3 generations of Saro-Wiwas: Ken Saro-Wiwa is on the left, in a suit and tie. KEN SARO-WIWA – ALREADY 20 YEARS? By CAMERON DUODU Daily Guide 07 November 2015 10 November 1995 was – to mix lingos – a dies horribilis par excellence for me! (A horrible day to beat all horrible days). It… Continue reading »
THE ICC AND INTRA-AFRICAN DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS By CAMERON DUODU A lot of abuse has been heaped on the head of the South African Government for allowing President Omar Al-Bashir of Sudan to leave South Africa on 15 June 2015, whilst a South African court was still considering a complaint from a South African NGO… Continue reading »
DR J B DANQUAH’S DEATH IS STICKING IN THE THROATS OF SOME PEOPLE LIKE A DEAD RAT By CAMERON DUODU Daily Guide 21 February 2015 A 69-year-old man is carted off to prison. He has never been charged with any crime. He has not been sentenced to any term of imprisonment by any law… 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!
PHOTO (by LEMON, JOBURG SUNDAY INDEPENDENT: NELSON MANDELA TELLS CAMERON DUODU: quote: ABACHA IS A BRUTAL DICTATOR WHO HAS USED A KANGAROO COURT TO MURDER HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST KEN-SARO-WIWA AND EIGHT OTHER OGONIS unquote (The historic interview took place at Mr Mandela’s private home in HOUGHTON, JOHANNESBURG, on 24 NOVEMBER 1995) UPDATE: THINGS YOU MAY… Continue reading »