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About a fortnight ago, we received the shocking news that the Nigerian High Commission staff buildings in Accra were levelled to the ground by a Ghanaian businessman, claiming that the edifice had been erected on his own land. He brought papers claiming ownership of the land. Apparently, our legation could not show proof of ownership — a big embarrassment.

Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama, issued a press statement saying that the demolition was the handiwork of criminals. Many Nigerians have been understandably outraged. Many have called for retaliation in kind. However, the Presidency tersely maintains that they would not be starting a “street fight” with Ghana. I commend them for that maturity. Nigeria and Ghana are, in a manner of speaking, twins. Ghana is the older of the two, having got its independence from Britain in March 1957 while we got ours three years later, in October 1960. It is one of the quirks of nature that the elder of most twins tends to be the smaller in build. Therein lies the seeds of sibling rivalry. The roots of our rivalry go back to colonial times. The British imperialists recruited mercenaries from Nigeria to help them “pacify” the unruly principalities of the Gold Coast, including the capture and public execution of the brave female warlord, Yaa Asantewaa. Ghana had all the gold.  Nigeria was a vast backwater. The British were prepared to train some of the sons and daughters of the Akan royalty to become subaltern administrators. They built top-ranking schools such as Achimota, Wesley Girls, Adisadel and Mfantsipim. Their Nigerian counterparts, such as King’s College, Queen’s, Hope Wadell, Christ the King Onitsha, Dennis Memorial, Igbobi, and Barewa College look like provincial trade schools.

The Gold Coast was well ahead of Nigeria in most indices of development. It had probably the best civil service on the continent. In 1945, a British government impoverished by war, resorted to borrowing from the Ghanaian treasury. At independence, Ghana was more prosperous than South Korea, Singapore and Malaysia.Interestingly, Nigeria played an important role in the career and destiny of Ghana’s first President, Kwame Nkrumah. Nkrumah was inspired by the example of Nnamdi Azikiwe to pursue the so-called Golden Fleece in the United States. Nkrumah spent several months with his cousin in Lagos before gathering enough money to sail to the United States. He attended the same Lincoln University in Pennsylvania that Zik had attended a decade earlier.

 

Nkrumah was, without a doubt, the greatest pan-Africanist of his generation. His place in history is assured. At independence, Accra became the Mecca of pan-Africanists the world over. They included such personalities as George Padmore, W. E. B. Dubois, Martin Luther King Jr, Nelson Mandela, Robert Sobukwe, Kamuzu Banda, Robert Mugabe and many others.

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Miley Cyrus announces release date for her new album.

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Miley Cyrus recently announced her new album Plastic Hearts and it has taken over social media. This album is super personal and pays tribute to some of her biggest music inspirations.

Announcing the new album, Miley revealed that it would drop on November 27, 2020. Miley has paid tribute to the likes of Blondie and the Cranberries on this album as well as many issues that fall close to home, like the 2018 California wildfires. Taking to social media to make the announcement, Miley expressed the emotion and rawness behind this album. Miley sent some mad love out to her fans for making this album and her entire career possible. Reading this post reflects all that Miley has put into this album and gives fans the opportunity to understand and appreciate the process that much more. I began this album over 2 years ago. Thought I had it all figured out. Nature did what I now see as a favour and destroyed what I couldn’t let go of for myself. I lost my house in a fire but found myself in its ashes.

In triumph and gratitude, I present to you my 7th studio record, Plastic Hearts. To be released Nov. 27th 2020.”

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