Friday, October 31, 2008
Scenes like these are not atypical to Ghanaian roads, especially when the roads are as smooth as here.
This, though, does take the biscuit. A big vehicle like this has a centre of gravity disproportionate to the speed. I hope to work to a day when we use more of our cameraphones to snap such road indiscipline...
Wherever you may be, enjoy the weekend--and travel safe!
Thursday, October 30, 2008
This is the region where greenery gets serious!
The roughly 140km to the Central region from Accra is replete with many scenes of greenery like these! Shame about the lack of streetlights to make travelling at night less hazardous!
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
As they moved closer, it was clear the boisterous boys in the car waving the flags were ineluctably supporters of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Away they went into the capital. Quick glances of observors revealed some sycophants doing the kangaroo dance that has come to epitomise the motto of the party moving the country forward once they are re-elected on 7 December.
Tonight's presidential debates organised by the Institute of Economic Affairs will go some way to bringing into sharp relief where really the political temperature is at!
Monday, October 27, 2008
Let's start with the number plate: whenever you see a Ghana number plate with "CR", it means that the car was registered in the Central Region. Offlate, one sees very few of CR-registered cars in Accra. I wonder why...
Either way, the poster is clear for all to see. Like the much-watched US elections, Ghana's election year is also in 2008, with voting starting on 7 December. Over the weekend, Ghana's Electoral Commission re-launched its website to remind Ghanaian citizens to remain vigilant about voting peacefully and lawfully. The site can be found here: http://www.ec.gov.gh/.
If all that is Greek to you, many apologies for not reminding you that Cape Coast is the capital of the Central Region, and used to be the capital of Ghana before its independence in 1957.
It might interest you to know that, thanks to Ghana's first President Dr.Kwame Nkrumah who built secondary schools at breakneck pace in the 1950s and 1960s, Cape Coast plays host to some of the best schools that spawn some of the brightest graduates in the country. These schools are reputable ones in Ghana and include:
* Wesley Girls' High School
* St. Augustine College
* Adisadel College (ADISCO)
* Aggrey Memorial AME Secondary School (AGGREY)
* Ghana National College (GHANACOLL)
* Holy Child Secondary
* Cape Coast Technical Institute (CAPETECH).
Sunday, October 12, 2008
I'll be taking a very necessary break from Accra Daily Posting for the next week. Kindly be patient as I go de-stress and get back with a vengeance!
23rd October update: very much under the weather. Will resume on 27th October proper. The picture taken just outside Accra reminds me of why Ghana is such a beautiful, verdant place to travel through!
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
It's not quite the rainy season yet. In fact, we are supposed to have left it, but something happened yesterday: the skies opened and we all had a downpour.
The weather's cooler for it, and so are we all!
Friday, October 03, 2008
Whew! Only yours truly could come up with a title like that. Truth be told, nothing short and original came to mind. The pictures will speak the proverbial words, so enjoy and make up your minds on what they mean to you!
The "dancing diplomats" were caught fortuitously by my cameraphone as MEP Glennys Kinnock passed by them. I honestly don't think just because she's a member of the august European Parliament, they were that enamoured to bow down;-) One can dream, though!
Even military officials like to text, but when they do, they do it with a reverence. Note the hand behind the back as he is texting!
Thursday, October 02, 2008
This was how it all started:a quiet room that would not quite be filled to capacity, but would resonate with the francophone and anglophone voices, chiming along with Arab-looking faces, glum, bright, broad-smile, contemplative faces.
That most of the people in the room were in smart suits, and mostly men only went to remind one of the gender equality challenges that exist--note that the theme of the Sixth ACP summit is "Promoting Human Security and Development"--as well as the challenge on keeping one's time. I don't want to believe that if the world were run by Africans, we would all be late! Ghanaman time (gmt) is bad enough; I do not want Africa Man Time!
The Council of Ministers was supposed to start at 9h00. It is some two minutes to 10! Although I have had the opportunity to do some mobile blogging, I would have preferred we start on time so that we finish accordingly. Still, it has given me the opportunity to observe and witness sycophancy and deference at work.
Sycophancy as exemplified by posse of delegates hovering around a plenipotentiary who might know next-to-nothing about the meeting, but have the lucky break of being a career diplomat who has happened to pull strings to become ambassador; and deference as evidenced by men and women dressed in sharp suits giving muted bows to passing plenipotentiaries.
If I have given the impression that I am this side short of cynical about this whole process, you would not be far off the mark! After all, I have heard enough of the anecdotes, and seen enough--both first-hand and otherwise--to convince me that gatherings like these are not just a dull affair, but ones that do little to advance things considerably.
Having said all that, I am paradoxically excited to be in here to observe and witness a bunch of diplomats read speeches and pay lip-service to promoting human security and development when a large number of the
leaders of the 77 ACP countries chose to perpetuate human insecurity a liberalisation of everything that ineluctably produces poor development. If that were not the case, Sudan would be the last country to have been given face here.
And what of Mauritania, a country that the AU has suspended I believe on account of staging a coup?
A quick stroll down reveals two delegates from Mauritania are here.
languages are: English, French, Arabic...
(council of minsters giving one minute silence to Mwanawasa, victims of cyclone of oregon, and to Baah-Wiredu)
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