It’s That Time of Year, Isn’t It?

It’s funny how time marches forward, even when everyone drags their feet.  And, we always seem to pass the middle of the year with high spirits and then fall into a small slump.  It happens everywhere, not just in Ghana.  People learn to accept the terrors that faced them earlier in the year and trudge through the days a little slower until the end of year festivities appear on the horizon.

In Ghana, the terror of the New Year was – and continues to be – dumsor.  It’s frightening to have no clue when the power will be on, when it will be off, and how long either condition will last.  And, it’s true that it’s not some odd form of revenge on the Ghanaian public; it’s the difficulty of developing a country in the modern age.  Even with greater water supplies to generate power, Ghana is still in the dark all too frequently.

And what is to be done about it?  Besides, of course, learning to talk about something else and marching through the year?

How about coal?  Yes, that’s right.  While the rest of the world is going green, Ghana is preparing to construct a coal-to-electricity facility.  Okay, it has not been signed into force, but there are those that believe it could be operational by 2017.  One might think that’s a long time to stay in the dark; the rest of the world believes it’s a step back towards the dark ages.

Despite the trying conditions, there is some good news.  The Cedi has rallied again recently.  It’s not enough to cover the losses experienced earlier in the year.  But, it may be enough to push the economy through to year-end consumer push.

And, the Cedi may just become stronger given the interaction of various organisations with the global community.  The rights of children and elders have both featured on the agenda in Ghana recently.  This will certainly garner favour with the United Nations.  Along with the loan from the European Union, there are plenty of reasons to keep Ghanaians pushing forward through the mid-year slump.

And to keep the people occupied while the government continues its slow march, there is plenty of confusion over the date of Eid celebrations and a couple of football trades on the line that will interest fans.  There is also the best rapper debate that will likely rage as long as dumsor.

But, before long, the year will start folding in on itself, the country will pick up the pace, and we’ll need to start following the campaign trails again.

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