Nov
19

OBITUARY OF KEN SARO-WIWA Jr.

:DAILY GUIDE Accra 19 November 2016           KEN SARO-WIWA Jr – A TRIBUTE By CAMERON DUODU November has proved to be a very terrifying month for the Saro-Wiwa family. Exactly 21 years ago – on 10 November 1995 – the head of the family, Ken Saro-Wiwa, was gruesomely thrown into an… Continue reading »

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Nov
07

KEN SARO-WIWA — ALREADY TWENTY YEARS?

                                                                                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 »

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Oct
31

IS THE BLACKMAN CURSED?

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 »

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May
03

IS MEDECINS SANS FRONTIERES SUPERSEDING THE UN’S HUMANITARIAN AGENCIES?

  IS MEDECINS SANS FRONTIERES SUPERSEDING THE HUMANITARIAN AGENCIES OF THE UNITED NATIONS ? By CAMERON DUODU During the distressing Ebola crisis in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, which, thankfully, is now drawing to a close, one organisation stood out distinctly amongst other organisations and purveyed light and vigour, while others remained “blind” and “indolent”.… 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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