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Religious or other beliefs vs medical treatment of children

A report on child mortality indicates that globally in 2013, 3.7 million children aged one month to 4 years of age died. Half of the child deaths occur in Sub-Saharan Africa. Major causes of these death of children under five include, Diarrhea, Malaria, Malnutrition, Pneumonia and Preterm birth conditions. Two-thirds of child deaths have been documented as preventable. Interventions such ...

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Child-naming And Its Impact on The Ghanaian Child

Babies born in Ghana come with one permanent name depending on which day in the week the baby is born. Ashantis may decide to skip their child’s day name and choose a different day name. This often happens when they name the child after a special person, a hero/heroine, a friend or a business partner. They often adapt the full ...

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Why are people from Volta Region called Number 9?

The Ashantis go by the accolade Kotoko (the porcupine). They gained this accolade due to their military power and effective strategy in fighting wars since 1701. Their assertive claim that if a thousand Ashantis are annihilated in war, a thousand more will come to replace those decapitated (wokum apem a, apem beba), likened the Ashantis to the porcupine which releases ...

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Common sense appraisal of Mahama’s ‘massive’ projects

The initial title of this article was, “Any idiot can borrow money and build projects.” I had to change it because those who might not read beyond the headline would, as usual, accuse me of insulting the President. But that is the essence of this article. And this is not an insult to the President. The expression “any idiot can” ...

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Fear and laughter on the Ghana campaign trail

It may be that the results in what many see as Ghana’s closest ever election on 7 December could come down to a choice between sugary, fizzy drinks. On our tour through the battleground regions, we stopped off at a lively café in Cape Coast where customers joke with the shopkeeper. “Give me Akufo-Addo,” says one ­woman as she points ...

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Hwe wo ase tenamu nato aba pa

“Okwasea nnim hwe no, se dokono to hye a, ohunu se aben”. To with, “even if a fool does not know a well cooked kenkey,he or she can tell from the burnt part”. Well, I might be the only “draft person” in this country but I can certainly predict that when someone demands a cup,tea leaf,sugar,milk,bread,spoon and hot water,it is ...

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The silent majority; spiral of silence in motion

How did this just happen? Unusual, unexpected, strange, weird, unprecedented and now bizarre are but few of the words used by mainstream media to describe a bitter election that has produced Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States of America . Many have questioned my fixation on the US elections, after all I am not a citizen of US. ...

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Thought provoking lessons from the US presidential election

I have been trying to process all that just happened on Tuesday, November 8th and Wednesday, November 9th. I often said it wasn’t impossible for Trump to be elected, especially ‘cos we’re dealing with a nation that gave G. Dubya a second term, but I didn’t expect myself to be this shocked. I am. Well, the deal is done and ...

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The debasing of American democracy

Since its founding, America has been a beacon of democracy to many around the world. Routinely, whenever there have been post-election disputes, in places like Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana, there have been self-righteous lectures from America about resolving disputes peacefully. However, since the election of Donald Trump, unfolding events have cast a very dark shadow on America’s democratic reputation. From ...

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Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings is an expired commodity

Perhaps Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, the longest serving former First Lady of Ghana, in her blinkered view believes the Presidency of Ghana is a dynasty. That is why this woman, who is viewed by political pundits and voters as an “expired political commodity”, has turned into a commode-buzzing fly just making empty political noise to expose her selfishness, ignorance, mediocrity, ...

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