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This Fanon paddy...

Posted by paa.kwesi on Sun, 04/17/2005 - 02:35

Before I start I go pose you question? You dey object say I dey write in pidgin? Make I know for the comments inside...

I no shedaa know if you hear of Frantz Fanon before anaa? But the paddy be power-man! He talk many sensible tings wey estrike me say I go fit to share some of dem ideas.

Me constant say I dey aa, I dey have this nagging feeling say despite all wanna chaw talk, we no dey go anywhere. We no dey make any original steps koraa. Emake like we dey fear sef. Ghana for example: ebe like we just dey wan turn am into another america. Nobody dey see say America, den all dem so-called Western bloc no be good examples give we? For America to be rich, somebody for be poor... Do this quiz then see: http://www.earthday.net/footprint/index.asp


hey ma ba

Posted by mammie on Tue, 04/12/2005 - 02:57

ok people. this is my first blog so i thought i´d do the nice chummy nkyia thing. Hallo everyone this is mammie, i think it too much work to type capital letters so i don´t, i´m 23, and having decided that i´m a genius absolutely refuse to be convinced otherwise. lol. just kdding. of course. everyone is always just kidding when they pay themselves a compliment.
i chose the title because it just came to mind. its from one of ex-doe´s not quite successful attempts to be a star.hey ma ba, ho ma ba, hey ma ba, ex.doe ma ba and so on. not a very inspired song but i thought that line rather catchy.


I-man takes I-man serious

Posted by paa.kwesi on Tue, 04/12/2005 - 02:37

Emake like I-man dey hia some reminders about life...
I-man constantly dey think say he for do more give the Ghana cause, but so many things dey cross I-man... job/school/progress in life matters. Just today, ehit I-man say the reason I-man no dey fit do more give the Ghana cause be say I-man no shedaa dey see say the Ghana cause also be progress. Emake like I-man dey think of the Ghana cause like ebe some hobby. How I-man come to this conclusion be like say if somebody ask me say, I-man, what you dey do for your spare-time a, I-man likely go talk say among other things GhanaThink, or some other Ghana cause. That be what dey explain give I-man the high participation rate for hobby-like things like ClubGH (17 000) members, whereas for GhanaThink, 200 members. Even for this 200 inside, only like 5% make eyered say them go do anything.


The Language Dialog : Expecting apple trees to bear cola nuts

Posted by paa.kwesi on Tue, 03/29/2005 - 02:50

The reaction of the Lomwe people to the Chichewa language of their
neighbors in Malawi is akin to the reaction of the African to colonial
languages. The Lomwe are accused of rapidly losing their tribal and
social characteristics by assimilation into the Chichewa language[i].
The Malawian Yao are similarly accused of having lost their pride of
race... so that most of them will be Yao in name but linguistically
Nyanja.[ii]

African infatuation with ex-colonial languages is hard to reconcile
with progressive language planning models elsewhere. In Japan for
example, access to the benefits of western civilization has been
successfully created in the popular medium of the Japanese language. By
dogged persistence in holding on to the colonial state, thinking has
become skewed in favor of not deviating significantly from colonial
expectations. In Mozambique for example, the language of
oppression,Portuguese, was expected to assume a new dimensionthe
preservation of the national integrity of the erstwhile colonial
territory, Mozambique![iii] How ironic.


When I return

Posted by paa.kwesi on Mon, 03/21/2005 - 02:49

home, to that unfamiliar place
where I felt always the stranger,
the temporary sojourner
accustomed to the family ways
I wonder how it will be like

When I return
to that bed I shared with books;
undisturbed in my otherworldliness
crying silent desperate prayers
whose every answer was gossip's juice
I wonder who you'll think me like

When I return
finally from here
where you thought, and made me believe,
I belonged, and have found to have its own grief
so that still I long for home; even your suspicious fear
I wonder how you'll treat me like

When I return
to home-that-must-be-home


Taking charge of OUR future

Posted by enigma on Sat, 03/19/2005 - 02:50

Took a look at the report, and I'm also going to read it and comment on it. Seriously, if we don't take advantage of our opportunities and drive our own development,who will? The fact that it has 453 pages is somewhat daunting, but the time it takes will be insignificant compared to the benefit.
I think one of the most important points is raised right in the introduction

'But what is clear is that if Africa does not create the right conditions for development, then any amount of outside support will fail.'

So true...something to think about


Our Common Interest

Posted by paa.kwesi on Fri, 03/18/2005 - 02:55

I dey come review the Commission for Africa's report. I think say in general them force say them go pay we some more attention. Simultaneously, ebe opportunity give we as much as ebe opportunity give them. If them offer a helping hand aa, make we no talk say them dey do for dema own interest. In fact, that is very true, but we go fit take advantage, and take advantage we shall.


Getting Systems right

Posted by paa.kwesi on Fri, 03/18/2005 - 02:54

My general attitude to the report be skepticism. I dey admire the way the report dey sidestep why Africa has "two areas of weakness"--capacity den accountability. Over the last 50 years, Africa dey recover from colonialism, which essentially created these two areas of weakness. Make we no forget that.

Any attempt to address these two weaknesses no for miss this crucial point--say na Africa have capacity and accountability. What colonialism come do be say e destroy this accountability by passing the illegal state structure into the hands of posses wey them no dey derive their legitimacy from the wider populace. This very phenomenon be what destroy accountability. As a result, capacity too go down since accountability drives capacity. Think about am--if I be chief of Anyaa wey I wan keep my people from destooling me I go prove to them say I be capable of being dema chief. The only reason I go fit wallow in mediocrity be when I know say my people no go fit destool me. That be wanna African situation. From Ghana to Zimbabwe over the last 50 years...


The Debt Question

Posted by paa.kwesi on Fri, 03/18/2005 - 02:53

Ah, the more I dey read the report the more I dey see say ebe comprehensive. My previous argument about traditional structures being destabilized koraa has been mentioned.

Another point in favor of the traditional structures argument be say, these bodies no dey owe anybody except their citizens. Clean slate give them... whereas governments? Them dey owe big time moneys to IMF wey I no dey fit count all the zeros if converted to cedis.

So make we dismantle the illegal African states. Make we reconstitute them around more rational people groupings. These new groupings no go owe anybody. Them fit to easily negotiate say them no fit be held accountable for the debts of the prior states.


terrible logic

Posted by paa.kwesi on Fri, 03/18/2005 - 02:52

"the tragic story of a woman in Nairobi who explained that it would take her five years to succumb to AIDS, but only months for her baby to die of starvation; thus having unprotected sex for money was the rational thing to do, as it was the only way of keeping her baby alive. Such is the terrible logic of poverty." p42-43, Our Common Interest


What actually dey work? And what no dey work?

Posted by paa.kwesi on Fri, 03/18/2005 - 02:45

Working: Somaliland (the traditional approach), S.A. (the state approach), Botswana (both)

Not working: DRC(state approach), Lesotho (traditional approach)

Maybe: Ghana, Nigeria, Mali, the new democracies, etc

Lesson to be learnt?
To succeed, you dey hia a strong push in a decided direction. That be what the "Maybe" states haven't quite got right (the push and the direction) but are working on...


mo' money

Posted by paa.kwesi on Fri, 03/18/2005 - 02:40

The report dey recommend the strong-handed approach--and we agree, cos the world fit to afford the money. But we Africans ankasa no dey fit afford so wanna response no for rely on the "more money" approach.