Conventionalising Logos of State Insitutions

Constitutional convention is certainty and predictability. An unwritten constitution is as good as a written constitution. The posture and actions of the current chair of the Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana and her supporters are worrisome. To put things in proper perspective, the commission has no business spending resources in a rebranding exercise which is neither in the national interest nor public interest as Bright Simons would like to differentiate between the two concepts.

A few examples around the world show that constitutional conventions are at the heart of stable democracies. The monarch in Britain retains the ability to deny giving a bill Royal Assent. In modern times this is more unlikely as it would cause constitutional crisis. Queen Anne was the last monarch to veto parliament’s decision which she did on 11 March 1708 with regard to a bill “for the settling of Militia in Scotland”.

The same British monarch has the power to choose any British citizen to be the Prime Minister and could call and dissolve Parliament whenever he or she wished. However, in accordance with the current ‘unwritten constitution’, the Prime Minister is the leader of the largest party in the House of Commons and Parliament is dissolved at the time suggested by him or her. The monarch will show clear disregard for the wishes of the people at the polls if she chooses a Prime Minister from the minority party.

Madam Charlotte Osei, respectfully what symbol has the EC used since its establishment? To suggest that the independence of the EC can best be exercised when the coat of arms is jettisoned is questionable. In Apaloo v Electoral Commission [2001-2002] 2 GLR 372 the Supreme Court held that independence of the EC is guaranteed by the Constitution, 1992. Thus, the EC in the performance of its function is not subject to the control and direction of any person. Furthermore, the EC cannot delegate its authority and functions conferred on it by law to another agency or person.

The functions of the commission are spelt out in Article 45 of the 1992 Constitution and repeated verbatim in the Electoral Commission Act, 1993 Act 451. The functions are:

  1. to compile the register of voters and revise it at such periods as may be determined by law;
  2. to demarcate the electoral boundaries for both national and local government elections;
  3. to conduct and supervise all public elections and referenda;
  4. to educate the people on the electoral process and its purpose;
  5. to undertake programmes for the expansion of the registration of voters; and
  6. to perform such other functions as may be prescribed by law.

How does a ballot box embossed in the Coat of Arms impede the functions of the commission? As a commission, its focus must be the delivery of credible elections to the people of this country. Anything short of that will be an abdication of its core functions. This will further affect the image of the commission which Madam Osei will have to rebrand through another logo in future.

Madam Chair, respectfully your mandate is not logos and rebranding. There are critical issues such as pruning the voters register and verification of voters that the commission and Inter Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) have to deal with. Can the commission tell us how many of the recommendations spelt out in the election petition case they have implemented.

We love our coat of arms and ballot box. We identify with a national symbol more than a cluster of triangles in blue.

Na Who Cause Am

On days like this, our leftist friends will have us to believe all was well. It is was a tragedy in overthrowing Nkrumah. On days like this I always go back to the judgment of Smith J in Balogun v Edusei delivered on 24th December 1958, 22 months after Ghana gained independence.

What was the essence in passing Deportation (Indemnity) Act~ (No. 47 of 1958) ?

Read carefully the concluding words of his Lordship.

“Persis­tent indulgence in such a practice could not have any other than the most serious ill-effect on the well-being of the country (emphasis is mine). Decisions of a court are as binding upon the Executive as the laws which Parliament passes are binding upon the ordinary citizen, and it is the court that enforces upon the people obedience to these laws, thereby aiding Parlia­ment in the ordering of the country.”

Now na who cause am!!!! Ghanaians have always abhorred anarchy and cherished liberty. Civil and political rights cannot be jettisoned at the expense of economic rights. It is the task of leaders to find a fine balance between the two.

Our leaders must take note.

Towards Tangible Rights In Ghana: With Painful Steps And Slow

As far back as 1993, in the first year of her Fourth Republic, Ghana’s Supreme Court ruled that the Public Order Decree of 1972—which made any crowd without a police permit unlawful —was incompatible with the freedoms of assembly and movement in article 21 of Ghana’s Constitution. This ended an era when water cannons, tear gas and cudgels were the standard means by which the police dispersed Ghanaian demonstrators. Nevertheless, the long history of state suppression of these freedoms has left its mark on Ghana’s public life. To date, security agencies interact with citizens in a markedly highhanded way. Citizens too, instinctively defer to authority generally and security agencies particularly. As a result, the scope of the freedoms of assembly and movement, which should have been long settled, remain contested and are yet to become indelible in Ghana’s political and public culture.

In July 2014, OccupyGhana, a citizens’ activist group, organised a march against the increasing economic hardship and government corruption. The police locked the gate of the park in which the protestors had gathered until the size of the crowd forced them to open it. Even then, the police formed a thick wall to prevent them from reaching the seat of government, allowing only three of their leaders to carry on to flagstaff house to present their petition. The public censure of the police action was so strong it was thought they would never try it again. But then in September 2015, a group called Let My Vote Count marched to the Electoral Commissioner to present a petition for a new and more accurate voters’ register – an opposition-championed call considered unnecessary by the ruling party. Again, the police came out to block it; this time, not only in massive numbers, but also dressed in riot gear complete with masks, shields and Tasers, and cordoned off the Electoral Commission’s office, labelling it a ‘security zone’. Although there were some who criticised the protestors for refusing to adhere to the ‘permitted route’, the dominant reaction was a vociferous and angry condemnation of the Police action.

By entrenching a Bill of Rights in the Constitution, Ghana has taken the right first step in battling state abusiveness among a people sensitised to endure it. But it is clearly not enough. Old habits die hard and both society and state institutions revert easily to historical postures. Twenty some years on, the state still has difficulty living within constitutional limits and there remains the need for continuous exertion to tackle the vestiges of institutional disregard of citizens’ rights.

On the positive side, both incidents were met with public disapproval, albeit not universal. It is reassuring to see a people who bear the scars of five military governments, one authoritarian republic, and over fifty years of colonial rule, begin to believe that they are entitled to respectful treatment by their state and begin to demand it. Ghana is still a long way from the ideal where the state is the foremost enforcer, respecter and upholder of citizens’ rights. Yet the distance she has run from the dark place of unfettered state abuse deserves acknowledgement.

The tangibility of the freedoms of assembly and movement are particularly important to a democratic order, being manifestations of the freedoms of thought and conscience, speech and association. The right to life, too, cannot be real unless people are confident that exercising any of the above-mentioned rights will not diminish or endanger their lives. A culture of respecting rights therefore seems impossible absent the first two.

As the people grow to believe in and insist on their public rights, Ghana is compelled to respect both these rights and its own constitutional limits. In the process, the state is beginning to acquire moral legitimacy in the eyes of its citizenry and also its peers. The emergent trends of assertiveness in the Ghanaian citizenry, spurs hope that constitutionally guaranteed rights will flourish undisturbed here, if not now, soon.

Author profile

Maame A.S. Mensa-Bonsu is a barrister and lecturer of Constitutional and Criminal Law, at Lancaster University Ghana in Accra. She completed the BCL with distinction at the University of Oxford in 2014.

 

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Constitutionalising the unconstitutional 31st December Coup

I was stunned this morning when I saw a police officer in uniform lighting the perpetual flame at Mr. Rawlings’ annual 31st December Coup celebrations in the January 4, edition of the Daily Graphic.  The case of New Patriotic Party v Attorney General (NPP v AG) came to mind. After over two decades of democratic rule, I thought our love for constitutional rule has been entrenched to a 100 degrees celsius. Alas!!! an officer of the law had a different idea.

I posted the picture of the participants at this year’s 31 December Coup celebration on Facebook and asked: “So if it is unconstitutional to use public funds to celebrate the anniversary of a coup d’etat; Isn’t the use of public places unconstitutional as well? Or Is it constitutional for a police officer on duty to be engaged in such acts?” Some learned seniors of mine were of the opinion that judgment in NPP v AG did not oust the celebration of the coup. However the court restricted itself and held that celebrating the coup with public funds is unconstitutional. Rightly so.

However I am of the firm belief that we must not be oblivious of the general constitutional principles, philosophies and aspirations underpinning our constitution.

In NPP v AG, the plaintiffs claimed that “public celebration of the coup d’etat of 31 December out of public funds was inconsistent with or in contravention of the letter and spirit of the Constitution, 1992 particularly articles 3(3)-(7), 35(1) and 41(f). They further claimed an order compelling the government to cancel the preparations for the celebration and refrain from carrying out the celebration with public funds. Archer CJ surprisingly said he could not find the Spirit of the Constitution. He said “Wherein lies the spirit of a Constitution? Is it embedded in the whole document? Or in parts of the document?” He continues “I have found it unnecessary to dive and delve further into what is meant by the spirit of the Constitution because I am convinced that it is a cliche used in certain foreign countries when interpreting their own constitutions which were drafted to suit their own circumstances and political thought. Whether the word “spirit” is a metaphysical or transcendental concept, I wish to refrain from relying on it as it may lead me to Kantian obfuscation. I would rather rely on the letter and intendment of the Constitution, 1992.” It is on this basis and the concept of separation of powers that he went ahead and held that the court would be  a laughingstock if it goes ahead and grants the order of the plaintiffs especially if the PNDC and its allies decide to celebrate 31st December privately.

Justice Adade and Justice Francois both clearly identified the Spirit of the constitution. Adade JSC said “The celebration of 31 December with carnivals, route marches, etc having a tendency to glorify the coup d’etat of 31 December, will weaken the people’s resolve to enforce this right, or perform this duty, ie their resolve to frown upon, and/or reject coups, a result which will have the effect of undermining and subverting the Constitution, 1992. It is an insidious and surreptitious way, of undermining the Constitution, 1992. The celebration may not be a violent means of subverting the Constitution, 1992; but surely it is an unlawful means under article 3(3)(a) of the Constitution, 1992, if only because its result is a subversion of the Constitution, 1992.” He further quotes Mohmmed Mumuni to the effect that when we reject a principle, we should reject it entirely – “We are saying that at this stage of our political development, we must come out positively and assuredly against any form of political adventurism.” We cannot as a country approbate and reprobate. The underlying philosophy of this constitution is that it abhors coup d’etat and the state must not be the agent which perpetuates this unconstitutional act of public celebration.

In fact Francois JSC says “….The will of the people, in the present context, if understood properly, is a solemn and incontrovertible declaration that however benevolent the resultant effect of the assault on constitutionalism, 31 December 1981 may be, it could not earn the distinction of constitutional propriety.” Now it is important to reflect on what is private and what is public. I believe Justice Dotse in Ghana Telecom v Nii Olai Amentia as well as Nii Kpobi Tetteh Tsuru II v AG has distinguished between what is “public use” & “private interest”.

How is it that a Police Officer on duty is the one lighting the “perpetual flame”? Is he there in his personal capacity, or on behalf of the state of which public funds have been used to maintain his welfare. It is my view that if an act is unconstitutional, everything that flows from it is unconstitutional. Both Adade and Francois JSC foresaw some private citizens especially the PNDC and its allies engaging in this subtle act of subverting the will of the people of Ghana by nicodemusly coming under the guise of private citizens. The state must see through this smoke screen. State facilities and resources must not be part of this exercise.

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Boys & Girls at Legon

In a typical university in Ghana like the University of Ghana, this is what you may find:

BOYS

1. If you are given a roommate from the Brong-Ahafo Region, I swear your balcony will be full of sacks of yam. Yam today, yam tomorrow. They like cooking papa…

2. The boys from Prempeh & OWASS keep fighting about which school is better. All the noise is a reflection of one thing. They are being narrowed by a Bleoo or Botwe boy.

3. When it’s time for Matriculation, you won’t find Adisco or Bleoo boys. They will be at Tyme-Out. The St. Peter’s and Presec boys still think it is “kring!!!! kring!!!! kring!!! Assembly Time please”. They will be there in their numbers.

4. The Achimota boys will be driving their father’s car on campus until they crash it at a Volta Hall week. That’s when you see the real dada bee’s

5. The Chief Vandal and his kinsmen are likely to come from Kumasi High, Bleoo, ADISCO, GSTS or WASSS…

6. A Presecan or Motown boy will be punished by his fellow level 100 roommate. That roommate is likely to be AMASS student.

7. The guys who never speak English for the entire four years are likely to be any of the Kumasi schools. I believe you know them. Even pidgin is a problem. Twi is the world cup. They even have the temerity to answer a question at lectures with “jack”

GIRLS

1. The ladies from Wesley Girls will cross their legs and be doing p3ts333 things, till they realize they are in level 400. The scoreline is 4 nil. Then a boy from Akuafo Hall breaks their heart and then they realize they have to be feminist..😁

2. Site girls are the best. They will let you see top. In everything I mean. Then by the time you complete school you realize charlie the chick be someway… You know what I mean. 

3. Roses girls still do morning devotion, but charlie it is all ‘format’. Try your luck everything will fall into places!!!

4. Merries dierr if you date them, you have to teach them everything. You know what I mean. The pollution from the korley is more.. 😁😁 But ACASMA still rules.

5. AGISS and Motown, “not not”. One corrupted by Nima boys the other by Dada Bee boys. When they land on campus, scatter everywhere. Volta they spoil there, Legon Hall they spoil there, Pent they ‘blast’ the place.

Note: This is a satirical Piece. No Malice Intended.

20 Things You May Find In Law School

In a typical law class in Ghana this is what you will find:

1. That student who you all know will win the Bentsi-Enchill or Mensah Sarbah Award. Sharp student. Devotes more hours than everyone.

2. That student who devotes less hours to his/her books, yet is among the shattas in the class. You wonder if he/she has some voodoo powers from Benin.

3. That student who always ask the silly questions. Has a poor understanding of the law , yet manages to scrape through the course without any hitch. As some say, you need these in the system to win your cases, else the profession will be too difficult. 🙂

4. That student who reads all the cases, knows the law somehow yet can’t seem to pass the exams. It is very disheartening.

5. That student who will always be last in class. Natural isn’t it.!!!!! Someone has to be the last.

6. That student who dresses more than Lawyer Kwame Akuffo. Sharp dressing be what. Wants to be Lawyer quick….

7. That student you wonder how he/she passed the entrance exams to study the LLB or PLC. NOT NOT!!!!!

8. That student who all the girls have a crash on. Sharp guy!!! Don’t ask me how many he has “put in the family way”.

9. That student who never speaks in class; has never asked a question; very quiet. That student is also among the shattas.

10. That student who everyone likes. If he/she is not in the class, things are quite slow.

11. That student who misses 90% of lectures yet, manages to finish the course without any referrals. You know the chap is disciplined.

12. That student who you all know will not suffer to get a firm to practice pupillage or will work in the top firm in the country. The person is well connected in every aspect of the Law. ‪#‎Forming_Relationships_Is_Key‬

13. The gossips. You can’t do away with them.

14. That student who is a prayer warrior, yet fails the exams. You then begin to wonder whether there is a correlation between passing exams and prayers.

15. That group of friends who are noise makers. Will just not sleep. Worry everyone. Make things happen. You know they will end up setting up a firm one day.

16. That study group everyone wants to join. They will give you pressure.

17. That student who when he/she speaks the class goes shhhhhh!!!!! deep student. When he asks a question you know your real size in the class. His appreciation of the law is deep. He usually does not care about being the top graduating student. Sometimes the lecturer cannot answer his/her question.

18. The walking Law Report/ Law Encylopaedia. Ask him anything when he is intoxicated with Jaegermeister and he will give you the case/ law.

19. The pretty girl every guy wants to hit on.

20. That student…………….

Do We Still Have A ‘Dance-hall King

Over the weekend Stonebwoy made Ghana proud in far away America by winning the Best International Act, Africa at this year’s BET awards. Following in the footsteps of Sarkodie, Stonebwoy has established himself as a force to reckon with when it comes to Ghanaian music.

From hits like Baafira, Ghetto Love, Bhim Nation and Pull Up, Stonebwoy has lifted the dancehall genre. If may ask, where is the self acclaimed “Dance Hall King ina the whole Ghana”? I am sure we should be preparing our ears to listen to abusive songs, half baked in the bedroom of an artiste directed at the organisers of BET awards.

Lesson: Hard work pays. Good music pays.  I am off to listen to “Not Again”.

PATRICK AYUMU’S RESIGNATION LETTER TO STARR FM

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Dear Mary-Anne
I pray this letter finds you well. Just a few things I need to get off my chest. I used to wake up in the morning with joy to come to work at Starr FM. It was not the money, nor the car. God knows I am too simple at heart to get driven by those things. It was the drive to start something new and win with it; it was the joy I got from working with positive spirited and like- minded people to nudge off competition; it was the smiles I met at work from fellow colleagues in the newsroom, who did not look at me with suspicious eyes; it was the togetherness that bound the newsroom as a unit; it was the clean-hearted smile the CEO shares with even the lowest of the lowly at Starr, and the respect he
accords everyone, irrespective of who they are. Those were my motivators.

Sadly, all the joy has frittered with your coming. Now I virtually trudge out of bed every morning to come to work
– more of hell now – and I’m not willing to bake in that furnace any longer. I work without happiness because of your constant suspicions of me and my department. You have managed to sow seeds of suspicion among a unit whose togetherness was the envy of everyone. But I think you went a little too far with your attempt to set me up against Kent yesterday. It was a bad thing to do. Unlike your weak-minded lickspittles in the newsrooms, I’m too loyal to my
conscience for you, or anyone to blunt my senses to my own humanness. Now I have lost all respect I had for you as a Boss, and I’m afraid I cannot work with you any longer. I’m better off jobless than caged up in that HELL of
a newsroom.

You have turned the entire newsroom into a den of suspicion. It is now a soup of poisonous emotions. We cannot even have normal conversations among ourselves anymore because you’ve sown seeds of distrust among us through your lackeys who are always within an earshot. Your dictatorial style of leadership has not helped matters too. You like listening to yourself talk. No one else’s view matter. It’s always your way, or no way. If that was for the
good of the work, I may overlook it: after all, Lee Kwan Yew did something great for Singapore with such
dictatorial leadership. But no. Yours is for self-preservation. And it’s mostly spurred by ignorance. That is not
healthy. You shut people up as though we were kids in a Kindergarten. And though you may think you know so much and so needn’t listen to anybody’s suggestions or explanations, I just like to advise you that newsroom work is not done on Google. Practical newsroom work is totally different from anything Google might tell you it is. You can’t run a newsroom with lofty ideas from Google. Newsroom work is not academic work. Experiential newsroom knowledge could cure your stark practical ignorance. And I say this with a clean heart and in good faith. I know there are so many people in the newsroom, who hate your leadership style and are so fouled by it. I speak for all of them and I’m
sacrificing my job for them, in order to save Starr and the entire EIB Group.

I see you as a big sister, and would advise you to court a teachable spirit, so that you can learn from even your
subordinates, who by no means are greenhorns. That is the sign of good leadership. Getting stuck in ignorance and operating by it, is a curse for any business. Spare Starr FM that curse. I have sunk my health into Starr FM over the past few months. My reward was a near-fatal high blood pressure. My Doctor says I could have been struck down by either stroke, or cardiac arrest. But God saved me. And I’m eternally grateful to Him for using my colleagues and me to make StarrFMonline.com what it is today. Of course there is always room for improvement in every endeavour and we’ve been open to new things every day, but not things borne out of ignorance. I hope and pray that you don’t destroy StarrFMonline.com and the entire newsroom. And kindly grant me one more request. Please tell the CEO that I’m very sorry for disappointing him, but I can’t stay in that hellhole anymore. Just yesterday he asked me if everything was alright at work. I smiled and said: ‘Yes’. So I know he will be very disappointed with me for fleeing Starr. But tell him I said your mere presence in the newsroom and your divisive tactics make my blood pressure go high at work every time, and I need to stay alive, thus my action. My Doctor has advised me to stay off negative
energy. And that I’m willing to do.

There is too much poison in the Starr newsroom now, thanks to you, and I will give up all the money in the world to save my health. Kent and the rest of the team can easily handle the website. Kent is a good guy. Please allow him to work. He knows more about online work than you can learn your entire life. And kindly treat the Editors you work with in the newsroom as allies rather than enemies. You may have your own funny
ideas about them, but trust me, they know their stuff. Instead of fighting them all the time, you should be grateful for having Editors who know what they are about. I wish you well. I wish Starr FM and the EIB Group well. I’ll have the car, the laptop, the modem, my insurance card and the ID card delivered. They are the only company items in my possession.

Good Bye

Ayumu

#Dumsor and Conflict of Laws.

Since actress Yvonne Nelson and musician Sarkodie decided to wade into Ghana’s dumsor quagmire by organising a vigil on the 16th of May 2015, we have seen all manner of machinations to thwart the proposed vigil. A vigil is a solemn event or peaceful event in support of a particular course without speeches. The celebrities have said that the purpose of the vigil is to state their displeasure about government’s inability to resolve the current energy crisis.

Lest we forget that over the last three years we have heard several assurances from the president and his appointees about how they intend to solve the energy crisis. First we heard a ship anchor destroyed one of the pipelines of West African Gas, which accounted for the power outages. When that was resolved, it moved to other excuses such as low gas supply from Nigeria. The president promised during his election that by the end of his 3rd year his government would add 800 megawatts of electricity and 5000 megawatts by the end of 2016. The power minister promised a powership by April. As it stands now we are being told the ship will arrive in September. Although some power agreements have been signed with companies such as General Electric, the concern of many Ghanaians is now, not the future.

Government’s vacillation over various promises and timelines only worsens the situation. We can only say one thing: Ghanaians are tired and this vigil must happen. As I prepare to attend the vigil, I have heard the spokesperson of the Ga Traditional Council Mr. Tackie Commey say there should be total silence during the ban on drumming and noise making. The traditional council has therefore petitioned the police to stop the proposed vigil. In an interview with Citi-Fm he pointed out that, the vigil was potentially noisy like other demonstrations.

Mr Commey must understand that the Supreme Court has long held in the case of the New Patriotic Party v Inspector General of Police that the right to freedom of speech, assembly and expression is fundamental to every citizen in Ghana. The requirement of a police permit in order to hold a demonstration was declared unconstitutional. Currently persons are only required to inform the police about their intended demonstration. If the police believe they cannot provide police protection they must head to court to stop the demonstration if the organisers persist in organising the demonstration. The Ga Traditional Council’s petition went to the wrong body. If they have any issue with the vigil they must accompany the police to court and stop the vigil.

The 1992 Constitution in Article 26(1) provides:

Every person is entitled to enjoy, practise, profess, maintain and promote any culture, language, tradition or religion subject to the provisions of this Constitution”.

The Ga Traditional Council has the right to practise their customary ban on drumming. This must be weighed against the right of every Ghanaian to demonstrate peacefully and quietly. How do the traditional council intend to enforce the ban against horrendous cacophony of noises coming from generators in Accra? Are we to understand that the gods can differentiate between noises from generators and that of silent march of individuals? As a whatsapp message that went around said: ‘in this era of dumsor, your new generator which sounds like the voice of Whitney Houston will eventually sound like Shatta-Wale in no time”.

Lest I forget. Which traditional council has traditional authority over Legon where the organisers intend to hold the vigil? If I recall correctly from my land law lectures, the La Stool has jurisdiction. The Chief Priest of La, Numo Yemo Obroni in an interview on Asempa Fm said Legon, Tetteh Quarshie and it’s environs form part of the La land. They have not imposed any such ban on drumming and noise making. He even volunteered to lead prayers for the ‪organisers if he’s approached.

I can understand the Ga Traditional Council quest to enforce a ban in Accra. In a cosmopolitan city like Accra where the pressures of other cultures has taken a toll on Ga customs, the tendency to show some bravado about one’s custom is tempting in situations like this. As H Kwasi Prempeh writes: “first of all, if a community wants a certain tradition observed, they should be careful not to turn it into an ethno-partisan political thing. Secondly, they should understand that, because it does not have the force of law, observance of the tradition is voluntary. Therefore, they must rely on moral suasion and goodwill, not threats and violence, to ensure maximum observance”.

I will see you at the #Dumsor vigil

5 Things Charter House Must Improve On

The Ghana Music Awards (GMA) is arguably the most anticipated entertainment show in Ghana. Ghanaians every year criticise Charter House so much that one may think that few people will turn up at the Accra International Conference Centre or refuse to watch the live show on TV. The fidelity to programme suggest one thing; Ghanaians have fallen in love with the show and every year we want to see an improvement.

Here are 5 things I think Charter House must improve on from what we saw at 15th edition of the Ghana Music Awards.

1. Time

Charter House must learn to start on time. Where in the world does an award ceremony last for almost 7 hours. Can we do 3 hours or 4 hours Charter House? Football only last for 90 minutes, 120 minutes if there is extra time. Kindly contact Uncle Ebo if you need any lessons on time Management. Did anyone notice the auditorium was almost half empty after Stonebwoy performed? Well…..

2. MC

I only associate certain events with the MC: Miss Ghana – KKD; Ghana Music Awards –  Kwame Sefa Kayi (Chairman General); Agoro –  David Dontoh. Since The Chairman General left the GMA stage I do not think we have seen anyone perform that well like he did some years ago. Nathaniel Attoh wears classic suits from Royal Dennis but he forgot he was at an awards ceremony and not a boxing match.  I think the guys want Jocelyn Dumas maintained whether she performs well or not….. erm!!!!! Charter House #BringBackSefaKayi

3. Performances

At an event like the music awards, we expect that Artiste will perform very well. I do not think we can blame an artiste’s lacklustre performance on Charter House. However when Daddy Lumba comes on stage looking very frail and all we can hear is “I love you Ghana” then Charter House did not do enough due diligence. Next time just top up Sarkodie’s fees with that of Daddy Lumba and Tic Tac’s.

4. Red Carpet

The red carpet is where much of the publicity and excitement takes place. Journalists discuss the red carpet fashions, what designers are being worn by which stars and photographers taking pictures. I think Samsung got enough publicity for their new S6. But wait minute, is there no other English expression to replace “who are you wearing”? I think Prof. Kofi Anyidoho can be of help Charter House. Bhim!!!

5. Award Presenters

I think chemistry between the award presenters is key in salvaging a boring programme from the hands of the two MCs. Bola Ray and Stephanie were good while DKB and Afia Schwarzenegger were super fantastic. I do not know why Charter House decided to open the presentations with this dude from UK who bamboozled us with “diplomatic corps”. Hello!!! Can you please audition some of the presenters you are not sure about. The judges for “Stars Of The Future” can help.

All in all I think all the award winners deserved it especially Stonebwoy. That’s a big leap in his music career. Let us see what the future holds for him.