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Friday, February 28, 2014

NDC defends government's decision on Free SHS

 guard your heart with all dildigence.because from it arises the issues of life.
By: onayi ogbori

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) says government's decision to implement free senior high school (SHS) education from the 2015/2016 academic year is part of the party's 2012 manifesto, which brought President Mahama into power.
President Mahama in his state of the nation address in Parliament on Tuesday, revealed government's plan to roll out a free SHS policy.
This has generated controversy, with the New Patriotic Party (NPP) accusing the NDC of stealing its campaign promise.
However, addressing a news conference today, General Secretary of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, says the Free Senior High School promised by the government is not the same as what the NPP promised during the 2012 elections.
According to the NDC scribe, NPP took the free SHS policy from the 1992 constitution and decided to promise Ghanaians that it will take effect in the beginning of the 2013 academic calendar.
The NPP never talked about any progressive introduction of the programme, Aseidu Nketiah, intimated.
The NDC General Secretary noted that the party is working according the 1992 Constitution as a result of which the provision regarding the progressive introduction of free SHS was lifted from and incorporated into the party's manifesto after which other issues were added to make it comprehensive.
He therefore referred the detractors of the NDC to page 17 of the 2012 manifesto of the NDC, where the policy can be found for which president Mahama is bound to implement.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The Strategic importance of Ukraine and why both Russia and U.S. want her as an ally

Ukraine has a lot of geostrategic significance. The country was the second most important country after Russia during the USSR years. Currently its population of more than 44.6 million is one of the biggest in Europe and an important source of market for both EU and Russian made goods. Ukraine is also one of the largest countries in the world. Its size of 603,550sq km is 46th in global comparison. In European terms, it is the second biggest country in Europe after Russia. In fact it is 15% bigger than France which is third largest country in Europe. It shares 1,576km long border with Russia in the east making her a strategic country especially for US and her western allies who want to prevent Russia from expanding her influence westwards. Ukrainian port cities are important in both economic and military sense. For example the Ukrainian coastal city of Sevastopol located in the Crimean peninsula serves as a major naval base for the Russian navy. In fact the headquarters of Russia's Black Sea fleet is located in Crimea. The continuous use of the base by the Russian navy resulted in a deal in April 2010 in which Russia agreed to lower the prices of gas and oil it sells to Ukraine. Ukraine also borders the Black Sea, the Sea of Azov, Belarus, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, and Moldova. This location could allow the country to play major role in Eastern and Central Europe.

Economically Ukraine is a major manufacturer of ballistic missiles, large transport planes and launch pads for space carriers. In this sense it is a major player in the field of weapons systems. The country also have several nuclear power stations whose infrastructures can easily be used to produce nuclear weapons. In this case Ukraine can become a member of the club of nuclear power nations if it decides to and could obtain a lot of financial reward if it decides to engage in nuclear proliferation activities. Ukraine is also a major producer and exporter of steel, a product vital to the global economy particularly for ship building and the auto industry. Ukraine is a major transit point for oil and gas coming from Russia and Central Asia to the EU. Most of the gas and oil pipelines carrying hydrocarbon products to the EU from Russia pass through the country. In 2004 for example more than 80% of Russian gas exported to Europe came through Ukrainian pipelines. And currently more than 70% of Russia gas enters Europe through Ukraine. These pipelines consist of 36,720 km for gas; 4,514 km for oil and 4,363 km which carry refined products. Any disruption of these pipelines or the flow of petroleum products (as happened in 2005-6) will bring untold suffering to millions of Western Europeans who depend on gas coming from Russia.

Ukraine is major agricultural hub. Its flat plains, plateaus and fertile black soil (considered the best in Europe) are good for food production and animal husbandry. In fact the country could be the breadbasket of Europe if its agricultural potential is fully exploited.

The Ukrainian opposition victory is a nightmare for Russia and particularly President Valdimir Putin. In fact the fall of the Viktor Yanukovyc regime is a major strategic defeat for Putin, a coup and a triumph for the West (US and EU). The victory chalked by the opposition will materialise what Putin has feared all along i.e. that first Ukraine will tilt to the West, second will be admitted into the EU, and third into NATO. Though member ship to the EU and NATO is a long process, the strategic consequences are that a tilt to the West will not only contain Russia's ambitions to expand its sphere of influence westwards but will nearly complete the West's encirclement of Russia. Russia may therefore take actions that will prevent Ukraine from becoming a satellite of the West.

Also Putin's effort to create the Eurasian Union (EAU) an economic union to rival that of the EU with Ukraine as a key member has suffered a major setback. Ukraine membership to the EAU would have given the union the boost it needed. However with UKraine now tilting towards EU, the EAU would definitely struggle to remain as buoyant as it should. However, the fight for control of Ukraine by the West and Russia is not over yet. As Russian forces conduct military drills close to Crimea and with pro-Russian gunmen seizing the Crimean Parliament it is possible that instability in Crimea  will continue for days to come  with the final outcome being that the Crimea region will breakaway from Ukraine to form independent state or join Russia.

By Lord Aikins Adusei
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Uganda President Replies Barack Obama On His Reaction To The Anti-Gay Law

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A few days ago, President Barack Obama condemned Uganda’s anti-gay law, which he says is “a step backwards for all Ugandans”. If you missed it, click here to read.

Uganda President Yoweri Museveni released a statement on Obama’s reaction and his hopes that the law won’t affect relationship with both countries.

I have seen the statement H.E President Obama of the USA made in reaction to my statement that I was going to sign the anti-homosexual Bill, which I made at Kyankwanzi.

Before I react to H.E. Obama’s statement, let me, again, put on record my views on the issue of homo-sexuals (ebitiingwa, bisiyaga in some of our dialects).

Right from the beginning of this debate, my views were as follows:

1. I agreed with the MPs and almost all Ugandans that promotion of homosexuality in Uganda must be criminalized or rather should continue to be criminalized because the British had already done that;

2. those who agreed to become homosexuals for mercenary reasons (prostitutes) should be harshly punished as should those who paid them to be homosexual prostitutes; and

3. exhibitionism of homosexual behavior must be punished because, in this part of the World, it is forbidden to publicly exhibit any sexual conduct (kissing, etc) even for heterosexuals; if I kissed my wife of 41 years in public, I would lose elections in Uganda.

The only point I disagreed on with some of the Members of Parliament (MPs) and other Ugandans was on the persons I thought were born homosexual. According to the casual observations, there are rare deviations in nature from the normal. You witness cases like albinos (nyamagoye), barren women or men (enguumba), epa (breastless women) etc. I, therefore, thought that similarly there were people that were born with the disorientation of being attracted to the same sex. That is why I thought that that it was wrong to punish somebody on account of being born abnormal. That is why I refused to sign the Bill and, instead, referred it to our Party (the NRM) to debate it again. In the meantime, I sought for scientific opinions on this matter.

I am grateful to Ms. Kerry Kennedy of the USA who sent me opinions by scientists from the USA saying that there could be some indications that homosexuality could be congenital. In our conference, I put these opinions to our scientists from the Department of Genetics, the School of Medicine and the Ministry of Health. Their unanimous conclusion was that homosexuality, contrary to my earlier thinking, was behavioural and not genetic. It was learnt and could be unlearnt. I told them to put their signatures to that conclusion which they did. That is why I declared my intention to sign the Bill, which I will do. I have now received their signed document, which says there is no single gene that has been traced to cause homosexuality. What I want them to clarify is whether a combination of genes can cause anybody to be homosexual. Then my task will be finished and I will sign the Bill.

After my statement to that effect which was quoted widely around the World, I got reactions from some friends from outside Africa. Statements like: “it is a matter of choice” or “whom they love” which President Obama repeated in his statement would be most furiously rejected by almost the entirety of our people. It cannot be a matter of choice for a man to behave like a woman or vice-versa. The argument I had pushed was that there could be people who are born like that or “who they are”, according to President Obama’s statement.

I, therefore, encourage the US government to help us by working with our Scientists to study whether, indeed, there are people who are born homosexual. When that is proved, we can review this legislation. I would be among those who will spearhead that effort. That is why I had refused to sign the Bill until my premise was knocked down by the position of our Scientists.

I would like to discourage the USA government from taking the line that passing this law will “complicate our valued relationship” with the USA as President Obama said. Countries and Societies should relate with each other on the basis of mutual respect and independence in decision making.

“Valued relationship” cannot be sustainably maintained by one Society being subservient to another society. There are a myriad acts the societies in the West do that we frown on or even detest. We, however, never comment on those acts or make them preconditions for working with the West. Africans do not seek to impose their views on anybody. We do not want anybody to impose their views on us. This very debate was provoked by Western groups who come to our schools and try to recruit children into homosexuality. It is better to limit the damage rather than exacerbate it.

I thank everybody

I’m Not A Cocaine Dealer – Otumfuo

Otumfuo Osei Tutu II
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THE ASANTEHENE, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has asked the Almighty God to deal with his detractors, especially those who once labeled him a cocaine dealer.

He expressed concern over several false reports being peddled about him by some faceless people since he became King – just to discredit him – stressing that he was leaving those people to be dealt with by God and the Golden Stool, the embodiment of the spirit of the Asante Kingdom.

The Asantehene made these remarks when the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, visited him at the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi on Friday to offer fervent prayers for him.

According to the King, even before he ascended the throne, wild rumours were abound to the effect that he was once a ‘swindler’ who duped several people in Europe – a report which he described as false.

Otumfuo recounted that immediately he became the Asantehene, he was labeled a cocaine dealer, though he was an upright person who frowned on issues about narcotics.

“Before I ascended the Golden Stool, they said I swindled people in Europe but I did not utter a word, because I knew that I was innocent and that my God, who created me, will exonerate me.

“When I eventually became the Asantehene, these same faceless people again labeled me as a cocaine dealer which was totally false because I am a righteous person who frowns on illegalities,” he stated.

Gold Ornaments

As if that was not enough, the Asantehene said, he was also accused by these same faceless people of selling precious gold ornaments of the Golden Stool when he lost his ornaments through theft during a visit to Europe.

He said although he was not present when the precious items were lost, people managed to accuse him of selling those gold ornaments “and I decided not to talk because my God and the Golden Stool will exonerate me.”

Election Petition

The Asantehene said before those rumours died down, speculation that he had bribed the Supreme Court Justices to rule the 2012 presidential election petition in favour of the NDC also emanated, generating debate across the country.

In the face of those reports, which he said were meant to tarnish his image, Otumfuo Osei Tutu said he had remained quiet, reiterating his call on God and the Golden Stool to deal with detractors who always lied about him.

He said he would not fight his faceless enemies because he was cock sure that God and the Golden Stool were more than able to deal with people that wanted to tarnish his image.

The Asantehene stated emphatically that he was a righteous King who frowned on all illegal activities; therefore the public should treat the wild speculations about him with the contempt they deserve.

He said he had realized that as the Asantehene, whether he liked it or not, people would peddle falsehood about him, so he was not perturbed about the rumours.

He asserted that he was not afraid of what people would say about him, insisting that he was a King who would stand by the truth always, adding that God was the only one he feared.

Death Rumour

Otumfuo stated that his detractors also spread rumours that he had died whilst he was in South Africa with some of his sub chiefs holidaying.

He maintained that he was not concerned about the recent wild rumours of his death, and that God and the Golden Stool were protecting him always and “only God’s wish for me will be done.

Chief Imam

The National Chief Imam, whose delegation included Zongo chiefs drawn from all corners of the country, was at the palace to welcome Otumfuo from his private trip to South Africa after rumours that he had kicked the bucket, was eventually proven to be false.

Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu assured the Asantehene that Muslims in the country were praying for good health and long life for him, adding that all fiendish plans by people about him (Otumfuo) would not work.
Source: I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr/Daily Guide

Angry Soldiers Petition Prez Mahama

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Ghanaian soldiers who were on peacekeeping missions in various war-torn countries have appealed to President John Dramani Mahama to intervene and help them recover monies lost to fraudulent freight forwarding companies.

According to them, hundreds of soldiers have been defrauded by these companies, which were introduced to them by the Military High Command.

The soldiers alleged that the Military High Command introduced the companies to them as credible ones, and encouraged them to deal with the companies and went ahead to deduct monies from their allowances at source to pay the companies.

In a petition to the President, the affected soldiers who served in countries such as Liberia, Ivory Coast, Lebanon and DR Congo, accused the Military High Command of refusing to assist them recover their monies when the companies failed to deliver the items ordered.

According to the petition, several soldiers ordered household items running into thousands of US dollars since 2010 from the freight forwarding companies that do business with the Ghana Armed Forces.

“These companies that received orders from us serving in Liberia, Ivory Coast, Lebanon, and DR Congo have failed to deliver our goods without the military doing anything about it,” it said.

In the petition, the soldiers said: “What beats our imagination is that when it was clear that these companies were failing to deliver the items, the military still continued to introduce them to us in the mission areas and encouraged us to order from them, and our Commanding Officers deducted the costs at source to pay them".

The soldiers stated that the companies have disappeared with their hard-earned money while they suffer. According to the petition, the victims were asked to submit their details to army headquarters to enable a committee that has been set up to investigate the matter.

The soldiers alleged that the committee completed its work, but the Military High Command is sitting on the report because of the shocking revelations.

According to the petition, some of them will soon be retiring from the service and, therefore, made a passionate appeal to the President to help them recoup their money with interest.

“If you want to hear more and the truth, interview any of those soldiers at the Flagstaff House, but if you ask the big men, they’ll hide the truth from you,” the petition said.

It suggested to the President to hold separate durbars with other ranks without any officer present to know the true state of affairs.

“Please you are our last hope as it is clear they are waiting for our release from the service to be published, and that will be the end of our money,” it added.

When contacted, Colonel Mbawine Atintande, Director of Public Affairs at the Ghana Armed Forces, confirmed the story and said the issue was of grave concern to the Military High Command.

He admitted that the Military High Command introduced the Ghanaian companies to the soldiers in good faith.

He explained that following complaints from the soldiers, the Military High Command set up a committee in the middle of last year to investigate the matter, and that the report is ready.

Colonel Atintande said the Military High Command is studying the findings and recommendations contained in the report and would communicate to the affected soldiers at the right time.

Even though Colonel Atintande would not divulge the contents of the report, he said the implementation of the recommendations would have far-reaching implications for the GAF.

He appealed to the affected officers to exercise restraint as the matter was receiving the needed attention.
Source: The Finder

We live in a state of hopelessness – Minority asserts

Source: Ghana | Myjoyonline.com | Isaac Essel 
Date: 24-02-2014 Time: 08:02:16:pm
Library photo: the Minority strongly disapproves of how the country is being managed
The members of New Patriotic Party (NPP) Minority in Parliament are disillusioned with the Mahama-led administration as they expressed lack of hope in the economy.
The MP for Atwima Mponua, Isaac Asiamah, who echoed the Minority’s assessment on the government, told Joy News that Ghanaians are in a “state of hopelessness”.
He recalled that most of the promises made by the government to improve the state of the nation have not been fulfilled. This, he claimed, is evident enough to prove that “there is no hope” for Ghana,
Though he was not specific, Mr. Asiamah maintained that all indicators, as well as available facts and figures support his conclusion.
The living condition of Ghanaians keeps “deteriorating”, he said, adding, the situation has been compounded by water crisis and high school fees among other issues.
President John Mahama is expected to deliver the mandatory State of the Nation Address to Parliament on Tuesday, February 25, 2014.
But judging by the present living conditions of Ghanaians, the MP doubts President Mahama would be “bold” to address the law-making body tomorrow.
In his view, John Mahama is the “worst president” Ghana has ever produced.
The MP, like his colleagues, was riled by the failure of the government to make payments to the MP’s Common Fund. The government is yet to release funds for the second quarter of 2013, he pointed out.
Mincing no words, Mr. Asiamah also described the Finance Minister, Seth Terkper, as the “most incompetent finance minister” in the history of the country.
 He said Mr. Terkper was not qualified to head that ministry, and was therefore not convinced he would be able to deliver the country from the current economic doldrums.
Adding to concerns raised by his colleague, MP for Sekondi, Papa Owusu-Ankomah told Joy FM’s Top Story that Ghana’s economy is in crisis, and challenged government to admit it.
He therefore wants the government to take a “very bold and bitter measures” to tackle the challenges facing the economy, adding that consensus building is the surest way of improving the situation,
Countering the Minority’s arguments, Deputy Information Minister, Felix Ofosu Kwakye said it is not “entirely accurate” to say it is the first time a statutory payment has been delayed in the country. He made reference to an instance where payment to the GETFund was delayed for two years, when the NPP was in power.
 He admitted that even though some payments have been made, there are some outstanding ones to be cleared.
He also mounted a strong defense on behalf of the Minister of Finance, stating that he is better than the Finance Minister, under the NPP administration, who made a “tragic error” by going to a hair dressing salon abroad to contract a loan.
The Deputy Minister chided the Minority for not being able to “rise above party politics” but constantly predicts doom for the country.

Ghana recorded 19% fall in 2013 Foreign Direct Investment

Source: Ghana | Myjoyonline.com 
Date: 24-02-2014 Time: 11:02:11:pm
Mawuena Trebarh - Acting GIPC Boss
Investments into Ghana's economy, according to the Ghana Investments Promotion Centre (GIPC), declined significantly last year.
The figure came down by  19 percent to  $3.9 billion in 2013 compared to almost $5 billion recorded in 2012.
These figures were contained in the fourth quarter investment report by GIPC, which also  captured the inflows into the country.
According to GIPC it registered 417 projects for last year, compared to  399 projects in 2012.
However, monetary  value  for these projects declined  from  $5.6 billion in 2012  to   $4.2  billion last year. 
GIPC is tasked with promoting investments in the country.
The Centre also monitors and collects relevant data about foreign investments in the country.
310 of the registered projects, according to GIPC were  wholly owned by foreigners, while  107  were joint ventures between Ghanaians and their  foreign partners.
However  only $88.3 million has come in so far in terms of initial capital transferred into the country.
The Ghana Investment Promotion Centre is expecting  89,000 jobs to be created from investments that has come into the country so far.
According GIPC, a little over 75,000 of these jobs would go to Ghanaians, while foreigners  would take up the rest.
With 57 projects, India top the list of countries with registered number projects, while USA top the list of the  countries with the highest  value of FDI projects amounting to 1.2 billion dollars. 
Acting Chief Executive of the GIPC , Mawuena Trebarh, believes  the decline can be attributed to the wait and see attitude of some investors because of the uncertainties after the 2012 elections.

"I still believe I have more years to live" - Komla said in 2009

Source: Ghana|Myjoyonline.com|Edwin Appiah|edwin.appiah@myjoyonline.com
Date: 24-02-2014 Time: 01:02:04:am
The two buddies -Bola Ray and Komla Dumor - blurted out their pseudo-prophecies quite innocuously.
Somewhere during the interview, Komla would say in such a 'done-deal' manner, with a certain 'matter-of- factness'  - "I still believe I have more years to live".
 Very oblivious of what has now become obvious to us.
It was a prediction that has been vetted by fate and scrutinized by destiny because with a paltry 18 days into a new year, fate would return to Komla with a dark verdict - no you don't.
A cruel fatal news like that aimless arrow, hugging the night sky and planting itself into Achilles' heel virtually on the blind side of his colleague greek soldiers - if you have watched that award-winning movie, Troy.
Sadly. Komla was wrong. He didn't have more years to live.
But Bola Ray's prediction was right. "16th July 2009 this day will go down in history" Bola Ray gleefully blurted out to his guest on Joy FM's Personality Profile, Komla Dumor.
Careless that fate had planted very single syllable of his sentence into his own mouth - sealed in destiny, done and dusted.
Because nearly five years later, Bola Ray would be sitting lonely, disinterested in talking on his own talk show as he replayed that interview beginning with an unusual signature tune - R.Kelly's The World's Greatest - a tribute to the Boss Player, Komla Afeke Dumor
" I am a mountain..I am a tall tree..
Oh, I am a swift wind...Sweepin' the country...
I am a river..Down in the valley..
Oh, I am a vision..And I can see clearly...
If anybody asks u who I am...
Just stand up tall look 'em in the Face and say
I'm that star up in the sky
I'm that mountain peak up high
Hey, I made it
I'm the world's greatest
And I'm that little bit of hope
When my backs against the ropes
I can feel it mmm
I'm the world's greatest
A Doctor-like Journalist
Komla didn't become the doctor, he had wanted to be, he told Bola Ray on the program.
 And although he never regrets not becoming one, you couldn't help but notice how he brought a certain doctor-like mentality to his journalism - his surgical questioning prowess, his issues for discussion on the Joy FM Super Morning Show were like a stethoscope that could detect the heartbeat of the nation.
And he thought of his journalism as having healing powers too - wierd?
"I admire doctors. I have tremendous love and admiration for doctors and nurses in particular because they are the people who have an impact in people's lives by merely touching them. But radio presents an opportunity to touch people's lives as well, in that sense we do have healing qualities".
Touching, touching touching. With Komla, its always about touching. Touching something, somebody, some idea.

The making of Komla
It was as if Professor Dumor knew what he wanted his kids to be. Being an academic, his first love would be books. Reading was thus a first Dumor habit.
And Komla read -"it was mostly about books", he said.
For four years, there was no television at home – but there were newspapers. Tucked into the Professor's armpit, he would stride home looking to pour its content into the 13 year old’s head.
“My parents were academics...we valued education” he said, a testimony verified by his father as he read his attribute.
Our core values - "self denial, zeal for knowledge, ….. personal integrity “, a surprisingly well composed daddy read out during the funeral service.
So you see, Komla’s home was actually a senior secondary school already. I mean core values? So headmaster-like language, so much like a school’s motto.
And with that, the Boss Player’s flawless English pronunciation of words like ‘the world’ ‘morning’ ‘turning’ – was cemented.
“Now I look back and its [reading] a great blessing”, Komla reminisced.
It is then possible to understand the magnitude of his failure to complete medicine. "Depressing", he recollected. It was as great a taboo as being the pregnant daughter of a Presbyterian minister in the mid-50’s.
Failed in Nigeria, a start over in Ghana.
Komla said “I entered the university of Ghana with  mission get over the disappointment”.
Well for many a student like me, it was to get away from our parents.
This 'toll-boothing' University rejected his grades as unsuitable for medicine and recommended that he took A’Level exams to re-apply. He did. He passed. He came back. They told him, they didn’t even need his A’levels anymore. His previous grades are just fine – enter the University of Ghana.
So like an eager rooky determined to play his first competitive game, Komla was warming up for school. It had been a while sitting on that hard bench called home –school was the real deal- let the lectures begin.
Hold it right there, young man, fate would strike once again. The lecturers declared strike…over you know – bla, bla, bla,bla.
Komla was home again. His restlessness, one of fate’s strange leading into the arms of Joy FM because it was at home that her sister chanced on an advert for  the role of less fanciful traffic news reporter at Ghana’s first “serious private radio station”.
Sister: “ eeei Solomon parker is leaving Joy FM.They  are looking for a mobitel traffic man”
Komla, a Ghanaian returnee: “ Who is Solomon. What is Joy FM?
And after his sister explained to him, the restless Komla Dumor said “ am gonna give it a shot”
A shot? Call it anything but a shot, he gave it a bomb.
After some terrible starts, Komla Dumor seamed into the Joy FM family, working and schooling. He would move on to host the Super Morning Show. Bola Ray would join him at Joy and the two would become friends. Sometimes they would attend a programme together – Bola would play DJ, Komla would play M.C.
And he described his idea of a morning show.
“In those days we would get big names. the standard at BBC was the standard I had when I was here. We would never walk into the studio without knowing what we were going to do. We would never walk into the studio with a hand full of papers and call it a morning show.”
His best interview, he said, was here at Joy FM. It was when he spoke to Brigadier Charles Duke - an astronaut who landed on the moon.
And his most moving interview was with Azumah Nelson, when the legendary boxer had gone overseas for one of his epic fights. Azumah broke down recollecting how lonely he was in a foreign country fighting a foreigner with barely nothing more than a Ghana flag clutching the sky as his cheer leader.
"We all carry the aspirations of this country when we wake up to work", Komla said.
And he interviewed Ben Malor Dotse too. The veteran BBC broadcaster who hosted BBC Network Africa, now President Mahama's communication advisor.
Malor asked him, "Komla what are your ambitions?.
"Oh gosh Malor I hope one day I can present Network Africa" Komla said.
As fate would have it, Komla Afeke Dumor rode into Joy FM on a scooter reporting the traffic situation in Ghana, he rode out of Joy FM on an airplane “bring the world to Africa..and Africa to the world” at BBC.
At this point in the interview, calls and messages started flooding into the studio- mostly women. Bola would suggest to him, “a lot of women are calling you, Komla they like you”.
He would respond “No, that's not true. That’s because a lot of women listen to your show”.

How I met my wife
Evasive, determined to be evasive and succeeded being evasive. Komla would not give us one morsel of any romantic story about his relationship with Kwansema.
He would rather volunteer to tell you the composition of Iran’s nuclear program than get romantic.
For that part of the show, you would have to listen to his wife’s tribute five year later at the State House.
“18 years ago…Komla absolutely blew me away” she said with the passion of a sports commentator talking up a beautiful goal.
They were in a study group together doing sociology: (the things study groups do?)
She says, she “felt so intimidated” by his intellect, she decided to avoid him.
And “his velvety baritone voice”, coupled with his “supreme confidence”.
Kwasema appeared to have channeled her the passion behind her tears into an almost tangible sincerity in her testimony. She was passionate in her description – some determination to share her testimony convincingly because Komla convicted him.
“what do you see in this student boyfriend” her friends would ask back then.
“He was real. He is deep” she responded – somebody has no idea what this means.
And he painted a picture of a future so bright, she pledged her life to him, and him to hers. The result – a global fame of one of Ghanaians finest journalists and one of the 10 most influential Africans and the Springboard icon for 2013.
The only time Komla appeared unable to respond to a question posed by Bola Ray was when he was asked, “So Komla, what do you do to relax?” – Bola and relaxing?.
He paused.
“What do I do to relax?, he asked himself mulling over.
 “Do I ? I wonder sometimes? I probably just listen to music and watch movies. What I do to relax have almost become work”.
Even his entertainment was pretty serious. He told Bola Ray how much he liked Tupac because his songs were deep, solid content, sending a message coded in tunes.
Like “Me against the world”
 "Don't let the pressure make you panic when you get stranded and things don't go the way you planned" - a lyric that spoke to his story.
Tupac’s words was like a trainer psyching up his boxer in the corner, preparing to take on a sizeable opponent.
In the end, he actually conquered this world - at least BBC World, he was moving on to another feat, BBC's anchorman for the World Cup 2014 in Brazil - until death stopped him.
Apparently only death could stop this determined man but it was not until he conquered his past failures and fears, multiplied his talent, and showed the way to the top in journalism.
Always going the extra mile until perhaps, the miles got tired of getting ran out. Komla Afeka Dumor is no more.
And as he hovers into eternity, he would look back and fall on the words of Samson, the man who  defeated a 1,000 Philistines with nothing more than a jaw bow;
 "Out of a donkey's jaw I have made donkey's out of them".

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