Posted on February 5, 2011


anas aremeyaw anas

Anas Aremeyaw Anas is an investigative reporter. Nobody knows what he looks like. He goes around with a hidden camera filming unsuspecting individuals engaging in criminal acts. A media blitz follows involving simultaneous newspaper and TV documentary exposure. Even President Obama in his historic speech to the Ghanaian parliament in July, 2009 singled out anas aremeyaw anas as a champion of democracy.

In the last year or so, Aremeyaw has exposed cocoa smuggling facilitated by the collusion of Customs and Excise personnel and unspeakable cruelty towards orphans by caregivers at the Osu Children’s Home in Accra.

So…what happens after? Well, here’s the follow-up on the Osu Children’s Home expose…a few transfers and the whistle-blower “indicted”. No mention of prosecutions. There’s even a facebook page “Help Change the Barbaric Conditions at Osu Children’s Home”. The last comments read:

Ellie Kerman: Does anyone have an update on this please? There hasn’t been any news reports since November on ghanaweb or peace forum!
January 5, 2011 at 8:59am
Monica Westin: Nothing has changed, they are all still there. That is Ghana.
January 16, 2011 at 4:32 pm

And on the cocoa smugglers aided and abetted by border guards, just a day or so ago, a story ran in the press indicating the same ole the same ole reigns supreme as you will read here. All fourteen accused have been ‘acquitted’!

Now, coincidentally, just a few days ago, another Aremeyaw blockbuster has published in the press and is getting wide exposure on the TV through a documentary titled: ENEMIES OF THE NATION: THE DARK SECRETS OF TEMA HARBOR. Aremeyaw is thorough-it is cataclysmic the loss revenues to the state. After all, the economy here is buy and sell and almost all imports come in at the harbors. Frankly though, I don’t know what is so secret about the corruption at Tema Harbor…

And oh yes, for my Canadian readers there is a Canadian connection….Aremeyaw deals with theft at the harbor…he interviews one Becky Mensah, a “Ghanadian” who had sent a container full of educational materials for a school in Cape Coast. the container was broken into and most of the contents stolen. This has been reported in the Canadian press as well.

So what does this have to do with my resolution? Well, we both are journalists, me citizen aremeyaw professional. We both write on rule of law issues. Madinghana’s is micro on a small neighbourhood scale reaching a small audience; Anas’s is macro on a national scale reaching the eyes and ears of a nation. It is so sad that both get no results-we try to create awareness and yet no results. Oh, yes, President Mills goes to the harbor to “scold” CEPS (Customs and Excise and Preventative Service) officials, but will anything come of it all? Oh yes there are assertions that there will be sackings and prosecution…..but we heard that with the cocoa smugglers as well and nothing happened…..

And will anything happen back of Four Villages re cutting the electricity from the apeteshie bar or a police investigation regarding the shooting death on Monday morning January 24th?

Sometimes, I just think there exists a culture of impunity, no matter what efforts micro or macro….madinghana and his blog or anas aremeyaw anas and his vast network and exposure ….

But we must not give up hope or…. fizzle out….