>"Reports of my demise have been greatly exaggerated."

>Sorry to vanish for so long, people. I hope that everyone had a restful / festive / wild / (insert desired adjective) end-of-year in spite of all the electoral shenanigans. Speaking of which, it looks like we missed a series of interesting lectures over the election period.

Let’s see…

Topic: African Democracy
Lecturers: The Good People of Ghana

Topic: ‘Kill Those NPP Cockroaches!’: a Masterclass in Media Irresponsibility
Lecturers: The presenters of Radio Gold (with assistance from ex-President Rawlings)

Topic: The Art of Not Conceding Defeat When the Writing Is Glowing Fluorescently on the Wall
Lecturer: Nana Akuffo-Addo and the NPP elite

Topic: Diet & Win! – Why No NDC Man Can Become Leader of Ghana without Slimming Down
Lecturer: Presidents Rawlings and John Evans Atta-Mills

Topic: Winning Elections From ‘Beyond the Grave’
Lecturer: President John Evans Atta-Mills

Topic: How to Cover an Election & Cover It Well
Lecturer: Joy FM

Topic: Making Terrible Music in the Name of Promoting Peace
Lecturers: The albeit well-intentioned artists whose peace songs aired on TV during the elections. You know who you are.

Topic: How to Lose the Respect of Your Own Party… & Wipe It in Their Faces After Their Defeat
Lecturer: Ex-President John Kuffuor

Topic: When the People Lie to You
Lecturer: Paa Kwesi Nduom

Topic: The Importance of Being John
Lecturers: Presidents Rawlings, Kuffuor and Atta-Mills (with vice President Mahama)

Topic: ‘To (Muga)be or Not to (Muga)be’: Negative Coverage of Africa in the Face of Good News Worth Reporting
Lecturers: Western Media Outlets

Goshdarnit, they all seemed so interesting too. Oh well: maybe next time around.

Here’s to a happy 2009; a year in which – no doubt – we will have plenty to dissect.

6 Replies to “>"Reports of my demise have been greatly exaggerated."”

  1. >Excellent piece. Talk about back with a bang! To be fair to the “Western Media Outlets”, I thought the BBC constantly covered the Ghana elections for both rounds.

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  2. >wow! how did i miss this?you’ve been gone for so long… welcome back…and now my top pick:”Topic: Making Terrible Music in the Name of Promoting PeaceLecturers: The albeit well-intentioned artists whose peace songs aired on TV during the elections. You know who you are.”a good number of them just made nonsense of art and it’s appeal… cheers man!

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  3. >My favouriteTopic: When the People Lie to YouLecturer: Paa Kwesi Nduomlol… so true. Especially when ‘The people’ turned out in thousands,poultry in hand, like free gold bullion was being handed out at the circle ‘gardens’ park. It sucks when your alleged party members give you a large ‘monkey crown’ to wear

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