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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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A group of organizations and individuals in the fight against corruption, have lent their support to Ace Journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas and his team, and commended them for revealing the rot in the country’s Judiciary.

They are Citizens Movement against Corruption, a non-partisan Civil Society, private sector collaboration involving, Ghana-Centre for Democratic Development, Ghana Integrity Initiative, Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition and individuals like Nana Osei Bonsu, Prof Kwame Karikari, and Mr Akoto Ampaw, a private legal practitioner.

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I fancy a rant about Ghana Airways, Jomo. Ghana Airways? Does Ghana have a national airline? Ahh, it is because of this veryquestion, that we need to hold this conversation, Jomo: Once upon a time, Ghana Airways was doing great business and all was kama {a Twi word meaning splendid or nice and dandy, see?}

 

Then as has always been the case with many state enterprises enjoying good times, corruption, greed and a fair amount of managerial inefficiency bordering on the worst in corporate recklessness, set in:

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I am hot. Boiling, bubbling, simmering hot! The problem is that I have a problem. Two problems as a matter of fact: I have tale I must spin at all cost, but darned if I know where to start. Beginning from the beginning is probably always the best starting point:

Land administration in Ghana appears to be in a state of real chaos, to the extent that the demarcated piece of land in Ghana today that is not the subject of bitter litigation is the exception and gun-wielding private armies known as land guards have taken over land administration in the country.

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Mob psychology teaches that no matter how well demonstrations and public protests are planned, their outcome is always unpredictable. When you assemble huge numbers of people from different social backgrounds, some with a limited understanding of the issues behind the protests and many with motives that may not be wholesome, chaos is always shorter than a stone’s throw away.

That is why many public protests and demonstrations intended to be peaceful, end with broken skulls and bones and thick clouds of acrid fumes from police teargas hanging in the atmosphere.

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Jomo, have I told you how I once staged a one-man demonstration in a supermarket in Accra? I had bought some items and gone to pay for them. There were four sales cashiers’ tables equipped with computers to facilitate the fast calculation of purchases. 

Save for one of the tables which was (wo) manned by a young lady, the rest of the payment points had been abandoned and a thousand kilometre-long queue had formed in front of the lone cashier. 

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The good cop catches thieves and robbers all the time and keeps the peace with admirable professional gallantry. The bad cop extorts bribes from the public all the time and keeps the now hackneyed policeman’s chant of the highway perpetually at top pitch: 

Where is your driver’s license, reflective warning triangle, fire extinguisher, first aid box? Corporal, quick, process this man for court. There is no butazulogen in his first aid box! Hey, what is butazulogen officer? You will find out in court. Alright officer, as one small favour in return for another, please take…

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The case of Anas Amereyaw Anas, the award-winning investigative journalist who has made more news headlines himself than the scandal-prone subjects of his investigations, has for several years now, kept playing up a rather clouded concept of investigative journalism.

There is Anas the private investigator and patriot, who through the secret filming of scenes, has exposed all manner of social ills from the shocking to the sordid, from wellness and fitness centre staff giving foreign diplomats in Accra blow jobs through smuggling and corruption to human trafficking and child prostitution.

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