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The stories of two adult students in a Ghanaian village

Posted by sankofacrafts on Sat, 07/03/2010 - 17:03

Eric was our ‘technical man’ on the Platform2 worksite and seemed a stern, silent figure at first, observing our noodle-armed efforts to dig and occasionally stepping in with patient resignation to pulverize the rock hard earth with a pickaxe. (We volunteers were joyful and eager workers of course but even the skinniest of Ghanaians had superhuman strength beyond most of us)

Not being one to let a potential Twi lesson slip away I made use of cement mixing time getting him to teach me how to say “what time is it?” and “have we finished?” and other whiny work-related questions. He thawed fast and was soon mockingly exhorting us poor, tired souls to “DIG!” while we rallied with our newfound vocabulary “lazy” “crazy” and “you want to kill me!”

TEDxYouthInspire 2010 Press Release

Posted by abocco on Wed, 03/17/2010 - 04:58 GhanaThink Managing Executive

Am excited about this event though I won't be in Ghana to attend. Will try and follow it on Twitter and through live streaming. You should also follow it on April 10. Ever heard of TED conferences? Now think of African youth. Bulls eye! :-)

Here's a press release from the organising team of TEDxYouthInspire 2010. Take time to read and enjoy, as you brace yourselves for this exciting African youth-focused conference


Inaugural TEDxYouthInspire will bring together those with "A Good Head & a Good Heart"

Accra, Ghana, March 15, 2010 – On Saturday, April 10, 2010, from 8:00AM – 6PM GMT, the inaugural TEDxYouthInspire conference will be held at the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of

Entrepreneurs in Accra

Posted by Looking for ent... on Tue, 03/09/2010 - 11:52

Young entrepreneurs in Accra:

I'm doing some research that is mainly focused on the way in which entrepreneurs use their social networks when starting new businesses in Accra. In this regard I would like to know whether there are any entrepreneurs (between the ages of 15 and 40) who are the owners of smaller companies, that is, companies employing up to 29 employees?

If you fit into this category and would not mind being contacted for a possible interview (or e-mail correspondence) then please post a reply.

Thank You.

African language translations gadget for iGoogle

Posted by abocco on Tue, 03/09/2010 - 04:59 GhanaThink Managing Executive

Recently, a friend asked me how to say Independence in Akan Twi. I didn't know the word so I sought my favorite source for such matters Kasahorow's Akan dictionary on Found out the word was 'Ahofadi'. A friend on Facebook mentioned it may have been 'fawohodi' instead. Ahofadi is a noun, fawohodi or 'fa wo ho di' is more like a sentence, as so nicely put by one of the Kasahorow gurus. It's great to know this translation service is around. That's why you should help publicize it.

Publish this widget on your homepage or blog that allows people to translate amongst English, Akan, Ewegbe, Hausa, Yoruba, Swahili, and Kinyarwanda.

Brought to you by the awesome folks at and

The Senior High School in Ghana duration debate - 3 or 4 years?

Posted by abocco on Wed, 02/03/2010 - 03:03 GhanaThink Managing Executive

Blog culled from Mighty African's blog

I am a very proud Odadee. My alma mater, Presec and its current and old students, have given me reason to. When I was in Ghana earlier in this year, I visited Presec to see what was new. A lot has changed since I left Presec more than 8 years ago. My favorite teacher, Mrs. Akyeampong has retired, there's been a new headmaster, the bursar who refused to give us funds to publish the school magazine embezzled money and got sacked, the buildings have been painted, we've won 4 National Science and Maths quizzes and the name has been changed from Presby Boys' Secondary School to Presby Boys' Senior High School. Presecans were going to stay in 'blue magic' for 4 years. But in the 'politics democrazy' country that is Ghana, anything can happen. Senior High School is now 3 years again and as a result, senior secondary or senior high school students will not write the WASSCE this year. Crazy eh? There's been a big debate about the number of years senior high school should be. Let's study some of the arguments for and against, debate style.

The booming Ghanaian movie industry and its challenges

Posted by abocco on Sun, 01/31/2010 - 06:20 GhanaThink Managing Executive

Blog culled from

Ever since my brother sent me that text saying 'A Sting In a Tale' was a bomb, I had been waiting to see it myself. On the second day of my latest Ghana trip, I saw the movie being sold on the streets of Accra. I was caught in two minds. The movie was premiered in November and VCD copies are already being sold? Well, I really want to see this movie, so it's great that now I could buy a copy. A lot of movies were being sold by different hawkers, in fact those selling ASIAT were everywhere. A few other interesting movies were being sold too. If you doubted whether making movies in Ghana was a 'bad' business, doubt no more. It still may be a home video business, but it pays. For some, it pays handsomely. There are a few things that have to be checked to sustain the industry so it doesn't enter the doldrums again in the near future.

Take Agya Koo for instance. He appeared on the scene a few years ago and is one of the biggest movie stars in Ghana. Do a quick search of Agya Koo on Youtube and you'll see how popular he is. Ghanaian movies have proliferated through different websites and have developed strong followings amongst Ghanaian communities abroad. I hear that before Agya Koo signs on to do any movie, he's paid 3000 Ghanaian Cedis (GhC) upfront, which is about $2100. Sounds like a small amount, but he's only on set for about 3-4 days. Yes, $2100 for 4 days of work. In Ogyakrom (or sikakrom). In Ghana. After the movie is done, he pockets another 1000 GhC. Agya Koo (Kofi Adu) probably appears in one or two movies per month, if you follow Ghanaian movies closely enough, you'll know it's true. Do the math.

Friends..By Rev Peter Addo 2010

Posted by osofoaddo on Fri, 01/29/2010 - 00:17

Friends.. by Peter Addo .Jan 2010

People need each other
to fulfill each other .
People feel good knowing
That In loneliness
And sickness
Friends have the power
To share and heal .
When in hunger and sickness
Friends have the power to feel
Your sadness and your joy
And sometimes
And most times
Friends are all the family
You wake up to to find you have .

Borga - matters arising in Diasporean living and returning home

Posted by abocco on Tue, 01/26/2010 - 05:05 GhanaThink Managing Executive

Yes, I'm back. Like they'll say in Ghana, wɔabɔga bio. Well, I've been back to Yankee for more than two weeks but this is my first post of the new decade. Had too much fun chillaxing and chilluping in Ghana to blog, so I saved most of my thoughts as texts on my Nokia phone. In fact, na Borga nso ayɛ loose to afford the costs of slow Ghanaian internet. It's not always easy for us Borgas. Even when we have 'returned' to Ghana on holidays to visit families and do other things, we find the costs of living not much different from 'Aburokyire'. Ghana's fastest and hottest rapper at the moment, Sarkodie knows this too. He composed a song about Ghanaians in the Diaspora and it is quickly becoming a cult classic. In fact, in the years to come, we shall all remember Sarkodie's Borga as one of the legendary hiplife songs. Let me tell you why.

Michael Owusu, known to many fans as Sarkodie, is a hiplife artist. He had spent the last few years freestyling and engaging in rap battles in Tema. Rumour has it that he never lost one. If you've watched Eminem's 8 Mile, Sarkodie has a similar story. He recorded various underground mixtapes and then eventually became widely known after featuring on Ayigbe Edem's Bougez (Ke va) song. His first music video, Babe (baby), featuring Mugeez of R2Bees catapulted him into the national spotlight. He's still been churning mixtapes, his 'Politics' track surfaced around the 2008 elections and quickly went viral. Today, he has been signed to Konvict SA, Akon's record label in Africa. Hiplife legend, Obrafour, featured him on one of his latest singles, Hiplife, as if to say, Sarkodie was to bear the torch for the genre in these times and beyond. With songs like Lay Away (ft Sway), Edey be (ft Paedae), Altar, and a monumental song like Borga, the sky is the limit for Sarkodie.

A Tribute To A Medical Giant In Ghana

Posted by osofoaddo on Thu, 01/21/2010 - 19:49

The Dignity Of Vision : Forward To a Tribute to Professor Gilford Ashitey MD. The Medical School School , Ghana West Africa

Part 2: The Guide for Monsters in Runescape

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 01/18/2010 - 08:04

Glad to see you in Goldceo. We got the information in Runescape from other website, hope it can help you more or less, just have a look!

About 2/3 or more of your herbs, if you actually pick them all up, will be Harr's or less. Just to give them numbers, 5 Guams and Marrs and 3 Tarr's and Harr's is a pretty common load. That's a 7382 expected value. Turn 1/2 of those into Irits or Avantoe and you have a profit of 5,909, 20,661 with the Kwuarm gloves. We provide Runescape Gold for you.

The Guide for Fletching in Runescape

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 01/18/2010 - 08:03

Glad to see you in Goldceo. We got the guide for fletching in Runescape from other website, hope it can help you more or less, just have a look!

Fletching is a members skill, that allows you to make almost everything that is included in the Ranged skill. You can make from Longbows to Tipped Bolts to Darts. Also it is one of the most fastest skill to train, getting up to 300k xp per hour at a high level(Runescape Gold). You can probably get 1-30 Fletching in 1 day, following this guide correctly. As a popular skill, in the top 5 of most 99's, there is a lot of guides for this. Only this guide, made by Bad Boarder4 only, shows all of the hidden tips and secrets along with how to train it and leveling up.

Free Firemaking Method for Level in Runescape

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 01/18/2010 - 08:02

Glad to see you in Goldceo. We got the information in Runescape from other website, hope it can help you more or less, just have a look!

From level(Runescape Gold): 1-15: do what you can. 15-30: near general store of lumby, cut oak, light them if you want to sped a litt bit of money cut oaks, sell them at general store, then buy them and light them. Go with 1-3k on your inventory, cut like 200 oaks and sell them at general stores, then go and start buying them, and then lighting the these is always a litt bit more faster only a litt bit. 30-45: North from lumby chicken place near cows, cut willows, there are like 4 and no plp and light them.

BarCamp Ghana 2009 - Recap

Posted by GhanaThink on Wed, 12/23/2009 - 16:43

Over 300 people interested in Ghana congregated on December 21st at the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) premises to exchange ideas and learn from each other. BarCamp Ghana 09 was themed "Leadership for our times - cultivating change makers" and the event was centered around youth creating and making change and setting up themselves to lead, be innovate and entrepreneurial now. The event run from 9am past 7pm and was free for all attendees. Breakfast, lunch, and drinks were all provided at no cost to attendees. A BarCamp Ghana 09 Tshirt made to show appreciation to our sponsors and provide a long-lasting souvenir from the event was sold to attendees at 5 Ghana Cedis.

BarCamp Ghana 2009 - Leadership for our times - cultivating change makers

Posted by GhanaThink on Fri, 12/11/2009 - 10:04

On December 22, 2008, over a hundred young Ghanaians met in Accra for BarCamp Ghana '08 to exchange ideas on entrepreneurship, innovation and development for a rising Ghana. This summer, the conversations moved to Washington, DC on July 25, 2009 where BarCamp Diaspora '09 brought together the African Diaspora to exchange ideas on doing business in Africa.

This December 21st in Accra, the BarCamp Ghana team, made up of passionate young Ghanaians, presents BarCamp Ghana '09, under the theme "Leadership for our times - cultivating change makers". The event will take place on December 21, 2009 from 8am - 6pm at the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) campus at 20 Aluguntuguntu Street in East Legon, Accra.

Introducing REACH-Ghana on the occasion of World AIDS day

Posted by abocco on Wed, 12/02/2009 - 20:20 GhanaThink Managing Executive

I was notified about the website for REACH-Ghana today and I must say I am impressed with how far this organization has come in the last 4 months following BarCamp Diaspora at JHU-SAIS in Washington, DC. A few young passionate Ghanaians with interest in the health sector came together after a healthcare breakout session during July's BarCamp Diaspora and started investigating how they could contribute to Ghana's health sector. Their enthusiasm has given birth to Representatives for Equal Access to Community Health-care (Ghana).