BEWARE, ‘GENERALISSIMO’ JOHN MAHAMA! By CAMERON DUODU The sight of President John Mahama clad in a military uniform has apparently shocked quite a number of people. l-r: Mobutu Amin and Bokassa Does Mahama want to emulate them? #And for a very good reason. Few in Ghana remember military rule… Continue reading »
NO! THE BLACKMAN IS NOT ”CURSED!” by CAMERON DUODU 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… Continue reading »
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!
CONVERSATIONS WITH MY STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS (4) REMEMBERING GENERALS ANKRAH AND MOBUTU By CAMERON DUODU STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS: I am still waiting to hear about General Sani Abacha of Nigeria…. ME: Listen man, Abacha was, without doubt, the most notorious character in West African history – if not African history, and you can’t make me… Continue reading »