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A literary critique

Letter to Jomo is a socio-politico-cultural mine of information which I recommend for aficionados of literary writing, and serious journalists who can learn from a style that takes their profession away from the mundane to a higher plane.

Many more will find pleasure in reading the letters for the beauty of language and matter in them as well as the accuracy of information that they provide. Generations to come will find them readable, enjoyable and a repository of information on Ghanaian social history.

Professor A. B. K. Dadzie

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George Sydney Abugri is a prolific, multi-award winning, Ghanaian newspaper journalist. He trained as a science and mathematics teacher, but migrated to journalism after a decade of teaching. 

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…and the vexed question about abuse of incumbency

The ritualistic chant has gone up from within the camp of the opposition: President John Mahama is abusing his incumbency to his electoral advantage!

I have been scratching my head in perplexity all week over the vexed issue of incumbency and the perceived abuse of it in national elections: Under the country’s electoral laws, the sitting president has as much right to conduct an election campaign as his closest rival in the opposition. Now, here are some brain teasers:

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Run, everyone, run, Bojo is in town.  That is what comes out of always waxing gung-ho and earning yourself a bogey image in politics. Bojo is an alias of British senior minister Boris Johnson, who has just taken over the administration of Britain from recently elected Prime Minister Theresa May.

A coup détat? Nah.  May is on leave and has gone trekking with her husband in the woods somewhere in the Swedish mountains with or without secret service agents within easy call.

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…and my simple trick for fighting corruption in Ghana

Long, long before Bill Gates's great, great grandfather's granddad was born, Africa had pro­duced the first-ever com­puter. It did not have search engines or web pages, and was not used to post e-mail, but it was a computer nonetheless.

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“Misconscrew.” Don’t bother to look up this word in the dictionary because you won’t find it there, Jomo.  “Misconscrewing is a term coined by psychologists in the field of political communications to describe the very deliberate misunderstanding of what is said, in order to advance a clandestine motive. 

Put the other way round, it is the very deliberate understanding in the wrong way and wrong sense, of what was said by a political opponent, in order to achieve a goal detrimental to the interest of that opponent. 

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Once upon a day, Jomo, renowned Ghanaian Professor Sitsofe Anku appeared on TV3 zealously promoting the teaching and learning of mathematics in Ghana. Just before he left the set, Professor Anku left Ghanaians with an equation for successful living, and his equation incorporated a mathematical “constant “A”.

I presume that you are a bit familiar with the strange language these magicians in the world of figures and numbers speak. In Professor Anku’s equation were other mathematical symbols representing other values needed for success in any human endeavour, such as hard work, diligence, attitude etc, but guess what the mathematical constant “A” stood for in his equation? God, Jomo!

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Mrs Amissah-Arthur installed developmental queen mother in Volta Region Ghana’s second lady, Mrs Matilda Amissah-Arthur has been installed as a developmental queen mother of Logba-Adzakoe in the Volta Region.

Mrs Amissah-Arthur’s installation at the weekend was prompted by her contribution towards the development of Logba-Adzakoe  Traditional Area, particularly her support for the people of Akpana. She now assumes the stool name, Unandze Afan Eshi or Mamaga Afeamenyo I.

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A most charged and spirited crusade is underway in earnest to free the Montie Three who have been imprisoned for contempt of the almighty Supreme Court, and everyone from Ministers of state through political activists and party hangers-on to traditional rulers with NDC sympathies, are tripping over each other all over the place to sign a petition for the release of the convicts.

While some have accused the Supreme Court of stretching the law of contempt rather too far in this particular case which they insist, relates to freedom of speech and expression, others have countered that threatening to kill people has nothing whatsoever to do with freedom of speech.

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