Wednesday 19 October 2016

Yen Ara Asase Ni

With all the tension rising up the walls of the Ghanaian Supreme Court regarding unfavourable decisions with The Electoral Committee and with the elections just around the corner, it’s only right that I share a post.

Firstly, let’s get the boring part out of the way ... How does the elections work in Ghana?

It is quite simple, this December the President will be elected using the ''Two -Round system”, whilst the 275 members of Parliament will be elected in single member constituency using first past the post voting. On the 24th of July 2012 the previous president John Atta Mills from the National Democratic Congress Party sadly passed away and our current President John Dramani Mahama took office until he was formally elected in 2012. The two most predominant parties: The New Patriotic Party and the National Democratic Congress Party. Like most democratic nations, the voting age in Ghana is 18.

The Ghanaian general election will be held on the 7th of December 2016. Which party and which leader will lead the nation into 2017 is the burning question on almost everyone’s mind.  Many of you reading are probably expecting a prediction of the elections results to soon follow in the next paragraph or so.  Nevertheless, I think election outcomes in West Africa are quite unpredictable, you never really know what to expect based on reasons such as corruption which I will further elaborate in the next couple of paragraphs.   I asked Samuel Agyaba Afriyie; a business student from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology what his views were on the upcoming elections. Samuel expressed that it is likely for Mahama to be elected into office once again because of the great support he has in the Northern and Eastern regions of Ghana , he said “their votes plays an important part”. This was rather interesting to me because most reforms and policies only affect these regions to a certain extent and unfavourable decisions tend to be more detrimental on these two regions. However, Samuel went on to explain that it is more or less a bit like tribalism this is because Mahama, is from the Northern region. Esther Tinker on the other hand, a politics student at the London School of Economics, believes that Ghana is ready for a completely new government and we may just get that this year.                

In June 2016 NPP's deputy chief scribe Nana Obiri Boahen made a controversial statement that colonial rule is better for Ghana than Mahama's"mediocre leadership'' I weep for Ghana . If that kind of mediocre leadership can’t be stopped then I prefer colonial rule”. This was quite alarming to me, and although his statement could be argued as highly biased it is what led to me to witting this article. A number of political researchers have said that voter turnout will be much greater than it has ever been in history. Why this may be has many fundamental reasons such as the fact that in 2014 Electricity tariffs went up 80%. Water tariff went up 60%. VAT went up 20%. Petrol price went up by over 50%. Dumsor is still an ongoing issue that frustrates over half the population. Therefore, this year Ghanaians will vote carefully, looking at manifestos and proposed policies that they will most definitely benefit from.


A recent survey by the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD) Ghana, revealed that 46 percent of Ghanaians sampled across the across the country believed the EC will likely announce wrong vote tallies or switch election results. “63 percent deem the prospect of their votes not being counted unlikely, but nearly a third remain sceptical, while a large minority (46%), believe it is very and somewhat likely that the wrong vote tally would be announced,” the CDD survey revealed. - See more at:  So it seems like there isn’t even confidence in the electoral system this year which is very worrying.  Nelson Mandela once said "We need the commitment of leaders at all levels in order to achieve the better life all that we promised our people’’. We can only hope and pray that everything goes adequately.

Tuesday 16 February 2016


Ghana has officially launched a national campaign to end Child Marriage! This campaign was led by the Minister of Gender , Children and Social Protection in Ghana ; Ms Nana Oye Lithur.

We need to train up our girls to be Leaders not Child brides.

40% of girls in Africa are married off before their 18th birthday. Believe it or not till this very day in ''Developing Ghana'' almost 27% of girls are subjected into marriage meaning 1 in 4 women  are married before the age of 18 , despite 18 being the legal age for marriage across the nation .
The Upper Eastern Region alone has the highest rate of child marriage in the nation which is 39% surprisingly followed by the Western Region. When researching about this particular issue in Ghana , I assumed that the Northern Region would have the highest percentage of child brides across the nation. However it seems that child marriage was once a problem in the Northern Region and not so much today. When looking at statistics it turns out that fewer girls are married of in this region compared to the Upper Eastern Region and Western Region. 

Yes , there are factors which comes down to the governance of the nation as to why this still takes place , such as the unequal development of regions in the Upper Eastern Region and Northern Region compared to the Ashanti and Greater Accra of Ghana. However, lets not play the blame game and give credit to our ministers and advisers for taking this step to launch the campaign , there are many nations out there that have a higher percentage of child brides and have turned a blind eye to it.

Most importantly ,what are we teaching our girls ? 
Let us empower our girls and teach them to rise above social conventions and help them recognise their potential.

We need to teach our girls that education is an important weapon in life, a weapon that will make them socially and economically powerful. We need to give them the opportunity and freedom to be able to earn money and reinvest their income back into their family and community to help break the cycle of poverty. This will also allow them be able advocate that child marriage should never be an option to even consider.

Dorcas Okyere

Thursday 10 December 2015

We lack nothing BUT Political and Economic stability .

Oil ,Gold, Diamonds , Aluminum and many more lie in the heart of Africa , we possess all these credible materials however fail to excel to the same extent like our neighbouring continents and the excuse should not be because it is "Africa". We need to come to terms and understand that because it is "Africa" we can achieve economic and political credibility to the full extent.

We lack nothing but political and economic stability.All these commodities we possess as a continent lead to affluence, especially oil and aluminum to be more precise.The United Kingdom does not produce enough or any of those mentioned above , neither does the United States or Russia to a substantial level but yet these nations strive , but yet these nations are respected like no other  and they are placed on high tables before African Nations , Why ? ....

Since the 1990's countries of sub Saharan Africa have held multiparty elections ushering in the hope that Africa might finally move beyond its reputation for rapacious despots and rampant corruption. Although democracy has in many ways opened up African politics and brought people liberty ,it has also produced a degree of chaos and instability that has made corruption and lawlessness worse in many countries. Africa, according to Michael Chege have overemphasized multiparty elections and  the basic tenets of liberal governance. These tenets will prove hard to come by, since most of Africa has not developed economically or constitutionally. African nations needs more urgently a good government rather than democracy. Please understand that Democracy does not necessary mean good government . The continent has skipped important hurdles such as industrialization , we have not been able to successfully go through economical and political transformation to the full extent . However , this is not entirely our fault , partial failure lies in the hands of the western nations that colonized African countries, this hindered Africa going through the process of industrialization.By the time most African countries had gained independence , western nations were already thriving economically and politically and instead of  our African nations going through the process of modernization many quickly tried to mimic and compete alongside with western countries which has proved to be detrimental on many African nations.

I focused on Africa and not specific nations within it because I believe that collectively we have sadly missed on basic tenets due to a lengthy list of factors such as colonization and if not for this Africa as a continent may have also been recognized as superpower a very long time ago . Very bold statement right ? Well I'm not taking it back.  Notice that I say ''we''  , I will never stop stressing the fact that I was born and raised in England but my love and concern for Africa is indescribable. 

We need leaders that are not driven by megalomania , leaders that are not ashamed to start from the beginning in order for us to have the best end result . We need stable institutions that support the people and their rights. The list goes on and on  and I will not stop till I achieve to advocate the importance of a stable continent and how oneness will help us achieve this. 

Dorcas Boatemaa Okyere

Saturday 16 May 2015

''2nd Generation Ghanaian ''

Red representing the blood they shed for us , Gold representing the mineral wealth of ''OUR'' country ,Green representing the natural wealth and lastly the black star a symbol of African emancipation.

God bless our homeland Ghana!! 

''Patriotic'' they say ... Yes indeed I am.

''Biased''  they mutter ... not at all please read on . 
Our culture and our heritage is so special and simply beautiful .

So then why did it take me 18 years to realize that ? 

I was embarrassed because of the way Africa was portrayed. 

 Ashamed to be an African , ''the poor Continent'' , ashamed to be among the ''primitive and the illiterate''. 

Little did I know that Ghana was the first black African country to become independent from the British colony. Ghana paved the way for neighbouring countries in the West such as Nigeria and Sierra Leon.  

Being brought up in Britain gives us no excuse to not acknowledge Ghana. Being the younger generation and also  having the opportunity to experience both sides of the culture  , we  therefore , we have a duty. 
Currently we are experiencing an ''illiberal democracy'' says American scholar Fareed Zakaria
So where are the politics students ? 
''Expensive and unreliable healthcare'' says my elderly grandmother. Where are the entrepreneurs? 

It is our turn to the pave the way.

It is time to give back and the time to finish what Yaa Asantewaa ,  Dr Kwame Nkrumah , Dr J.B Danquah , Nana Prempeh (1870-1931) and many more started. 
It is important that we work together .
You and I both know we have the skills and attributes , You and I also know that we wouldn't be where we are today if it wasn't for our brave ancestors. 
''We need to invest in ourselves and work together to build our nation ''- CEO of GUBA Ms Dentaa Amoateng