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Duke Mensah Opoku: The paradox of the ‘unperturbed’ middle class [Article]

With barely thirty days to go for Ghana’s seventh successive elections in the fourth republic, the democratic credentials of the country are once again up for scrutiny. This will be against the backdrop that Ghana is seen by many as the beacon of hope and the model of democracy in Africa. A feather in our cap is the fact that ...

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Unsafe abortion: Dangerous concoctions including bleach used

Tree branches sticking out of uteruses. Concoctions of herbs and bleach. These are some of the ways women choose to have unsafe abortions in Ghana, a practice that is leading to countless deaths and injuries each year, leaving many other women infertile. Maternal mortality is the second most common cause of death among women in Ghana, and more than one ...

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Marian Ansah writes : The damage of Charlotte Osei’s many bad mistakes

It was initially the re-branding of the Electoral Commission’s logo, then what the high court describes as the unlawful disqualification of presidential candidates and now the decision to challenge the court’s judgement on the flagbearer of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Papa Kwesi Nduom’s disqualification from the December 7 presidential polls. I am trying so hard to understand the decisions, ...

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October – the month Ghana caught the Kalyppo fever [Article]

How did it all start? In October, Ghana’s social media channels observed an increase in activity mainly fueled by a political spin-off. After filtering through thousands of social media posts on Facebook and Twitter, it was discovered that a post from @samgeorgegh, a Presidential staffer, was among the very early posts published in connection with the product. From the post, ...

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…and the Effutu Municipal Assembly too? [Article]

Last week I stated that the interdiction of St Augustine’s Headmaster was arbitrary, and in a manner that lacked due process. I have received a few reactions from some of my readers who think that it is because the interdiction has to do with St Augustine’s College, that is why people are screaming, that if it was a lesser known ...

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Nsempiisms: Royal political binge drinking [Article]

When I was learning to stride the Unicorn in the town Osagyefo built, my colleagues used to make fun of those of us who didn’t indulge in the water-like substance (and associated forms of same) Wofa Kapokyikyi favoured. However, when we went out for functions, the Safety Manager would point to people like us and ask our colleagues to get ...

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Obrempong writes: Upsurge in galamsey; Mahama a great disappointment

Since the conversation on illegal mining resurfaced in the past weeks, uninspiring speeches and ad-hoc solutions have emanated from the President; John Dramani Mahama and his appointees. Sadly, not a single sustainable solution has been offered by these trustees of our resources. At one point, the natural resource ministry says something; and on another platform, the Ministry of Environment, Science ...

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Many bitters products – A risk to consumers

It appears the beverage industry has started witnessing a new surge of products across all categories – wine, whisky, bitters, ready-to-drink (RTD), carbonated soft drinks etc. But my article will dwell more on the bitters market. This market has become fertile for massive growth as more consumers look out to drink an alcoholic beverage that is believed to have health ...

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St Augustine’s yes, Minister no? [Article]

Last week the headmaster of the St Augustine’s College in Cape Coast, Joseph Connel was reported to have been interdicted by the Ministry of Education, for charging newly admitted students unapproved fees of GHC430.00. According to a Ghanaian news portal, “the Deputy Minister of Education said the ministry took the action after investigating (I wonder how many days of investigation) and ...

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Obrempong’s oil diary: Who is buying Ghana’s oil? Dr. Manteaw asks

The co-chair of the Ghana Extractives Industry Transparency Initiative GHEITI, Dr. Emmanuel Steve Asare Manteaw, is asking a question many Ghanaians may ignore or downplay its relevance. Who is buying Ghana’s oil from the flagship Jubilee Field and recently, the TEN fields? Which companies are selling or buying them? You may perhaps be asking, why does this matter? Oh yeah! ...

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