What Happened To Africawatch Magazine?


I woke up this morning in my usual singing mood, the song that I came to mind was Jimmy Cliff’s the harder; they come, the harder they fall.

Change indeed is a powerful force, it sweeps a lot of things in its wake, so if it is coming, you better position yourself well or you will find yourself on the wrong side of history.

A socio-political magazine, which became the nemesis of candidate Nana Akufo-Addo, has fallen so hard after the 2016 election.

The last time I heard of the magazine, was early this year, when it carried a story on the free Senior High School (SHS).

The edition, which failed to hit the newsstand, was done ostensibly to rundown the programme. After that failed edition, the magazine, has gone into hibernation.

Africa Watch magazine was the toast of many Ghanaians. The number of copies they print and the resultant sales per edition, is perhaps more than all the newspapers put together for a month.

A magazine that was to stay neutral, suddenly took a political turn, a very dangerous turn that has destroyed many men and organizations.

In the political game, there is no middle line, you are either with one or against it. They take no prisoners and so it came as no surprise to me, when for some time now, I have not seen any new edition of the Africawatch magazine.

The magazine made a lot of money from politicians, they were paid, in fact some sources quote as much as hundreds of thousands of dollars, just to rundown their opponents.

Newspapers in Ghana, if they got half of what the magazine, was paid in some instances to do some hatchet job, we would be rubbing shoulders with the best in the world. As usual a magazine that is produced outside this country is fed fat, while the local newspapers are fed scrub.

It is normal for any media house to launch itself to be controversial and court attention, but the magazine, personalized its publication.

One of the atrocious and fallacious publication, was captioned “Now this Man Needs Your Prayers”, the story is in reference to former president, Jerry John Rawlings.

Before the 2016 elections, one of the biggest and widely circulated publications was the one about the health of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

The magazine depicted the man, as a living dead. His medical record which is supposed to be secret was made public with the headline “NPP Campaign In Jeopardy, Akufo-Addo Has Cancer”.

This publication was criticized even by people, who do not like Nana Akufo-Addo, except it served him right as the New Patriotic Party (NPP), used the health of late president, John Evans Atta Mills, for campaign.

President Mills was declared dead, even before his time and so it was a payback for Akufo-Addo, when his health issue came up for scrutiny.

A lot of well-meaning Ghanaians, thought that was below the belt, we are all sick and anybody, who is above the age of 60, is prone to all kinds of sickness.

Like a Prophet, who is not celebrated, appreciated and recognized in his hometown, politicians in this country, have little regard for the media.

Some of them even go to the extent of questioning the credibility of the media. But as it is said, you can’t expect a pot full of meat, when the chop money you gave can barely prepare a soup.

The Ghanaian media, has seen little investment, they are only relevant when election approaches. You become one of them, when you write something negative against them, but until that day, you are not credible.

Despite all the money, support, as well as information, given to Africawatch, they barely hit the newsstand these days and the not credible ones, have stood the test of time and still producing.

It is high time our politicians realize that, newspapers in Ghana, have come to stay and no amount of shoving and name calling is going to deter us from holding them accountable.

We cannot develop our nation and give opportunities to all, when our penchant for everything foreign deprives our people of their fair share of the national cake.

Africawatch magazine, like Jay Z, came, saw but unfortunately never conquered.






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