Dec 172013
 
Black Pimpernel: Yesterday’s Terrorist, Today’s Saint!

O how times change: Nelson Mandela, the terrorist has died a saint! Quite understandably, African leaders gushed with accolades: Rawlings eulogized a man of spiritual elegance, Kufour likened him to a saint, Akuffo-Addo described him as the outstanding statesman of Africa’s history, Mahama cited his remarkable spirit of forgiveness while Zuma called him father and hero. For Ban ki Moon, Read More

Oct 012013
 
Prof. Kofi Awoonor- Conversations with a Literary Mentor!

The sheer moral personality, academic depth, profound spirituality and the soft serenity of Professor Kofi Awoonor greatly belie the wicked, mindless, cowardly violence that slew him in Kenya days ago. Perhaps I ought to take solace in the explanation offered by his contemporary, another accomplished literary luminary, Professor Kofi Anyidoho, when he described Prof. Awoonor as a reincarnated ancestral warlord Read More

Jul 092013
 
Keep Well, Madiba!

Out of the experience of an extraordinary human disaster that lasted too long, must be born a society of which all humanity will be proud –Nelson Mandela. On a trip to South Africa last year, I bought a copy of “Long Walk to Freedom”, Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, adapted for children, for six year old Aseye. I would have thought we Read More

Jun 142013
 
Ethiopia Welcomes Africa!

What a great week to be in Addis Ababa, pretending to be an attending delegate at this auspicious 50th anniversary of the African Union (AU) currently underway under the theme, “Pan Africanism and African Renaissance.” With our hotel awash with visiting AU delegates, our ‘mislabeling’ is anticipated which is why we have copiously accepted an invitation to a welcome reception Read More

Oct 212012
 
Ode to Tutu power!

Instead of recognizing that the world we lived in, with increasingly sophisticated communications, transportations and weapons systems necessitated sophisticated leadership that would bring the global family together, the then-leaders of the US and UK fabricated the grounds to behave like playground bullies and drive us further apart. They have driven us to the edge of a precipice where we now Read More

May 312012
 
Change the world! -Akosombo International School, Class of 2012

I feel extremely grateful and honored for the invitation to be a part of the first graduation ceremony of this school. I am reliably informed that although the school is 50 years old, this is the first time a graduating ceremony is being organized which makes this occasion all the more historic. I must acknowledge also the very wonderful things Read More

Apr 182012
 
Ghana’s solar diabetes

Immediately, the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” Mark 9: 24 (NKJV) It is not humanly conceivable that man could ever generate power from the sun! How could it be when there is load shedding in Ghana – God’s own sun-flooded country? Alternatively, if diabetes mellitus is tissue hunger amidst Read More

Sep 252011
 
Azumah Nelson; a peerless African icon!

BBC Focus’s top 50 African icons Kudos to the BBC Focus team for that historical poster of Africa’s top 50 icons. Rest assured that this colorful poster is now firmly entrenched on a wall at home where it serves as cannon fodder/target practice in history lessons for the young and old alike. Indeed, the above is the reason why even Read More

Aug 142011
 
Is Ghana's youth really its future?

A famous cliché has come to represent the way we conceptualize the youth and national development. Commonly, we say the youth is the future of every nation. Put differently, it could be said that any nation that does not invest significantly in its youth has no future.  To this extent, many countries, organizations and individuals with the development of the Read More