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Words With Matter. Critical News, 31st May 2015

Posted by Business in Ghana on May 31, 2015

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

I am watching the sketch artist on the sidewalk of Osu. There is a semi-circled crowd, every one of us caught in his gift as the creation comes to life with every stroke of his pencil. He is doing a simple drawing on two separate easels, side by side of each other.

He mimics every stroke on each one, equally dividing his attention to both of them so they all tow to life in tandem. His drawing is Oxford Street of Osu. The right easel is the right side of the road and on his left he captures that side, each easel showing the shops and fine detail the ordinary eye misses.

We glance up from the easel each time he makes a tiny revision and retains small detail; we with regular eyes murmuring how we missed the obvious.

But my attention is flitting from easel to the gorgeous damsel to my left, pretty beyond reality. Large eyes and luscious lips captured in an egg-shape face, which lights up each time she inhales in awe of the creationist, chatting animatedly to friends, used to her beauty, un-awed by this enchantment.

She herself is a fascinating statuette of proportions, a leg-length loose gown clutched in her left hand, failing to hide the figure beneath the dress. She is not immediately conscious of her allure, or maybe she is; every man in the half moon stealing glances even as they pretend to admire the creation unfolding before our eyes.

He is gifted by nature and she, our gift from nature; the two blending to demonstrate the wonder only a coincidence of nature can intermingle in a particular place such as we find ourselves. Read the rest of this entry »

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Reverse Gear. Critical News, 17th November 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on November 17, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

If ever there is a clear visible indicator of economic downturn in Ghana, it is on the streets of Accra, Kumasi, Takoradi and Koforidua.

Accra, Saturday morning, driving from McCarthy Hill to Kaneshie, a trip that takes at least an hour, I was at the Obetsebi-Lamptey roundabout and on to the Graphic Road overpass in twenty-three minutes flat.  The usual hawkers selling neatly nestled “puna yam” propped in stiff arms, practicing balancing principles fashioned by poverty un-wants, were all sitting by the wayside, the fast-moving traffic making their morning trade temperate and disappointing.

I was heading for Osu Oxford Street, needed to get something interesting but useless for a visiting friend.  You know, the cloth bands with Ghana emblazoned, or a cheap mask, poorly finished and black polished, maybe a bangle of cheap brass, like that.

So I nearly go through Oxford Street without realizing it.  There is no traffic on the road, it is about eleven O’clock and I am elated, then suddenly my money and economic nose kicks in and I wonder why so light?  Now I am talking to all the vendors, trying to understand what it is.  Kwaku Seth, trying to sell me some cheap woven stuff for two cedis, gets fed up and abandons me after I ask more questions than make a purchase, Affum Essien (he took his last name from you know who) pumping me to buy a belt I do not need and Binka from Burkina Faso, in a wheel chair, hawking cheaply finished brass products, using his handicap for emotive selling.  Then the crown jewel of my morning popped up. Read the rest of this entry »

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Retailers Wake up to Africa’s Promise

Posted by Business in Ghana on August 7, 2012

By Andrew England in Johannesburg and Xan Rice in Lagos

When Taiwo Animashaun, who works at Tastee Fried Chicken in Lagos, needed a new hotplate, she decided to try the plush Ikeja City Mall, which opened in December, instead of her local market. Within minutes of entering Shoprite, the South African supermarket that anchors the complex, she had made her purchase.

“It’s a good place to shop,” says Ms Animashaun. “Everything is arranged nicely, and the prices are not bad.”

From Lagos in the west to Nairobi in the east and Lusaka in the south, trendy new shopping malls have sprung up across Africa as the continent’s mushrooming cities modernise and its emergent middle class swells. Read the rest of this entry »

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