Friday, 17 July 2015

Ghana: The 2nd Lady's Saga - Why Government Policies Don't Impact

Since the days of Ghana's first President, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, governments have formulated and implemented a lot of social interventions with the view to better the lives of its citizens. However, most of these interventions either do not impact on the lives of the beneficiaries, or become white elephants only housing dusts.

Interventions like the Free Education for natives of Northern Ghana introduced by Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, even though a laudable idea, has not really made the intended impact as the three Northern regions continue to be marginalized when it comes to access to education and employment.

Beneficiary participation is very crucial when it comes to Strategic Planning. Again for a viable social or educational intervention to make impact, there is the need to conduct a Needs Assessment. This activity allows the beneficiary(ies) an opportunity to state exactly what they need, and it also enables the sponsor to know exactly what impact his/her funds are intended for.

However, governments and institutions implement various policies, programmes and projects which yield little or no results. Most villages and communities are provided with social amenities which end up as white elephants because they have no need of them. Market stalls in some villages have beocme the resting place of lunatics or stray animals, bore holes and wells have become homes to rodents and other reptiles, just to mention but a few. The interesting thing is that all over Africa, governments pride themselves in the output of their policies and programmes without considering if such interventions really made any impact or produce any outcomes at all.

One of such case is what ensued when the 2nd Lady, Mrs. Matilda Amissah-Arthur went to donate five computers to a school at Kukurantumi in the Eastern Region of Ghana. Apparently, after her donation, the Headmistress further requested for the supply of chalk and Log book, since the school was in short supply of those materials.  Not happy about the Headmistress' request, the 2nd Lady is reported to have chastised her.  Her action was received with condemnation all over the country with some quarters calling on her to apologize for the comments.

After carefully looking into the whole episode, I'm of the view that the 2nd Lady could have done herself a lot of good if she had inquired about what exactly the school needed - the cost of the five computers could have bought hundreds of boxes of chalk and log book for more than two schools in the community. A visit to the school by some media houses in Accra revealed that the said school does not even have electricity supply, in other words, the school does not have electric power to enable it use the computers. Even though access to computer is the dream of every school in our villages, the Headmistress felt their need wasn't met.

Its not just about the provision of these materials that show that government is really up to the task of providing quality education for its citizens, but the outcomes or impact such provisions make is what really counts and matters.


Thursday, 16 July 2015

Comic Relief

Lol! saw this on facebook and thought I could relieve you of some stress.

Monday, 13 July 2015

Ghana: Gay Doctor gaoled 25 years for sodomizing 16 year old boy

An Accra Circuit Court has this morning, sentenced Dr. Ali-Gabass, a Takoradi-based medical doctor to 25 years imprisonment for sodomy.

Reports reaching Docia's Blog desk indicates that Dr. Gabass looked unperturbed when his sentence was pronounced. (Obviously he was sure of a possible bail or acquittal)

The Dr. who confirmed to ace broadcast journalist, Manasseh Azure Awini in October 2014 that he had anal knowledge of the minor however pleaded not guilty during his trial. The victim, who has also tested HIV positive, had gone to the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital for anal surgery when the broadcaster met him in his gory situation - he could neither sit nor lay on his back.

His sentence has however brought some relief to the victim's family and myself as I had always prayed for a stiffer punishment for such creature who hide under the cover of human flesh to cause such heinous crime.

Whiles some prayed for more years for the culprit, his lawyers have however pledged to appeal against the ruling.


Thursday, 16 April 2015

The Alleged Kidnapped and Sexually Assaulted YFM Presenter, 'Adaeze Ayoko' - Display of wisdom or folly?

I read with disgust an alleged kidnap and sexually assaulted Takoradi-based radio presenter 'Adaeze Ayoko' a few days ago via a Nigerian blog. I immediately condemned the act and prayed that the perpetrators be brought to face the full rigors of the law as soon as practicable. My greatest fear was that, from the media reportage, there could be a possible pay back in Nigeria looking at how barbaric the whole act and social media hype it received. The whole nation was thrown into a state of shock, with the Gender Ministry and other women's groups rising up to condemn the act.

'Adaeze' having her locks shaved by one of her 'co-actors'
She was subsequently flown to the Police Headquarters and Police Hospital respectively for further clinical test and investigation. It has however come to light after investigations, that she is a full blooded Ghanaian by name,  Maame Akosua Apea Antwi from Akim Awisa in the Eastern Region and that the whole plot of the kidnap and sexual assault was staged in collaboration with some unsuspecting guys in order to get attention from her jilted boyfriend. To wit, she carefully planned the act and got help from others to 'perform' it.

I keep asking myself countless questions as to what will make a lady of her calibre (media personnel) think, decide and act out such a heinous crime on herself? to the extent of posting the video and nude pictures on social media - a platform which can store information till God knows when. Was she being overly wise or was she just displaying an abnormality? Couldn't she try any other strategy to get the attention of her boyfriend?

Anyways, my heart goes out to her because whatever her reason for doing this was, the repercussions and consequences of her actions and inaction far outweigh whatever good intentions she had.


Tuesday, 31 March 2015

My Prayer for Nigeria

I have followed with keen interest the progress of Nigeria's Presidential election results on social media and must admit that the good book has never and will never lie - that only the government of God shall stand the test of time.
Kingdoms, empires and governments have come and gone - the Mongol Empire, Qing Dynasty, Yuan Dynasty, Sasanian Empire, Roman Empire, Pala Empire, Tibetan Empire all of Asia and Europe; Maj. Gen. Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, Gen. Murtala Mohammed, Maj. Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo, Shehu Shagari, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, Ernest Shonekan, Gen. Sani Abacha, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, Olusegun Obasanjo, Umaru Yar'Adua of Nigeria just to mention but a few.

Because we draw our inspiration from the good book and hold its tenets to be unadulterated, it is imperative to call forth the hand of God over Africa and for that matter Nigeria. Ghana and Nigeria are an inseparable sister nations whose traditions and culture are interwoven. Therefore, whatever happens in the later has a direct implication on the former.

During this time in our sister nation, its only the peace of God which surpasses all understanding that can rule in the minds of people and all strongholds. The prince of Persia is wide awake to do the unimaginable but, the hand of God is sending forth 'Michael' to do what he is best at doing "intercession". I am so passionate about the prevalence of absolute peace in Nigeria because I experienced a direct impact of the outbreak of ebola in parts of Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa last year, and will therefore not relent on my ores in seeking the hand of God over my beloved brothers and sisters from another mother.

Whoever wins the election, Nigeria will always stand tall.

Shalom, peace and life to you!

Monday, 2 March 2015

Actress Nadia Buari gives birth to twins

Alhaji Sidiku Buari, father of Nadia Buari has confirmed that the actress has given birth to a set of bouncing babies outside the country.

Nadia who has been off the showbiz and entertainment scene for a couple of months now was delivered of twins. However the place and date were not made known. The father of the set of twins was also not disclosed, but it's highly speculated that her boo, Jim Iyke is the proud of father of the twins.

Congrats to her.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Nana Tiaah Darkoa I/ Club Miss Tourism 2011 Covers Tourism in Ghana Magazine

Known in private life as Priscilla Asare, the former Miss Tourism Gh. 2011 was crowned the Mawere Hemaa of Apirede, Akuapem in 2014 under the stool name, Nana Tiaah Darkoa I . Driven by the passion of promoting domestic tourism, the CEO of Konekt Ghana Foundation, a non-profit charitable organisation covers the Tourism in Ghana Magazine which is already circulating in Europe and other parts of the world. If you are in Gh. grab your copy from fuel marts, supermarkets and other bookshops.

That's my queen with a swag. Will soon bring you exclusive pictures of this vibrant queen-mother full of youthful exuberance.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

No one eats football - a rejoinder by Hon. Kojo Yankah

I can't help but share my opinion to buttress the stance by the founder and president of my Alma-mata, Hon. Kojo Yankah, a former Minister of Information and Central Regional Minister in the Rawlings-led NDC administration and a PR guru in the Daily Graphic of Thursday, September 18, pg 20, on the attack of the Gyan brothers on a journalist a few weeks ago.

When the issue went viral on the social media, I spoke my mind, but people won't reason with me. The issues I raised have been reiterated by Hon. Yankah in a rejoinder to an article published by Mr. Boadu-Ayeboafoh, an editor of the Daily Graphic. Of the issues raised by Hon. Yankah, the two that caught my attention were:

1.  "the fundamental point I am making here is that Kenu's question was not relevant to the subject
      of   the press conference, irrespective or whether or not it had been raised in the streets of Kumasi
      or Accra"

2.  "the code of ethics of the profession is clear on how to treat matters of the nature affecting
      Asamoah Gyan". "Article 16 of the GJA Code of Ethics explicitly states: "In case of personal
      grief or distress, journalists should exercise tact and diplomacy in seeking information and

A cross section of the public have yelled at the Gyan brothers that they should have used the opportunity and platform to tell the good people of Ghana exactly what happened that day in order to put all agitations and speculations to rest. But come to think of it, was the press soiree organized to deliberate on the upcoming football match between Ghana and Uganda or to explain or tell Ghanaians what caused the disappearance of ace musician Castro? In the first place, I totally agree with Hon. Kojo Yankah that the supposed "professional"act of journalist, Daniel Kenu was absolutely irrelevant and inappropriate on that platform as far as the psychological state of the Gyan brothers in respect of the disappearance was concerned.  Being the captain of the team, answering that question would have traumatized him the more.

Furthermore, as indicated by Hon. Kojo Yankah, in line with the GJA Code of Ethics, I pray the matter be thrown own of court because Daniel Kenu wasn't guided by Article 16 in asking his "Professional" question. Else, he would have realised that the Gyan brothers were in grief and distressed over the disappearance of their friend. What else could be more tormenting than going out on holiday with a bosom friend and that friend disappearing into thin air without any clue as to the whereabouts of the person. The guilt of being the cause alone is a sure recipe for committing suicide. If Daniel Kenu had put himself in Gyan's shoes, I don't think he would have even thought of asking such question on a platform of that nature.

Even though I condemn the physical attack on the journalist, I believe practitioners in this 4th arm of government should at all times be guided by their code of ethics to save them any unforeseen mishap.

I also take the opportunity to sincerely thank the Ghana Police Service for holding a press conference a few days ago, to brief Ghanaians on the outcome of investigations so far, and the way forward in handling the issue. To the good people of Ghana, I wish to categorically state that, the Gyan brothers owe no one any explanations as the Police Service have called for all inquiries to be channeled to it.


Wednesday, 27 August 2014

TOM GHANA CAMP 2014 - Supporting The '20 Souls' Project

‘‘And whosoever shall give to …one of these little ones
…shall in no wise lose his reward.” (Matt. 10:42)

Giving to support children's work in the Lord's vine yard is something rare these days. Many individuals and corporate bodies are quick to invest in entertainment and other programmes deemed fit to enable them recoup moneys invested. One major area that is so fertile for investment is the teens ministry. Even in the house of God, this ministry receives little or no attention as many parent churches are quick to sponsor programmes of Women, Men, Children and other popular ministries. The teen age is a period of life's development; psychological, emotional, educational, spiritual and physical. A period when character is established whether virtue or vice. The complexities of the teen age cannot be overemphasized.  

Over the years, Teenagers Outreach Ministries Inc. Ghana Chapter has had it tough raising funds to subsidize one of its major outreach programme of ministering to teenagers during its annual vacation camp meeting. This year, I launched a campaign dubbed '20 Souls', in my bid to raise funds to support some teenagers in my neighbourhood and elsewhere in Accra to attend this life transforming event. My major strategy was to raise the funds online through my social media contacts. Quickly I created the event page on Facebook and shared it on the pages of a couple of friends. Immediately, some started responding with a few others hoping to assist next year. I was so marveled at the response rate because the timeline was short, however, names like Hon. Kojo Yankah, founder of the African University College of Communications and former Minister of Information, Naana Dansoa (Gifty Anti) of GDA Concepts Ltd. producers of The StandPoint, Eben Dougan, Cynthia Commodore, Carmie Jean Sahnoon, Eugenia Manful of Ghana Revenue Authority Mercy Doughan, Alfred Alwaysblessd Doxa Akrong, Davidson Akrong, Vida Dekpeh, Jeffrey Dee, Jane Yawson, Christene Kotey (ADB, Cedi House), Mercy (UBA Bank, Heritage Tower) cannot go unmentioned because they really enabled my campaign come to pass. 

Any life that was touched through your donation is a Kingdom investment you have made and your account in Heaven has been credited awaiting a withdrawal from you or your generations yet unborn. Being the blogger that I am, I can't let go this generous act of yours without telling the whole world via my online journal, DOCIA'S NEST. And like Oliver Twist, I hope I am always welcome for more.

Thank you, y3 da mo ase, wo nda ny3 shi, moóngoode ku, Naawuni ndiem yi suhuru, mi da akpe nawo, ane da'ani ase, y3 da moáse, y3 da hom ase, merci boucoup.



Teens going through registration

Time for praise n worship

Aerobics time

Smiling for breakfast

Ready for my presentation on Social Media

Colourful traditional night

'Nana Camboo' on stage

Our kids were not left out

Time for evangelism

The man looks busy but the teens won't stop
Mr. Prince Norbert Dakey, a resource person presenting an e-reader (Kindle) to one of the teens who won a quiz contest

My little girl, the winner, moi and Mr. Dakey

Kekeli, Teresa n Yayra

Some of the galant teachers after the programme

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Organized Labour in Ghana protests dwindling economy nationwide

A nationwide protest is currently underway in Ghana by Organized Labour to unleash their frustrations at government's seemingly unconcerned and lackadaisical attitude towards the gross hardship the country is facing. Living conditions have grown from bad to worse since the beginning of the year with no sign of a possible solution in sight.

The one-day civil unrest is going on simultaneously in all ten (10) regions in the country, involving the formal and informal sector, the transport sector and market women. The rather fast pace at which the country's currency, the cedi (¢) is falling is appalling, resulting in the current hardship. Fuel prices, electricity and water tariffs have increased astronomically as government's policies on addressing these issues seem not to proffer any way out.

Am yet to join though.


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