Posts by Yaw Nyarko

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Ivory Coast – Declare Victory and Rule

by Yaw Nyarko

In my earlier post on Ivory Coast, I praised the African Union (AU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for their boldness in suspending Ivory Coast from their bodies to protest the fact that the incumbent would not agree to leave.   Perhaps this was the wrong thing for the AU and ECOWAS […]

Ivory Coast – Just Say No to the Incumbent and Loser of the Election

by Yaw Nyarko

From all the information coming in, the opposition candidate Alassane Ouattara and his party clearly won the recent presidential elections in Cote D’Ivoire. The incumbent, Laurent Gbagbo lost, so should concede, and hand over power. Thabo Mbeki , the African Union (AU) mediator and former South African President should tell Gbagbo that, NO, he can […]

My ramblings on the BBC about the Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s)

by Yaw Nyarko

I was interviewed by the BBC, together with Olav Kjørven, Assistant Secretary General and Director of Development Policy at the UN Development Program. I listened to the mp3 file, it is the abridged version and I sound really in a bad mood. Maybe because it was 3am in Abu Dhabi? Maybe my real feelings about […]

Mark Twain, Diamonds in Africa and a Fantastic Insider Trading Story

by Yaw Nyarko

I have recently finished reading Mark Twain’s “Following the Equator.” The writing is of course wonderful – what a joy. Twain writes about his journey around the equator around 1896, and provides very insightful observations about the locals and western attitudes to the locals. There are a number of stories I particularly liked and which […]

Kwame the Cabby, Brain Drain and Health

by Yaw Nyarko

I took a cab this morning – it was a Ghanaian taxi driver. He remembered picking me up several years ago. What a memory he has. Anyway, he has 4 children, two older ones one of which is a doctor. He also has two younger kids in private school. All his kids seem to be […]