Saturday, January 23, 2016

On Shatta Wale's 'Kakai': "You kids now have nothing to sing about..."


By Gabriel Myers Hansen That quiet evening, when I had gone to buy sugar bread and fried eggs, which is a de -facto dinner for the Ghanaian  bachelor (the other one being Indomie), Kofi, a young man of about eighteen, was already at the vendor's, waiting on his fried eggs. He had a yellow Polo shirt on his shoulder instead, and there was dust on his feet. His skin was dark and ashy, and even with his mouth shut, one tooth peered out.

 On an old Nokia which he held to his ear, Shatta Wale's "Kakai" had just started playing. The egg seller, Sister Linda, who could be forty, and who led worship sessions at the local Pentecost church, scoffed. I had expected it; my mum too doesn't like the song very much. "Moho yɛ mɔbɔ oo", she said --"you lads are pathetic". We all laughed.

 She wasn't done. She went ahead to give the exact speech Rebecca Abia Hansen, my mum, would give me when I played music other than Gospel at 4 am: " you kids have nothing to sing about these days...all you know is songs about fornication....", and many such lamentations which adults always  have about the youth. Her speech, which was uncomfortable and long, can be summed up as mildly as possible, in these words: music from this generation is senseless. We can never do right by our parents' generation on some things, it seems...especially with our songs and fashion. It's just something we have to live with. Like I usually respond to mum, I merely smiled.

 If I were in another mood, I would have brought up A. B Crentsil's  lengthy and troublesome  "Moses". They'll come around, I have come to realise...gradually, they'll feel the fire too. They had the same speech for "Telemɔ", "Yɛ Wɔ Krom", "Ekiiki Mi", and indeed any song from this era which isn't highlife or doesn't contain proverbs or Bible verses. 

But today, they dance to them at weddings and hum the melody when they're bored in the afternoon. "Kakai" has such "vim-ful" excitement. Once it starts, you sit up; you have to! The keyboard melody which pecks at your cheeks right at the beginning won't permit you to do anything below that. It even sounds like a church anthem. Indeed, the name "Shatta Wale" is music material now. It's so effective that Shatta Wale himself doesn't need an ad-lib.

 His name works just fine. If we are not careful even, tomorrow, "Shatta Wale" will be the only words in the chorus of his next song, and it will be a hit. "I'm overdosed with mu--saaaaic / Super- scary yeeeaaaah" I've told you, that first line is both symbolic and true about Shatta Wale, who also responds to Charles Nii Armah Mensah, or Bandana, his stage name back in 2004.

 Musically, he always has something to say, which is why last year alone, he released more songs than any other artist, perhaps  worldwide...over ninety. These days, Shatta Wale has achieved midas quality. Once he sings it, we like it. But he doesn't take it for granted. He still maintains a culture of hard work, and he's embracing corporate Ghana too. Already this year, he has released four or five songs. I often wonder how he hasn't ran out of song titles yet. When you've worked so hard and you've come so far with your second chance at fame and success, there's a lot you want to say or insist. The things he says in this song, he's said a thousand times already; he's come a long way and continues to pay his dues, he's rich and relevant,  and so has to be recognised through a specific spectrum. 

The way he presents those thoughts on this occasion are especially theatrical,  slick and humorous. " call me your IGP, salute me anytime; yessa massa/ call me Duncan Williams or Mensah- Otabil --hallelujah" It's not wrong to pat your own self on the back. Indeed, a sure way to live a wholesome life is to recognise what you're made of, Shatta Wale seems to feel. Of course it's even more rewarding if someone else sings your praises.

 Often too, it is good that people recognise the danger you can represent. It makes them afraid, and fear is a respect too. These ideologies find a meeting point in my favourite lines here: " I dey shock like electricity, my brain is bigger than Mississippi/ Larry from Vienna City say Shatta Wale you are si-si-si-cky [sick]/ Achipalago straight up and down say Shatta wo yɛ ogidigidi/ if you be too [two] know know oo, then Shatta be four know know..." Like many of Shatta Wale's songs these past few years, "Kakai" was instantly popular when it was released in October last year. Already, there's a viral video of Countryman Songo boogying to it on his talk show, and it's a prominent has tag on out twitter. 

The song is malleable to any parody. By replacing one or two words with "Mahama " or "prepaid" or "taxes" or "Akuffo Addo", or indeed any other two-syllable word,  it can effectively be a campaign song, or protest song at anything. And because it was released of the back of his break-up with Bulldog, and because of the "Togo jeans" line in verse 1,  it's interpreted by many as a dis song as well. "Akutia nim ne wura". Children love this song. When it comes on, they cheer like the lights are back on from hours of "dumsor". 

For the first time, children are not scared of the word "Kakai", which refers to scary caricature in local parlance. Shatta Wale is a national phenomenon, at the very least. Outside music too, Shatta nearly always has soundbite material. Today he's at the neck of another artist, or journalists, or at Charter House. The next day, he's apologising unreservedly about his actions. Two days later, he's right back at the beginning. I read somewhere that Charter House's George Quaye (who is himself controversial at times) has called Shatta Wale's willingness to be considered for this year's VGMAs an act of cowardice, on radio...demanding that he (Shatta), be a man. 

But to be fair, only a fool doesn't change his mind, or? Besides, Shatta has the emotion of an artist, which 'demands' that his emotions are visible, and that he express truthfully, what he's feeling at any given time. I do think that these past few months, Shatta has made laudable efforts to sanitise his relationships, severing some and handing an olive branch to others, which he claims, is as a result of  an epiphany he experienced at the birth of his son, Majesty. But then again, it's Shatta Wale, so it's only natural that we are a bit cautious.

 Still, he without sin should cast the first stone. " So me a-humble meself/ anywhere me step, man a down to di earth" Instrumentation on this song is minimal and straightforward. There isn't excessive ornamentation with the beat, so it's not confusing.

 It's how Shatta (The Maker) often likes his beats. They feel raw and simple, but they're always catchy. With that being said, we must admit this: the speed and progression of the drum kicks which complete the bars in "Chop Kiss" are everything but simple. They're swift and thoroughly impressive. From this point on, we will never be able to rid ourselves of the incred Shatta  Wale. There's an array of things he might represent to us in the meantime, but his long-term predictions are what you should note down. 

Actually, be very very afraid. "Forever and ever, I'll be your soldier Forever and ever, I'll be your leader Forever and ever, I'll be your teacher Forever and ever, I'll be your father" Again, notice how he barks the following line in the chorus: "Hai, hai hai, hai hai / Shatta Wale a-come like Kakai" . 

Shatta Wale is blunt...crass, at times. His brand of courage takes us aback. Deep down, we like  him, or at least are attracted to him. We don't exactly know why ...It's just what it is. "Wale eh Wale eh, dey come perform so go back home" It seems to me though, that especially in these times, we need Wale--esque courage to brace, or just ignore our daily interesting circumstances.

 I mean, the prepaid from ECG doesn't last, fuel prices are high, there are fire outbreaks and the Guantanamo people are here...people hardly have good things to say about this administration. So if we want to, with "Kakai", gyrate smaaaall to forget our woes too, Rebecca Abia Hansen won't agree? Oh come on! We have nothing to sing about these days? I mean, in the final analysis, Shatta Wale may have given us timely therapy, an actual reason to smile of late, let's admit. "Hai, hai hai, hai hai / Shatta Wale a-come like Kakai" The writer can be reached @myershansen on twitter and at gmyershansen@gmail.com. Also on www.myershansen.wordpress.com.

Kafui Adzah: Selling waakye to become 27th most influential young Ghanaian


Kafui Adzah has received many recognitions from the Ghanaian business sector. Recently listed as the 27th most influential young Ghanaian, the 31 year old has revolutionized the way people eat. Her company, Cookhouse GH, has been involved in a lot of corporate and diplomatic catering, including 5 branches of The Bank Of Africa, where Kafui used be an internal auditor. I sat down with Kafui in her "Red hot Kitchen" on Thursday the 21st of January.

 As I  approached the main gate of the premises at around 6am, the vaporized aroma of great Ghanaian spices hit me. I instantly became hungry, Kafui's kitchen was like a portal that brought African spices to life. It was hard to be unhappy here. As Kafui ushered me into her sitting room, I could feel how ready she was for the chat, not deterred by the fact that she had been up since 3am. I began by quizzing Kafui about her company and it's buzzing product, "Waakye on Wheels".

 Kafui disclosed that Cookhouse GH, was born out of her desire to make healthy and affordable meals, therefore the introduction of Jumbo Jollof and Waakye on Wheels. In between our chat, Kafui would sparingly pick calls to confirm orders. Her delivery bike had already gone on two trips and was waiting for a third batch. Business is obviously good for Kafui, who is empowering young women she  employs. On the side, Kafui has a  bunch of secret admirers, like the one who repeatedly called during the interview, to insist that he loves Kafui. 

This doesn't make Kafui lose focus. She told me stories of how her parents thought she was sick when she quit her bank job, barely a month after she was promoted. "They thought I was sick. They'd hold mid-night prayers to cast the demons behind my decision", Kafui said. It took selling waakye to help Kafui, a graduate of both the University of Ghana and Gimpa, realize that she could be a marketer. Kafui Adzah has reinvented indigenous waakye, coupled with the impressive packaging and revolutionary taste, Kafui and her crew aim to make waakye a "sexy" meal, according to her.

 Kafui is a beacon for the African woman who wants to rise, she has proven that entrepreneurial skills aren't a blessing reserved for men. Her work is beginning to garner recognition, as she has lectured the Ashesi university level 400 entrepreneurial class and continually gets requests for interviews. Kafui told me a story of how she was tagged as unfit to run a radio show on the university of Ghana's Radio universe during her college years. A few months ago, the same station had requested to have a as a guest. Kafui Adzah is slowly inking her name into Ghana's food industry, with plans of growth, which includes owning mobile food trucks in 4 suburbs of Accra and a food spot at each Ghanaian airport. 

Her dreams aren't held back and so is her will to achieve. Her acknowledgement as Ghana customer service award's "Customer Focused C.E.O" of the year 2015, built her parents' confidence in her, along with the confidence of her elite clientele. It was time for me to go, as Kafui had to get back to her cumbersome day. As I left, I took a mental note of my personal assessment of Kafui and her business. 

It was easy to refer to her as the Katanka  of the food industry, as she has had to build the trust in her company over 4 years, empowering herself and others, and  creating an avenue for people to appreciate indigenous Ghanaian products. Kafui has built a clientele, one she is thankful for, but there's a long way to meet the end of the rainbow. It would take investment from corporate Ghana, but until then, Kafui Adzah remains the woman who makes waakye sexy and continues to dream. "One day, we'd have an airline catering services", Kafui Said as she sent me off with a hot pack of delicious waakye. 

Pappy Kojo reveals his illuminati affiliation

Pappy Kojo

Well from the blue-montage visuals to the Glitz styled carpet background, and the white screen flashes we see dance hall songstress MzVee display her act with swag in’em jeans and bling-cap coupled with her baseball bat.
“Mensuro Obia” is arguably one of the most aired songs in 2015, a personal favourite and DJs love it. Speaking to fans in the latest footage, Pappy Kojo emerges from MzVee’s behind in a blue designer sweater with an illuminati symbol believed to be the PYRAMID SIGN merging into each other.
That sign in particular, is mostly a hand gesture that member use(or do) and it represent one of the most highly recognizable symbols of the Illuminati, the pyramid. Lower-level Freemasons use triangles, a two-dimensional pyramid.
Also, “Portland City” as seen in his sweater, a well-known Kenton Lodge which was founded in 1911(Portland) and renovated in 2011 to be the Kenton Masonic Temple, stands as one of the few remaining Portland Masonic buildings that is still for Masonic use. It serves as an anchor point for many freemasons.
All these may not make sense or you may not be able to link what to what for a better understanding because, the symbols and ceremonies of Masonry have more than one meaning. They rather conceal than disclose the Truth. They hint it only.
Last year, Pappy was rumoured to be gay (which is also a hint). Like other esoteric groups and some fraternities, the Masons have secret doctrines and initiations. The homosexual agenda is hidden from the membership. The esoteric all-male group known as Freemasonry (or Masonry/ Illuminati) has been connected to homosexuality by a number of researchers. The female inclusion is also a form of hint and distraction.
Not only does homosexual sex apparently play a role in Masonry, but so do homosexual orgies.
It unclear why the choice of that particular sweater but it may interest you to also know “Mensuro Obia” literally translate “I don’t fear anybody.” Of course he doesn’t own the song(fully) but he featured on the hit record and as it has been rumoured severally that members of the Illuminati clan are the most powerful the globe can boast of, it’s no surprise.
Well, it may be a coincident or the various hand gestures he displayed could also be an act of telling fans his new affiliation?
Meanwhile, this creative motion footage was directed by Nana Kofi Asihene, the same creative director who took Sarkodie’s Adonai (video) which featured missing Castro to the next level.
There were miraculous scenes and moves spotted in the video which raised eyebrows calling Sarkodie an illuminati (not the first time though) which he has also denied or said less about until his recent concert at the Apollo Theatre where he displayed giants signs and symbol which included the “All Seeing Eye.” The “All-Seeing Eye” floating is a representative of the Illuminati seeing themselves as gods, and being able to see and watch everything that we do.
The Illuminati are rapidly approaching their goal, thanks to the new breed of advanced technologies.
The Illuminati’s goal is to pro-enlightenment – to oppose superstition, religious influence, the abuse of state power, etc. whilst the Freemasonry is a fraternal organisation (or rather, various fraternal organisations) which originated in the concept of trade guilds. Individual lodges are internally very structured and it isn’t easy to become a Freemason.
One very big difference between Freemasonry and the Illuminati is that one has to believe in a supreme being to join. The historical Illuminati are anti-religious, and accused of atheism at a point in time. Freemasonry is also usually men-only, whilst Satanism certainly isn’t. However, all two groups have come into conflict with mainstream Christianity at one time or another, though for very different reasons.
Talk about how the “Blue Screen” music video shoot, a perfect and professional visuals I must say. Shooting on green screen can be very tricky. So much so, that often the viewer can easily tell that the footage they’re watching was shot on a green screen but hey this is very epic. I see less of attraction in the background as the camera mainly focus on both Pappy and Mzvee.
Whilst the videographer managed to make both artist storyboard or block out the camera positions, he also had the best angles to tell the story. See what I’m talking about below:


How To Answer The Five Most Common Interview Questions

By Melissa Llarena
You successfully made it past the HR screening. Now it’s time to meet with the person who will ultimately decide if you’re the right candidate for the job—the hiring manager.
When going into an interview, it’s important to know what questions to expect and how to approach them. Preparation is key, which is why, as a career coach, I provide mock interviews and guidance for those looking to successfully navigate these crucial career moments.
Below are five common questions asked by hiring managers and how to prepare for them.
1. Tell me about your experience at Company X.
In other words, how does your past experience relate to the job the hiring manager is looking to fill? When answering this question, you want to convince the hiring manager that you can hit the ground running and bring value to the team by providing specific examples that resulted in successful outcomes. It’s also helpful to identify how your current and prospective employers differ. This will help you determine which skills to emphasize.
Sample Answer: Despite working for a company that prefers organic growth, I have worked through the nuances that evolve when two organizations with distinct cultural norms are brought together. For example, recently, new leadership from Company Y brought new ways of evaluating projects. I set out to understand their ways of doing things by building a rapport with key leaders and sharing with them the institutional knowledge I acquired during a successful eight-year career in the firm. An example of when my knowledge was beneficial is…etc.
2. What is your biggest professional accomplishment to date?
This is your opportunity to provide an example that shows you can do the job. Think about the skills detailed in the job description and which of your accomplishments most directly relate. The goal is to convey to the hiring manager not only your past successes but also what you are capable of accomplishing if offered the job.
Sample Answer:  My greatest accomplishment was when I grew the IBM IBM +0.00% business on my agency’s behalf by 25% in one year. Most clients were cutting back on producing events as a way to warm leads for their sales force. With my creative team, I came up with a way to offer the same high-touch experience via webinars. Each webinar was accessible 24 hours a day and led by IBM thought leaders. In the end, I reduced event production costs by 40% and with those savings, IBM invested in more webinars worldwide. I won my agency’s award and was soon promoted.
3. How would people you have worked with describe you?
This question centers on how well you work with others and your ability to manage relationships with your peers, managers and direct reports. Give examples of situations that illustrate how you work with people across various functions. Answer truthfully, as the hiring manager will reach out to your references at a later point to ensure your perception of yourself is in line with theirs.
Sample Answer:  My managers would describe me as someone who would rather tirelessly overcome obstacles on my own than continuously seek managerial guidance. I make my managers’ lives easier in this way. For example, when I first started working at firm C, I was asked to figure out ways to cut costs. Instead of relying on my manager, who had other projects to oversee, I decided to better understand the transportation logistics behind the wood chips that my employer needed in each facility. After seeing what worked best and what could be improved, I took this information to my manager, who was grateful for the initiative I took.
4. What is your greatest weakness?
Often dreaded by job candidates, the key to answering this question is to be honest yet strategic. On my site, I go into more detail on new and effective ways to answer this question truthfully without taking yourself out of the running. You also need to address the unspoken follow up, which is what you are doing to overcome your weakness. Ultimately, you want to show the hiring manager that you are self-aware, thoughtful and proactive about your strengths and weaknesses.
Sample Answer: My greatest weakness is my low patience when a team member withholds important information to the detriment of his or her peers or the assignment’s success. I have always tried to maximize knowledge-sharing by bringing team members together prior to launching any assignment to ensure everyone is on the same page. Yet, there have been times when people have withheld information even after these efforts. In those instances, I have learned to speak privately with those team members to understand why information was withheld.
5. Why are you the best person for this position?
In asking this question, the hiring manager is looking for you to succinctly convey what sets you apart from the other candidates. Think of your most impressive and unique strengths that closely relate to the job description and use those to pitch yourself in a way that clearly illustrates the skill set and qualities you bring to the table.
Sample Answer: My analytical horsepower sets me apart from other candidates. For example, I imagine all of your candidates can create robust Excel-based financial models. However, I can also see and articulate the business story behind the numbers to influence decision-making. During a major food-chain deal, I conducted the due diligence necessary to come up with the right multiple that my superiors should consider based not only on raw data but also on what was the best way to position the assets we were selling. My strategy resulted in a more profitable deal.
Learn more about how to handle interviews and career transitions bysubscribing to my blog.
Melissa Llarena is a firsthand career transition expert (having gone through 16 business unit changes in 10 years) and president of Career Outcomes Matter.  Sign up for her blog at www.careeroutcomesmatter.com.

Irbard fumes at Akufo-Addo’s aide

Secrity Expert Irbard Ibrahim

International Relations and Security Expert, Irbard Ibrahim, has told his critics that he does not need to write any dissertation on security and international relations before he can speak on the two subjects as an authority.

According to him, he may be compelled to keep close to his chest, valued information or intelligence on the aforementioned subjects, if Ghanaians continue to question his competence and seek to discredit him.

The young articulate Irbard, has received a lot of bashing especially from supporters of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP,) after he asserted that the party’s Flag bearer Nana Akufo-Addo was duly notified prior to the coming of the two ex-detainees of the Guatanamo Bay Cells, whose presence in Ghana has sparked a lot of controversy.

“I can say for a fact that Nana Akufo-Addo was duly informed six clear months before the GITMO detainees touched down,” Irbard told host of Joy FM’s Super Morning Show Kojo Yankson on Monday.

That claim was immediately refuted by both the NPP and as a party as well as Nana Akufo-Addo’s office.

Mustapha Hamid, Spokesperson of Nana Akufo-Addo has further questioned Irbard’s competence to speak on matters of international relations and security.

“He should tell us that his completion of Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ) in 2013, qualifies him as an expert on security and internal relations matters,” he said on Okay FM.

However, responding to Mustapha’s comments on the same platform, Irbard Ibrahim emphasized that his young age does not bar him from speaking on such critical matters, adding that he is very competent in the field of security and International relations.

“How many desertification or thesis I have written on such topics or the years of experience have I gotten working is a non-issue and I’ll not glorify it. I’m a security person there is no need telling you I work with the MI6. 

“You don’t know me, you don’t know what diplomatic mission I’m working with and yet you write such things about me on Facebook.”

He added: “I’m a patriotic young man who wants to serve my nation in the best capacity. We judge people by their competence and not age. Where America and France among others have gone wrong I have lambasted them, the international press covers my opinion… I sit on panels with renowned people, nobody has asked me a question of how old are you, because the world has moved on. You can’t be living in the stone age,” he fumed.

Irbard Ibrahim further dismissed accusations that he was in bed with the government and was out there to question Nana Akufo-Addo’s integrity and affect his electoral fortunes as the November general election approaches.

“Where the current government has gone wrong I have descended heavily on them. I have called this government names based on the high unemployment rate among the youth.”

“If Ghanaians do not value the quality of information I have because of my interaction with people across the world and people in security circles who don’t ask me how old I am, then we would keep whatever information we have to our chest.”

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Ghana facing minor challenges – Duffuor

Dr Kwabena Duffuor is the founder of EIB Network

Former Finance Minister Dr. Kwabena Duffuor has called on Ghanaians to unite and resolve the minor challenges the country faces.

According to the founder of the HODA group (House of Duffuor and Associates), the minor challenges confronting the nation must not be allowed to derail the focus of the country in achieving its development agenda and bequeathing a better nation for an unborn generation.

Speaking to Nii Arday Clegg Thursday, on the occasion of his 73rd birthday on Morning Starr, the former Governor of the Bank of Ghana said every evolving society faces challenges and it is normal for Ghana to face some challenges.

“I have been observing what is happening in our country now and I would be very honest with you, Ghana is a very great country, it is a very special country and what we are going through now to me are minor challenges which must not disturb our forward march to development,” Dr. Duffuor said.

He added “we have a huge responsibility as Ghanaians, we are not working for ourselves we are working for a generation yet unborn, so let us get together, who says there won’t be challenges in society but it is your ability as a nation to resolve such challenges, there is nothing wrong in Ghana frankly.”

The oil producing West African nation has experienced severe power crisis in the last three years which has hit industries hard forcing some major companies to cut down on its staff.

The economy has also faced crippling challenges with the constant rise of the dollar and high inflation rate. The nation’s cedi has also been described as one of the weakest currencies on the African continent.

Utility tariffs and fuel products have been increased astronomically forcing the Trades Union Congress to stage a demonstration to pressure government to reduce the utility tariffs and fuel products.

Letter from Africa: Ghana's footballing connection to Guantanamo Bay


The Guantanamo Bay facility is used to detain what the US government calls "enemy combatants"

In our series of letters from African journalists, Ghanaian writer Elizabeth Ohene looks at the uproar that greeted Ghana's decision to allow two Yemenis freed from the US jail in Guantanamo Bay to live in the West African state.
There is a general belief here that if you typed Ghana or Ghanaian into a search engine, the words that would be suggested automatically as a follow-up should be politics and football.
It is these two subjects that spark animated discussions and get the juices flowing. Even though in football, we have not won anything on the continental or world stage for a very long time, we still believe that the Black Stars, our national team, are special.
One of the inner sources of the strength that help Ghanaians survive is the fact that our national team regularly beats the national team of the United States at football.
Trying to get a visa from Ghana to the United States is one of the most humiliating experiences for Ghanaians.
But we are able to endure it all by simply repeating over and over again under our breaths: "World Cup 2006, we defeated you, World Cup 2010, we defeated you."
Now, we discovered quite unexpectedly that defeating the US at football has even deeper implications, when news broke that our government had accepted two Yemeni ex-detainees, Khalid al-Dhuby and Mahmoud Omar Bin Atef, from Guantanamo Bay, where the US detains terror suspects, to live in Ghana.

Elizabeth Ohene:
Elizabeth OheneImage copyrightElizabeth Ohene
"They are excited to come to Ghana because of Asamoah Gyan, the captain of the Black Star - they know him and they like him very much"

The government has struggled to explain this decision.
We have been told the two men pose no danger whatsoever to Ghana; they were innocent 20-year-olds when they were arrested and to drive home their innocence, our president compares them to his own 20-year-old son.
We have been told that even though the two men are such thoroughly harmless and nice people, their every move will be monitored.
Normally taciturn officials from the US embassy are suddenly all over the radio and television trying to assure us we should all be proud of our government for bringing to Ghana men the US Senate deems too dangerous to enter their country.
When none of these interventions appeared to be calming the protests, the two thoroughly harmless and nice men were brought out to state their own case on national radio.

Guantanamo Bay prison:
  • Set up in a US military base in Cuba following the 11 September 2001 attacks in the US
  • 780 men have been held since 2002 - the majority without charge or criminal trial
  • Most prisoners now released
  • Dozens of countries have received detainees, including Uganda and Cape Verde
  • About 105 people remain there, nearly 50 of whom have been cleared for release
  • President Barack Obama has promised to close the jail before he leaves office in 2017

The pair said they do not belong to any terrorist group, and have been wrongly arrested for 14 years without any charge.
They have suffered but are not looking for revenge. They want to live in Ghana quietly and peacefully, and put their lives together.
All that did not sound very convincing to any of us here; what everybody really wanted to know was why they had been brought to Ghana - did they just pick us on the map because Ghana happens to be the physical centre of the world?

'Celebrating the Black Stars'

Ghana's striker Asamoah Gyan (L) scores against the USA during extra time of their 2010 World Cup round of 16 football match at Royal Bafokeng stadium in Rustenburg, South Africa, on June 26, 2010Image copyrightGetty Images
Image captionThe ex-detainees say they celebrated when Ghana beat the US in the 2010 football World Cup
And suddenly it all comes tumbling out. They are excited to come to Ghana because of Asamoah Gyan, the captain of the Black Stars, they know him and they like him very much.
A lot of the detainees like Ghanaians very much, and during the 2010 World Cup, most of the people there in Guantanamo Bay - no, not most of them, all of them - were with Ghana and when the Black Stars beat America, they were very happy.
So now we know... beating America at football has consequences. I am afraid I don't know what happened to our secret supporters in Guantanamo in 2014.
They obviously did not cheer loud enough that year, which must be why we lost to the US.
And for that reason alone, I think our two long-term visitors should be sent back to reorganize our supporters club in Guantanamo.

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