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btawiah's blog

Look who is moulding Mills for president: it better be Betty

Posted by btawiah on Thu, 06/28/2007 - 21:44

Not too long ago, The Ghanaian Observer, a paper to which I enjoyed a brief
but rewarding association as a columnist, started publishing the profiles
and achievements of some important Ghanaian women under the caption
‘Women of Distinction.’ The column, which was written by a lady
journalist, did lively exposés on some popular national characters,
such as former GJA boss and presently member of the council of state,
Gifty Afenyi-Dadzie, as well as other relatively ‘unpopular’ but
hardworking women in the regions. There was the revealing and most impressive


University of Ghana may be better than Oxford

Posted by btawiah on Thu, 06/28/2007 - 13:09

The university interscholastic league works just like the football or basketball leagues in a sports-crazy country. The same way that football teams are rated by the division they play in, as well as their standing on the league table, universities also have their league table. Thus, there are premier universities, first division institutions, those who play in the championship and second division institutions of higher learning. There are also those who are the equivalent of what we call colts in Ghana.


E-mail communication: Illiteracy made hi-tech

Posted by btawiah on Mon, 06/11/2007 - 21:38

Suddenly, we have come to accept a writing genre that allows us to disregard vital communication rules, style and scholarship with impunity, as if modern grammarians care more about cooking standards than Shakespeare’s Much Ado about Nothing. And if you have noticed, the 21st Century is much ado about nothing: we profess and demand knowledge on a lot of things, but all we do is sit back and instruct our gadgets to initiate and complete our thought processing, as if prostitution is not a crime in the Church of Pentecost.


J.J. RAWLINGS, ODARTEY-WILLINGTON AND THE ABRACADABRA

Posted by btawiah on Sat, 06/09/2007 - 08:09

Mr. Felix Odartey-Willington has collapsed into a relatively quieter existence in Toronto, Canada, where he is undertaking a joint PhD programme in media relations and communication studies. He had served his country briefly as a barrister and solicitor at law before going abroad. He had been a student leader at University of Ghana, but we remember him particularly for his last appearance on GTV, in which he was said to have described Mr. Rawlings as a ‘con man’. That pronouncement triggered an almost never-ending interrogation by the BNI.


WHEN GOBBLDEGOOK BECOMES A FETISH: MAKING GHANAIAN ENGLISH LESS TOO KNOWN

Posted by btawiah on Thu, 05/31/2007 - 22:52

These days, it is fashionable to pluralize things that hitherto could only be understood in the singular sense. So, we can comfortably talk of journalisms, instead journalism, to distinguish between the kind of journalistic practice delivered by a Financial Times columnist and a budding reporter from an under-resourced ethnic minority bi-weekly in New York, USA. It is understandable that we would expect different levels of quality from them, as we would their earnings. Their use of language may also be dictated by their respective house styles and their standing in industry.


Ghana Election Review: WHAT IS GOOD FOR THE FOAM IS GOOD FOR THE FONA: ALIU MAHAMA OR NANA ADDO?

Posted by btawiah on Sun, 05/20/2007 - 23:21

Perhaps, what makes the forthcoming American presidential elections eventful is the ‘audacity of hope’ firing through the United States from the camps of Barack Obama, the black Illinois senator, who is tipped to turn the political stakes. But the presidential race is also remarkable for one thing: it is the first time since the 1820’s that neither a sitting president nor his vice, is seeking to occupy the Oval office at the White House. Whoever is lucky enough to win the race is for America to decide.


INTERNET DATING, FRAUD AND NANA KWAME AMPADU II

Posted by btawiah on Wed, 05/16/2007 - 20:50

If Nana Kwame Ampadu II were to recompose his popular song-we find love at different places- he would probably mention the internet as the most important love breeder in our information age. Today, he is a building contractor but his Agatha love story makes sense than most of the sex-fixated abushkeleke lyrics that are driving our youth to pornography.


Ghana Election Review: WHAT IS GOOD FOR BOAKYE AGYARKO IS GOOD FOR FRIMPONG BOATENG

Posted by btawiah on Sun, 05/13/2007 - 12:17

Whenever men of science and men of faith meet, they often contradict each other. Sometimes they manage to arrive at the same conclusion, but that seldom happens. This is one of the sub themes explored in The King and I, an Oscar winning musical by Rogers and Hammerstein. Men in politics; the breed we have most appropriately called politicians, do not take delight in contradicting each other; rather they persistently contradict themselves, and often with careless abandon. That is why a politician will promise bread only when he knows the flour is not coming from his wife’s kitchen.


200 YEARS OF SLAVERY, APOLOGIES AND A KISS AT A LONDON THEATRE

Posted by btawiah on Thu, 05/10/2007 - 22:05

You would normally expect the bearer of a typical West African name like Kwame Kwei-Armah to be Ghanaian. Apparently, this intelligent playwright and actor, who has been on my interview list for so long, is not Ghanaian. He is presently involved in the bicentenary celebrations of the abolition of slavery in Britain. I have always been keen on finding out what motivated him to adopt a Ghanaian name. His website says he embarked on a search into his roots and arrived at a total identity change. Kwame is not alone. Trinidadian born Stockley Carmichael has become Kwame Ture, and boxing legend Mohammed Ali, insisted his former identity-Carcius Clay-was a slave name.