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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Mar
10

OH WHAT JOY A PLUNGER CAN BRING!!

OH WHAT JOY A PLUNGER CAN BRING! By Cameron Duodu The Ghanaian Times 28th February, 2012 Related Stories HOW JOURNALISM WAS IN MY DAY (6) SUNDAY evening. Really exciting football on the telly. Now, I don’t support any one club myself — I mean how would you feel if you supported Real Madrid and Lionel Messi… Continue reading »

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Mar
30

Asamoah Gyan Anaaaaaaa!

Asamoah Gyan’s goal, which brought the scoreline to England 1, Ghana 1, was one of the most intricate goals I have ever seen scored. Asamoah Gyan was well and truly surrounded, and challenged at every turn. But he kept weaving and tapping the ball along and just melting his way through the crowd. And then… Continue reading »

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