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The journalist and the nation

This is not a case of dog eating dog- one journalist taking his pen to tear down his profession. No. As you go through this article, I want you to avoid the temptation of making the wrong assumption that journalists are the cause of Nigeria’s problems or that they constitute …

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Good or bad, the African university is all we have

Keguro Macharia’s article “African universities crippling their students’ (The EastAfrican — December 29, 2008-January 4, 2009) pricked me. I found myself agreeing with it as much as I disagreed. I wish to write about my own experience with universities in Kenya. Allow me also to draw upon my experience with …

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Ghana-ing votes

  Elections of one sort or another have taken place in all 48 sub-Saharan African countries in the past decade. On a continent that has also experienced some 83 successful coups in half a century, this is often cited as a mark of progress. Many elections, however, have not in …

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Oil and gold most promising commodities in 2009

As most commentators will be aware, after a disastrous 2008 for commodities, and even more so for many commodities stocks, prediction is a hazardous business. While many were only too well aware at the beginning of 2008 of the vulnerabilities in the global economy, few stuck their necks out to …

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Removing user fees does not improve health outcomes in Ghana

Removing user fees for primary health care changed health utilization behaviour but did not improve health outcomes among households with children under the age of five in Ghana, says a new study published in the open access journal PLoS Medicine. Evelyn Ansah and colleagues from the London School of Hygiene …

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Sunday Monitor: An African Opposition rigs a gov’t out of power!

Ghana can be quite an interesting country. It pioneered independence in 1958 then followed that closely with pioneering coups by overthrowing its independence leader Kwame Nkuruma and now to becoming the first country on the continent where a ruling party has publicly admitted that an election it organised was stolen …

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Reduce petroleum prices now

It is rather standing economic logic on its head when the federal government claimed that it is not going to reduce petroleum prices despite the collapse of crude oil price vis-a-vis petroleum products because according to its argument, petroleum prices are regulated and not deregulated. It is only Nigeria’s ruling …

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Advertising in Ghana: The good, the bad and the ugly

It is the season of selling and buying. With so many brand choices in the areas of toys, food, drinks, clothes, shoes, electricals and many more, it has long become the buyers’ market. Importers, manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors and retailers are all busy fighting for the consumer’s purse, some through convincing …

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Pension savers, sit tight

If you want a happy, worry-free Christmas then as well as the usual injunctions about not raking up past familial misdemeanours over Christmas dinner, you should probably also avoid looking at your pension fund statement. The average balanced managed fund is showing a loss of just under 24% in the …

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Drug dealers threaten Ghana’s democracy

Ghanaians go to the polls Sunday December 28, 2008 to vote in a presidential run-off but many fear that the amount of cocaine trafficked through the country threatens to overshadow the result and the country’s democracy. Ghana is said to be the staging post of the cocaine route from South …

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