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African politics and the role of First Ladies (Part II)

By Dr. Michael J.K. Bokor Monday, July 28, 2014 I have a good reason to segue to what happened after Nana Konadu had left the scene for Mrs. Kufuor and Naadu Mills. Let’s first deal with Mrs. Kufuor, who sought to carve a niche for herself by also exploiting her status as the First Lady. […]

By Dr. Michael J.K. Bokor Monday, July 28, 2014 Folks, the wives of male Presidents in Africa are parading themselves about as First Ladies and profiting from it. Of all, Mrs. Graca Machel is the only one to have emerged as the First Lady for two different countries at different times, beginning as the wife […]

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When in the wake of the “mysterious” passing of President John Evans Atta-Mills, on July 24, 2012, the then-Interim President John Dramani Mahama picked then-Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Mr. Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur as his Vice-President

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By Dr. Michael J.K. Bokor Saturday, July 26, 2014 Folks, I find it difficult to understand why some government officials cannot come to terms with the reality in front of them to do decent politics and win the goodwill of the people. Just last Thursday, we all saw and heard how Ghanaian workers (organized labour) […]

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I keep reminding Mr. Alan John Kwadwo “Quitman” Kyerematen that it is only the truth that will set him free, and then legitimately prepare him to wisely and more constructively contest the flagbearership of the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the foreseeable future

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I have no doubt that the new British High Commissioner to Ghana means every word of it in principle, at least, when Mr. Jon Benjamin describes the former African colony of his country’s as “a vibrant country with huge potential”

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Somebody I have been vehemently disagreeing with for quite awhile now, recently wrote that he yearned for a Rawlings-type revolution in Ghana

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By Dr. Michael J.K. Bokor Friday, July 25, 2014 In commenting on pertinent national affairs, Dr. Richard Amoako Baah (a political science lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology) has of late said a lot but hasn’t turned my crank, apparently because I don’t agree with his viewpoints, especially those undermining the Mahama-led […]

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Many countries across the world are investing in Africa on diverse fronts. China in particular has been investing hugely in Africa over the last decade than any other outsider. This has generated a lot of global debate, one that many Africans find very strange and unwarranted

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Ghana is an interesting place to be at this time of economic turmoil. I support the view that knowing the problem could be an inch to the solution. Economics as a subjective science therefore means that every man potentially has an answer to the economic crisis of our economy based on their “understanding”

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By Dr. Michael J.K. Bokor Thursday, July 24, 2014 So, the nationwide demonstrations by organized labour and other interest/pressure groups are either over in some regional capital towns or ongoing in others. Nothing violent has occurred, at least, from reports. While the demonstrations were going on, President Mahama and his Vice (Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur) joined […]

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Asamoah Gyan went to Ada for a weekend rendezvous with Castro and his friends, but unfortunately, was hit by news that Castro together with a female friend, Janet Bandu, had drowned in the river

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A long running feud between vice president Amissah-Arthur, who is chairman of the economic management team, and the finance minister, Seth Terkper, and more recently between Mr. Terkper and the president’s economic advisor

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If it is true that the General-Secretary of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), Mr. Kofi Asamoah, sat on the Board of Directors of the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT)

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What disaster could possibly befall our nation, were the Tema Oil Refinery Limited (TOR), the Ghana National Petroleum Company Limited (GNPC) and the Ghana Oil Company Limited (GOIL) to merge – creating a vertically integrated oil industry behemoth in West Africa?

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I recently wrote about what I call the “Pension Irrelevance Theorem” (PIT) which literally suggests that pension schemes in developing economies are ineffective and for that matter of no need for the low and middle-income work force, who constitute the majority of pension scheme membership

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