Tag Archives: Ghana

Lifting Up Apagya

They say bad news sells. Add the specter of commercialization to the “third world-ness” of a country like Ghana and one can sometimes understand why media houses tend to focus on bad news so much. As such, even perusing headlines … Continue reading

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Taking the Road Not Taken or Standing Out Responsibly: mSimps and Wear Ghana

Numerous literary artists have grappled with themes related to choice, typically demonstrating the importance of the implications that come with making decisions. Robert Frost for example said in his oft-quoted “The Road Not Taken” that sometimes choices require us to … Continue reading

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When the Boss Playa Stops, the Beat Goes On: Reflections on Komla Dumor

Death as a phenomenon generally elicits negative feelings; these emotions tend to run deeper if the person who dies was an admirable person. Even in some cases where the person in question was not well liked while alive, the solemnity … Continue reading

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Obama and the Cape Coast Clean-Up Exercise that (Once) Was

There was a massively positive response to Obama’s decision to visit Ghana in early 2009. Coming right after his historic presidential victory, his visit was the perfect PR opportunity for Ghana’s fledgling democracy. Similar to the uniting power of football, … Continue reading

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Musings on the “Africa’s New Middle Class Rising” Cliché

This week the BBC had a debate about Africa’s New Middle Class. The lively discussion was held across a few days on social networks and on radio, bringing together opinions from both the continent and beyond. For background to the debate … Continue reading

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African Union is 50 – good for them; Africa is Much Older!

There is this joke told in Ghana about a middle aged person (can be male or female) who is writing an exam with other (mostly younger) students for prospective entry into the university. Toward the end of the exam the … Continue reading

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Preventing Malaria: Because a Shot can Tear the Net

Using nets as the primary source of malaria prevention has gained tremendous momentum and currency in various parts of Sub-Saharan Africa. You might have seen such a poster: And/or you may have chanced upon an advert like this one: Then … Continue reading

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