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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!


Yes. Professor Anku said the mathematical constant “A” in the equation for success in any undertaking, represents God. No matter what endeavour is being undertaken, the effort must have God at the center if it is to succeed.

Now that astral geo-physicists, quantum mathematicians and people of abstract thought whom you would normally expect to be agnostics are preaching God, relatively less cognitively-endowed individuals with fat bank accounts and great political ambitions have no excuse to keep God out of their ambitious pursuits, don’t you think?

Unfortunately, it is a tough proposition, Jomo: To gain and then be able to maintain political power, politicians very often engage in the kind of cloak and dagger activities incompatible with the life of a Christian or Moslem.

Yet politicians must know full well in their hearts, that they cannot profess a personal relationship with God and still pay activists, propagandists and others to threaten, harm, insult or defame opponents in the media and other public and private public platforms.

Some try to be hypocritical but it does not work: The other time, there was this lady political activist on a radio talk show: One minute she was talking about how ultimately, it is God who determines THIS, and God who determines THAT in the affairs of people and nations. The next moment, Jomo, she was making very insulting remarks about some prominent personalities in a sharp, shrill and most irritating voice!

In the run up to the 2012 elections one of the nation’s leading clergymen warned that the politics of insults, attacks on personalities and ethnic divisions could tear Ghana apart. Would that have been the case if politicians had any serious personal relationship with God even while they pursue their ambitions?

The subject gets dicey so let us switch to the subject of pre-election polls, some of which employ dubious voter sampling techniques and other questionable research tools to arrive at a desired forecast about the likely winning candidate in presidential elections:

Some of the pre-election polls and surveys of dubious methodological design and adequacy of respondent sampling, which promise political parties straight and easy victory, may be a source of amusement to election experts but they also constitute one of the gravest threats to post-election peace:

The media’s own forecasts are often debatable and unreliable: In the last few months to the last election, a shouting headline predicted: “NDC faces 2012 defeat.” The “research” techniques used by the paper were indeterminate and about 90 percent of the “sources” the reporter sampled were anonymous!

The sources included “various segments of society”, “Ghanaians”, “ key players in industry who spoke on condition of anonymity”, “political analysts” “many residents”, “ “market women” etc.

Evidence used to support the claim of looming defeat for the incumbent included “signs of defeat visibly written on the wall”, “Ghanaians’ discontent  with the state of the economy”, “the rise in the prices of the country’s staples” etc.

This was a news report that no doubt gladdened the hearts of the opposition which wanted to see the back of the incumbent, but it also had the potential to lead to complacency among the rank and file of the opposition who were given the impression that someone has done a meticulous survey and that his findings must have been reliable.

That must have made it difficult for those who had been mentally conditioned to expect electoral victory at all cost, to accept electoral defeat when the incumbent won!

What happens this time round? The race between the incumbent and his closest contdner are always to tight, than we can only wait till November, old chap.