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Culture and the Politics of Age in Ghana

Regard for old age as the height of wisdom and experience runs deep in Ghanaian culture. But, sadly, Mr. Asiedu Nketia (General Secretary of the NDC) and the NDC have thrust upon us, a burden to defend our culture by making old age political campaign issue. It is imperative that we unite to resist the attempt to undermine our shared heritage because our culture endures long after the partisan bickering fades. Let me emphasize early that, this article has little to do with Nana Akuffo-Addo’s candidacy. It is at heart,Read More


NDC’s Age Politics and Culture

Regard for old age as the height of wisdom and experience runs deep in Ghanaian culture. Therefore, there cannot be any place in our national discourse to countenance partisan efforts to exploit this shared cultural value. But, sadly, Mr. Asiedu Nketia (General Secretary of the NDC) and the NDC have thrust upon us, the burden to defend our culture by making old age a political issue. It is thus, imperative that we unite to resist this needless abuse because our culture endures long after the partisan bickering fades.


The Tragedies of African Democracies: why the best doesn’t mean good (Part I)

Since Ghana returned to constitutional rule in 1992, it has been a bastion of stability in a region of political instability. Apart from pockets of internal conflicts mostly related to chieftaincy issues, elections have passed without degenerating into open conflicts as has been the case in a number of countries on the continent. This is not to suggest that Ghana is free from the tensions that mark the campaigns and elections in other countries in the region. Despite the pressures associated with the campaigns and the elections, things have usuallyRead More


Ghanaian Leaders Must Participate In the Economy

Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah was referring to Ghana when he says, “now there is a new African in the world. That African is ready to fight his own battle and show that, after all, the black man is capable of managing his own affairs.” However, fifty-eight years following that rousing speech, Ghana remains more dependent than ever. To live up to Osagyefo’s estimation to develop the economy, we must wean the political leadership from their utter dependence on the state. Ghana’s independence has not affected the political class in termsRead More