Ghana- Profile of Presidential Candidates 2012.

Profile of Presidential Candidates 2012.

The Republic of Ghana

 

Abu Sakara Foster

Dr. Michael Abu Sakara Foster, popularly known as Dr. Abu Sakara, is an agronomist (Agricultural Scientist).

Dr. Sakara is committed to rebuilding the CPP to provide Ghanaians an alternative choice to the two dominant parties. This will hopefully free the country from the antagonism between the two major parties which seem to be mired in the politics of acrimony to the detriment of the country.
Abu Sakara’s current and past efforts are firmly rooted in the belief that Ghana’s democracy will benefit from a process that depolarizes the political landscape to produce a more mature constructive opposition that emerges an alternative third force in Government.
Dr Sakara has supported parliamentarians in four constituencies in northern Ghana since 1996 and participated in two election campaigns. He has also been an active member of the Patriots whose efforts were aimed at rebuilding the CPP. Dr. Sakara contested in the 2007 congress and won a position as the first National Vice Chairperson of the CPP. He considers it a privilege that it is his generation’s turn to take on the mantle of responsibility to move the vision of the founding fathers from political liberation to achieve economic emancipation.
Dr. Sakara’s experience includes technical, managerial and policy roles over a twenty five year career, with postings to Central America (Mexico), Southern Africa (Zambia), Eastern Africa (Tanzania, Uganda) and West Africa (Nigeria). He has also visited more than 30 countries on the five continents in his professional capacity on a range of projects and programs.

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Dr. Sakara speaks six languages. He is fluent in Gonja, Hausa and Swahili and conversant with Twi. His working languages are English and Spanish. He is a family man, married to Mary-Lily Kafela (MBA), an economist and Business Administrator.

They have four Children aged 28, 25, 22 and 21. Their eldest daughter Miama Weppia (MSc) is an economist who now works as an Executive Assistant to the CEO of international Bank based in Ghana. Seidu Sakara (MSc), their only son, completed with distinction an M.Sc. in Information Technology and Business at the London School of Economics and now works for in international Oil and Gas industry and is based in Ghana. Yomba Biba (BSc.) the third born has completed a degree in Biology and Business at the University of London, Queen Marys’ College and is on an internship year in Ghana.
The last born Alexia-Michelle returned from London School of Arts and is on an exploratory year in Accra. Dr. Sakara and his wife have been married for 29 years and are now settled in Ghana. Their joint focus areas are in consultancy, real estate development and community services. Dr. Sakara maintains links with his extended family in Bole-Mankuma, Kpembe-Salaga and also with his in-laws who hail from Kasem- Nankani in Navrongo. His sense of family and community is a strong driving force for him.

 

Hassan Ayariga

Hassan Ayariga has a remarkable record of leadership and experience in business that embodies an unwavering passion and commitment to service. Hassan was born on 4th September 1971 in Bawku in the Upper East Region of Ghana.

His father Frank Abdulai Ayariga, was a member of parliament for the Bawku constituency during the third republic administration of Dr. Hilla Limann and his mother Anatu Ayariga, a business woman, whose passion for child education in the then impoverished northern sector of Ghana, made her stand her ground to ensure all her children and those in the community were educated. Hassan grew up partly in Accra and Bawku before settling in Nigeria when his parents went on Exile after the overthrow of the Limann Administration.

All through his childhood his parents taught him the values of service and responsibility and the blessings of his faith, Hassan Ayariga carries with him to this day.

Due to the moving around by his father Hassan went to schools in Accra, Bawku and Tamale where he had his secondary education at Ghana Secondary School before moving to Nigeria where he attended Barewa College in Zaria, where he studied ACCA and then to the London School of Accountancy.
Hassan is an entrepreneur with many business interests both in Ghana and abroad, however, he started out as an accountant with WaffenSchimdt GmBH in Germany and the as Quality Control manager at Peter Huppertz Ford motors in Germany for 10 years before going into business. He is currently the chairman and CEO of Hassan Ayariga & Co. Haulage Company, which deal in trucks for infrastructural development.

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He also owns Hallo Pizza, a restaurant chain in Ghana and recently started Clean Us Ghana, a waste management company.

Being born into the Nkrumah-Egala-Limann tradition, Hassan has never forgotten his political roots and in 2002 he joined the PNC, a political party formed by Dr. Hilla Limann in 1992 when the ban on party politics in Ghana was lifted. His leadership skills immediately came to the fore and was elected chairman of the Germany (Koln) Chapter.
In 2004 he contested for the vice chairmanship of the PNC but later withdrew from the contest and supported Hon. John Ndebugri.
Hassan Ayariga believes this country deserves better and he is seeking the leadership reins of the PNC to seek the mandate of the people of Ghana for an inspiring leadership and rapid development.
Hassan Ayariga is married to Anita Ayariga, a graduate from KNUST who has a deep passion for child education and is working towards ensuring children of school going age in the community get that right. They have a blended family that includes three daughters, two sons and live together in Accra.

 

John Dramani Mahama

H.E. President John Dramani Mahama, was born at Bole Bamboi in the Northern Region on the 29th November, 1958. He is married to Mrs. Lordina Mahama and has seven children.

President Mahama started his primary education at the Achimota Primary School and went on to secondary school at the Ghana Secondary School in Tamale in the Northern Region. He proceeded thereafter to the University of Ghana, Legon, where he obtained a BA Degree in History in 1981.
In 1986, he obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Communication Studies at the University of Ghana, Legon. He also undertook further Postgraduate Studies in Social Psychology at the Institute of Social Sciences in Moscow Russia in 1988.
President Mahama was employed as an Information Officer at the Embassy of Japan in the Republic of Ghana from 1991 to 1995. He moved on to join the non-governmental organisation, Plan International, as Sponsorship and Grants Manager in the Ghana Country Office from 1995 to 1996.
He was elected to his first term as Member of Parliament (MP) for the Bole-Bamboi Constituency in the Northern Region on the ticket of the NDC in December 1996. Mr. Mahama served as Deputy Minister of Communications from April 1997 to November 1998 and then served as the substantive Minister of Communications from November 1998 to January 2001.

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President John Mahama was re-elected MP for Bole-Bamboi Constituency in December 2000 and in December 2004. He served as Director of Communication for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) as well as Spokesman on Communications for the Minority in Parliament between 2001 and 2004.
In 2005, President Mahama was the Minority Parliamentary Spokesman for Foreign Affairs. He has been a Member of the Pan African Parliament based in Pretoria, South Africa from 2004 to date where he served as the Chairman of the West Africa Caucus.
On Wednesday, January 7, 2009, Hon. John Dramani Mahama was sworn into office as the Vice-President of the Republic of Ghana.

 

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is the eldest of the four children of the late Mr Justice Edward Akufo-Addo, former Chief Justice and President of the Second Republic of Ghana.

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo (born March 29, 1944) was the Foreign Minister of Ghana from April 2003 to July 2007, when, in accordance with his political party’s rules, he resigned, along with seven others, to seek the presidential nomination of his party. He was previously the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice from 2001 to 2003.
Akufo-Addo was one of the founding members of the New Patriotic Party – the current ruling party of Ghana – in 1992, and was also the founder and first chairperson of the Ghana Committee on Human and People’s Rights.
Honorable Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and Rebecca (nee Griffiths-Randolph) Akufo-Addo have five children.

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He is the eldest of the four children of Adeline and Edward Akufo-Addo. His father, Edward Akufo-Addo was the Chief Justice and President of Ghana.
Nana was educated at Lancing College, Sussex, England and the University of Ghana, Legon. In 1967, he graduated from the University of Ghana with a Bachelor of Science Honors degree in Economics.
He trained as a lawyer in England and was called to the English Bar in July 1971 and the Ghanaian Bar in July 1975.
He worked as an associate counsel with the Coudert Freres in France between 1971 and 1975. He also worked as a junior partner at the law firm of U.V. Campbell. In 1979, he co-founded the law firm of Akufo-Addo, Prempeh and Company in Accra.

 

Papa Kwesi Nduom

Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom is a practising Catholic with beliefs strongly rooted in family values and social responsibility, with a larger commitment to ensure the living conditions of Ghanaians are improved. As someone who believes in family values, Dr. Nduom is successfully married to Mrs. Yvonne Nduom, a management specialist. They have four children.

In private life, Dr. Nduom has created businesses that employ over 4,000 Ghanaians in all the ten regions of Ghana. His active role in politics started in 1997 when he was elected as the Assembly member of the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abirem District Assembly for the Akotobinsin Electoral Area in the Central Region.

In December 2000, he contested the parliamentary elections for the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abirem Constituency on the ticket of the CPP. He lost to the incumbent MP at the time, Ato Quarshie, of the National Democratic Congress in a disputed race by a margin of 2.6% of the valid votes cast.


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Two months later he was however appointed by President John Agyekum Kufuor as the Minister for Energy even though he was not a member of the ruling New Patriotic Party.

He also served during this period as the chairman of the National Development Planning Commission. He served in various ministries in the Kufuor administration including the Minister for Public Sector Reform. In the 2004 parliamentary elections Dr. Nduom again contested the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abirem seat which he won with a majority of 15,554 (33.6%). At the same time, he served as the chairman of the Organising Committee of the CPP.

Dr. Nduom also served as the Minister of Economic Planning and Regional Cooperation under the erstwhile Kufuor administration. He was also the chairman of the Millennium Development Authority (MiDA), where his efforts brought Ghana GH¢547million Millennium Challenge Account grant In December 2007, Nduom was elected by the CPP to contest the December 2008 presidential elections. As the 2008 presidential candidate of the CPP, Dr. Nduom put up a vigorous campaign but that could not translate into votes as the party performed poorly once again.

That abysmal performance was attributable to elements within the CPP who worked against him. Even after that, Dr. Nduom did not relent in his efforts to ensure that the party becomes well organised at the grassroots and polling station levels. Shortly after the party had elected new executives at the Trade Fair Site, Accra, Dr. Nduom promised to open 60 new party offices throughout the country.

That genuine support by Dr. Nduom to see a vibrant and formidable CPP to contest and win elections was misinterpreted by some CPP would-be leaders as a means by him to take over the party. Events afterwards saw the CPP national executive joining the fray and accusing Dr. Nduom of creating disaffection in the party.

With these developments and the obvious fact that the new CPP executives were not in tandem with Dr. Nduom’s effort to build a vibrant CPP through polling station organisation, Dr. Nduom was compelled to take the hard decision of quitting the party. That development enabled like-minded people who wanted to build a strong, purposeful alternative to the NDC and NPP parties to decide to start a new progressive political movement. Dr. Nduom at a well attended press conference organised at the Ghana International Press Centre on 28th December, 2011 declared his decision to quit the CPP and move on. “…When the Convention People’s Party opens its nominations next month to elect a presidential candidate, I will not participate in that process.” Giving reasons for his decision, Dr. Nduom explained that he aims to look forward to a new and different political order,” Dr. Nduom announced at the press conference.

And it was along this line that he declared his resolve to work with like-minded people across the country to form a much focused, vibrant, independent-minded and progressive political movement to contest the 2012 General Election. Dr. Nduom however wished the CPP well in its activities. Shortly after quitting the party, Dr. Nduom hit the ground running urging like-minded and independent minded Ghanaians to join forces to form a new Independent Progressive Movement that would be broad-based and offer Ghanaians the change that they have been yearning for. And as part of the process of forming a real third force to the NDC and the NPP, a collective of progressive minded Ghanaians formed the Progressive People’s Party (PPP).

Dr. Nduom joined the leadership of the PPP to embark upon a nation-wide field organisation where regional and constituency executives were elected in interim capacities to run affairs of the party. That exercise ended with the inauguration of Greater Accra PPP regional and constituency executives at the Kama Conference Centre on January 11th 2012. Within a period of just two months of bursting onto the political scene, the PPP is making a lot of inroads by winning and attracting lots of Ghanaians at home and abroad, who have expressed their strong desire to become members of the new political party, and expect to work hard to contest keenly the 2012 General Elections. The PPP aims to implement an Agenda for Change when the party’s candidate is made President of the Republic of Ghana come January 2013.

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Iran protests intimidation by "hegemonic powers"

FULL TRANSCRIPT

 
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
All Praise Belongs to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds, and May Peace and Blessings
be upon the Greatest and Trustworthy Prophet and His Pure Progeny, His Chosen
Companions, and upon all Divine Messengers.
Oh, God, Hasten the Emergence of Your Chosen Beloved, Grant Him Good
Health and Victory, Make us His Best Companions, and all those who attest to His
Rightfulness.
Mr. President,
Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I thank the Almighty God for having once more the chance to participate in this meeting. We have gathered here to ponder and work together for building a better life for the entire human community and for our nations.
 full transcript here

Abortion Is Murder

 

Do You Justify Murder(Abortion)

All human beings, regardless of age, location, capabilities or capacities, are regarded in our societies, our numerous cultures as well as our international law as equal members of the human family and thus as having an equal right to life.

Justifying abortion is justifying murder,just imagine a society which makes murder LEGAL, Murder of infants also known as infanticide is no different from abortion and it is a vile crime, these are innocent souls who deserve or complete protection.

Join the campaign to protect our babies they are most vulnerable of humans, stretch your hands to them.We all have the right to live. No one has the right to justify their murder making it legal.
I believe it is a crime to make abortion legal, it is inhumane.

REMEMBER EVERYONE HAS A RIGHT TO LIFE.
THINK TWICE PEOPLE, THESE BABIES HAVE GOT HUMAN RIGHTS ALSO.

KILLING BABIES IS A VILE AND INHUMANE ACT
fear GOD !!
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FREE EDUCATION IS ACHIEVABLE

FREE SECOND CYCLE EDUCATION IS ACHIEVABLE DON`T MAKE THEM DECEIVE GHANAIANS, IT IS POSSIBLE!!

by Sultan Nuhu Mohammed on Friday, September 21, 2012 at 5:59am ·

For now I expect all of us to know the real definition of “blackminded” person.You see blackmen, you by the Merciful Grace of God through His servant The Honourable Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, you went to school from Kindergarten through to the University absolutely without any cost to you and your family, whiles you were there, absolutely every expense was taken care of, talk of books, school uniform,shoes and socks, even common pen, pencils and erasers were all taken care of. The beautiful aspect was that whiles you enjoyed all these freebies you were paid in addition.

For centuries after the demise of our One and Only True Honourable of the Land, non of our leaders has had the good heart to implement such a God fearing policy to the benefit of the poor who continue to be the majority.

The good news as at now is that the current flag bearer of the New Patriotic Party (The NPP one of the major political parties in Ghana, popularly known for its several bombings in an attempt to kill Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and eventually leading to his overthrow,) Mr. Nana Akuffo Addo, has given it a second thought over our educational system and as such has promised to give what is due to the nation with the promise of a Free Second Cycle Education if elected as president.

Brothers and Sisters, we all are aware especially  now, that certainly Propaganda is a dangerous weapon to diminish truth. soo unfortunately we have been blinded  in some  way or the other to the extent that we are  made to believe through the lies and misleading teachings and useless propaganda of the other opposing political parties who I believe have no vision for our motherland Ghana.

It is highly unfortunate for our highly educated people of today who have been given the mandate to better the life of Ghanaians are able to state in categorical terms that “FREE EDUCATION is never possible in Ghana”. I beg to differ on this one but I can boldly tell you that, if these are the kind of people leading us I beg to say but we will have no future with such leaders.

People who for many years have been beneficiaries of such laudable policy from the The Very Honourable Dr. Kwame Nkrumah are not expected to speak this way on free education, simply because we expect from them much, we expect from them to be defenders of such policies which they will attest to that it has indeed changed thier life for the better.

As a matter of fact we the citizens of Ghana are much surprised that functionaries of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) are casting serious doubts over the practicality of the policy, knowing very well it is achievable.

We do not expect them to  toy us in making us believe Free Education is “Never Achievable”, if they still stand by their current position of lambasting this proposed  free, accessible, quality senior high school policy proposed by the New Patriotic Party and the Progressive People Party in the interest of the majority of Ghanaians who are not able to sponsor their wards in furthering their education to this level.
Most surprisingly majority of our leaders who are opposing this policy are people whose parents were peasant farmers, among the poorest in our communities yet they climbed up the ladder to lead us, there is no secrete behind their success today, the glory goes to the Free Educational Policy of Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah at their time. Yet these people as selfish and uncaring as we are forced to believe have  been  trying their best possible to never allow we the youth, the upcoming generation to enjoy at least similar benefits as their current stand portrays.

Many of our senior educated men who benefited and are showing gratitude to Dr. Kwame Nkrumah have thrown their weight behind the  Free education policy calling it ” a visionary idea which holds the key to the transformation of the Ghanaian society”. This is a policy we all believe will ease the burden our parents are bearing , thereby increasing their disposal income, enabling them spend on other necessities, in fact this high cost of education has  prevented several otherwise qualified and brilliant young people from furthering and in some cases completing their schooling to some good standard.

I will urge my fellow Ghanaians to embrace this policy and any other policy of it kind proposed by any of our own political parties aimed to bettering the life of Ghanaians especially this one. It is an achievable policy, it has been done already and it will be easier to implement I believe, it is never unachievable if they mean to help the nation move forward in positive direction.

 Education is the backbone of every country’s development,I  express optimism that the policy is highly achievable and indeed with proper planning and judicious use of the country’s resources free secondary education can be a reality and a possibility.

A Quote from Professor Benneh a past Finance and Economic Planning Minister :
“It is just an issue of commitment and the outlining of procedures to ensure that it works. Putting such a percentage of our country’s Gross Domestic Product into education, I think, is a worthy investment and if the government would consider it would work,”

THE GREATEST PLEASURE IN LIFE IS
 DOING WHAT PEOPLE SAY YOU CANNOT DO.!!

 

A Letter To Dr. Kwame Nkrumah By Sultan Nuhu Mohammed

A LETTER TO DR. KWAME NKRUMAH
by Sultan Nuhu Mohammed on Friday, September 21, 2012 at 12:49am ·

My letter to him The Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, In the simplest of English as much As I can

 From: Sultan Nuhu Mohammed

To Our Dearest: Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah

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Dear, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah , I am sincerely glad and highly honored writing to you this day(21st Sept. 2012),your very 103rd birthday celebration.Without any doubt at all I strongly believe l I strongly believe that God`s own angels are at your service throwing the biggest party ever for you.

I am glad you are reading from me, your beloved Mohammed.  I wish you a happy birthday and an ever lasting peace in your abode. A blissful Happy birthday to you and on this occasion, I want to bring to your notice, some pressing issues in our beloved Ghana.

 Dear Dr. Nkrumah, both my parents, the people I trust most have sincerely testified positively about your honesty  to our motherland Ghana and the entire continent of Africa and its black race.From your time of   departure from us, your successive colleagues in government have really shown us that you were truly an angel, a man of Dignity, a Peaceful, Loving and Caring angel in a human flesh, in fact we have really known the true meaning of politics and political parties and politicians.

They have messed up the country, sold us to slavery once again, looted our resources into their personal foreign accounts, brought back the poll tax ordinance, destroyed our educational system, made our farmers poor, and above all collapsed the numerous factories you built to provide employment for us and now they have sold  all the remaining ones to white foreigners.

 We are forced to sleep in the deepest of darkness without electricity, the little electricity is sold out without accountability , we are swallowed up by swamp of flies,engulfed  by filth, forced to sell on the streets , In a nutshell we have been deceived, lied to, enslaved, suppressed and taken for fools in our own motherland.

Our dire appeal to you is,We beg you to forgive us, on behalf of our old people and the current generation, we have come to our senses how we made our enemies fool us without us giving it a second thought.We pray you ask God to permit you to come to our rescue once again before they begin to sell us in boats and ships like they use to do. For now, we are anxiously looking forward to seeing you to liberating us.

Corruption and bribery and pen-robbery has engulfed us and we are sinking in its silt like never before, please save us.

Hoping to read your positive reply, Thank you.

Nuhu Mohammed
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Tema/GA/GHANA.
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It is time to recognize the emergence of a new Africa

Mobile Money started in Kenya and has now spread to parts of Africa including South Africa, Ghana and other countries. Recently there were reports of measures to implement it in the USA but the implementation has delayed according to the latest reports which came in Friday, September 14, 2012.
We hereby publish the full text of Rich Mkondo’s keynote address.

IT IS TIME TO RECOGNISE THE EMERGENCE OF A NEW AFRICA
For decades, Africa was often depicted as a continent of starving children, flies in their mouths and malnourished bellies, families decimated by AIDS, or adults in raggedy clothes walking past the decaying corpse of animals beside a dusty road, running away from their war-torn country into the neighbouring country’s makeshift tents. How about pictures of child soldiers brandishing AK47s?
Who can one forget the late Kevin Carter’s Pulitzer Prize winning picture of a child crawling towards a UN food camp as a vulture waited for the child to die so that it can eat him?
For years these pictures and political instability formed negative perceptions about the continent, prompting analysts and the media to describe Africa as a waste basket case, a Dark Continent.
Tony Blair, former prime minister of the United Kingdom, once had this to say about Africa: “The state of Africa is a scar on the conscience of the world. But if the world, as a community, focused on it, we could heal it. And if we don’t, that scar will become deeper and angrier still.”
Thankfully, these descriptions and perceptions are changing fast. Now Africa is described as a continent of emerging markets, rising skyscrapers lining the horizon, cities teeming with educated graduates hungry for opportunities, a thriving small business environment, emerging farmers and emerging mineral wealth and economies which have doubled in size this century and continues to grow, fast.
Perceptions are changing, thanks to the rising number of democratically elected governments, the disappearing violent conflicts, scarcity of wars and coups, ebbing inflation, innovative business executives, rising foreign investment from other emerging markets (Chinese, Brazilian and India). Of course the rising commodity prices of oil, aluminum, cotton, and diamonds and other minerals has also fueled this growth.
For many years, Western nations advocated increased aid as a silver bullet for Africa’s development.
Former South African President Thabo Mbeki, in his speech to the UN Assembly once said: “We seek to ensure that we move away from the donor- recipient relationship with the developed world to a new partnership based on mutual respect as well as shared responsibility and accountability.”
Thanks to leaders of Mbeki’s ilk, to improve our image, Africans have embarked on a road to build a future filled with hope through joint efforts to halt and prevent hostilities and accelerate common development, shared responsibility and economic growth.
This has forced African countries to become more self-reliant and to take responsibility. Our continent is slowly emerging from darkness into a region described as the next big growth market.
Africa is thriving. The fact that the flow of aid stayed flat even as growth took off in several African economies suggests that the begging bowl was never going to solve our problems. Now the all-consuming discussion of aid is being overtaken by Africa’s homegrown solutions.
Africa’s rising can be attributed to a mix of better governance, new technologies, improved and friendly economic policies, investment by Eastern nations, the growth of mobile telephony and inevitably,globalisation.

RISE OF DEMOCRACIES
It is hard to believe that for almost two decades only Botswana, Senegal and Mauritius were the only true democracies. Today despotism is fast disappearing and more than 48 out of 54 African countries hold regular multi-party elections. The continent is a freer and more democratic place.
Military dictatorships and single- party governments have gone from being the norm to the exception.
The more open political and economic climate has meant that Africans who worked and lived overseas are returning home to provide valuable resources: their brainpower and enthusiasm.
Young people who’ve lived overseas are returning to work in democratic governments or start businesses. For them the opportunities are enormous.

THE CHINESE ARE HERE

As the Western powers concentrate on other priorities, the Chinese, Indians, Russians and Brazilians are prowling the continent for economic and investment opportunities. They are crawling our cities and villages looking for opportunities to invest.
They are exploiting natural resources such as agricultural self-sufficiency and high-value agro-exports and natural resources such as oil and metals, copper and other commodities.
For example, South African gold is still an attraction. Nigeria is awash with black gold, currently producing two million barrels of oil a day and Ghana is producing oil for the first time.
Africa is now a final frontier for investors. According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the world top 10 fastest growing economies include six African countries, Angola, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Chad, Mozambique and Rwanda. Of the 10, Angola has experienced an 11.1 growth rate, Nigeria 8.9% Ethiopia 8.4%, Chad, 7.9%, Mozambique, 7.9% and Rwanda 7.6%.
Sub-Saharan Africa is considered the world’s second fastest growing region after Asia. According to the IMF, GDP forecast for 2012 is 5.8%. The United Nations says foreign direct investment (FDI) in the region has increased from $9 billion in 2000 to more than $88 billion today.
There is also an expansion of unique range of service industries, including tourism with westerners thronging African beaches and world wonders such as Victoria Falls in both Zimbabwe and Zambia. South Africa continues to reap the benefits of having hosted the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
With all of these opportunities come beneficiation deals to technology and skills transfer brought by foreign investor partnerships.
Also, African currencies have been more stable and inflation in the main is more acceptable. Additionally, the income of many African nationals has been rising steadily. This has led to significant investment in infrastructure and growth in the telecommunications industries.

MOBILE TELEPHONY

Africa is feeling the impact of information and communication technology. We all know that technology is not limited to the sector in which it is produced, but rather spreads to all sectors of production and consumption. This is true for mobile telephony in Africa.
Mobile telephony in Africa, even though it is still significantly below the saturation levels of the developed world, has contributed to economic development in Africa in a positive and significant way. For one, Africa invented Mobile Money, which is now being adopted by the developed world as a reliable payment system.
Indeed, infrastructure, while improving, remains inadequate. The boom in mobile phones is transforming everything from agriculture to healthcare. Young Africans – impatient for change, and innovative and increasingly well-educated – are using mobile technologies to solve problems presented by poor services and political stagnation.
Across the continent, mobile phones accelerate the maintenance and formation of social capital and social ties. Mobile phones strengthen existing social networks and overlap with economic networks. This means of communication is being incorporated in rural production and commercial activities and has become an everyday business communication tool.

REGIONALLY SPONSORED PEACE AGREEMENTS
The end of apartheid was an example and motivation that Africans can solve their own problems, hence South Africa‘s role in the region is encouraging economic development across the continent.
Today, regionally sponsored peace agreements, supported by African peacekeeping and peace-building mechanisms are becoming the norm.
Mbeki has brokered peace in Sudan. As Africa’s largest country, its stability was critical to the pursuit of durable peace in the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes region.
Also, joint efforts made by African leaders in recent years have led to a halt to long-standing conflicts in Sierra Leone and Angola.

GLOBALISATION
Africa has realised that it cannot be left behind when it comes to globalisation. A new Africa is emerging, powered by capitalism, embracing globalisation and finally shaking off the shackles of colonisation, the begging bowl syndrome and the cold war that proved so crippling to development.
To accelerate the momentum of growth, African governments should champion the setting of the scene for private sector participation.
Such development models must rest on the pillars of political stability, property rights, access to capital and investment in health and education.
Also, there is a greater need for transparency and accountability and for eradication of corruption. Governments need to develop the right policies and incentives for ideas, capital and businesses to circulate and develop
This will help establish sound, sustainable business institutions and investment and development of infrastructure, build transport links and constructing solid strategies.
African governments must continue to support entrepreneurship and small businesses, grow companies that will create a multiplier effect and see Africa rise and rise.
Let the continent be the pre-eminent frontier for economic boom and political stability.
Let Africa continue to rise.

crdits:
Rich Mkondo,
(MTN Group Executive for Corporate Affairs)
At Highway Africa Conference at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa.
Poem By: The Real Africa Poem by Trishula Patel

Photo of Man Behind The Blasphemous Anti Islam Movie revealed

The man apparently behind the film entitled “Innocence of Muslims”,the inflammatory anti-Islam film that has triggered rioting across the Muslim world was produced by a US religious group called Media for Christ and reportedly directed by a pornographer working for the church US officials said Friday.
Photo of Nakoula Basseley Nakoula
Federal authorities yesterday grilled the filmmaker behind the controversial movie which sparked angry protests across the Muslim world over an anti-Muslim film ridiculing the Prophet Mohammed(May The Peace And Blessings Of Allah Be Upon Him).
Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, in hiding since the bloodshed erupted on Tuesday, was escorted shortly after midnight from his home in Cerritos, Calif., to a local sheriff’s station swaddled like the Invisible Man in a coat, hat, scarf and glasses.
The disguise was Nakoula’s idea, cops said.
Authorities “don’t have an active investigation” on Nakoula, 55, and he “participated in a voluntary interview with federal probation officers,” a law-enforcement source said.
He spent 30 minutes with authorities before being released. A spokesman for the LA County Sheriff’s Department said Nakoula did not return to his home, but instead was at an undisclosed location.
“We don’t know where he went,” said the spokesman, Steve Whitmore.
Nakoula was questioned about his activities while filming “Innocence of Muslims” — a low-budget film whose 14-minute trailer was posted in July on YouTube — and whether it was a violation of his probation on a financial-crimes conviction that prohibited him from using computers or the Internet.
But the feds’ sudden interest in Nakoula’s activities, coupled with the White House on Friday asking YouTube to review whether the film “violates their terms of use,” is making First Amendment experts wonder if the government is squeezing him to take the film off the Web.
“If it’s a pretext for getting him not to say what he said because of the content of the movie or its impact, that would raise a First Amendment concern,” said Donald Downs, a political-science professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
“They need to be duly careful about undermining our free-speech rights.”
Despite its “mocking” and “highly critical” message, Downs added, the movie should be wholly protected under the First Amendment — and cautioned against calling it hate speech.
Nakoula Basseley Nakoula (C) is escorted out of his home by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s officers in Cerritos, California September 15, 2012.
Image by: BRET HARTMAN / REUTERS
Clips from “Innocence of Muslims” sparked a wave of protests that swept across 20 countries, beginning in Libya when angry mob attacked the US Embassy in Benghazi on Tuesday and leading to the death of  Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other American officials.
The man behind it all, Nakoula, first identified himself as Sam Bacile, an Israeli real-estate mogul who boasted that he raised $5 million from Jewish investors for his pet project.
In reality, he is an Egyptian immigrant and strong Coptic Christian who has served time in federal prison on felony bank-fraud charges.
Nakoula fed a screenwriter notes and instructed him on exactly how he wanted the low-budget script to read, the source said.
“The writer had very little to do with the content of the screenplay, other than formatting Sam’s notes in something that could be shot as a movie, with the possible exception of some tidbits of dialogue, which is always the case with writers,” the source said.
He was aided by self-described “script consultant” Steve Klein, a Christian fundamentalist in California notorious for his anti-Islam remarks.
Once the script was ready, Nakoula called in director Alan Roberts — whose work includes a series of cheap softcore porn flicks like “The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood” — but had “virtually no money” to shoot the flick despite his deep-pocket claims.
“That is why it was all done with green-screen backgrounds, because they could not afford to pay for more than one location,” the source said. “I remember the director saying that he was going to rent an old warehouse to film that in,” he added.
Municipal Permits required for filming were issued to a charity called Media for Christ, run by another Coptic Christian of Egyptian origin, Joseph Nassralla Abdelmasih.

The film was promoted by a network of right-wing Coptic and Evangelical Christians with a radical anti-Muslim agenda, like Egyptian American provocateur Morris Sadek and Terry Jones, a Florida pastor notorious for publicly burning a Koran.
And, acting as “consultant,” was Steve Klein, a Vietnam veteran and founder of Courageous Christians United who is notorious for protests outside mosques and Mormon temples and who told AFP he helped the moviemakers.

It was eventually shot in front of a warehouse in central LA with a few scenes shot at Nakoula’s home  and screened in June at the small Vine Cinema in Los Angeles, a place often used by student filmmakers to show their projects to tiny audiences.
Several actors who participated in the low-budget “Innocence of Muslims” this week condemned Nakoula’s work, saying they had been duped into creating anti-Muslim propaganda.
One of them, Tim Dax, said he was paid $75 a day to play a character he thought would be the Bible’s Samson — but eventually found himself with a spear in hand, shooting a movie with a nonsensical plot.
Another, Cindy Lee Garcia, told “Inside Edition” that the original script didn’t even include the Muslim prophet and the flick underwent “drastic” rewrites.
“The entire cast and crew are extremely upset and feel taken advantage of by the producer,” 80 crew members said in a joint statement. “We are 100 percent not behind this film, and were grossly misled about its intent and purpose.”
But the industry source, who was in close contact with the film’s director prior to filming, said he didn’t buy it.
“I do not see how anybody could have been fooled unless they did not read what they were hired to do,” the source said. “I saw this script years ago, and it was pretty obvious that Muslims would not like it — just like it was obvious with Mel Gibson’s ‘Passion of the Christ.’ ”
 
Media for Christ’s websites and Facebook page were taken down without explanation Friday, but the group is reportedly a right-wing conservative operation founded by Joseph Nasralla Abdelmasih, an Egyptian Copt.