Try Ignorance

Honourable Sir/Madam,

I occasionally resort to the criticism of the Ghanaian way of life, comparing her peoples lack of simple understanding and inability to back up great ideas with the very commonest of reasons. Verily i can’t begin to think that a people trying to create a life for themselves is unable to come to the conclusion that free education is primordial and understanding its essence is absolutely infinite.

As said by Sydney J. Harris “the whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.” To teach a people to create a life for themselves and the comprehension survival in this modern life during best times or when harsh realities makes a call.

If a people are educated, they wouldn’t need one describing to them how their lives would be destroyed but through their own proper eyes would they perceive the deceit in every evil that comes their way. If it wasn’t for education, i solemnly regret to inform you probably could perceive me from far away undoubtedly listening to nature’s call on the streets of the capital city of Mother Ghana. Yea, it happens only in Africa and thats the good news.

One argument still stands, “The occurrence of the well educated to pry on the weak minded”. This is an inevitable situation i substantially believe couldn’t be eradicated unless at least seventy percent of any given population stands educated. By “educated” here i mean can read and write, basic(literacy).

The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think – rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with thoughts of other men.  ~Bill Beattie.

In any case kind Sir/Madam, our constitution itself encourages the “progressive introduction of education”. education here meaning, all forms i.e basic, secondary and even beyond.

The Ghana Constitution states in Chapter Five: THE FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN RIGHTS AND FREEDOM

All persons shall have the right to equal educational opportunities and facilities and with a view to
achieving the full realization of that right- (a) basic education shall be free, compulsory and available to all;
(b) secondary education in its different forms, including technical and vocational education, shall be made generally available and accessible to all by every appropriate means, and in particular, by the progressive introduction of free education;
(c) high education shall be made equally accessible to all, on the basis of capacity, by every appropriate means, and in particular, by the progressive introduction of free education;
(d) functional literacy shall be encouraged or intensified as far as possible.

I’ve seen a people stuck with bread and oil for breakfast provide free education to their citizens(not only basic).

I ask kind Sir/Madam that you make available the richness of our free nation to all in all forms as described by the constitution.

As the constitution stands one for all, so do i wish we all stand for it for without it into nothingness shall we go.

Thank you.



Death! The President Of the Republic of Ghana: Prof. Evans John Atta Mills is D E A D

Prof John Evans Atta Mills, President of the Republic of Ghana is dead according to reliable information reaching Image
The President died on Tuesday afternoon after suffering from a long battle with sickness.

His death occurred at the 37 Military hospital in Accrca.

Prof John Evans Fiifi Atta Mills was born on 21st July 1944 and was Sixty Eight-years-old (68-years-old).

He was the third and current President of the Fourth Republic of Ghana and was inaugurated on the 7th of January 2009, having defeated the ruling party candidate Nana Akufo-Addo in the 2008 election.

He was Vice-President from 1997 to 2001 under President Jerry John Rawlings, and stood unsuccessfully in the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections as the candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
He recently returned from a nine day medical check-up in the United States.

Prior to his trip to the U.S of A on June 16th, questions had been asked about the whereabouts of the president after he had not been seen in public for close to two weeks whilst communal violence ravaged parts of the country.

After a successful routine medical checkup in New York, H.E the President of the Republic of Ghana arrived home at about 12:45pm on Monday 25th June, 2012 to a rousing welcome.

Before his departure to the USA, President Mills quashed rumours of his death when he addressed the media. He also stated that he is going for a “routine check-up” and will be “away for a few days.”

In a formal notice to Parliament, President Mills said he will be away in the US until June 25, 2012.

Details of the Presidential notice were read to MP’s during Tuesday’s sitting of the House by the first Deputy Speaker, Hon Edward Doe Adzaho, who presided over proceedings.

The President’s letter read: “In accordance with Article 59 of the Constitution of Ghana, I write to inform you that I shall be away in the US from Saturday, 16 June to Monday 25 June, 2012 for a routine medical check-up.

“During my absence the Vice-President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E John Dramani Mahama, shall in accordance with Article 60 (8) of the Constitution act in my stead. Kindly accept, Right Honourable the assurances of my highest consideration.


Prof. John Evans Atta Mills,

President of the Republic of Ghana.

This was his last letter to parliament prior to his “routine check-up” in the United States of America.

Condolences to all Ghanaians and his family from


The Ghana Chronic

You know you are in Ghana when street lights are visible decorations by day and
invisible shadows by night

You know you are in Ghana when ambulances take people leisurely away from
hospitals rather than hurriedly to hospitals

You know you are in Ghana when a politician pays you to get him into office only
for you to pay him when he gets out of office

You know you are in Ghana when the Fire Service rushes to the scene of a fire
only to realise they have no water in the Fire tender to fight the fire

You know you are in Ghana when the Fire Service uses water to fight every kind
of fire

You know you are in Ghana when high rise buildings come up every month when we
do know the Fire Service cannot fight fire above four storeys

You know you are in Ghana when police cars with siren blarring are full of
people going to a wedding

You know you are in Ghana when the policeman asks you for the torchlight in your
car at 12 noon

You know you are in Ghana when the policeman gives you all the reasons why he
should not take you to court for a traffic offence

You know you are in Ghana when a customs officer who approachs you says, “$20 is
not enough because we all have to share”

You know you are in Ghana when a 60 year old man is introduced as the Chairman
of the Asikuma Youth Association

You know you are in Ghana when the toll booth on the motorway is closed for
maintenance at 7 am

You know you are in Ghana when a motorway still continues being referred to as a
motorway when it has clearly become a street

You know you are in Ghana when a driver reverses on a motorway

You know you are in Ghana when prime time on radio is used to discuss the
meaning of an insult

You know you are in Ghana when a person uninterested in a political position
still stands for elections due to the pressure of the masses

You know you are in Ghana when the time a person graduates from a tertiary
institutions, he would have gone through five graduations, the first one at the
prime age of five years

You know you are in Ghana when the Head of State states that religious leaders
have more power and authority than he has

You know you are in Ghana when annointing oil develops a flash point lower than
most combustible materials

You know you are in Ghana when the headline of a major newspaper has an error

You know you are in Ghana when the headline of a story is written a week before
the story develops and the two do not agree

You know you are in Ghana when herbalists weave their submissions with biblical
verses, even when the guy doesn’t believe the other parts of the bible

You know you are in Ghana when all alcoholic drinks are aphrodisiacs

You know you are in Ghana when a four year old asks: “Who put off the lights?
President Atta-Mills eh?”

You know you are in Ghana when nobody dies a natural death

You know you are in Ghana when the cab driver accelerates when the traffic light
is amber

You know you are in Ghana when drivers do a U-turn in the middle of a T-junction

You know you are in Ghana when a pastor can actually sit on radio and say he
will put a curse on someone for being insolent to him

You know you are in Ghana when someone feels insulted after asking him, “what do
you mean?”

You know you are in Ghana when a census enumerator asks you, “Your wife, is she

You know you are in Ghana when you hear names of football clubs like Asante
Akyem Weder Bremen, Gomoa Dominase Everton, Betomu Hull City,

Sefwi Wiaso Barcelona, Patase Milan

You know you are in Ghana when you are branded ‘too known’ for insisting the
right things must be done

You know you are in Ghana when you hear bus stops called ‘Basket’, ‘Potholes’,

You know you are in Ghana when you need permission from land guards before you
build your house

You know you are in Ghana when the total cost of building a house includes the
cost of keeping a land guard

You know you are in Ghana when a person accuses another of corruption without
proof and insists the accused must provide evidence to show his innocence

You know you are in Ghana when a person is deemed guilty until he is proven

You know you are in Ghana when you laugh about serious issues to keep your

You know you are in Ghana when you laugh to prevent you from crying

You know you are in Ghana when you read this, shake your head and smile

Because you know, only in Ghana can you not have a dull day!


Nana Awere Damoah

Author, Through the Gates of Thought
( / Excursions In My Mind

Azonto Fever, The New Ghanaian Craze.

Its Azonto! “Yea, you know what time it is.” says Sarkodie, the self proclaimed inventor of the Azonto dance. Before you read further, all I kindly ask of you is to watch this short video of how the new Ghanaian dance, AZONTO, goes. Funny thing, my in-built dictionary keeps red underlining the word “AZONTO”.

Its my guess after watching this video you probably would watch it a second time before i finish, edit and or re-edit this blog.

Azonto originated from somewhere in Ghana. Hey! don’t ask because i have no idea where exactly. What i know is, it’s the new craze, the new fever widely spread out across the globe even known to the most hidden Ghanaian immigrant somewhere in Uzbekistan. Use Google earth. You’ll find him/her.

Everyone is dancing Azonto. Anyone not yet dancing it is probably discreetly learning how to dance it in their rooms or public sanitary places. Been there, done that but not all, lol.

The Azonto dance so popular to the extent that the youth of Ghana enjoys it more than looking for work or coming up with fresh and innovative ideas for the very broke, mismanaged and highly going to turn worst economy of Ghana.

In fact, word out is, the youth of Ghana will rather spend time dancing Azonto and making videos of themselves than using up proteins in their cerebrum. The truth is it, this dance has no cultural roots but people are making it cultural. Yep, welcome to Ghana. On the other hand, i would want you to take note that the old and real Azonto dance is totally different from the new age Azonto.

Enough being a hater. If you don’t know how to dance Azonto in Ghana, then you certainly have to dig and bury yourself because this singular, simpler dance has brought many Ghanaians all around the world into doing the same something just at an exact same time and moment. Isn’t that just amazing?

It has brought so people in this simple country, it reminds me of one fact, THE ONLY THING GHANAIANS DO TOGETHER IS TO DANCE AND ENTERTAIN THEMSELVES, thus the total absence of war in the history of Ghanaian. Isn’t that twice Amazing?

The dance just like any other Ghanaian dance, even if someone is just jumping like he’s on fire, does one thing, speaking to  another and or an audience.

And that’s why the Azonto dance has become very popular among the youth of Ghana today. In my opinion, the youth having so many things to say has put all those words into the Azonto literally virtual dictionary. The dance can be done alone, but that’s unless you mostly talk in your sleep, to yourself. This dance works perfectly well following one important and essential rule of communication. COMMUNICATION INVOLVES TWO PEOPLE. Azonto always works well when it involves two people “dancingly” talking to one another.

Now, let me teach you how to dance the Azonto. Yes i forgot, re-watch the video for second time.

Wish you all Azonto days ahead. Meet you on the AZONTO battlefield.

HONOURABLE KOFI ATTOH talks about the Ghanaian educational system

An excerpt from “THE POLITICAL SEARCHLIGHT” a program on a
UK based Ghanaian radio talk show.

HOST: Do you think Ghana’s
free education is the best?

Classeroom Full of School kids

Classeroom full of School kids

Honorable Kofi Attoh:
No one can say Ghana’s education is the best. But the little we can do is to
improve upon the records and reports as it were. 

The main importance is
to “zero-in” on the rural communities. Anytime you visit a community school,
you find out they are no better on your next visit a year later. And yet we
don’t know where the problems are comes from, whether from the people,
supervision, the teaching, from parents. In fact most parents are unable to buy
exercise books prompting their children or most pupils to use a single exercise
book for six subjects.

A ghanaian school child

A ghanaian school child

Honorable Attoh reintegrated the need not to blame the
policies but rather work harder on the problems where and whenever they occur. He
stated, “Though our stagnant education
finds its roots deep within our history as far as 1950, knowing the improving
upon them in the current future is what we need to make our definitive goal

He furthermore gave
an example of cases whereby poor results were on heights but a lot of work has
been done to produce better results.  “And not only as a government but as a
people in general, we need to work hard on education,
stating the need not
to repeat ourselves if it was bad before and say it wouldn’t improve.

When asked what measures the government has in place for
academically poor but practically skilled Ghanaians, he commented on measures
like: Technical and Vocational Schools for JSS graduates. He added, the
government is placing enough computers into this after JSS institutions as well
as creating youth employment projects. He said such vocational
schools/institutions provide their student/trainees an opportunity to enter
into bigger universities after the graduate.
In his last words he finally quoted “All we need is faith”.

An Article on Ghana-Korean STX HOUSING PROJECT as said by Honorable Kofi Attoh.

RADIO HOST: What is the major problem with STX that has the country in disagreement prompting others including the opposition not to back it?

Kofi Attoh

The HONORABLE KOFI ATTOH talked about the need not to believe the many misconceptions. He said the country face a $1 million deficit and thus any means by which the Ghanaian government sees as opportunities to curb this deficit was welcomed.
He defined STX as simply: a partnership between Ghanaians and Koreans to build 300000 houses and homes which will later be sold to the Ghanaian general public.
He added, the arrangement in the STX deal included:
The Korean government contributing a sum lump of $10billion which will be used in financing the project. The sale of these houses will be used to repay the said lump sum.
 The government was included because the Korean government was cautious of their investment going down the drain in any political instability in the future. Thus the Ghanaian government inclusion, as a surety incase a new government comes and decides to seize all the buildings.
He affirmed:
 Firstly, STX is not a Ghanaian government loan or a loan to be borrowed by the Ghanaian government.
 Secondly, STX is not a Ghanaian government financed project for the Korean government.
He reaffirmed that the STX was a simple arrangement that goes “I build houses in your country, I sell.”
He said, due to the huge number of houses to be built, the Ghana government decided to buy a certain number of the houses for government workers especially the Ghana Police Servicemen/women. The rest will be available for sale to all private entities. The government involvement acts as an assurance for STX Koreans.
He further noted, the existence of STX in discussion well before the NDC government came into power thus, no need to throw into the garbage and say “it was an NPP affaire”. In his own words he said, “There is no need to be political about anything”.

In his last words he said: They moved on ahead with it because it is for the benefit of the simple Ghanaian.