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“Kasahuam-Kasafi” -7
22 Sep: “Kasahuam-Kasafi”: Polite and Impolite Language in the Ghanaian Media and Political Landscape

“Language has some intrinsic power to make and unmake. Not only for our sake but also the sake of posterity, for our survival and well-being let us choose the positive side, communicative politeness and throw away or condemn communicative impoliteness”. – Prof. Kofi Agyekum

 

On Thursday, 01 September 2022, Fellow of the Academy and Professor of Linguistics at the University of Ghana, Prof. Kofi Agyekum delivered what one will describe as a timely lecture to address the impolite languages in our media and political landscape. The topic for the lecture was “Kasahuam-Kasafi”: Polite and Impolite Language in the Ghanaian Media and Political Landscape.

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14 Jun: For AfCFTA to work, it must be human rights fit- delivering on the SDG goals – Professor Kwadwo Appiagyei-Atua

Day two of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences (GAAS) 2022 Public Forum continued with a focus on Political and Legal Environments for the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). Various speakers at the forum which is organized annually by the GAAS and sponsored UMB, a leading indigenous Ghanaian bank, opined that Human Rights Impact Assessments are a critical tool for the advancement of people-centered and human rights-based development, including through trade agreements. This is critical in ensuring that the rights of people whose needs may otherwise be overlooked or poorly addressed are protected in trade negotiations so everyone can benefit equitably from trade.