Gone, but not gone.

Author:Ankomah, Baffour
Position:Baffour's Beefs - Column

Common sense precedes science. "Before, we knew it by sense, now we know it by science" Edward Misselden, an early English economist, writing in the 1620s.

I shall not blame anybody, especially the loyal readers of Beefs, for wondering what has become of the purveyor of Beefs from Ghana, even more so when I am now described on the masthead of New African as "Editor at Large".

What a title! The "large" in it makes it sound rather worse. How large is the "large" in Editor at Large is the sum of my resurgence and the "resurrection" of my Beefs in the magazine this month and for the foreseeable future.

As I hand over my mantle as Editor, meaning I may not have the same hands-on feel that I have had since joining IC Publications in 1988, or since becoming New African's Editor in 1999, I am gone but not really gone, because body and soul, my umbilical cord to the magazine is unbroken.

What has happened is that after 28 years of living in the UK, the feeling that every sojourner gets for going back home after living so long in a foreign land has been growing strong inside me. Somebody has said you don't really appreciate Africa until you are out of it. Economists may throw up figures and reasons to show how and why Africa is the poorest place on earth, but by Jove, for discerning Africans whose veins are filled with real African blood, there is no better place on earth than our Mother Continent! So please eat your figures and reasons.

The open spaces of Africa (and believe me, you feel it when you have lived 28 years in old Blighty), the weather, the nearness to nature, and (for some of us) what passes for a tranquil life (devoid of the rushing and bustle of London, New York, Tokyo, Singapore, or Taipei), cannot be equalled anywhere else. And surely you cannot calculate this in monetary terms.

Beckoned by the Motherland

So this man from Nkrumah's country has been beckoned to the Motherland from where the "largeness" of his editorship will from hence be based.

I will still be connected to New African, the magazine that has become synonymous with me, and to whose growth I have devoted 27 years of my young life, which my colleagues and I turned into a veritable mouthpiece of Africa--thanks first to God who looked after us and guided us, and to the eternal grace of our Group Publisher Afif Ben Yedder, who has now been succeeded by his son, Omar Ben Yedder, as Group Publisher. Afif, supported in the background by his gracious wife Emena, has been a...

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