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Original content from contributors to Neo-African Consensus.

Of God Nation, money and development

BY KWAME MARFO “Besides politics and armed robbery, which occupation puts you in good stead to become a millionaire in Africa?”, a wise old man once asked me on a recent visit to Ghana. “Religious leaders!”, he quipped with a … Continue reading

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DEAR GOD: Why are we so poor?

BY KWAME MARFO In a recent conversation with friends about why Africa is poor, one colleague retorted rather cheekily “duh, asking why Africa is poor is like asking why the sky is blue? Poverty and Africa are conjoined at the … Continue reading

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Explaining the Ghanaian Economic Miracle: It’s the radio, stupid!

BY KWAME MARFO 2011 was a turbulent year. The Arab spring brought formidable military despots down in the Middle East. Japan was devastated by a triple whamy of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown. The United States narrowly dodged a geopolitical … Continue reading

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I AM BRITISH…MAY BE YOU’RE NOT: The Queen Knows Her Children – ‘Popular’ OR ‘Successful’ NOT ‘Notorious’ OR ‘Struggling’ …

By AHMED SULE, CFA “Introduction” Once upon a time, over twenty-eight years ago, somewhere in Mogadishu, Somalia, a woman gave birth to a healthy baby boy.  The child was given the name Mohammed.  Three years earlier, in 1980, somewhere in … Continue reading

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$20 IS GREATER THAN $2 TRILLION: What the Arab Spring Can Teach the West about Democracy

By KWAME MARFO $20 is greater than $2 trillion. This may sound like I’m on the wrong side of the divide between ludicrous and insane. However, if you scratch beneath the surface and look at it in the context of … Continue reading

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THE COMING APOCALYPSE: Not this one, the other one!

By KWAME MARFO “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, …without self-control…” “…For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And … Continue reading

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SO WHAT CAUSED THE FINANCIAL CRISES? – Listen to what the gray-haired man in the tweed jacket at the bar had to say!

By KWAME MARFO “Because smart guys had started working on Wall Street”. This was the cause, according to the well-preserved, gray-haired man of retirement age in a conversation with New York Times columnist, Calvin Trillin at a Manhattan bar (see … Continue reading

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