MY PERSON OF THE YEAR 2014
There is very little I am able to add to the choice of the fighters and health workers involved in the battle against the Ebola Virus as Time Magazine’s Person of the Year, 2014.
These doctors and health workers who, as Time Magazine describes, possess the “rare hero’s heart,” distinguished by exceptional courage, nobility and strength, in times of adversity. They are humanity’s very own true heroes. Of the hero’s heart, it is said, “it is not the glittering weapon that fights the fight, rather the hero’s heart does.”
Earlier in 2014, Ebola emerged from the shores of Africa, like a mythical beastly-serpent, spreading, infecting and devouring everything and anything in its sights. For several years, this nasty, devastating and cruel disease had particularly haunted rural African villages and communities, saliently claiming its victims, albeit not in huge and alarming numbers. However, precisely in March this year, everything changed.
An outbreak of the disease turned into an epidemic, deemphasizing borders, spreading to Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone (which share borders). Then it made its way to Nigeria and Mali and reaching up across the Mediterranean and Atlantic Oceans, it slid into Spain, Germany and the United States.
The virus, not a respecter of persons, age, sex or class, apathetically struck doctors and nurses in unparalleled numbers, unapologetically
claiming the lives of about 90% of its victims, even completely annihilating a public-health infrastructure in Liberia. The virus began assuming frightening proportions, essentially making anyone willing to treat Ebola patients run the risk of becoming its very victim.
These doctors, nurses and health workers stood against all odds and they emerged as the greatest heroes there ever was. They showed resilience and gallantry and ensured our world is made safer to live in. Their greatness is in their recognition that every life is as precious as theirs and that every life matters. They truly do remind the world what service to humanity really means.
We should continue to remember and keep those in West Africa still struggling to overcome Ebola in our prayers.
…For selflessly sacrificing and saving the world, the doctors, nurses and health workers who painstakingly fought the Ebola pandemic and are still fighting are my PERSONS OF THE YEAR FOR 2014.
May God forever reward, protect and bless these brave and precious soldiers of humanity… for all of eternity.
GHANAIAN OF THE YEAR 2014
President John Dramani Mahama
The achievements of President John Dramani Mahama, as President of this country, since he assumed office on January 7, 2013, needs no introduction. His resilience in the face of the daunting problems he inherited from his predecessors will forever be written in stone. The pedigree and composure he showed in 2014, should serve as a model for all Ghanaian politicians.
…For being one of the most honest, capable and decent people by every standard to occupy public office in Ghana; by being a gentleman, who is guided by his faith and committed to his family; by putting the peaceful coexistence of all Ghanaians, regardless of which political party one belongs, to the chagrin of his party people, above his own personal and political interest, ‘President John Dramani Mahama, with his exceptional wife, Nana Lordina Mahama, whose philanthropic work has touched so many lives, ARE MY GHANAIANS OF 2014.’
POLITICIAN OF THE YEAR
Alan Kwawdo Kyeremanteng
My politician of the year goes to Alan Kwawdo Kyeremanteng, this man has suffered defeat in the hands of one person since 2007. Although the signs were on the wall that he was going to be humiliated by Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in the last Congress, he still went ahead to contest him. I cannot, but doff my hat for this fighter, democrat and a patriot. He is certainly my politician of the year 2014.
…For displaying such maturity in the face of political persecution from his own political party, the New Patriotic Party (NPP), ‘ALAN KWAWDO KYEREMANTENG IS MY POLITICIAN OF 2014’
MINISTER OF THE YEAR
Many people doubted, whether she was the right person for the job when her name was announced, but two years on, she has proven beyond reasonable doubt that she was cut for the job. A lot has happened under her watch last year, and we still expect a lot from her in 2015.
…For her hard work, selfless ability to change and inspire many Ghanaians, make women believe that what men can do, they can do better,
‘MADAM DZIFA ATIVOR IS MY MINISTER OF 2014.’
DOUCHEBAG OF THE YEAR:
For his uncharacteristic and uncalled for behavior and solidarity message that was turned into a political bashing for President Mahama and his government at the National Delegates Congress of the National Democratic Congress in Kumasi, a fortnight ago, while it is quite clear that Mr. Ivor Greenstreet, is not the sharpest knife in the drawer, someone might just need to remind him. (1) He is no longer in Primary School, 2) He was suppose to deliver a solidarity message, not a punch.
…For his loose and inexcusable comment, ‘IVOR GREENSTREET IS MY SHAMELESS DOUCHEBAG OF 2014’
RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR
CITI FM’S Breakfast show is the most informative, entertaining and enjoyable programme for anybody who to listen something new and refreshing.
The host, Bernard Avle and his co-hosts, give a deep understanding and insight into any topic they choose to discuss.
…For the station’s objectivity, philosophical undertone and the amazing literary prowess of it presenters, ‘CITI BREAKFAST SHOW IS MY
PROGRAMME OF THE YEAR’