Joking in the dark
A friend (you know who you are) recently remarked that my blog doesn’t tell much about life in Accra. So let’s talk about dumsor. Ghana (and Accra especially) has been suffering terrible power outages for the last three years. The intolerable situation is nicknamed “dumsor” – on/off. Here in Accra, dumsor is a daily topic: “how…
Temporary Injunction on GM Rice and Cowpea Overturned in Ghana
A ruling in Ghana’s High Court Thursday morning overturned a temporary injunction on the commercialization of genetically modified (GM) rice and cowpea.
Planting the Seeds of Future Occupation: Militarized Humanitarianism in Africa
Last week Foreign Policy in Focus, an offshoot of the Institute for Policy Studies, published my article on US militarism and aid in Africa. In it, I argue not that aid and security aren’t important, but rather that we should be wary of the ways in which the US is building up its presence in…
Nkrumah and AFRICOM: The Danger of Misrepresentation
The following is in response to an article entitled Accept AFRICOM Now! which ran in a few Ghanaian media sources first in September, and then this past weekend. I sent my response to the sites that carried the original article, and it is now published in SpyGhana and ModernGhana. This past month both SpyGhana and…
Spending the evening learning about the CPP
I’m a big fan of Kwame Nkrumah, but admittedly, I know very little about the Convention People’s Party (CPP), the party started by Nkrumah during the struggle for Ghanaian independence and sovereignty. Nkrumah and the CPP ruled Ghana from 1957-1966, and n 1964, a (highly contested) constitutional referendum made Nkrumah leader for life, and CPP…
Friday Roundup: AFRICOM, France, and Load-shedding
Stories of interest from today: Niger: New Drone Base Highlights a Shift in US-West African Relations (ISN) Libya becomes ‘the new Mali’ as Islamists shift in Sahara (Reuters) If Mali is the “new” Afghanistan then does that make Libya the new Afghanistan? @1d4tw Classic narrative. Come in, destroy, get what you want, leave, shrug at…
Why are we still talking about Bono?
If an article starts with Bono, I’m inclined not to listen. I’m not sure why celebrities continue to hold the spotlight in being experts on poverty or development. This morning I read an article by Bright Simmons of Ghana thinktank Imani, and Jammie Drummond of One.org entitled Africa: The Rise and the Rise of the…
Morning Reads: self-determination, mining murders & AFRICOM/Congo training
“Africa Must Stop the West” by Stephen Odoi-Larbi The First Deputy Speaker of Ghana’s Parliament, Ebo Barton-Odro, has told the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) that the time had come for Africa to act swiftly to stop the West from dictating to the continent, when it comes to legal matters that have international character. “Chinese Kill Two…
Today I’m thinking about higher education in Ghana
Education with a capital E is not enough to spur “development” and “growth.” Institutions ought to closely scrutinize their curriculum to ensure it includes ways to spur creativity, entrepreneurship, and leadership.