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Et, Tu, Azania?

Caesar: Doth not Brutus bootless kneel?

Casca: Speak, hands, for me [They stab Caesar]

Caesar: Et tu Brute. Then fall, Caesar. (He dies)

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Ghana at 58, I choose to remain hopeful

 

I slept in darkness last night and woke up with no power until about 7:30am this morning so what is the celebration for? We have painfully witnessed leakages and corruption in our system that has made individuals richer than the State, yet we are called upon to celebrate independence.

We have become polarized along partisanship, preaching of ethno-tribal political campaign and what have you, yet the advocates say lets celebrate. We have produced mis-leaders and dishonorable men in our 58 years of independence and seem to have fallen off the track, the cynics say and I agree.

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“Reduce unsafe abortion”

As current members of the Ipas Ghana Youth Advisory board our aim is to help Ipas to achieve its aim of ensuring women’s access to full range of reproductive health services, including family planning and safe abortion.

We continue to hope that safe and affordable abortion care will, someday, become a reality for everyone. With increasing attacks and restrictions on abortion access worldwide, we have our work cut out as young people to ensure that the youth in Ghana are well informed and are able to make inform decision on matters relating to their reproductive rights.

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Religious intolerance, Christian fundamentalism and the Ghana Constitution

One of the favourite "tollies" I tell of my "charmed and eventful life, is that the school where I had my primary education was the only Catholic school in Ghana with a majority Muslim pupil population.

The St. Peter's Primary & Middle School complex was part of the Catholic Cathedral complex in Kumasi, which also hosted the residence of Bishop Van De Brunk and the administrative offices of the Roman Catholic Church in Ashanti. In 1961, Kumasi was one of the only four (4) Catholic Dioceses in Ghana, the others being Cape Coast, Accra & Tamale.

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Why I’m happy Ghana lost AFCON 2015 final

In this rather controversial piece, Nana Ama Agyemang Asante explains why, despite her sorrow at the inability of the Black Stars to win the 2015 African Nations Cup, she is glad that the team didn't win the diadem.

I didn’t expect to feel anything during the Black Stars match with the Elephants of Cote D’Ivoire in the finals of the 2015 African Cup of Nations.

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O, how ‘dumsor’ has affected our domestic lives!

It is a Wednesday morning. The 12-hours-on, 12-hours-off light schedule has apparently been escalated to 12 on, 24 off. Not for the first time, I am caught completely flat footed. The children’s uniforms are not ironed.

It is also one of those mornings when the missus has had to leave very early for lecture. Had she been around, she would probably have warned me and worked some magic. I look left and right, totally bereft of ideas. Hopefully, the lights will come on at 6.am, leaving me just enough time to leave by 6.30a.m .at the latest if we are to thrive in the Spintex traffic and arrive at school on time.

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Facing the harmattan


The harmattan generally is a dreaded season. The usually dry and dusty weather is particularly common in the North and West Africa. In Ghana, the season is the most feared, as it leaves cracks on people’s lips, heels and body before it ends.

Long before this day, our ancestors took great care to prepare adequately for the season. The most effective creams and oils are harvested. It is even believed that they used palm nut oil as a body oil during the season.

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Nigeria elections: Why are Ghanaians gripped by fear?

In our series of columns from African journalists, Ghanaian Elizabeth Ohene, a member of the main opposition NPP, raises concerns about Nigeria's future as it battles an Islamist-led insurgency in the north and prepares for tightly contested elections.

If you are a Ghanaian, you tend to worry about Nigeria.

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Improving supervision of pre-tertiary education: the need for a rapid approach to education decentralisation

The way in which public primary and secondary education is financed and delivered varies from country to country.

While in some countries like France, education delivery is highly centralized at the national level, others like Canada, the country has no central ministry of education.

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“Reduce unsafe abortion now”

Despite over 47,000 women who die each year due to unsafe abortion society continues to put more human barriers leading to more death. This is a form of social injustice girls and women have been subjected to over the years.

 Why are we subjecting women to such atrocities in this 21st century when we can say no? "Women are not dying of diseases we can't treat. ... They are dying because societies have yet to make the decision that their lives are worth saving."  Professor Mahmoud F. Fathalla.

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Manasseh writes...Why Charlie Hebdo journalists are martyrs of stupidity

I abhor any act of terrorism and extremism. Killing journalists no matter how provocative their publication is, and irrespective of how derogatory it is to your religion, defeats the very purpose of that religion.

I don’t think the Prophet Mohammed (a messenger of peace as the Holy Quran tells us) would be proud of the bloody murder of journalists at the Charlie Hebdo magazine in France and other innocent people last week. If the God we serve were so cruel to kill us when we wrong Him, I don’t think we would still be alive to worship Him.

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Ghana chasing better cultural practices to meet United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals

Ghana is still struggling to better educate its citizens to avoid bad cultural practices which retire the human resources of the nation needed for national development.

For more than a decade now, human rights activists and civil society organizations with support from the Ghanaian government and the United Nations have collaborated in various ways to end negative cultural practices which are deemed to be dehumanizing to the human race.

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Mystery behind death


Death has always remained the monster that hunts human existence. No matter how long a person lives, the person will surely die.  

There are many dynamics of life, just as there are many ways of dying. Some are bizarre, mysterious, fearful, tragic and unpredictable.

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