Herbert Mensah Blog

Herbert MensahThis space was inspired by my personal experiences in Africa and abroad and a realisation that the solutions to the problems and challenges of Africa and the world for that matter will not be found by entrusting them to the politicians of today.

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Life lessons

When you throw bread to fish do not expect them to rise to the surface and thank you!

Goodness will always come from God!

The Power of Encouragement

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, the famous 19th-century poet and artist, was once approached by an elderly man. The old fellow had some sketches and drawings that he wanted Rossetti to look at and tell him if they were any good, or if they at least showed potential talent.

Rossetti looked them over carefully. After the first few, he knew that they were worthless, showing not the least sign of artistic talent. But Rossetti was a kind man, and he told the elderly man as gently as possible that the pictures were without much value and showed little talent. He was sorry, but he could not lie to the man. The visitor was disappointed, but seemed to expect Rossetti’s judgment.

He then apologised for taking up Rossetti’s time, but would he just look at a few more drawings – these done by a young art student? Rossetti looked over the second batch of sketches and immediately became enthusiastic over the talent they revealed. “These,” he said, “oh, these are good. This young student has great talent. He should be given every help and encouragement in his career as an artist. He has a great future if he will work hard and stick to it.”

Rossetti could see that the old fellow was deeply moved. “Who is this fine young artist?” he asked. “Your son?” “No,” said the old man sadly. “It is me – 40 years ago. If only I had heard your praise then! For you see, I got discouraged and gave up – too soon.”

- Author Unknown

Politics and Ghana ……

I have been bombarded in my inbox about why i do not get involved in national issues so i have penned a few paragraphs to broadly explain why!

Ghana is bigger than all of us and loyalty to public servants in the face of failure and wrong doing is as sinful as the wrong doers! The majority of our problems over the years have not required any levels of genius to figure out and suggestions on resolving should not have been the preserve of pointless committees rather one of strong, decisive, brave and patriotic leadership!

As a patriot my concerns have always been about Ghana first rather than individuals which is why i refused to support various Minister of Sports over the years, taken on misuse of funds in campaigning as well as the arrogance of political power exhibited by some who have behaved as though their tenure was forever and that they were accountable to no one other than themselves! In fact there are no areas that this does not apply and it is perhaps for this reason that i am invariably misunderstood (especially by those incapable of true separation of right from wrong from personal or nepotic gain) and excluded from most obvious chances to serve!

Over the past 16 years i have reached out on all sides of the divide when and where i have felt there is a contribution to make which could make a difference. My help sadly is rarely embraced and I like the rest of Ghanaians often have to sit as politicians with little to no experience, sophistication or ability mess up! 

Even though my educational discipline is Economics my forte’ has been as a businessman, marketer, administrator and global being. As ministers are appointed I like you know that more often than not they simply do not have the capacity to comprehend let alone deliver and this is why i (and like minded people) try and reach out irrespective of who they are!

The less said at this point (although not for long) about Sports and soccer the better but as a Ghanaian i feel the pain like everyone!

Ghana Today!

Today’s problems did not start now! The fact is successive governments have laid the platform for today’s nightmare and have been allowed to move on because current politicians have sought it fit not to audit their predecessors! Now the responsibility is theirs! Decisive and firm leadership pooling more talented resources from a larger and more dynamic pool prepared to not only think out of the box but capable of using global contacts to make a difference is what is required! We are indeed one step away from a disintegration no one wants. All sides of the political divide need to see our current situation as a national disaster!

As i boarded a tram in Northern Europe i received a call from Ghana to tell me that fuel prices were being increased @20%  then i heard that the Cedi was approaching 6 to £1!!!

In disbelief i called Cow Lane in Accra and was told that the rates were as follows!

£ $ €
5.95 3.5 4.75

Planning for businesses with this anarchical situation is impossible and coupled with other non existent or unreliable services life is gradually becoming beyond unbearable for everyone! 

No situation or level of pain can last forever and that is what we must all pray against and fear! 

Herbert Mensah elected as new Ghana Rugby President

GRA Executive Council

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Herbert Mensah elected as new Ghana Rugby President

Accra 5 Jun 2014 – The Ghana Rugby Football Union elected Mr. Herbert Mensah, former Chairman of Kumasi Asante Kotoko FC (Kotoko), as its new and second President at its national congress held at the Media Centre of the Accra Sports Stadium.

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Herbert Mensah remembers May 9th in Kumasi Ghana with a message of hope

May 9th WheelchairFriday 9th of May 2014 marked the 13th anniversary of one of the world’s worst tragic stadium disasters in history where 126 young football supporters lost their lives needlessly during a football match between Accra Hearts of Oak (Hearts of Oak) and Kumasi Asante Kotoko (Kotoko) at the Accra Sports Stadium.

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The kept word…

The kept word is what defines trust and transcends physical beauty!

To allow your partner to be your staff/rail/handlebar You must be their cushion!

It is only by working in tandem selflessly and without account that partners become soul-mates!

There comes a point in time when we must all think more about ourselves and less about those we sacrifice so much for

and who take our love and support for granted!

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