2014 archive

Dec 31

MY DAYS AT DRUM (1)

MY DAYS AT DRUM (1) By CAMERON DUODU For years, African journalists have been criticising to the people of the African continent, the attempts made by African leaders to unite to fight for the political and economic objectives that have been identified as essential for Africa’s socio-economic growth. The Organisation of African Unity (OAU) and …

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Dec 23

UPDATED: PAPER, PAPER EVERYWHERE BUT NOT A DROP OF POTABLE WATER

River Twafuor remained in use until a particularly useless and immensely self-centred “educated” man bulldozed himself on to our stool and became our chief. The fool neglected everything, including how to enforce the protections that had previously been accorded to the stream. So, today, Twafuor has dried up. Dead.

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Dec 20

…AND NOBODY CARES!

Yes, our river was once so mighty that its very name defined it – Supong [Big River.] The galamsey people have destroyed it. Parts of it have dried up; parts have become mud cakes full of algae. And yet this was a river that you were advised not to dare to swim in, when it had rained!

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Dec 16

HOW CAN ANYONE WATCH A GALAMSEY FILM LIKE THIS AND — JUST DO NOTHING?

HOW CAN ANYONE WATCH THIS GALAMSEY FILM AND — DO NOTHING? By CAMERON DUODU I have been crying in my heart for many months over Ghana’s galamsey problem. (See elsewhere on this website Cameron Duodu ) Everyone makes noises regretting the continued existence of the treasonable and heinous practice. Anas Aremeyaw Anas made a vivid …

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Dec 12

A DEVASTATING FILM ON GALAMSEY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6qaiPSbZsQ CONGRATULATIONS TO EDEM SREM AND GIFTY APPIAH ON AN EXCELLENT PRODUCTION WHICH SHOULD HAVE MADE THE GOVERNMENT OF GHANA STOP ”GALAMSEY” THE MOMENT THIS FILM WAS SEEN BY ANYONE IN POWER. WHO IS ABLE OR WILLING TO HALT THE DESTRUCTION OF GHANA’S WATER BODIES BY GALAMSEY? WHO, I ASK, WHO? if we continue to …

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Dec 10

GOODBYE TO THE DEAR DEPARTED

UNDER THE NEEM TREE Goodbye to The Dear Departed by CAMERON DUODU From New African Magazine December 2014 So far, almost all the stories I have told readers of New African who chose to sit Under The Neem Tree with me, have been funny ones. But in doing that, I have not done justice to …

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Dec 02

AMERICA’S BLIND SPOT

The USA ought to give black people real power by vigorously enforcing their right to vote. Then, Mayors, Police Chiefs, Governors and [elected] Judges would feel the need to make themselves acceptable to their constituencies

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Nov 25

WATCH OUT! DRUG-TRAFFICKING CAN DESTROY THE DIGNITY OF ALL BLACK TRAVELLERS!

WATCH OUT! DRUG-TRAFFICKING CAN DESTROY THE DIGNITY OF EVERYONE OF US! By CAMERON DUODU The arrest in London of a woman called Ruby Adu Gyamfi, also known as Nayele Ametefeh, has undoubtedly put the Ghana Government into a flap. That is understandable, because for about ten years, the Ghana Government has deliberately compromised the sovereignty …

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Nov 22

THE BNI MUST HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH JOURNALISTS, PERIOD!

The BNI MUST HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH JOURNALISTS, PERIOD! By CAMERON DUODU The Daily Guide November 22 2014 It Is odd that President Mahama found it wise to defend the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) on the Bureau’s “invitation” to a couple of journalists over the reports that a woman had been arrested in …

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Nov 19

AN EVENING AT BALLIOL COLLEGE, OXFORD, WITH LORD BOATENG “OF AKYEM AND WEMBLEY”

The “Akyem” in the title was a tribute to his late father, the Honourable Kwaku Boateng, MP, who served as Minister of the Interior as well as of Higher Education, in the Government of Dr Kwame Nkrumah. Mr Kwaku Boateng hailed from Akyem Abuakwa and his son, who was brought up in Ghana (his secondary school was Accra Academy) did not forget his ancestry in his hour of glory. It was an extremely courageous thing for Mr Boateng to choose such a title, for the British find it difficult to pronounce even “Boateng” (which some still mispronounce as “boating”, despite his having been in politics there for so long!) Adding Akyem (which they would no doubt pronounce as Ah-kyerm!) could have seemed a foolhardy thing to do: a double mispronunciation of the name of a single individual? But Paul Yaw Boateng is not the sort of man to be deterred by trifles like mispronunciations. He nonchalantly took that “cumbersome” nomenclature to the ”House of Ermine” and Lord Boateng of Akyem and Wembley he became. The title, of course, evokes a particular resonance in the bosoms of all Akyemkwaas – like yours truly!

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