2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 9,800 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 16 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.



Ekow Nelson, December 2012

“Perhance he for whom this bell tolls may be so ill as that he knows not it tolls for him.” – John Donne, 1624.

 The recent 2012 elections in Ghana finally exposed the minority parties as a politically insignificant fragmented rump, with no chance of forming a government anytime soon. While the NPP and NDC retained their electoral dominance, their hegemony is in the long run detrimental to our democracy: it limits choice to parties with no discernible policy differences and denies much of the electorate a real alternative.

In an expanded constituency map, the CPP lost its only seat in parliament, the PNC held onto one seat and the PPP and GCPP both failed to win a single seat. In the Presidential elections, the CPP, the minority party with the loudest voice but the smallest share of the national vote– polling less than…

View original post 1,249 more words


Ekow Nelson, 3rdDecember 2011

I tuned in to the flagship weekend news analysis programmes on Saturday and as I guessed, the unfortunate events that embroiled the CPP last week made the headlines. It was clear from the majority of panellists and correspondents on Joy FM’s News File programme for example,  that the CPP’s reputation has been damaged and the standing of the new leadership severely dented in the eyes of many.

I spoke to a more objective friend and CPP sympathiser this afternoon and he asked me why “the CPP is imploding”. He said this crisis was worse than anything he could remember from the bad old days in the early years of the 4th republic. There are countless others like him, judging from comments on radio and online forums, all of whom are less than impressed with what happened last week.

While the CPP claimed Dr…

View original post 1,463 more words

” Be Part Of The Story” Ade Sawyerr HD

“Working With Men” Sponsored a Ubele Men’s conversation as part of the International Men’s Day observance. Some of the participants on that day began a project called “Be Part Of The Story” which is here posted online and begins to form the basis of a visual knowledge transfer programme which we will add to as a first small action of UBELE. Its aim is to snapshot these impressions of life and short stories of UK men not only for historic and informational purposes but also to provide inspiration, guidance and reflective material for other men in the future.

The collapse of the ‘Peoples Party’ vote in the Ghanaian elections. Do they really represent the people? – by Ade Sawyerr

The collapse of the ‘Peoples Party’ vote in the Ghanaian elections.  Do they really represent the people? – by Ade Sawyerr

Nearly 72 hours after the close in the polls at the Ghanaian general elections on 7th December 2012, the Electoral Commissioner has called the results in what was billed as a hotly contested election.  The speed with which the results have been declared must be the envy of other countries in Africa and the turnout rate of nearly 80% would be appreciated by most matured democracies as a sign of our deepening civic responsibility.


Almost 11 million people voted in 26,002 polling stations across the 275 constituencies in the 10 regions of Ghana.  The winning candidate got about 5.57 million votes, the losing candidate got about 5.24 million votes and the third candidate got, not 1 million votes, not half a million votes, not 100,000 votes but merely 64,362 votes or roughly translated, 234 votes per constituency or 2 votes per polling station!

The losing candidate of the opposition New Patriotic Party – NPP, Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo is yet to concede defeat and though his party may yet challenge the results at the Supreme Court I doubt very much whether this will make a difference to the results.  The fact of the matter for most people in Ghana is that, with or without the malfunctioning of sophisticated election machines, the election results must not be decided by the courts; elections are political activities and must be decided only by the people.  No one will condone stealing of elections by incumbent governments but the opposition party does not have the moral authority to have the wishes of the people of Ghana set aside by judges.  NPP should learn that conceding defeat is as much a characteristic of an election as their aborted victory celebration. Continue reading “The collapse of the ‘Peoples Party’ vote in the Ghanaian elections. Do they really represent the people? – by Ade Sawyerr”

Life History of the late John Kojo Addae Hammond

Ni Mei ni Yehowa ekpoame le aaku amese ke aba ekon,
ni ame aba Zion ke nyamo lala, ni nano mise aahi ameyitean;
amenine aase mliflimo ke mise no,
ni awereho ke ntsoidomo aadso foi

They shall enter Zion with shouts of triumph
Crowned with everlasting gladness
Gladness and joy shall be their escort
Suffering and weariness shall flee away

John Kojo Addae Hammond started life on the 10th of October 1947, born in Accra to parents Emmanuel Hammond of Salem in Prampram and Haggar Yarkorfio Annan of Asere in GaMashi, both of blessed memory.  He lived with his mother during his pre school years at Asere and later on moved to stay with his father at his grandfather’s house at Adabraka where he started and completed primary school at KingTackieTawiahMemorialSchool.

He attended Kotababi K2, a Boys School that was built to absorb the overspill of middle schools from other areas in Accra from where he went to study at Accra Academy, a school founded by indigenous Gadangme people to compete with the best anywhere in Ghana.

He spent his gap year teaching at AccraSecondary School, a private college started by another of the Ga educational entrepreneurs before entering the University of Ghana, Legon where he read and completed an honours degree in Linguistics in July 1972.

John was faced with several options after his university days, he started working with the ministries in Ghana and was briefly stationed at Akosombo, but being one of the adventurous young men of his time he decided on the option of coming to England to broaden his horizons.  He had assisted the Ghana Association of University Teachers in the organisation of one of their charter flights out of Ghana during his university years, he has been associated with the organization of several dances, some very successful and others with disastrous consequences, perhaps too trusting and loyal to some of his friends at the time.  But the bug to travel had caught him so he left Ghana to England to work with Afro Asian Travel Centre that had been spawned off by the original organizers of the university association travel scene.  His task was to cultivate and develop the African market in Britain for cheap travel for holidays back to their country of origin.  He did most of the legwork in those days with organizations such the CASLOG, Nigerian Association of Women and several West African organisations that formed the basis of affinity group charter flight travel.   He worked in the office at 52 Shaftesbury Avenue during the day and delivered tickets to passengers during the evenings providing excellent services for an African clientele.  His work enabled him to discover several parts of London and the city in its breadth and depth; he also became entrenched in the fabric of the West African community.  He left Afro Asian to work with the Inland Revenue Service and then on a number of Tax practices till he took time out to study for an accounting qualification.  He went back to the Her Majesties Revenue Collection agency in the last years of his life

Over the 40 odd years that John lived in London, he had lived in several areas, in The Ghanaian student hostel in Collingham gardens, in Landor Road, in Maida Vale, Kensal rise, Harlesden, Elephant and Castle, Hendon, Kingsbury Stanmore and lately Northolt.  His home was always open to the many friends who came on holidays and who passed through till they could settle in the country.

There was a certain attraction about John and his outlook to life, a certain measure of sophistication and affability that made him an excellent conversationalist.  Perhaps his study of linguistics provided him with the breadth of knowledge to understand the context of language and he excelled at holding the attention of his friends in any discussion.  He had a warm personality and often took a deep interest in the children of his friends engaging them the in conversation and encouraging and inspiring them to find their own corner of achievement.

John always looked on the bright side of things a refreshing optimistic when most would be cynical of life’s turns, a characteristic the enabled him to lead life to the full; he enjoyed all sorts, his sartorial elegance, his parties, his music to the extent that even on his last admission to hospital he would welcome the prayers with his friend Adjei as well as engage in songs of the past with Christy who regularly visited especially his favourite James Brown – There Was A Time.

John’s keen eye for beautiful women meant that he married early to Priscilla but the marriage broke under the strains of life in the Diaspora.  He married again to Margie with whom he endured a more stable relationship,

Such was the manner of the man and his life, a modern day hero whose life reflected what many in the Diaspora go through stoically in their sojourn in this country.

His continuous search for good work led him to his lodge; a natural home for one who would thrive in a fraternity, his search for spirituality led him to his God in whom he found solace in his last moments.

His friends from far and wide will cherish memories iof him, ‘the boys’ in Accra will miss his occasional visits.  His family will be inconsolable.

John is survived by his wife Margie, his children Pamela Neurki and Emmanuella Naa Adjeley and his grandchildren, Jahmal, Priscilla, Joshua and Hannah as well as several siblings, nephews, nieces, cousins and extended family members

A life well lived is a praise to God
An age well earned is a glory to God
And in departing this world though sad and a mystery
It is the well knit plan of God the almighty
Rest in peace