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Inauguration 2013 : Speeches – My Ghana, Our USA

It has often been said in Ghana that, our election of presidents over the fourth republic follows the pattern that the United States goes.

Whichever way that you want to believe or take it, seems the pattern coincided one more time when the Democrats led by President Barack Obama won a second term to run the nation.

In the case of Ghana, the ruling national party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) led by John Mahama won the December 7th 2012 elections for the second term and the first term for the current President Mahama.

After Barack Obama’s inauguration speech delivered on 21st January 2013, I decided to go back to that of President Mahama’s which was delivered on January 7th 2013, and I found a few similarities of a sort worth comparing.

Enjoy my little pairing of what I feel was in a way similar in their deliveries.

A

Mahama- Ghana

“Ghana’s past is filled with one example after the other of courage, sacrifice and perseverance. Ghana’s past is defined by heroic men and women pioneers, visionaries, patriots”.

Obama- USA

“As a nation we need to ensure that America’s freedoms are protected, for history tells us that while these truths may be self-evident, they’ve never been self-executing. That while freedom is a gift from God, it must be secured by His people here on earth.”

B

Mahama- Ghana

Complacency and frustration can entice us into believing that we are insignificant players stuck somehow in the background of a bigger picture, or that we are incapable of making a difference. But history itself has proven that nothing could be further from the truth.

Obama- USA

“It is now our generation’s task to carry on what those pioneers began, for our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts,”

C

Mahama- Ghana

We all, each and every one of us, have a role to play in the growth and development of our beloved mother Ghana. In our hands—yours as well as mine—rests the success or failure of Ghana’s future.

Obama- Ghana

“You and I, as citizens, have the power to set this country’s course. You and I, as citizens, have the obligation to shape the debates of our time, not only with the votes we cast, but the voices we lift in defense of our most ancient values and enduring ideas,” he concluded. “With common effort and common purpose, with passion and dedication, let us answer the call of history and carry into an uncertain future that precious light of freedom.”

D

Mahama- Ghana

We need to look beyond temporary fixes to find lasting solutions for the complications we’ve experienced with power, water and sanitation.

Obama- USA

“We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations”.

E

Obama- USA

“Each time we gather to inaugurate a president, we bear witness to the enduring strength of our Constitution,”

“We affirm the promise of our democracy. We recall that what binds this nation together are not the colors of our skin or the tenets of our faith or the origins of our names.”

“What makes us exceptional, what makes us America is our allegiance to an idea articulated in a declaration made more than two centuries ago. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”

Mahama- Ghana

“I have taken an oath that as president of this nation, I will work hard to place us on the right path, and I will lead us over the hurdles and past the obstacles that might threaten to keep us from meeting our goals. The promises that I have made are promises that I intend to keep”.

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Inauguration : Ghana and USA

F

Obama- USA

“For we, the people, understand that our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it,” he noted, adding that the nation was bound by “an oath to God and country, not party or faction.”

Mahama- Ghana

“Of course, every society has its share of people who would rather talk and complain about what is wrong, than devote their time and efforts to do what it takes to make things right”.

G

Mahama- Ghana

“Ghana is on the cusp of enormous transformation. We are moving forward at a rapid pace. New resources are at our disposal; new alliances are being formed. The opportunities posed by these gains could result in a self-sufficiency that was always imagined and desired, but was never a realistic occurrence in the foreseeable future, not in the way it is right now”.

Obama- USA

“With common effort and common purpose, with passion and dedication, let us answer the call of history and carry into an uncertain future that precious light of freedom.”

Well these are excerpts picked from both presidents’ speeches on their inaugurations here in Ghana and over there in the United States of America.

Credits:

Ghana news Agency

US Magazine Weekly

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MY GHANA, MY OLYMPICS !!

And there came the London 2012 Olympics. A dream that the Great Britain were anxiously waiting for. After a spectacular Opening ceremony, the games began in earnest. Old records were broken and new ones were set.

It was a period of our lives we will forever cherish. We as school children in Ghana always looked up to the vacation to be mesmerized by the dazzling performances by the athletes which invoked in us the desire to attain such greatness in our very own version of the Olympics in the play ground. My personal favorite was the gymnastics which we nicked name “acrobatics”.

As the Olympics ended a few days ago, I reminisce how we enjoyed and appreciated our version of the Olympics. The same way the world reveres the Olympics as a unifier, so did our version do. Socialization was at its peak, friendship and bonds were formed.

If the Olympics have disciplines on the tracks and fields like Javelin, Shot put, Archery and the likes, we can also boast of  ‘KOYONSOR ()). It is made from the famous Titus Sardine key opener which is folded with a feather from a chicken inserted at the tail end. Called it our version of the Dart or Archery.

We equally can boast of relay events that can match the Olympics boot for boot. Talk about Stay, Are you Ready, Yaasamebo, Julor K3 Police and many more of which you will not be disqualified after three (3) false starts.

As well as they can boast of the Lawn tennis event or discipline, we were innovative enough to create Headings or D3d Ball game which is less stressful, injury free but a good source of work-out exercise.

Let the world talk of swimming, scuba diving and all the water sports, we have the Golden Fish Fiesta. Here the winner is not determined by backstroking, free styling or even the famous butter flying  but any of the competitors is declared the champion if you are able to catch the ‘Golden Fish’ popularly known in our local setting as ‘Yaa Baaby’.

We also pride ourselves in a discipline which was and has always been a beauty to watch. It has exclusivity to the girls or women and it’s called AMPE. Well as we all recognize soccer as a male dominated discipline, so is AMPE to the women of Ghana. The idea of promoting this sport as an Olympic discipline, like Judo, never materialized and still very illusive to many. Well we don’t care, really because it remains exclusive to our version. Talk of a discipline that requires accuracy and precision comes our very own “Four Corners”. A game of football with four goal posts (small) in a square like shape. It’s a one touch kick to the opponent’s goal post. A total of four competitors at a time and when you concede a goal, you are eliminated for the entry of a new competitor. That’s our innovative side if you want to talk about football as we’ve done the tennis.

The Olympics has ended and has once again lived up to expectation and even though we cannot go back to the playground to relive those moments, I’m of the strong view that the Olympics should engulf some degree of African games otherwise what’s the point of Africans participating in it.

Story by:

Qwophi Opare : @qwophicedi on Twitter

Credits:

Photo: AdrenalinGh

Seth Laryea : @niiGamantselary on Twitter

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TECHNOLOGY AND GOVERNANCE – “Parliamentary Listen-In”

Governance they say is a combined area of focus. It can sometimes be concluded as a process. Thus understanding governance requires an identification of rulers and rules as well as the processes by which they are selected, defined, and linked together and with the society generally.

Technology as a tool, considering all the forms that will be, have been embraced by many as the way to promote good governance hence an upright democratic dispensation.

One arm of government which seems distant from the people, but in real terms, that should be much closer, is the Parliament of Ghana. The lobby allocated for them is not enough for a lot of people to attend and witness sessions. Another issue is that of people not so much interested in the day-to-day dealing of our lawmakers; rather agitate on their representative lawmakers for developmental projects in their area. Also proceedings in the house are given little media coverage and where there is some level of coverage; the time allotted is sometimes not appreciable.

Today, there is widespread recognition of the importance of transparency to national development. A consensus is emerging among development specialists that, development failure is directly correlated to lack of Media Freedoms. In light of these technology is much needed to help bring the rulers and rules to a much closer point.

Listen- In Technology&Governance

A few platforms are opening up by the help of technology. One of them is where now you can have full access to the Parliament of Ghana, through a platform called, “PARLIAMENTARY LISTEN-IN”. This is a platform where Ghanaians can have full access of how and what goes on in the house by connecting through certain approved call lines whether you are in Ghana or abroad. I have tried this platform and the sound quality is very clear and serene. The avenue platforms are jam free so you get to join the feed easily and hustle free. I recommend this platform as the general elections approaches and beyond. I will be attaching a photo-tag to this post so you want to try it out.

Credits:

Samuel Menya Kissiedu – http://www.forum.com.gh

Seth Laryea

Forum Networks Limited

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Africa’s Action Man in the West

Africa’s Action Man in the West

Acting in a good number of all the Spartacus Series, he recently took up a recurring role in the Season 5 of the series True Blood.

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NEWS OF YESTERDAY: A YEAR AGO THIS MONTH

As the New Year begun, of which mine was on a very sad note, nothing really came to mind for me to blog on since I have been taken over by my mourning state.

None the less I thought of rather doing what I call a year gone by, world issues that were topical around this time of the year say January, 2011. Hope that this new year of 2012 brings each and everyone on this planet earth, the very best of life.

My first issue which I want to mention is that of the Australian Floods. According to history it was one of the worse to have happened in the country where damage from the floods would cost millions of dollars to repair the damage it has caused. If you could remember, the airports were closed; the Royal Australian Air Force was brought in to deliver emergency accommodation for the evacuated residents. One good news I picked up from the floods, was there were a number of breakthrough rescues. A year gone and will want to ask if such residents affected are at least better in terms of livelihood and living standards.

I am sure the Beijing conference sometime back may at least boast their input in urging women to aspire to higher positions of their motherlands. Not surprising I guess, to them, would be when Brazil inaugurated Dilma Rousseff as President and not just any ordinary president, but the first woman president. She took over from as I picked up her mentor Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva who stepped down after two terms. After taking her oath of office, she vowed to consolidate the work of her predecessor who she said changed the way Brazil was governed. Also she promised to protect the most vulnerable in the Brazilian society and govern them all. Is she still stuck to her promise? I ask.

Another issue that can’t easily escape my mind is that of the aftermath of elections in the West African Sate of Cote d’ Ivoire. My take is from the period where the incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo rejected a deadline for him to step down but rather going ahead to say the international community was trying to stage a coup against him and that the country could face even greater violence if he were to leave office. All this came about when, Mr Ouattara was initially proclaimed the winner by Ivory Coast’s election commission, but the Constitutional Council said Mr Gbagbo had won. Well we all know what happened after that. Is the country painted with more violence or it’s calmer. I pray for peace in Africa especially after election periods.

I am wondering if most of you reading this article, would remember the caption “AMA fights tiGo over business operating permit”. This was also an issue that took root and wondering if it’s been fully resolved as I post this up. Well the dispute between them was over the payment of the company’s outstanding business operating permit levy which was far from over. The AMA even went ahead and threatened legal action against Millicom operators of tiGo. Well this issue led to a whole lot of scuffles which resulted in the arrest of security workers of Millicom, Millicom also destroying padlocks of the AMA, and a whole lot more.

Of course there were a whole lot of news that made rounds around this time last year, but one of them that really caught me of guard was the handshake between Chavez and Clinton amid the diplomatic tension. The handshake was between of course President Hugo Chavez and USA Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the inauguration of the Brazilian new president Dilma Rousseff. According to the footage, they smiled and chatted amicably despite the tension between the two countries. This came up as Venezuela refused to accept the nomination of the new US Ambassador to Caracas because of comments he made against the country earlier. This led to Washington also revoking the visa of the Venezuelan Ambassador to the USA. The two countries have long had reduced contacts due to the antagonism fed by Mr. Chavez’s condemnations of the US and the US State Department’s criticisms of democracy in Venezuela. We wait for the day that all shall be dropped and peace among these two countries be promoted.

I will end here since I am sure you also have stories that were topical around this time of the year in 2011.

I take this opportunity to ask each and every Ghanaian to be circumspect of real issues and avoid any form of violence as the elections approach. We have been the eye of the world due to our democratic dispensation, so we must uphold this virtue and all shall be well.

Thank you for reading.

Credits:

Daily Graphic

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NewsinGhana

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