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Fear Not, NDC Got Your Back. Critical News, 15th June 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on June 15, 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

I reconnected with my very good friend Adams during the week.  He called; we arranged lunch and met at the Imperial Peking to catch up on long past jokes from the Zoology department where we spent many an afternoon trying to understand snakes and snails, Legon-style.

It was a good lunch, we explored all the possibilities on the menu and finally settled for shrimp fried rice, soup noodles and wonton soup starter.  Made a big difference from my usual chop bar banku and okro soup or fufu from around the corner at Asylum Down.

Adams is an NDC faithful, comes from dedicated party stock and we were reminiscing about days gone by and the observed habits of the red ant from Mango and Neem trees; the things people discuss at lunch, eh?

We avoid talking politics, because we have had too many historical run-ins, but unfortunately, today’s lunch was to be an exception.

So I was recanting how I recently noticed trains of Solenopsis invicta (or red fire ants for those of you who did not take zoology seriously), in single line convoying from one end of my driveway to the other.  I found this rather strange, because red ants don’t often leave their residencies, preferring to create mounds to protect their Queen.

They are a very busy lot, strategically organized in defense and attack.  Created not to die too easily, they breathe through a system of tracheal tubes, able to revive gases to the double bulbs connecting internal organs and tissue.

So we are being academic and really getting into the subject when we are interrupted by a group of Daily Guide readers who recognize me from my page 28 column and also a few appearances on TV.

I end courtesies and return to Adams, who pops me a left hook question, throws me off and I reel back, bowled over.

“Have you heard that Nana Addo will be using a helicopter for his campaign this year?” Read the rest of this entry »

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World Cup Diary 2

Posted by Business in Ghana on June 11, 2014

From Kwasi Gyan Appenteng

The god of vengeance is a Costa Rican

On Saturday night I put the headline – the god of vengeance is a Costa Rican on my Facebook wall and within minutes people were “liking” it and passing comments by the dozen. Other ecstatic Ghanaians had expressed similar sentiments on social media and it was obvious that we could not contain our joy. And this was 72 hours before our own Black Stars first kickoff in Brazil. We were celebrating the defeat of Uruguay at the hands of Costa Rica when the pair met in their group’s opening game.

Geography is no longer an active subject in schools these days so I wonder whether most Ghanaians know where Costa Rica is in the world, but we don’t really care even if it is in outer space. We have adopted that Central American country and would be cheering its team on in this tournament. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mpassa, Intrinsic Implausibility. Critical News, 8th June 2014

Posted by Business in Ghana on June 8, 2014

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

I am sitting on the front porch and I can hear my nieces playing in the garden.  Today’s game is about mythology, Greek and any other they know, making up the stories as they go along and I am captivated by their creativity.

Distracted from the hard economics text for a radio program later in the day, they are at the part where twelve-year old Adobea is explaining how the Golden Stool of Ashanti descended from heaven and the legend surrounding the sword embedded in the rock, the heart of the Asante Kingdom.

“Mpassa”.  That is how nine-year old Mariama politely calls out a liar.  She has been warned many times and reminded with a few smacks every now and then by her older sister how rude it is to tell an older person that they are not exactly telling the truth.

In defiance, my scientist counters, “if it is true, then how did it stay in the skies for so long? And how was he able to stop the rain from bringing it down?  And what was “gravy” (she means gravity) doing all this time while the gold stool was in the cloud?  And didn’t anyone see it from an aeroplane?  If it was gold someone would have stolen it to make rings and things!”

Adobea:  In those days there were no planes, and the word is gravity not gravy.

Mariama:  Mmmm, mpassa.  Unless there were booster rockets in the stool to keep it in space and you could navigate it from a Nintendo like a dro-thingi (drone) from a remote place, even then you will need gps-local (gps location) to find it.  Did they have all that at the time?  I am going to ask uncle Sydney. Read the rest of this entry »

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MERBAN Reloaded. Critical News, 8th December 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on December 8, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

JDM is in the Merchant Bank saga, big time.  Whether he likes it or not, he placed himself there when he did not follow his own code of ethical guidelines, with which he expects his ministers to conform.  Unless it is one of those politician things where you say something or develop a regulation or rule simply to assuage the populace with no intention of ever monitoring the code.  And we have several of such in Ghana.

But how different is Vice President JDM from President John D Mahama?  Does the President carry different ethics now than what he once had as Vice President?  The NDC Government has tried all week to separate the President and the previous Vice President as of different ilk.  From what they say, he followed what his then boss President Mills wanted done, the obedient assistant rather than the upright, confident, ethically opinionated, highly moral President we now have. Read the rest of this entry »

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Critical News, 15th August 2010

Posted by Business in Ghana on August 15, 2010

We are probably as close to a Constitutional crisis as we are going to get.  The Constitutional Review Committee is going around Ghana soliciting views for amendments to the 1992 constitution. We all know the real reason is to see how we can either continue to entrench or remove the transitional provisions granting immunity to PNDC coup makers and their supporters.  We are just going to spend $1.2 billion doing so.  If we fail to remove the provisions, we don’t get another crack at it for a long time. Read the rest of this entry »

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