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… Continue reading »

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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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Jun
07

MAYA ANGELOU by CAMERON DUODU (PART 2)

MAYA ANGELOU (2) By CAMERON DUODU   In May 1964, my novelist friend, Julian Mayfield, told me that Malcolm X had come to Ghana! He, Maya Angelou and a few other African-Americans, including a soft-spoken but very serious and hard-working lady called Alice Windome, had formed an organising committee for the visit and were taking… Continue reading »

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May
31

MAYA ANGELOU R.I.P.

Daily Guide 31.05.2014 Home / Columnist / Maya Angelou – A Unique Personage In The Black People’s Struggle (1) (See beautiful cartoon at www.mg.co.za/shapiro) http://www.mg.co.za/zapiro/ Maya Angelou – A Unique Personage In The Black People’s Struggle (1) By CAMERON DUODU May 31, 2014 Maya Angelou, the American writer whose sad death at the age of… Continue reading »

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Jan
04

CAMERON DUODU’S NEW YEAR HONOURS LIST (2)

  NEW YEAR HONOURS LIST (2)   By CAMERON DUODU     (Based on an article in the Daily Guide 04 January 2014)       GHANAIAN ‘JOURNALISTS’       Order Of The Braying Ass, No Class Division       Ladies and Gentlemen of the Press,         I belong to… Continue reading »

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