It was one of the very first gramophone records I ever listened to. It was called Yaa Amponsaa

And it told the story of a very beautiful woman whom Sam, the best singer of the time (I think it was the late 1940s) wanted very badly. He lamented that he could not approach her because she was a married woman.

This is how Sam serenaded Yaa Amponsaa’s beauty:

Her neck is like that of a pumpkin!” (In Fanti: ne kon tse de adenkum!)

The hair on her head is like silk strings!” (Ne tsri nwi tse de srekye ahoma!”)

And he urged her “to get divorced” so that they could “become lovers!” (Gyae aware ma yentwe mpena!)

That wasn’t much of a proposal from Sam, was it? He wasn’t offering to marry her after she got divorced, but rather to become her lover. Why did he make her an offer that was patently inferior to the status she already enjoyed?

I have often wondered why Sam did that, and it has occurred to me that he knew something not many men are aware of. When a woman divorces her husband because she has entered into a relationship with another man who is not her husband, the guilt and partial regret associated with divorce creates an aura of its own which makes the new relationship far more thrilling than marriage.

So, Sam was inviting Yaa Amponsaa to enter such a relationship with him, in order to enjoy such a sweet romance as she’d never believed possible. And with his nice voice, he no doubt thought she’d demur — such is the vanity that gets hold of men when they are in love. I mean hiw many men would succeed in love iof they were to adopt a practical approach to the enterprise?  “Are my legs not too thin?  What will she say when she discovers the big scar on my ankle that is usually hidden?” If men asked themselves such questions, many a lovely woman would stay unwooed and unwed! 

Anyway, many people are aware of the delicious state of affairs between a man and woman by an illicit love affair  and I know a woman who was so enamoured of the idea that she named her beer parlour “Gyaware”.

I don’t know whether she gave that name to her place because she wanted to encourage illicit love affairs to take place there.  Or whether nit was her way of teasing the adulterous couples she saw there. But I did see quite a few supposedly  married guys come there with women who were not their wives. So, whether she intended it or not, she was definitely providing a safe locus for promoting such affairs.

Now, although I describe the woman’s establishment as a beer-parlour, it was, actually,only an empty space under a mango tree that stood in front of her house. She’d arranged a few chairs under the shade of the mango tree and a very select clientele – never more than five of six persons – used to gather there of an afternoon and exchange gossip, as they sipped their beer.  And bestowed affectionate smiles upon their companions of t the opposite sex. A cynic would have enjoyed the scene, for he wouldjhave known that those  nice smiles would be replaced with resentful glares as the months passed and other  people occupied the place in their partner’s heart that they once filled —  right up to the brim!.

Because of the fact that Gyaware had a licensing issue, the routine there was weird: one went to sit under the mango tree. But one didn’t ”order” anything. If there were customers there already, one chatted to them and – waited.

After some minutes had elapsed, a young lady would bring a tray with either a chilled Club beer or a Star, or a Gulder on it – depending on one’s known preference. Hence, the transaction was disguised to look like the customers were merely “guests” of the lady, to whom she served drinks as she pleased. For all any “outsider” knew, it was just friends having a pre-arranged   “Bring-your-own-bottle” party.

Now, at one stage, the place assumed great significance in the lives of its customers, because the clueless military government that was in power at the time suddenly made it impossible for the breweries to obtain adequate import licences to bring in the inputs they needed for brewing beer.

The situation gave birth to a phenomenon called kalabule, whereby the salesmen of the breweries, instead of selling beer direct to the breweries’ customers of long standing, sold their product to their friends and relatives, and the friends and relatives of their friends and relatives.

The secret “donations” made to salesman by this myriad of grateful middlemen enabled some to become very rich, for they could literally dictate the price at which they wanted to sell. Pieces of paper called “chits” signed by salesmen changed hands at lightning speed; and each time a new owner acquired such a “chit”, a little mark-up was added to the normal price of the beer. No-one complained: there was an understanding between buyer and seller that these were the  market prices of the day and that the so-called “controlled price” was a theoretical figure that existed in the mind of some military “Commissioner” (as Ministers were called).

However, despite the willingness of buyer and seller to transact business according to the market price of the day, anyone caught selling above the “controlled price” could be brutalised and prosecuted, and his goods seized. All of which made beer-drinking almost a cult thing — a silent trade with its own esoteric signs and observances, which if neglected, would mean a thirsty afternoon. Gyaware, who had connections, managed to satisfy her customers, but sometimes even she went dry. .

Of course,all this intrigue was possible because in the humid heat of Accra, there are times when a thirsty beer-addict will pay almost anything to get a beer. The longing for beer merely epitomised a large number of frustrations that dogged most people’s lives. There was a shortage of petrol; soap, toothpaste, milk and sugar, and toilet rolls! Certain men could only tolerate these shortages by downing a pint of chilled beer. And that was the most difficult to find! Talk about a creature chasing its own tail! 

I can’t describe the lengths to which my friends and I sometimes went in search of beer. We went to clubs of which were not members, taking the risk of being humiliated by being denied admission or service. I personally got to know that there were bars in Accra with such quaint names as “Sapporo” and “The Other Place”. And “Kalamazoo Shake Your Head”

!I once suffered the humiliation of sitting for an hour, without any good result, in the living room of a lady classmate of mine whose husband was a major beer distributor. Every minute I spent at the place brought me self-reproach, for I could have married her, and she knew it! Now, she was showing me that if I  “didn’t marry her, someone else had married her!” (This sentiment later became the theme of a hit number  by one of our more famous songsters). 

What made the economic situation more galling for us was that whereas beer and other things were not being imported in adequate numbers, we suspected that the soldiers who ruled us were using our scarce foreign exchange to give import licences to their girl-friends to import things like VW Golf cars! The public vented their anger on any woman seen driving a VW Golf. Such women were called Fa-wo-to-begye (“come-for-it-with-your-bottom!”)

We at the “Gyaware” club were not above telling salacious stories to one another about the ”whorish” socio-economic system.

Have you heard the latest ”Hilton’? Someone would ask. (“Hiltons” were stories that were manufactured about Africa by certain foreign correspondents who spent all day drinking at the Hilton Hotel in Nairobi and wrote stories about places they had never been to, such as the Congo or Sudan. Nairobi is one of the few cities in Africa where white people can enjoy a climate similar to what obtains in the Northern hemisphere during the summer months, you see, and so many “Africa Correspondents” made it their base. And they enjoyed the place so much that they sometimes  manufactured stories from there — which gained credence amongst themselves because they corroborated one another’s  inventions — something thatwas not too difficuclt to do when a deadline relentlessly approached and one didn’t want to be  beaten to the game by one’s drinking companions! For surely, the next day, a cablegram would arrive, asking one why one had not reported the story that had made  a “big splash” in a rival paper, datelined “NAIROBI” !.

What now”?

Colonel so-and-so has built a four-bedroom mansion for the beautiful wife of Mr such-and-such, who used to be a big Minister in the deposed Government!”

Who told you that?”

Why do you think the husband has been kept in prison for so long while others in the same position as himself have been released?”

Hmmm! Well, have you heard?”

Heard what?”

They say the head of state visits a fetish priestess secretly  every Thursday! He fears a counter-coup!   As a result,  the priestess has become the largest distributor of cement in the country although she can neither rad nor write!”

Have you heard?”

Fire away!”

(GUY LOWERS HIS VOICE) “Our First Lady wanted to go to Makola Market one day, but her driver was not around because he had been sent on another errand. She then threw a tantrum and called the Department of State Protocol and gave them a tongue-lashing.

Madam, I am sorry, but there is no serviceable car available…. Oh, please wait a minute … Madam, I am told there is one car left. “

Well, send it? What are you waiting for?”

It will be on its way, Madam! !”

And do you know what the car was? The state ceremonial Mercedes 600 used to carry visiting heads of state!”


She went to Makola Market with that?”

Yes! And the market women booed her! and called a bush woman”

They told her to go and look for her husband’s Yaa Amponsaah – before she lost the use of that car!”


“Someone even quipped that  “You can take the woman out of Makola, but you can’t take Makola out of the woman!”









Koo — what at all is wrong with Amidu? Our former Attorney-General has thrown a brick into the works of one of the most complex socio-political “structures” (or constructions) ever erected in our country. I refer, of course, to the exposure by Anas Aremeyaw Anas, of corruption which he had detected being practised by 34 judges and nearly 200 judicial officials.
Well, didn’t you hear what I said when the story first broke? I warned that it would soon lose “focus”, and that unless the current Attorney-General quickly “cut the Gordian Knot” by outlining what she intends to do about the Anas tapes, the story would soon be lost in a maze of technicalities and legalities which would take the focus completely away from the core issue of whether the judges and judicial officials corruptly accepted bribes or not – an offence which is criminal in nature and cannot be negated by technicalities..

But I didn’t think it would lose focus to this extent! I mean, Amidu is saying that Anas was not a fit and proper person to conduct the investigations!

Ahah! Loss of focus! Has Amidu bothered to answer the question: ‘Does it matter whether the person who exposed the corruption is fit or not?

Isn’t the essential thing to punish the corrupt officials caught selling justice?

Yes. But it isn’t as simple as that. Amidu, in his typically ebullient way, has flown so many legal kites into the air that I wonder whether he himself can keep an eye on all of them!

In other words, he has gone into over-drivel?
Maybe overkill! You see, the public likes to have a straight-forward story and be done with it. Anas disguised himself. (Straight-forward). Anas obtained access, with his disguised persona, to judges and judicial officials. (Also straight-forward). And Anas paid money to some of them and video’d himself doing that. (A picture cannot lie; so altogether straight-forward!)

But then, Amidu comes forward and suddenly, the waters have turned murky?

Yes! Very murky! First, Amidu alleges that Anas did not carry out the investigation into corruption by himself but was commissioned by the Government to do so!

And people are asking “So what”? If the end is to uproot corruption from the judiciary, does it matter what means were used? I mean, in particular, who it was that commissioned the investigation?

True. Amidu must answer that. But one thing he has implied is that – and here, he’s using the legal maxim that “he who goes to equity must go with clean hands” – he is saying that the company Anas used to conduct his investigation, Tiger Eye Investigations, is not properly registered as a private investigation company, but is what he calls a “dummy” company.

But is that important? Relevant? Registered or not – and as a former Attorney-General, he must necessarily care for the minutiae of legality at all levels; that is understandable –

I am afraid it is important. You see a private investigation company, according to Amidu, must be licensed before it can operate. Yet, he, as a former Minister of the Interior, knows for a fact that no such company has ever been licensed. Also, the Executive is not allowed by law to use a private investigator to investigate another arm of the government, malign it, and in this case, distract attention from the Executive’s own widely-perceived corruption!

And so those factors are not a mere detail?
It is a detail, yes. But in legal matters, procedure and processes – call them ” technicalities” – constitute an important element in the strength or weakness of a case. The substantive issues, no matter how strong, can stand or fall by what would be called “technicalities.” The most absurd things can happen in legal cases – for instance, if a small infraction, say a reply is not filed to an argument at the correct time it is required to be filed, the whole case can be struck out! You can say “the accused person got off on a technicality”, and huff and puff and scoff at him, but he would have been acquitted all the same. Lawfully! Indeed, there are many other other considerations – about admissible or inadmissible evidence, for instance — which a legal practitioner must keep in mind if his lawsuit is not to be thrown out.

But I understand Anas is a lawyer?. And also that he has a team of lawyers advising him? So why did he leave legal loopholes for Amidu to detect?
Probably Anas has been a bit drunk with euphoria. If you go about with a disgusting-looking mask on your face that makes it look as if your head has been vaporised into beads and strings, and you court public admiration as a sort of movie character who carries out all manner of investigations, then, even as the people adulate you, you might get careless and forget that in real life, others will be watching every step you take and will be only too glad to shine a bright torchlight on any false steps you might take. This is a free country, right? You do them, they do you!

So Anas should take precautions against leaving his fingerprints about, as it were?

Yes, of course. But that’s only the tip of the iceberg. Amidu has raised sophisticated issues as well about the judges’ corruption issue that move the case from the purely legal sphere to the political arena.
Good Lord? What now?

Hmmm! Amidu is also saying this: “When I was Minister of the Interior and also when I was Attorney-General, we were worried about some of the judgements that were given against the Government. We suspected that corruption might have played a part in making the decisions go against us. So the idea was mooted to secretly investigate some of the judges. But I left office before it was carried through. But when Anas brought out his expose´, a bell rang in my head and I said to myself, ”Oh, so these people did follow up our earlier idea to investigate the judiciary!”

And Amidu had been privy to how the Government had been “co-operating” with Anas?

Yep. He was in office when the cocoa smuggling investigation by Anas took place. He didn’t protest against the methodology used then. Neither did he protest , although he was in office, when the investigation into corruption at Tema Harbour took place. So he is within his rights to assume that the same methodology was used in the judges’ corruption case. Why he is opposing that methodology now is a different issue!

Is it perhaps because the investigation into the judiciary was far more important than the earlier ones?
Much much more. I think he said to himself (with the benefit of hindsight) “If the Government could assist Anas to uncover the cocoa thing; if it could also assist him – with money and security backup – to do the Tema Harbour exposure (both of which Anas has admitted he co-operated with the Government in effecting) then why not co-operation on the bigger, more sensitive and even dangerous issue of the judges’ corruption, too? The investigation, according to Anas, lasted two years. 500 hours of video footage was shot. That must have cost a pretty penny? Who bore that cost if not the Government? Is Anas a charitable institution?

Hmmm! But the Government has now said officially that it did NOT commission Anas to do the judges investigation?

And my name is Sugar Ray Robinson! When did this Government of ours ever tell the truth about anything? How many versions of the “Dumsor will end soon!” litany have we not heard? Has Dumsor ended? What did they say about the money pumped into GYEEDA? Did they admit it went to enrich a few people? What of SADA? And do we know everything about the Government’s relationship with Zoomlion? Or with the National Revenue Authority? Or the National Communications Authority?

Yeee! Koo! Did we go or did we come?

Ask again. There’s corruption all over the place! So, the question is this (and although I admire Anas very much, and support his effort to clean up the judiciary) Anas has to satisfy the public that he has not, as Amidu charges, compromised himself by allowing his investigation into the judiciary to be tele-guided by the Government, to fit an agenda preconceived by the Government to distract attention from the much more “gargantuan corruption” within the Executive. Amidu is even charging that he has information that Anas has shot footage about corruption by parliamentarians and other politicians, which according to Amidu, has been given to the government and which has not been released to the public for political reasons….

But Anas has categorically denied Amidu’s allegations in this regard?

Would you expect him to come out, being an undercover agent, and admit that he is doing underhand deals with the Government that is paying him? Isn’t deception the main ingredient  of undercover work?

Ei – what kind of conundrum is this, then? The catcher of thieves is being called a thief?
Indeed! There are too many unanswered questions. Some people are being superficial – or perhaps cynical – and suggesting that Amidu is “jealous” of Anas and is shooting Anas down because he, Amidu, wants to be regarded as the only anti-corruption crusader in the country. But this is a man who deliberately stood up to the President (the late Mr Mills) who appointed him Attorney-General, over the Woyome issue. And in doing so, he knew he could be sacked. And, in fact, he was sacked. Is it easy, in today’s Ghana, to contemplate the loss of privileges by being sacked as a Minister?

No more bungalow?


No more officials cars


No more Government-paid household help?


Yet the man did not flinch?

Not only that – out of his own pocket, he pursued the Woyome case to the Supreme Court and WON the case. As we speak, the Supreme Court has asked the state to collect the C51 million from Woyome.

But the state has deliberately failed to collect it?

Yes! The state employees who arranged the deal for Woyome have not been charged, either! Now, when a private citizen spends his own money and tries to collect back public money for the taxpayers – money which the government elected to safeguard public finances does not appear to want to collect – it gives him a certain amount of credibility. Given a man with a proven record like that as against the others in the frame of this story, do you think his actions can be explained away with mere charges of “jealousy”?

No! That charge is ridiculous!

Correct for ten points.

So, in my view, it is AMIDU: 10 Government: 0!

Okay. And you say there is also a political element in the story?

Well, yes.  In his long-winded manner, Amidu made a point which has been inevitably buried in the total amount of verbiage expended on the issue. He says the Government, by using Anas in the way it does (allegedly commissioning Anas to investigate targeted individuals and/or groups) is subtly creating a ”1984” society in Ghana. That means, the Government, as “Big Brother”, can covertly collect information with which it can blackmail whoever it wants to blackmail! But because it does not use state security agencies but private individuals, that cannot constitute entrapment or other illegalities.  Now, suppose the Executive wants to pass legislation which the legislature does not want to pass – and the recalcitrant MPs include some from the Government own NDC party – can’t the Executive order them to pass the legislation or else…..?


My God!  That would amount to establishing a dictatorship by constitutional means!!

Precisely!  First, you use Anas to get the judiciary. Then you use him to turn the legislature into a house of supine, bleating sheep! Who would be able to protect a blackmailed legislature? Especially if the information the Government has collected about corruption by MPs is so explosive that the MPs would all lose their seats if the info came out?

Koo but would Anas lend himself to a scheme like that?

He may not want to do that. But he may not be fully aware of the Government’s ultimate agenda.  based on what is called realpolitik.  In intelligence, there is something called the unconscious agent. Such an agent can,  from his own motivation, carry out “micro” tasks which a security service wants him to carry out, without ever knowing that he is doing their  work for them;  that what he’s doing  ties in  exactly with objectives they have defined  at the “macro” or “global” level! And, as you know, so many of our journalists are naïve. They can see the trees but not the forest. Do you think, for instance, that Anas has  properly thought through all the implications of, and the unintended consequences,  that could flow from  his work in exposing the corrupt judges? If Amidu hadn’t blown the whistle, would we even contemplate the possibility that the Executive had an agenda at all?

– Educate me, Koo!

Okay – put on your thinking cap and think deeply, for I am going to say something that will surprise and shock  you:  suppose the Government uses the dismissal of so many judges to pack the judiciary with its own lackey-lawyers?


Ahah! Awesome, ain’t it? Yes! Already, as you probably know, the Bar Association is litigating against the Government over the way two Supreme Court repeat Supreme Court Judges were appointed! If, as the Bar Association contends, the correct procedure was not followed and that those who were recommended by the body appointed by the Constitution — the Judicial Council — were overlooked and new names substituted for them; if such a crucial constitutional provision could be tossed aside by the President, and over such  such important appointments, too,  what guarantee do we have  that in appointing judges to fill the vacancies created  by the consequences of the Anas investigation into judicial corruption, the President would not  again follow incorrect procedures?

Yieee! That would be an extremely dangerous situation!  The Executive would then be able to control BOTH the legislature and the Judiciary as well?  “Totalitarian” government?

Correct for one hundred points! That is the most serious conclusion to be drawn from the Amidu epistles. Yet, part of the public, unable to decipher fully, what it is that he is warning the country about, is railing against him.

Yeah, but he does cover too many grounds when he speaks on the issue, doesn’t he!

Do you know any lawyers who can limit themselves to short, concise, clear sentences?

Hahahahahaha! They make speeches! They play to the gallery!

Yep! The longer the speech, the better. Or so they think!)

But on a serious note, it must be accepted that a crusader cannot always expect the public to be fully behind him?It is only when he focuses narrowly on the ideals he wants to convey; only if he sticks strongly enough to a very clear and simple message, that eventually the dust falls from the eyes of the public and it comes to hail him as a prophet who saw what no-one else could see?


I do  hope that that  happens with Amidu. For right now, all people are concerned with is that he is giving ammunition to the corrupt judges to exculpate themselves. Some are even suggesting that he might have been hired to defend some of the judges!


Yes – I hope he learns to focus. But we would be remiss to conclude, just because he has a tendency towards grandiloquence and a lack of focus, that he is necessarily wrong. We have never been in the NDC’s innermost circles. Amidu has. And he is spilling the beans!

Ah yes! He’s certainly spilling the beans very widely.  If we don’t listen, we shall be ignoring, at out peril, the ancient proverb which says: “If the apopokyikyi ( amphibian frog) emerges from within the deep waters of a river to report that the odenkyem (crocodile) has died there, who can cast doubt on his word? No-one else  has been down in the deep wters,  has he?”



3 generations of Saro-Wiwas: Ken Saro-Wiwa is on the left, in a suit and tie.



Ken Saro-Wiwa’s death ‘not in vain’

The daughter of Ken Saro-Wiwa, who was executed by the Nigerian military government with eight other activists 20 years ago today, has been remembering her father on her Facebook page


She said: “Courage is not the absence of fear but the ability to overcome it. My father pursued his objectives, knowing the huge risks.

“The Ogoni Nine risked their lives in order for our people to enjoy the basics of life: clean water, rivers filled with fish to eat, schools for the children. Nobody should have to die for such meagre requests. But their deaths were not in vain.

“The Ogoni Nine: Saturday Dobee, Nordu Eawo, Daniel Gbooko, Paul Levera, Felix Nuate, Baribor Bera, Barinem Kiobel, John Kpuine, Ken Saro-Wiwa.

“We remember you and thank you.





One of the worst – if not the worst – by-products of economic hardship is the way it makes a populace lose self-confidence.

In this very paper on [Daily Guide 30 October 2015] I read an article headed: “Is the Blackman cursed?”, in which, I am afraid, the writer recycled sentiments that have been circulating on the Internet for years, allegedly uttered by a racist South African. Variants of it attribute the racist sentiments to a white American.

I have never bothered trying to answer the illiterate question posed in the headline, for people will believe what they want to believe. If a Blackman wants to believe that he is cursed, who can say him nay? It is unto himself; a problem arises only when such a notion is peddled in a respectable newspaper, for then, the reader might assume that the editor agrees with the thrust of the argument, which explains why he published it. The reality, however, is that it is NOT everything an editor publishes that he necessarily agrees with.

No, the Blackman is not “cursed”. Of course, there are some Blackmen who behave very stupidly indeed. For instance, if you consider the stupidity of Generals Sani Abacha of Nigeria and Mobutu Seseseko and of (then) Zaire, and the dire  poverty their people suffered as a result of that stupidity, you may think the Blackman is indeed cursed.  The two men salted away, mainly in Europe, between them, at least $4 billion (4,000,000,000 US dollars!) What did they want so much money for? It’s just stupid greed that made them do it. They couldn’t have cared less whether babies died unnecessarily of malnutrition and other diseases  in their countries or not.

But the fact that these two Blackmen (among several others, including the late Omar  Bongo of Gabon) were great thieves does not mean that the Blackman, as such,  is cursed. White people and people of races other than Black, have also stolen huge sums of money from their countries – only they use “business “, instead of politics, to steal the money. The name of one of them has even become a word in the dictionary: ponzi! Let me run through a few of them with you:

QUOTE: “From Bernie Madoff to Dennis Kozlowski, financial fraudsters have rocked the lives of many.[The publication] World Finance looks at some of the biggest criminal masterminds behind the worst cases of financial fraud the world has ever seen…

CHARLES PONZI: “Although the Italian-born businessman/con artist was far from the first to put the scheme to use, the financial rewards and media attention he brought with it ensured his name would forever be tied to it…. Charles Ponzi embarked upon a new scheme whereby he promised investors …. a highly attractive return on investment.  Ponzi found that international reply coupons, which could be exchanged for airmail postage stamps abroad, varied in price from country-to-country and in certain instances could be exchanged at a profit of up to 400 percent. Putting this information to profitable use, Ponzi, in just a few short months, made the equivalent of over $4.5m in today’s money and lived an incredibly lavish lifestyle for a short while afterwards….[before] the authorities caught wind of the scheme.”


KAZUTSUGI NAMI:  “The chairman of the Tokyo-based bedding and linen company, L&G, was sentenced to 18 years in prison on March 18, 2010 for what many believe to be the biggest investment scam in Japan’s history. Nami … defrauded some 37,000 people of $1.4bn. The fraudster wooed investors with promises of a financial safe haven in the form of a make-believe digital currency he dubbed Enten – meaning “divine yen”. The businessman assured interested parties that the currency would gain in value once the world’s economies “collapsed”….!”


JAVIER MARTIN-ARTAJO  “JPMorgan traders Javier Martin-Artajo and Julien Grout “manipulated and inflated the value of position markings in the Synthetic Credit Portfolio in order to achieve specific daily and month-end profit and loss objectives,” according to a government ruling…They artificially increased the marked value of securities in order to hide the true extent of significant losses in that trading portfolio.” Put another way, the traders together engaged in numerous instances of securities fraud that served to keep trading losses of over $6.2bn off the books”.


BERNIE-MADOFF  [This] former Wall Street trader was sentenced to a 150-year prison sentence, having defrauded his clients of $65bn – amounting to the single biggest accounting fraud case in American history. Madoff’s elaborate ponzi scheme … attracted investors not with overly impressive returns, but much rather with consistent, moderate repayments…[Despite] the scheme’s size, the SEC (US financial authorities) remained entirely unaware of any financial misgivings throughout, and Madoff himself was later quoted as being “astonished” by the degree [to which] he was allowed to continue unchallenged.”



KIM WOO CHOONG:  The Daewoo Group accounting scandal was the single biggest instance of financial fraud Asia had ever seen. As a result of Daewoo’s over-investment efforts, the company – which Kim had grown from a modest textile business to South Korea’s second largest industrial conglomerate – was landed with debts worth in excess of $70bn.  In the period through 1997 and 1998, insiders inflated Daewoo’s equity by some $30bn in an attempt to keep the extent of the company’s losses off the books and safe from the prying eyes of investors. …The once hailed businessman and philanthropist was sentenced to 10 years in prison on May 30, 2006.UNQUOTE

So, then, let us understand this: human beings share all human foibles equally – whites commit murder and blacks commit murder; some whites think creatively and are able to invent and erect projects of great importance to mankind. Others invent things that can kill mankind off in its entirety. Their societies are NOT cursed.  It is how society controls its own errant members that matters. And, gradually, we in Africa are beginning to see off dictators and thieves, and will continue to do so in future.


But man is stubborn: if you think of what happened in this country [Ghana] in 1979, would it make sense to you that SOME politicians are still stealing the people’s money?

That is the nature of man, I am afraid.

He can be stupid enough to cut his own throat!

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