Prempeh College – The Greatest School In Ghana

Everyone wants to be part of the best. Everyone wants to be part of the winning team. When I was a child, I watched the first edition of the National Science and Maths Quiz, which was won by Prempeh College. This was 1994. I had no idea which secondary school I intended to attend at that time. In 1996, Prempeh College was back in the finals, and won again. My interest in this outstanding school grew stronger. I did a little bit of research and discovered that my father and his brother (my uncle) attended Prempeh College. I vowed to attend Prempeh College when I reached the secondary school age. Then in 1997, Prempeh College ended up in the final of the National Science and Maths Quiz. At this point, I was overly convinced. Prempeh College was the best school in Ghana. Read More

Smart Suits, Fine Legal Brain

By Anny OSABUTEY

Kow Essuman loves to dress smart for work, and he has an excellent work ethic to reflect that. On the day we met for a chat, he talked passionately about Ghana and the forces that got him out of a rather comfortable life in England and the United States of America, where he was practicing law.

“I believe this country (Ghana) has enormous potential and especially as a young person, there is so much I can do here, and that is why I came back,” he said.

Though he had a return ticket to go back to England, he decided to stay on. The West, especially England and the United States, was going through difficult economic times while “Ghana was picking up”, and he embraced the idea of “homecoming” without looking over his shoulders. Read More

Lethal Injection Is Not Cruel And Unusual Punishment – SCOTUS

It does not appear that the death penalty, as a way of punishing certain criminals, is going to be a thing of the past in the United States, especially in the State of Oklahoma. Earlier today, the Supreme Court of the United States confirmed the use of a lethal injection as a way to execute a convicted person. The Supreme Court found that the use of a lethal injection was not in violation of the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States, particularly the ban on cruel and unusual punishment. Today’s ruling sends a strong message to advocates against the death penalty that it is here to stay.

This is not the first time that the constitutionality of lethal injection as a way of capital punishment has come before the Supreme Court. In 2008, the Supreme Court in Baze v. Rees 553 U.S. 35, upheld Kentucky’s use of lethal injection in carrying out capital punishment and held that it was consistent with the Constitution of the United States. Read More

Do We Really Need Each Other?

I was on a radio show yesterday – Joy 99.7FM‘s Corporate Hang Out – with a couple of friends. The show is relaxed and easy going, and is supposed to allow people in the corporate world unwind and tell others about how their week has been. The show has no particular structure and the discussion can be on any topic – I mean any topic at all. And that is exactly what happened yesterday.

I cannot recall exactly what happened but all I do remember is that after the brief introduction of the panelists, the topic of discussion then veered into “singleness” and whether women needed men and vice versa. I was the first to admit that I would need a woman as a life partner, a companion, etc and I also admitted that I was in a relationship. The other panelists on the show happened to be women, who vehemently opposed the idea of women needing men (but interestingly, not the idea of men needing women). Their argument was that “we cannot say women need men because it suggests that without men, women are nothing.” The lead advocate against the idea went as far as to say “I am embracing my singleness.” Read More

Where Are The Bins?

Last year, whilst the rest of West Africa was hit with the deadly virus, Ebola, Accra, the capital city of the Ghana, the gateway to Africa, was hit by a cholera outbreak. It is inexcusable that in the 21st Century, any modern city such as Accra should face such an outbreak. Lives were lost and people got sick for days and had to be away from work. And in some cases, were admitted at the hospital for days.

In response to this outbreak, the government came up with an initiative, a propaganda reaction to the problem, like everything else. On 1 November, the government declared the first Saturday of every month as a National Sanitation Day. A sanitation day? How does that solve a cholera outbreak? So apparently, on this so called National Sanitation Day, all Ghanaians must get involved in cleaning their surroundings. Read More