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” Let The Thieves Rule You”


Last night I read one of the best news items ever on citi fm. It wasn’t any complicated post about how the government is destroying the nation or some lies from a government official telling us how things are getting better; it was honest talk about how stupid those in government think we are. I liked it because I had two things in mind, either they didn’t know what was going on or they knew but were genuinely helpless. After yesterday I realized they know, they just don’t care enough. We are only useful to them during elections. The mystery has been solved.

Allow me to do some citizen journalism(Credit to Citi fm for the images).

Act 1, Scene 1.(Characters in this play are a work of fiction, every resemblance to actual people is pure coincidence)

You know these Imani guys are always complaining and giving their suggestions, bra Kofi was on his usual rant walking around the flag staff house in the hot sun, talking plenty; Continue reading

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SHOULD NPP REALLY DE-AKANISE TO SAVE ITS EXISTENCE?


The recent charges by Dr. Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe, Yaw Boateng Gyan and earlier by Lawyer Ayikoi Otoo that the NPP is an Akan party and that non-Akans do not feel very much at home in the Party has re-ignited the long standing debate as to whether NPP is indeed an Akan or a non-Akan party. Some of these propaganda have been narrowed further to the age old perception that the Party is also riddled with an Ashante and Akim rivalry, a topic which I will attend to in my next treatise. However let me deal with the Akanisation issue for now. We can simplistically say that de-akanising the NPP means choosing a non-akan Flagbearer or northernising the Party more and stabilizing it in the Ga lands or making in-roads into the Southern Volta lands. Beautiful and eulogic but do we really think the NPP’s woes are simply based on whether it is Akan or Non-Akan? Again, what is the ethnic composition of Ghana, and who are non-Akans or Akans in Ghana?

The Non-Akan areas in Ghana are the three northern regions, southern parts of Volta Region, Ga, including Dangme and some very small non-akan enclaves in largely Akan areas. Demographically, the people called Akans are found from the upper reaches of the Volta Region, through the Oti and Afram Plains, across Brong Ahafo Region, through Ashanti, Eastern (excluding the Dangme parts), Central and Western Regions of Ghana. The Bawules and Nzemas may be contestable as Akans but I call them Akans because on the other side of the border in Ivory Coast their counterparts there, the Aowins, are considered Akans.  Used very loosely therefore the people of Akan extraction live in the forest regions of modern day Ghana and constitute about 70% of Ghana’s population. Thus, a party, which could be, truly tagged Akan could by right be the dominant party to rule in Ghana, but Continue reading

Polls: Who Leads The Youth Of NPP In 2016?


It is estimated that over 10% of the voter population in Ghana is on Facebook, and out of this percentage, nearly 85% are people between the ages of 18 and 40. In other words, a significant percentage of the Ghanaian youth are on Facebook.

In the last presidential campaign, social media played a key role in how the NPP reached the 10% voter population on Facebook. In 2016, it is expected that the numbers would have increased and it will take a leader who understands the impact of social media to use same for his/her campaign.

Social media and particularly Facebook is very relevant to the ongoing youth organizer race in the NPP. It is interesting to note that all the candidates for the youth organizer position are on Facebook and are hardly campaign. These polls seek to find out who the online community to prefer as the next NPP Youth Organizer. The Future Is Now is very much interested in the outcome of these polls and so are its readers.

Share your opinion here: Who Leads The Youth Of NPP In 2016?

Polls: Who would be the next General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party


Who would be the next General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party?
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Who Heads The NPP National Secretariat?


Most Ghanaians agree that the 2016 general elections will be one of the toughest the NPP will ever face. Dare I say, even tougher than 2000. Ghanaians are wailing for change – change to move their country in the right direction. Come March 1st, 2014, members of the New Patriotic Party who are contesting for National Executive positions will know their fates. In the words of Justice Atuguba “they will know their real size”.

The contest for other positions may be fierce but what I find most fascinating and intriguing is the race for General Secretary. Among those vying for the GS position is Mr. Kwabena Agyepong, who is not new to Party members, having served diligently as the Press Secretary to the former president, H.E. J.A. Kufuor.

Kwabena’s accolades precede him. He is competing though against really tougher opposition from the incumbent, Kwabena Owusu Afriyie (aka Sir John), the legal brain and excellent communicator, Yaw Buaben Asamoah, and the evergreen Captain Nkrabeah Effah-Darteh. Continue reading

THE NPP MUST ELECT YAW BUABEN ASAMOAH AS ITS NEXT GENERAL SECRETARY


The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has been in the news recently for going to the polls to select their leaders – at the polling station level, constituency level and very soon at the regional and national level. The Party is eager to win the next general elections at all costs. There are sudden talks about the competence of the General Secretary needed to achieve this objective. Some of members of the Party believe that the position of General Secretary is even more important than the National Chairman. According to them, the General Secretary is the image of the party. Do they have a point?

The position of the General Secretary in any political party is a vital one. Consider the role Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah played in the UGCC before finally breaking away to form his CPP. To most people, the General Secretary should be someone who is very eloquent, “down to earth,” got the needed organizational skills and presentable. We believe the person must possess a certain “je ne sais quoi“. The person must also be willing to work with all other executives to achieve the needed results and more.

Most people argue that the party leaders have fewer options in dealing with discipline issues amidst other problems and as such when it does comes to picking up the rod on members breaching the laws of the party just a little act is seen. “There is a need for a change of leadership. The time has come for the NPP to go back to our roots to win the confidence of Ghanaians” they say.

The grass roots campaign machinery must be strengthened. The executives must be equipped with the needed logistics to achieve the wanted results. Votes should not be lost out massively in the Party’s strongholds. The people, particularly at the grass roots level, must not be left out in the quest to win power. Most often, these people think all they are needed for is their votes to help win elections. They do not hear or see any of these political figures until after four years when the polls are approaching. Selflessness must be encouraged. The Party lost the last two successive elections because the spirit of sacrifice is no longer noticed as part of its moral fibre.

The Party needs to take a major decision to work to make it a very attractive political party once again. The people of Ghana’s hearts and minds must be won. Action oriented and vibrant leaders must be elected.

2016 no doubt is going to be a really tough year for the Party, and thus the party needs a General Secretary who can form a strong internal communication structure if given the mandate. We all agree democracy is built on factionalism, and the different factions, rubbing against each other, is healthy and promotes divergent views. But let us not forget that factionalism also makes the Party look like it lacks focus. A General Secretary who will bring all rank file together to form a cohesive unit and keep the Party on track to prosecute an effective campaign in 2016 is what the Party needs.

That is why Mr. Yaw Buabeng Asamoah is the preferred candidate amongst our friends and us, and many other young people, who love the Party across the country. He is a very good communicator and always on top of issues. His simple witty approach to issues and people will make everyone feel part of the campaign. He will go a long way to debunk the current popular notion that “politics nowadays is a just a vicious cycle of insults and corruption”. With YB as General Secretary, all faithful party supporters would be brought together to discuss their problems, and he will unite the various factions within the Party. Mr. Yaw Buabeng Asamoah as General Secretary will prioritize party loyalty and that is what the party needs in 2016.

2016 is nearer than we can imagine. There is increasing pressure of winning at all legitimate costs possible. And there is also the other sect that believes in luck. “Three is a charm,” they say, but the battle still remains the Lord’s. God Bless the NPP, God Bless Ghana.

Written by:

Edna Gaisie & Imani Dramani

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