.  It has been like that since I can remember, and hey, we know our Government has no interest in fixing it, so we manage and shut it out.

The exodus of the Kwahu-Easter-loving migrants has calmed the streets and we muse on the way Accra used to be in the old days.  I played football in the alleyway of the house and on the streets, always drifting closer to the Palladium cinema house to sneak by the gate to watch “Seven Slaves Against Rome”, much to my mother’s mortification.  The Cinema House is now a church.  Signs of the times. Read the rest of this entry »

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