Asiedu — The Watchman

The Watchman

The Watchman believes planes rise up like rockets until they reach another country way above Ghana. He wonders why the big jets leave trails of white plume behind in the sky. He says Russia is the furthest you can get from Accra, and he can’t fathom why countries in Europe don’t have power-cuts like we […]


Selfie Love

Learning to Love My Selfie

I have always hated having my picture taken! I’ve had an iPhone now for more than 5 years but this is the second selfie in all that time. My first selfie was a few months ago (when I was drunk). It wasn’t all that bad, but it caught me smiling and this time around, I […]


taxi

My God Wouldn’t Make Homosexuals

I was having a discussion with one of my regular taxi drivers the other day. We were on the subject of a depreciating Cedi, high levels of government misappropriation of funds and other social ills in Ghana, when he suddenly pointed to a man walking on the dirt road ahead, and says, “Look at that […]


On being made redundant in Africa

Look at Me when I’m Talking to You

“Look at me when I’m talking to you,” she shouted across the office, thumping her fist on the desk with all our junior colleagues milling around listening. She’d been laying into me this past ten minutes for being $40,000 short on her end of year projection because the Finance Director gave her the wrong information, […]


Tommy Atkins Mango

Mango Love

When me was a boy, me used to love up the mango, you see, sah. Me would climb the biggest, baddest tree in a hurry, just to pluck at a fat juicy mango growing up in the tallest branch. One day, me did see this sweet looking “Tommy Atkins” with this deep red almost purple […]


Chinese Gold Miner Ghana

Chinese Invasion

The Chinese are adept at adapting. See them navigating the markets, streets and tro-tros of Accra in 90 degree heat like true Africans. They’re telling us without uttering a word that they’re here to set down roots at least for a while. Whole families have come, it seems. Darting through the crowds in small but […]


The Silent Treatment

The Silent Treatment

Years ago, I wrote a one-off TV drama on a fast track programme for budding UK writers, headed by Jane Tranter, then at Channel 5. The story of an up-and-coming actor stalked by a crack smoking South London cabbie was loosely based on real events. Tranter described it as “dark, disturbing and violent.” And I […]


Emergency Care

State of Emergency

An old man walked into the 37th Military Hospital in Accra early one morning. He had known all his life that the 37th Military Hospital in Accra was a place for deserving Ghanaians, and so he had travelled there from far, obviously very sick and in need of emergency care. Several hours passed as he […]


We Ghanaians are cowards

We Ghanaians

I was having a conversation with the Houseboy one day when he shocked me with an outburst that went something like this: “We Ghanaians are cowards,” he said. “We will argue with you all day about football or anything, but ask us to stand up and fight for our rights and we’ll run home scared […]


Ghana fear of dogs

Fear of Dogs

Damn dog scared me half to death last night walking back from the shops. I took him off the lead on the dirt road home. I’ve done it a thousand times before, ever since he was a puppy. But half way up the road, Kojo went chasing after a small boy running through the darkness. […]


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