Jan
27

ADIEU, K B MENSAH!

ADIEU, K B MENSAH! By CAMERON DUODU The Ghanaian Times 27 January 2015         THE cryptic message that I received on New Year’s Eve was hard to believe. It just asked: “Have you heard that our friend and BBC colleague, K B Mensah, has passed away? So sad!” “What? K B Mensah… Continue reading »

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Jan
21

A MEMO TO ECOWAS LEADERS ON THEIR INTENTION TO INTERVENE IN NIGERIA’S MILITARY CAMPAIGN AGAINST BOKO HARAM

However, Excellencies, your own external intelligence agencies operating in Nigeria will no doubt have briefed you on how difficult it is to assist the current Nigerian Government in this noble task of seeking to help it return the country into the safe place for ALL its citizens that its government is duty-bound to ensure. The reasons for this difficulty are complex, but the principal one is that Nigeria sees herself as not lacking in either manpower or fire-power when it comes to defending itself. So the country may actually resent assistance from abroad.
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I suggest to you, Excellencies, that it is because of such complexities that the United States and Great Britain, for instance, find themselves unable to render as much military assistance to Nigeria to fight Boko Haram as they would normally, be only too willing to provide. The London missions of Your Excellencies may have reported to you that there was a mini-debate, arising from a Question in the British House of Commons in London, on the Nigerian situation on 12 January 2015. I trust Your Excellencies will find time to acquaint yourselves with some of the things the British MPs had to say. The point was made again and again in the debate that no-one could assist a person who did not seem to want assistance.
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In other words, if you must go, do candidly make clear to President Goodluck Jonathan that – as a Ghanaian proverb has it – “it is only when you try to climb a tree with adequate proficiency that those on the ground may feel inspired enough to push you up it!”

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Jun
03

MALAWI GOES ‘GHANAIAN’ IN ITS ELECTION

MALAWI GOES ‘GHANAIAN’ IN ITS ELECTION By CAMERON DUODU Malawi is a Commonwealth country in Central/Southern Africa.  But it has chosen a West African country as its model – when it comes to elections. Well, when it comes to how its elections are conducted by its Electoral Commission. The result is that it now has… Continue reading »

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Mar
10

MEDIA EMPATHY? WHAT MEDIA EMPATHY?

MEDIA EMPATHY? WHAT MEDIA EMPATHY? By CAMERON DUODU* *Author of The Gab Boys (Andre Deutsch, London.) The first international story that aroused empathy in me as a young Ghanaian journalist was the Soviet invasion of Hungary in November 1956. I empathised with the weak Hungarians who were being battered by the strong “Russian bear”. However,… Continue reading »

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Dec
14

IN MEMORIAM — NELSON MANDELA

HOME / Columnist / In Memoriam – Nelson Mandela In Memoriam – Nelson Mandela Daily Guide December 7, 2013 Cameron Duodu WHEN I made my first-ever visit to South Africa in September 1990, there were hundreds of journalists in South Africa, all of whom had a  single objective: namely, to secure an exclusive interview with… Continue reading »

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